It is hard to believe twenty years has passed since our very first edition of Warrington Worldwide magazine – which was actually launched AFTER we started publishing local news online!
Despite the many changes in the media world over the past 20 years Warrington Worldwide has managed to stand the test of time and is now one of six publications we produce in and around the area.
It is also fantastic to see many key organisations and businesses who supported us in our very first issue are still with us today.
The pace at which the media world has changed since I penned my first article as a young reporter four decades ago is staggering to say the least.
My first articles were typed on a Victorian typewriter, stories had to be dictated via telephone and photographs were created in a dark room in the cellar!
Now a mobile phone provides a one stop shop for everything and we can actually beam stories and local events live around the world via video at the touch of a button!
There was no such thing as facebook, twitter or Instagram and one wonders what the next twenty years will bring in our ever changing media world!
Looking back at my notes from issue one I welcomed everyone to a whole new world predicting it wouldn’t be long before the worldwide web was being beamed through our TVs. While mobile phones were on the scene little did I know just how much they would change our lives.
While TV (70 pc) is still the number one source of news, the internet has taken over for the 16-24 age group at a staggering 82 pc – mainly through mobile phones – hence all our publications are available in a digital format, although customer feedback tends to suggest hard copy print can still deliver the best return on investment.
Who knows what changes we will see over the next 20 years!!!???
Finally a big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the past 20 years, especially those who have been with us since day one!
Messages of support:
An incredible milestone and advertising that works!
“Congratulations to Warrington Worldwide on your 20th anniversary – what an incredible milestone!
As a reader & advertiser, I know what a valuable service you provide to the Warrington community.
As a former Miss Cheshire, I featured in the magazine several times and I knew the great reach that you had because so many people that I knew, who I had perhaps not seen for some considerable time, would contact me about it!
For that reason, I knew when I launched my prom dress store, The Dress Studio, that there was no doubt that I would advertise in Warrington Worldwide to promote the shop. It worked… despite being located in quite a remote area, the store was busy on opening! Thank you for all of your support…and for your monthly reminders that I need to send in artwork!”
Love Holly & The Dress Studio team
The Dress Studio
Loyalty to everything Warrington is not matched!
On the bus, in the supermarket, in the library, sat in the pub there is one thing that you can always be sure of, there will be a copy of Warrington Worldwide, and the other thing you can guarantee is that a copy will be coming home with me.
It doesn’t surprise me that Gary is known as ‘Mr Warrington,’ and that the publication he started with his father, supported by the entire family, is nearing twenty years in print, and more recently augmented by online and adoption of social media, it is an incredible achievement.
If you live, work or play in Warrington then it is a ‘must have’ publication to pick up, read and take home.
Online it will tell you all you need to know, and if you want a local service, then it is the place to look. For local business it gives incredible advertising reach, and for local organisations and councils it is one of the best ways to communicate with their citizens. Warrington Worldwide’s loyalty to everything Warrington is not matched.
Warrington Worldwide and its sister publications are what local news reporting is all about and I congratulate the team and all their advertisers, supporters, suppliers on this great 20-year milestone and look forward to continuing to pick up my monthly copy and reading the daily online and social media posts.
Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace
A credit to our wonderful town
“Myself and everyone at LiveWire would like to wish Warrington Worldwide a very happy 20th anniversary!
Your success over the past two decades is a true testament to the whole Warrington Worldwide team – who are a credit to our
Here’s to the next 20 years!”
Brilliant to still be here
“Congratulations to everybody at Warrington Worldwide on their 20th Anniversary.
Our locally-owned bus company was in the first magazine and it is brilliant to still be here in the latest edition.”
“Congratulations to Warrington Worldwide on celebrating 20 years
“A brilliant magazine which works great for Shelly’s and Michele & Co.”
Testament to our lively and active community
“I want to offer my warmest congratulations to all at Warrington Worldwide on reaching their 20-year anniversary issue.
Our town’s vibrant local press is something I always take great pride in and Warrington Worldwide is a credit to it.
Since 1999, Warrington Worldwide has been a testament to our lively and active community here in Warrington – here’s to 20 more years!”
Faisal Rashid MP
Only feels like yesterday since welcoming first edition
Congratulations to Warrington Worldwide on reaching its 20th anniversary edition.
It feels like yesterday that I welcomed the first edition. Time goes by so quickly and it will, I am sure, seem like a blink of an eye before we mark the 30th anniversary.
Best wishes to Gary, David and the team for the future.
Helen Jones MP
A really important part of our town
“Congratulations to Warrington Worldwide on 20 years bringing news and views to our communities.
The magazine provides the local communication channels to promote community identity, wellbeing and cohesiveness.
They are a really important part of our town.”
Professor Steven Broomhead
Nothing is ever too much trouble
Congratulations to Gary and the wonderful team at Warrington Worldwide on your 20th anniversary.
It is always a pleasure working with you all. Nothing is ever too much trouble, you always help us find a cost effective solution to our advertising needs.
We look forward to working with for many more years to come.
Dave Thompson MBE DL
Founder and Chief Executive
Twenty years of making and breaking news
“Huge congratulations to Gary and the Warrington Worldwide team on such a momentous milestone.
Twenty years of making and breaking news across the town is some feat – and one that’s been done with such professionalism and grit.
As the face of journalism changes, it’s always fantastic to see Gary and his team continuously making the effort to get to know the many faces and stories behind the people of Warrington.
They certainly played a huge part in making our business feel like a welcome stitch in the fabric of Warrington’s community, and continue to back us four years later.
Here’s to the continued success of the magazine, and the next twenty years!”
Fabulous support for local businesses
Congratulations to Warrington Worldwide on their 20th Anniversary.
They have been a fabulous support to all local businesses for the past two decades and we wish Gary and the team many more years of success.
Heritage Cafe Walton