Regional publisher Local World oversaw a 94pc increase in web users in its first year of operation, according to figures released by the company today.
The company, founded on 7 January 2013, marked its first anniversary by publishing figures showing a year-on-year increase in unique users for its websites of nearly 7m.
Monthly unique users for the company’s network of websites in December totalled 14,273,396.
A year ago Local World chairman David Montgomery said that demand for local content remained high and that the correct strategic approach could “transform a local media business focused on that opportunity.”
He said today: “In the last 12 months we have proved this. There is a palpable sense of optimism in the business, as we are leading the industry in digital audience growth through our relentless focus on content.
“The figures illustrate the progress we have made in expanding our reader base. We enter our second year with strong momentum.”
He said the company’s focus in 2014 would be on delivering a “fully transformed digital transactional business,” further developing print circulation through product enhancement and relaunches, and reinforcing its position as the “turn-to media” for its local markets.