Who We Are

Media & Events

We deliver high quality content which matches the needs of our diverse communities. Each month our media landscape encompasses digital and print magazines, news, investigative journalism and features, podcasts, whitepapers, industry reports, newsletters, and digital advertising. In a fast-paced world, our brands’ digital presence allows our audiences to catch up with content anytime, anywhere.

Industry leading event portfolios are a key part of our B2B brands, providing each niche community with expert insight and debate. Attended by over 60,000 professionals annually across our sectors, our virtual and in-person events provide a valuable networking platform, unrivalled professional development, and unique learning opportunities.

With 500 staff and 44 brands, we are one of the fastest growing and most innovative niche media operators in the UK.  

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Our History

1887

1994

Metropolis International

Metropolis International is founded, initially specialising in guidebooks and tourist maps.

2000s

2002 – 2010

Metropolis acquisitions

Metropolis makes major acquisitions of:
National Plant Hire Guide, Record Collector, Frontier, IEM, DFNI, Mortgage Finance Gazette, What Mortgage, Motor Trader, Independent Retail News, Irish Medical Times, MIMS Ireland, Packaging News and AV Magazine.

2012 – 2016

More acquisitions for Metropolis

Metropolis sets out to grow its digital, events and paid content business, while making more acquisitions of some amazing brands:
Electronics Weekly, IBIS Academic, Property Week and Daltons Business.

2016

£30 Million

The revenues of Metropolis reach £30 Million.

2018

More Event Launches

The Nursing Times launches its Workforce Summit and Awards.

2019

PPA Awards

Metropolis brands win PPA Team of the Year, PPA Event of the Year, PPA Special Interest Magazine of the Year, and PPA Commercial Partnership of the Year – Silver Award.

2019

Event Expansion

First podcast launched – “The Engineers Collective”. As well as launching several events: NCE Future of Bridges Conference, NCE Future of Floods Conference, Property Week Industrial & Logistics Conference, Drapers Sustainable Fashion Conference launched. Annual “big cat” staff innovation challenge launched.

2020

Adaptation

We launched: Construction News Decarbonising Construction Conference, LGC Net Zero Conference, Record Collector bookazines. Fifty virtual awards and conferences launched so that they could be held in the pandemic.

2021

More launches

We brought two new launches in the UK Jewellery Festival and Decarbonisation Technology.

2021

Diamond Publishing growth

emap Publishing’s sister company, Diamond Publishing (responsible for consumer titles), acquires Cyclist, Viz, and Fortean Times.

2022

Cycling Electric

We launched a new brand, “Cycling Electric”, after looking at current consumer trends.

2023

Modern day vision

emap’s B2B media brand count stands at more than 40, and it employs almost 500 staff across offices in Fleet Street, Croydon, Dublin, Bolton and Chester. Its vision of creating long-term profitable futures for its brands is stronger than ever.

1887

The start

Founder Sir Richard Winfrey purchases the Spalding Guardian, a local newspaper. This purchase sparks a series of newspaper acquisitions at the end of the 19th century.

1947

East Midlands Allied Press

The Winfrey family newspaper titles are led in a consolidation as Northampton Printing and Publishing Co merges with Petersborough Advertiser Co, West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Newspaper Co and Bury St. Edmunds with printing operations around Rushden to form the East Midlands Allied Press (emap). The new alliance produced 17 newspaper titles.

2002

Record Sales

Revenues for the Metropolis reach £1 Million.

2005

More Record Sales

Metropolis continues to grow as revenues reach £5 Million.

2006

Rapid growth

The rapid growth of Metropolis continues as revenues now reach £10 Million.

2011

Robert joins as CEO

Robert Marr joins Metropolis Group as Chief Executive Officer to lead the expansion of the company and the company’s revenue reaches £20 Million.

2013

IQFAs

The Irish Quality Food Awards launched.

2017

Metropolis acquires emap

emap Publishing and its remaining eleven B2B titles including AJ, Nursing Times, Construction News, World Architecture Festival and Drapers are acquired, and Metropolis adopts the emap name for all its B2B operations, now standing at x36 titles.

2018

Record Sales

Sales break £50 Million for the first time in the company’s history due to the success of the brands and acquisitions made.

2019

Acquisitions for Metropolis

Metropolis furthers its acquisition efforts by adding a further 7 titles to its portfolio:
Digital Refining, PTQ, Money Marketing, Mortgage Strategy, Platforum, Headline Money and Taxbriefs.

2019

50:50 Project

emap joins the BBC 50:50 project to give a fair voice to women in media, as the biggest publishing member, supporting editorial teams in making further progress to fairly represent the industries they serve.

2020

Record shortlists

Metropolis brands shortlisted as finalists twelve times, a record for the group, and Property Week wins PPA business magazine brand of the year.

2020s

2023

Huge Events Innovation

Coming off the back of the pandemic, our brands find amazing growth in the events sector after launching: AJ Retrofit Live, Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards, Property Week Inspiring Women Awards, Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering Conference, Motor Trader Retailing Expo, NCE Awards, GE Sustainability and the Environmental Packaging Awards.

1887

1887

The start

Founder Sir Richard Winfrey purchases the Spalding Guardian, a local newspaper. This purchase sparks a series of newspaper acquisitions at the end of the 19th century.

1947

East Midlands Allied Press

The Winfrey family newspaper titles are led in a consolidation as Northampton Printing and Publishing Co merges with Petersborough Advertiser Co, West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Newspaper Co and Bury St. Edmunds with printing operations around Rushden to form the East Midlands Allied Press (emap). The new alliance produced 17 newspaper titles.

1994

Metropolis International

Metropolis International is founded, initially specialising in guidebooks and tourist maps.

2000s

2002

Record Sales

Revenues for the Metropolis reach £1 Million.

2005

More Record Sales

Metropolis continues to grow as revenues reach £5 Million.

2006

Rapid growth

The rapid growth of Metropolis continues as revenues now reach £10 Million.

2002 – 2010

Metropolis acquisitions

Metropolis makes major acquisitions of:
National Plant Hire Guide, Record Collector, Frontier, IEM, DFNI, Mortgage Finance Gazette, What Mortgage, Motor Trader, Independent Retail News, Irish Medical Times, MIMS Ireland, Packaging News and AV Magazine.

2011

Robert joins as CEO

Robert Marr joins Metropolis Group as Chief Executive Officer to lead the expansion of the company and the company’s revenue reaches £20 Million.

2012 – 2016

More acquisitions for Metropolis

Metropolis sets out to grow its digital, events and paid content business, while making more acquisitions of some amazing brands:
Electronics Weekly, IBIS Academic, Property Week and Daltons Business.

2013

IQFAs

The Irish Quality Food Awards launched.

2016

£30 Million

The revenues of Metropolis reach a £30 Million.

2017

Metropolis acquires emap

emap Publishing and its remaining eleven B2B titles including AJ, Nursing Times, Construction News, World Architecture Festival and Drapers are acquired, and Metropolis adopts the emap name for all its B2B operations, now standing at x36 titles.

2018

More Event Launches

The Nursing Times launches its Workforce Summit and Awards.

2018

Record Sales

Sales break £50 Million for the first time in the company’s history due to the success of the brands and acquisitions made.

2019

PPA Awards

Metropolis brands win PPA Team of the Year, PPA Event of the Year, PPA Special Interest Magazine of the Year, and PPA Commercial Partnership of the Year – Silver Award.

2019

Acquisitions for Metropolis

Metropolis furthers its acquisition efforts by adding a further 7 titles to its portfolio:
Digital Refining, PTQ, Money Marketing, Mortgage Strategy, Platforum, Headline Money and Taxbriefs.

2019

Event Expansion

First podcast launched – “The Engineers Collective”. As well as launching several events: NCE Future of Bridges Conference, NCE Future of Floods Conference, Property Week Industrial & Logistics Conference, Drapers Sustainable Fashion Conference launched. Annual “big cat” staff innovation challenge launched.

2019

50:50 Project

emap joins the BBC 50:50 project to give a fair voice to women in media, as the biggest publishing member, supporting editorial teams in making further progress to fairly represent the industries they serve.

2020s

2020

Adaptation

We launched: Construction News Decarbonising Construction Conference, LGC Net Zero Conference, Record Collector bookazines. Fifty virtual awards and conferences lunched so that they could be held in the pandemic.

2020

Record shortlists

Metropolis brands shortlisted as finalists twelve times, a record for the group, and Property Week wins PPA business magazine brand of the year.

2021

More launches

We brought two new launches in the UK Jewellery Festival and Decarbonisation Technology.

2021

Diamond Publishing growth

emap Publishing’s sister company, Diamond Publishing (responsible for consumer titles), acquires Cyclist, Viz, and Fortean Times.

2022

Cycling Electric

We launched a new brand, “Cycling Electric”, after looking at current consumer trends.

2023

Huge Events Innovation

Coming off the back of the pandemic, our brands find amazing growth in the events sector after launching: AJ Retrofit Live, Drapers Sustainable Fashion Awards, Property Week Inspiring Women Awards, Inspiring Women in Construction and Engineering Conference, Motor Trader Retailing Expo, NCE Awards, GE Sustainability and the Environmental Packaging Awards.

2023

Modern day vision

emap’s B2B media brand count stands at more than 40, and it employs almost 500 staff across offices in Fleet Street, Croydon, Dublin, Bolton and Chester. Its vision of creating long-term profitable futures for its brands is stronger than ever.

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