Find out more about Business Leader

Business Leader Ltd is an independent publishing and media company that exists to promote business and enterprise across Bristol, Somerset and North Somerset, Bath, and surrounding areas. Originally launched as an online news portal in 2009, the business was incorporated in 2012 and today employs a team of journalists, writers, graphic designers, web and digital experts, circulation and data specialists and senior management who all work and live locally.

Business Leader Magazine

With 10,000 copies printed and circulated across the region, Business Leader magazine is a glossy, premium quality 52 page publication that reports essential business news and views, tackles the burning issues, and features interviews, opinions and expert advice. The magazine is mailed directly to business leaders, senior management, key influencers and officials in education and government in the region. Alongside the 10,000 we send direct, thousands are also available for pick up in selected business outlets such as Key airports, professional sports grounds, Waitrose, The Engine Shed, Barclays, UWE University and many more, giving us a readership of 30,000 per edition.

Business Leader Digital

The Business Leader news portal is the go-to site for business news from across the region. Our digital team also publish a weekly e-newsletter; Business Leader Newswire delivered straight to the inbox of over 30,000 recipients – the largest and most targeted business email newsletter in the South West.

Business Leader Events

Business Leader is spearheading a number of no-nonsense business events and initiatives, networking opportunities and awards, including The Business Leader Awards, Business Leader Trailblazers, regular roundtable discussions and the Business Leader Summit.


We provide a range of advertising, editorial and sponsorship opportunities, along with a comprehensive, strictly limited direct mail and email marketing service to the Business Leader circulation list.

The Story So Far

A timeline of Business Leader's conception and development

April 2012
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The Ascot Group acquires the Weston Echo news portal.

July 2012
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We re-brand as North Somerset Business Leader.

January 2013

First print magazine launched.

July 2013

Business Leader interview Sir Richard Branson OBE

September 2013

First Business Leader Awards hosted by Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE

January 2014
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Re-launched and re-branded as Business Leader with expansion into Bristol.

May 2014

Business Leader hosts major mergers & acquisitions debate.

September 2014

Michelle Mone OBE hosts Business Leader Awards.

October 2014

Judith joins the team! New Business Development Manager, Sam Clark, joins as Business Leader invest in new fleet of vans.

January 2015

Business Leader team up with My Voucher Codes founder Mark Pearson for major feature.

March 2015

Business Leader team up with model and entrepreneur Caprice Bourret.

May 2015

Major expansion plans launched to build business community & South West content creation hub.

June 2015

Gyles Brandreth to host 2015 South West Business Leader Awards.

January 2016

Business Leader Magazine launches its brand new Trailblazers event.

February 2016

Television star and military leader Ant Middleton gets BLM video guy in a headlock.

March 2016

Business Leader kicks off roundtable series hosting major Property and Construction Debate.

April 2016

After a rigorous judging process the BLM Trailblazer top 40 is announced.

June 2016

Business Leader celebrate South West business with the annual BLM Summer BBQ.

July 2016

BLM run high profile interview & feature with entrepreneur Matt Fiddes.

September 2016

Clive Coleman hosts 2016 Business Leader Awards held at the Bristol Hotel.

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