Published On: 28/05/20242.4 min read

In the third of our series looking at some of the UK’s biggest publishing houses, we’re getting up close and personal with Future Publishing. Future Publishing is a British publishing company that was started in 1985 by Chris Anderson.

Future Publishing Magazines

Just a few of its well-known titles today include Country Life, Homes and Gardens, Decanter, Marie Claire and The Week. However, its first ever publication was Amstrad Action, a monthly magazine which catered to owners of home computers from Lord Alan Sugar’s Amstrad CPC range. The publication ran for 117 issues from October 1985 until June 1995. This first title set the tone for the publisher’s focus on tech, PC and gaming titles. In 1993 it launched PC Gamer and Edge magazines, then in 2000 launched and quickly became one of the UK’s largest gaming sites, and by 2007 its title was the UK’s number one tech consumer brand.

In the meantime, Future had been expanding. Launching its first event in 1992 which saw 55,000 people attend The Future Entertainment Show at Earls Court, London. And in 1994 it acquired GP Publications, establishing Future US.

In 2017 Future Publishing started moving into the home, interior and lifestyle media space. They launched titles that Storm’s consumer PR team still work with regularly today, including Homebuilding & Renovating, Period Living and Real Homes.

The following year, Future began ambitious acquisitions taking on Haymarket (which houses business media including PRWeek and Third Sector, as well as Autocar, Classic & Sports Car and more), Newbay Media (which houses titles including Music Week, Bass Player and Guitar World), What Hi-Fi and NYC’s Purch Consumer Tech. This spate of acquisitions continued across 2019, including Procycling, Cycling News, and 2020 with the mammoth acquisition of TI Media, which publishes 38 brands including the likes of Country Life, Woman and Home, Wallpaper* and Cycling Weekly.

This took Future Publishing to a stratospheric size in the world of publishing. The result being the UK’s competition watchdog instructing Future to sell three titles – World Soccer, Amateur Photographer and Trusted Reviews, before it could approve the deal.

The acquisition took place in April 2020 when coronavirus measures had a seismic impact on advertising and circulation revenues across the publishing industry. This lead to Future closing six titles. And to TI Media closing the print edition of women’s magazine Marie Claire in the UK and selling music titles NME and Uncut.

Today, Future Publishing’s content reaches one in three people in the UK and US, it has 20 UK events and exhibitions in its portfolio and thanks to investment in tech and data, it has carved a unique position for itself in the media world, particularly within the ongoing shift towards more digital media outlets.

Take another deep-dive into UK media publishers. Check out our recent article taking a closer look at more publishing household names.