Like many small business owners, my husband Neil and I (Laura) had a plan when we launched Community Contact Magazine, to help contribute towards our wedding in 2015. The very first pilot magazine was created in December 2014 and was just delivered in the village of Twyford.
We have always been passionate about supporting local businesses and wanted to create something that these businesses, small, medium or large, could all use to market themselves to the local area. The pilot was a success, so we decided to create a bi-monthly magazine that would go out to Buckingham, Winslow and the surrounding villages and that would bring the community together, hence our name – Community Contact.
After we got married, we soon went on to have our first baby (we love a busy life!) Whilst on maternity leave I made the decision to create a lifestyle that didn’t conform to the standard 9 to 5, but to work around being a mum, enjoying those early times with our little boy Archie that you just don’t get back if you miss them. Developing the magazine with a more manageable work / life balance was always an aim and I wanted the time and flexibility to create a magazine which champions local businesses, in particular offering small business owners an affordable, supportive platform to reach their customers.
Our magazine now goes out to over 8,500 homes in Buckingham, Winslow and many of the surrounding villages, with an unrivalled advertising rate accessible to all. We have recently launched our new website that has it’s very own business directory, a parent hub, articles, recipes, competitions, offers and much more.