Camberley-based Black Ox, the owner of The Business Magazine, has bought Dorsetbiznews.co.uk.
The Dorset business site was founded in 2019 in Poole. Black Ox said it “has grown a loyal readership and online reputation through its quality content and fresh, upbeat and positive approach to all things business in Dorset”.
Richard Thompson, chief executive of Black Ox, said: “We have some exciting plans for the Biz News brand and will be expanding its presence across the UK, always keeping it local, always being the voice for business at county level and with a commitment. to quality content. Dorsetbiznews.co.uk perfectly complements our flagship title The Business Magazine, the champion of regional business for the past 30 years.”
It is Black Ox’s third acquisition in the past 12 months, following the April purchase of video production house Sightline and the May purchase of NK Media, which publishes Business & Innovation Magazine. The moves collectively represent a range extension from the southeast-based Black Bull to the southwest.
Dorsetbiznews.co.uk founder and editor Andrew Diprose will continue at the helm of the title until a new editor is recruited; Interested candidates are invited to email Black Ox Managing Editor Stephen Emerson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Commenting on the acquisition, Diprose said: “Black Ox was our preferred acquirer, especially after seeing the huge impact they have had after revitalizing The Business Magazine since acquiring the title and their commitment to the quality content We are excited about their plans to grow the Biz News brand nationally as a local county news service over the coming months and years…
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“It is a very proud moment for my wife, son and I, all shareholders, to see a growing media group of Black Ox’s caliber acquire our company.”
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