Celebrating 10 years
As etc Magazine celebrates its tenth birthday, editor Alex Jenkins looks back through the 120 editions and picks out some highlights.
Ten years has seen many changes take place at etc Magazine.
The first etc was published in August 2005 under the editor Tony Jackman and covered the Chichester area, dipping its toe into Portsmouth for a short while.
Since then it has grown and matured at a rapid pace.
From just 60 pages it has blossomed into more than 200 pages of glossy goodness, with a funky UV front.
And that is just the original ‘main’ edition.
During the years we have not only added the East Sussex edition, which covers Saltdean to Rye, but also the Horsham/Mid Sussex edition and the Hampshire edition, which runs from Emsworth to the New Forest.
Aside from the monthly magazine we have written special editions, most recently Education, Active Life, and our bi-annual motors flip.
Plus weddings, interiors, parenting and food have all been placed in the spotlight.
However, none of this could be possible without our loyal advertisers and readers, some of whom have been with us from almost the beginning.
This includes the likes of Chichester’s Q Hair & Beauty; RL Austen; Thru The Looking Glass; Rachel George; and Goodwood.
W&H Supplies in Arundel, Bognor’s Reynolds Furniture, and Wayne Windows & Conservatories; plus Wakefields Jewellers in Horsham.
Furniture & Mirror, based in Worthing and Chichester; Benchmark Windows in Lancing; LGuess in Littlehampton and Rustington; Goring Road Carpets in Worthing, Rustington and Billingshurst; and Pressleys in Chichester and Worthing.
This is just a small selection of long time supporters and I know there are many more out there who we could not have continued without.
We are always amazed and overjoyed at the number of people who have entered our fabulous competitions over the years, winning everything from a goodie bag and kitchen equipment to a skiing holiday and spa trips.
The magazine loves being involved in the community so it has been our great pleasure to partner up with some incredible events over the years.
This has ranged from the recent Mid Summer Ball in aid of the Rockinghorse children’s charity and the DM Thomas Foundation, and the Horizons Appeal Autumn Gift fair; to the Sussex Food and Drink Awards, which we are working alongside for the second year running.
Plus we have organised many of our own events, such as the etc Homes and Gardens Show, the new West Sussex Hair and Beauty Awards, and our etc B Aware charity fashion show.
The whole team works very hard to make the best product it can and there are many people in the background who really do work tirelessly.
This includes the journalists, the designers, the media sales consultants, the page planner, the art studio, the printers, and the distribution team.
This hard work has paid off, with etc Magazine winning three separate awards over the years.
However, the most exciting award has to be the one we won this year where we were announced Regional Magazine of the Year at a prestigious nationwide awards ceremony in London.
As editor for the last three and a half years I have to say it has been an extraordinary privilege working on such a beautiful and exciting magazine.
I always loved reading it before I joined the team and I still beam with delight when I hear people say ‘I can’t believe it is free, it is just so good’.
From all of us at etc HQ I would like to say a massive thank you and I hope you continue to support us for the next ten years to come.
We have had many celebrities grace the etc pages. Some of our favourites have included The Snowman author Raymond Briggs who spoke about the 25th anniversary of the iconic film; Australian singer/actor Dannii Minogue; Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe; Sir David Attenborough who was celebrating his 60 years of presenting; British actress and Broadchurch star Olivia Colman; and the beautiful Helen Mirren.
It is always great to try new things and during the years the etc team has certainly stepped up to the challenge.
This has seen former editor Clare Wallace explore the Sussex countryside from a hot-air balloon; current editor Alex Jenkins wingwalking; Laura Cartldge heading to the Gambia; and Charlotte Pearson pole dancing.
During the last decade we have met an incredible amount of inspiring people, from Olympians such as local horse rider Tina Cook to those who have fought cancer, climbed mountains, run marathons and worked in war zones.
July 24, 2015 Fashion and Beauty