Where did the Forum Magazine come from?
Forum Publications Ltd began in November 2006 with the launch of the Alresford & Itchen Valley Forum. The concept of the magazine was to bring a fresh, exciting, high quality publication to rural towns and villages with regional news, events and items of interest. Until then rural areas had little but Parish Magazines and were overlooked unlike larger towns and cities. Our goal was to provide an informative magazine for these outlying rural communities.
In August 2008 the Forum launched its second title, the Stockbridge Forum which was an instant success; after three years the Stockbridge Forum had expanded its readership vastly and subsequently became the Test Valley Forum encompassing the whole of the Test Valley area.
In 2015 we launched our third publication the Meon Valley Forum. This magazine offers all of the same interest as our other publications with a host of new features and articles. This new title has proven to be an instant success and we are delighted with the response from readers and advertisers.
In early 2016 we expanded the readership of the Alresford and Itchen Valley Forum yet further and it became the Itchen Valley Forum as its focus was on the whole area not just Alresford alone.
Every month the Forum magazines are filled with an exciting mix of content. We have several dedicated writers who provide us with factual and amusing articles. We also have a wealth of community and local interest articles, news and events. The Forum magazines are professionally designed by our design team at Luminata Design and are printed to the highest quality using renewable sourced paper and are delivered to ABC1 households throughout Central / South Hampshire.
Our reputation as the ‘magazine to be seen in’ has allowed us to expand the magazines over the last three years to the point where we now cover well over 1/3 of Hampshire with a combined readership of over 50,000*. We print in excess of 20,000* magazines monthly which are either hand delivered door to door by our own dedicated delivery team or left at high footfall public places. Our delivery agents are vetted and checked regularly to ensure that there is blanket coverage in our designated delivery areas. Positive feedback from our advertisers and readers has enhanced our reputation. Yet, we maintain our initial idea which was; ‘to provide a high quality, interesting community based publication whilst offering low cost competitive advertising rates’.