Model Engineer magazine - gone?

To bring this back onto subject, Highbury House Communications PLC was placed into administration last Thursday evening. On Friday morning a
buyer was announced for the assets of the Bournemouth based division (Highbury Entertainment) and the Orpington based division (Highbury Nexus Special Interest Ltd) with the Lifestyle division being the sole remaining asset of the company.
More news will no doubt follow...
David
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On 24 Jan 2006 16:36:17 -0800, snipped-for-privacy@alligatagroup.co.uk wrote:

That looks good then as ME and MEW were under the Orpington division.
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John Stevenson Nottingham, England.
Visit the new Model Engineering adverts page at:- http://www.homeworkshop.org.uk /
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John Stevenson wrote:

More about the deal here: http://www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionIDV&ArticleID 25290
Peter
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http://www.yorkshiretoday.co.uk/ViewArticle2.aspx?SectionIDV&ArticleID 25290
Thanks for posting the link! I will hold off on re-subscribing, until the dust settles!
Steve R.
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wrote:

Very wise.
Regards, Tony
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Does anyone know if the 20th Jan 2006 issue of Model Engineer was published? I was lucky, my subscrition ended with the previous issue, which I received. Just wanted to check to see what I might be missing from my collection.
Peter
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peterseager wrote:

Peter
Yes, my wife got it for me from WHS this week. Interesting article about a IC engine auction and the usual mix of Locomotive subjects and an Index for Vol 195.
Regards
Keith
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On 27-Jan-2006, jontom snipped-for-privacy@hotmail.com wrote:

I received my subscription copy of ME yesterday (26/1/06) as normal, and enclosed was the following information sheet from Encanta which I reproduce in full as it contains useful address and phone numbers: ---------------------------------------------------- Great News for readers! Dear Subscriber, I am delighted to be sending your latest edition of your favourite magazine - and sending you some good news at the same time. We are pleased to announce that the publication is now owned by specialist magazine publisher, Encanta Media Ltd which bought this publication and eight others from the previous owners. Encanta is delighted to be the publisher and has plans to develop all the titles, to the benefit of the enthusiasts they serve - both readers and advertisers Special interest titles like this are Encanta's mission in life - we don't produce ant other type of publications and we KNOW just how important these publications are. You will be relieved to know that all editors, managers and staff for the titles have transferred to Encanta - we are very pleased they have joined Encanta and we are delighted to welcome you too! Contact details: Encanta Media Ltd Berwick House 8 - 10 Knoll Rise Orpington Kent BR6 0EL Tel 01689 899200 Subscription Hot Line: 0870 837 8600
(Signed) Owen Davies Managing Director ----------------------------------------------------------- Regards
Brian
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Thanks for the information Brian. I wonder if they will send the same information to lapsed subscribers. Potentially 1/12 of their readership took fright at the share suspension and did not renew.
Peter
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On Fri, 27 Jan 2006 11:19:44 GMT, snipped-for-privacy@brian-james.demon.co.uk wrote:

Mine arrived here in France today.
Lets hope the new owners can make a go of it.
Russell.
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Yes, my subscription copy arrived yesterday (Wednesday), but _without_ the note Brian James quotes in his posting - which I was very pleased to read.
You might be also interested in a relevant journalist's blog at :- http://www.the-word-is-not-enough.com/blog/personal /
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Peter Neill wrote:

Having just returned from visiting the exhibition at Sinsheim in Germany I must report that the visitors were of a much more varied age range than is usual in the UK. There were many family groups in which the male members were of working age with their wives and children, not grandfathers giving their grandchildren a day out.There were also many young persons involved in driving on the extensive ground floor railway system (both steam and electric traction) so I think that the German attitude to engineering is still actively encouraging the next generation. I wish the same was true here.
Colin Ager Norfolk UK
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The original publishers of ME / MEW got an offer that they couldnt refuse, and so sold the titles to Highbury House. HH bought many titles, often paying a very high price, and much on borrowed money.
Over a year ago there was one group who considered buying those titles, but the price HH quoted was thought excessive.
Right now, Allied Irish Bank are supporting HH, whilst assets are sold off in an orderly manner. There are at least two groups who are interested in ME/MEW but naturally Ernst & Young would prefer to sell the whole lot as a package if it is possible. I gather that one of these groups includes at least one person who was involved with Argus.
The end result looks as if it will be that "our" magazines will remain, either as part of another group,or perhaps as stand-alone publications. As has been said, any buyer is almost bound to honour subscriptions to avoid alienating there membership base.
The people who will certainly lose are the investors in HH, who are unlikely to see anything back.
Alan Stepney
http://www.alanstepney.info
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