Incisive Media's principal offices:
London +44 (0)20 7484 9700
New York +1 646 736 1888
Hong Kong +852 3411 4888
Contact information for a specific division or publication can be found under Markets or Products
Incisive Media has been a vibrant, creative and innovative force in business publishing since its foundation as City Financial Communications in the mid-1990s. It is an exciting story of growth through bold launches and by acquisition.
Tim Weller (pictured), James Hanbury and Nick Rapley founded the company in 1994 with a staff of 13 and an initial investment of just £275,000. Today, we employ over 600 staff across three continents.
We publish content through almost 100 brands, including some of the most recognised names in the business-to-business (B2B) publishing arena. Accountancy Age, Computing, Investment Week, Legal Week, Post and Risk – among other leading names – are multi-platform brands with rapidly expanding digital content and revenues to match.
Incisive Media's diverse portfolio of online properties includes Legalweek.co.uk, Yourmortgage.co.uk, IFAonline.co.uk, search marketing portal ClickZ.com and technology marketplace V3.co.uk and, as a whole, our websites attract an average of 3.5 million visitors a month. All of these websites are supported by mobile, video, social media and app strategies that have required significant investment in the last couple of years.
Events are also a major part of the Incisive Media success story and every year we produce close to 500 conferences, exhibitions, awards nights and training courses in over 30 countries, including Search Engine Strategies, the Asian Private Equity and Venture Forum, the Risk training courses, the Fund Manager of the Year Awards and the British Insurance Awards, the last two filling the Royal Albert Hall on consecutive nights every July.
Incisive Media has an unmatched record of sustained organic and acquisitive growth, creating substantial opportunities for its people who have been able to develop their careers in an organisation where change is constant, risk taking is encouraged and every day is exciting.
The growth of Incisive Media: the first five years
The first five years, commencing with the launch of Investment Week in early 1995, were a time of sustained organic growth with the launch of new titles and brand extensions including International Investment, Cover, Mortgage Solutions, Hedge Funds Review and IFAonline.
The next five years: from organic growth to acquisition
The next chapter of the company's growth saw City Financial re-named Incisive Media following our first major acquisition in 1999 when we merged with Timothy Benn Publishing. This brought one of the world’s oldest continuously published business titles into our portfolio, the leading insurance brand Post Magazine (first published in 1840).
This was quickly followed by flotation on the London Stock Exchange which enabled Incisive Media to use its own shares to acquire several businesses. Key among these was Matching Hat, which took us into the mortgage market, and Risk Waters with its wide range of brands across the wholesale financial services sector. This also gave us our first footprint outside the UK with offices in New York and Hong Kong. These were used to target other key acquisitions such as the US-based ClickZ and SES portfolio and the Asian Venture Capital Journal in Hong Kong.
In addition to spending close to £90m acquiring companies, Incisive Media continued to grow organically, launching market-leading brands such as Structured Products, Life and Pensions (now Insurance Risk) and The Journal of Operational Risk, all in addition to creating a vast number of new events and online products.
Apax buyout takes the company private as growth accelerates
At the end of 2006 Apax backed the management team, led by Tim Weller, in a public-to-private management buyout to substantially accelerate the growth of the company. With the backing of Apax, one of the most active investors in media globally, Incisive Media grew to nearly three times the size it was in November 2006 in a little under two years, particularly with the addition of a major US publishing group, American Law Media.
This partnership lasted just over two-and-a-half years before the pressures on the world’s financial system led to a de-merger of Incisive and ALM with Incisive Media re-financed as a stand-alone business in the autumn of 2009.
Investment for the digital age
This new ownership structure with the same managment team at the helm has given us a platform to re-shape and invest in the business as it takes full advantage of the huge changes in publishing. In particular, the switch to digital in all its many forms has been a key theme of Incisive Media’s return to growth in the last two years. This has been under-pinned by a continuing emphasis on innovation and organic growth which has seen new brands, such as Workplace Savings & Benefits, launched in the last two years.
Our aim is to create a global information business, underpinned by excellence in content creation and our core values of integrity, innovation and authority in everything that we do. While we have been successful in building the business through acquisition, the commitment and quality of our people has continued to deliver organic growth that sets us firmly apart from our peers.
1994 Incisive Media founded as City Financial Communications
1995 Launch of Investment Week
2000 Acquired Timothy Benn Publishing, publishers of Post Magazine
2000 Company floated on the main market of the London Stock Exchange. Incisive Media valued at £75m
2001 Acquired Matching Hat Limited
2003 Acquired Risk Waters Group
2004 Acquired Initiative Europe
2005 Acquired ClickZ, Search Engine Watch and SES Conference and Exposition series.
2006 Acquired CIFT (Centre for Interactive Financial Training)
2006 Acquired Pacific Prospect
2006 Acquired AVCJ (Asian Venture Capital Journal)
2006 Apax takes Incisive Media private in a £275m buyout
2006 Acquired MSM International
2007 Acquired VNU Business Publications
2007 Acquired Central Banking Publications
2007 Acquired Global Technology Forum
2007 Acquired ALM Media from Wasserstein in a US$630m deal
2009 Incisive Media and ALM refinanced as stand alone businesses
2010 Incisive Media wins Digital Publisher of the Year at the AOP Awards
2012 Major investment to launch tablet apps for all brands
2013 Incisive Media wins Digital Publisher of the Year at the AOP Awards