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Fresh twist in North-West business news battle

The battle for the business news market in the North-West is set to take a fresh turn with the entry of a yet another new competitor.

Crains Manchester Business ceased publication last month and earlier this week we reported that Crains was now inviting its former readers to sign-up for a free trial with erstwhile rival

In addition, former Manchester Evening News transport editor Alan Salter announced he was broadening the scope of his Transport Matters website and folding it into a new online and monthly print publication, Manchester Matters.

Now in a further twist, former Crains publisher Arthur Porter is seeking funding for a new business title and website focusing on the Manchester-Liverpool corridor.

The new paper, provisionally called the Atlantic Gateway Business Journal, may launch as early as September with a print run of 12,000.

A business plan drawn up for the new venture envisages the creation of seven new journalistic roles and 14 new jobs in total.

Mr Porter was publisher of Crains until January when he left the company in order to “spend more time with his family and pursue other interests,” according to a statement on its website at the time.

He has been contacting a number of leading figures drawn from North West industry and regional government with a view to presenting his business case for financing.


Alan Salter (09/07/2010 14:39:58)
Suddenly, the market is getting crowded again. Read about the birth of a magazine at

Exasperated (09/07/2010 15:25:32)
Have you seen this website?! I never thought I would ever be lost for words.. but there’s a first time for everything I guess…!