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Future Plc’s Board

Peter Allen

Peter Allen


Zillah Byng-Maddick

Zillah Byng-Thorne

Chief Executive Officer

Penny Ladkin-Brand

Chief Financial Officer

Manjit Wolstenholme

Manjit Wolstenholme

Senior Independent
Non-Executive Director

Hugo Drayton

Hugo Drayton

Non-Executive Director

Mark Wood

Mark Wood

Non-Executive Director

Future Plc’s Executive team

Nial Ferguson

Nial Ferguson

Content Director, Media

Joe McEvoy

Joe McEvoy

Managing Director, Magazines


Neville Daniels

Managing Director, Australia

Michael Venus

Michael Venus

HR & Communications Director

Emma Harvey

Emma Harvey

Chief Product Officer

Charlie Speight

Charlie Speight

Chief Revenue Officer


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Momentum and Optimisation: Future announce 2015 Full Year Results


Today Future announced its preliminary results for the 2015 financial year to the London Stock Exchange.

The headlines were that Future has successfully completed an 18-month transformation period, is building momentum thanks to an ongoing ‘Content that Connects’ strategy, and optimising for growth by creating distinct Media and Magazine divisions.

In particular, the decision to structure around Media and Magazine has been endorsed by shareholders from whom Future has raised £3m. This will be invested in rapidly-growing revenue streams including e-commerce, events and digital advertising to accelerate growth and profit generation.

Zillah Byng-Thorne, Future’s Chief Executive, said: “We have completed a substantial transformation of the business over the last 18 months, with 2015 being a year of building momentum. All territories are now profitable and we are seeing the acceleration of our growing digital and diversified revenue streams.

“We are splitting the business into two separately managed brand-led divisions, Media and Magazine. The Media division is focused on global brands that are at the forefront of digital innovation, particularly within the high growth technology and games markets. The Magazine division will continue to deliver specialist market-leading content through a number of premier print brands.

“The funds raised will enable us to invest in the rapid growth of the Media division. We look forwards with increasing confidence, and expect to continue to grow the Group’s profitability in the current financial year.”

A detailed full year statement can be found here.

Future acquires Net Communities Ltd

Future acquires Net Communities Ltd



On 6 July Future announced the acquisition of Net Communities, an award-winning digital company that specialises in advertising solutions and publishing for a range of market leading, global media partners.

The acquisition, for an undisclosed amount, further strengthens Future’s digital reach in the UK, particularly within the technology and games markets.

Future currently has a UK online audience of 8m monthly users across its technology, games, film, music, photography and creative portfolio.  Net Communities has a UK online audience of over 10m monthly users across a renowned portfolio of sites from publishers such as Vox Media, Purch and Digital Trends.

In technology, the deal solidifies Future’s market leading technology portfolio and brands such as TechRadar, T3 and Gizmodo UK will now be joined by Net Communities renowned portfolio.

These partnerships grow Future’s tech-loving audience to a combined reach of over 15 million engaged users and confirms Future’s Games reach as the biggest in the UK.

Not only will the acquisition see Future double its online reach in the UK, and thus provide clients with even more ways to connect with an influential audience, but it will also accelerate the company’s Business Technology proposition with the acquisition of Net Communities’ sites ITProportal, ITReviews and ITWhitePapers which, combined with Future’s B2B sites TechradarPro and Lifehacker UK, deliver an audience of over 2m IT Decision Makers.

Zillah Byng-Maddick, CEO of Future, says,

“This acquisition of Net Communities is a great opportunity for us to leverage the synergies and specialism between the two businesses. Future has a strong track record in the tech sector connecting audiences with technology and lifestyle brands.  Our combined audience reach will now ensure we are able to unlock the best commercial deals in the UK market place.”

Andy Evans, Net Communities CEO and Founder, says,

“There has been a long-standing mutual admiration between Net Communities and Future, so this opportunity  was an obvious fit for both business.  As a result, this acquisition came together very naturally enabling Future to deliver exceptional market reach across some of the most admired web properties consumer and B2B technology. The Net Communities team and I are very excited about the opportunities that can be created as we move forward in unison”

The UK’s Leading Technology News and Reviews Website, TechRadar, Unveils New Look Website

The UK’s Leading Technology News and Reviews Website, TechRadar, Unveils New Look Website

New Wearables Channel

Enhanced E-Commerce

New Responsive Capabilities

20 January 2015Future plc, the international media group and leading digital business, has today unveiled significant developments to its market-leading website TechRadar.com with the launch of a new responsive site and the arrival of a new channel, covering the growing wearable technology category.

As the UK’s most popular technology news and reviews website, and with more than 27 million users globally, TechRadar is one of the most influential tech websites on the planet. Covering the world of wearable technology from its tentative first steps, today sees the site launch a dedicated home for this now vibrant and burgeoning market. Find it at www.techradar.com/wearables

In addition, TechRadar is launching a new responsive design that will give users a greater and more consistent experience across all devices.

Further upcoming developments include the launch of an enhanced phone comparison service, which will enable phone buyers to more easily browse multiple phone deals, comparing offers to help make informed decisions alongside TechRadar’s market-leading reviews.

Patrick Goss, Global Editor in Chief of TechRadar says; “We’re all delighted that TechRadar’s new look has made it even easier to read the best reviews, features and technology news on the planet. With more and more of us reading the web on tablets and phones, it was hugely important to have a site that felt functional whatever the screen size, and the arrival of a new wearables channel marks a new chapter as technology gets ever more intertwined in our everyday lives.”

Nick Merritt, Head of Content and Marketing for Future’s technology portfolio, says, “TechRadar has become one of the most important destinations in the tech purchasing process. In a world where technology has become part of everyday routine, TechRadar’s opinion has never been more important. These developments will give TechRadar users a much better experience from research to purchase.”

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