Guide to Business Direction Submissions
Upcoming themes and deadlines
From food and drink to manufacturing, awards and more, each edition of Business Direction has a new theme to help you raise your business profile in the two counties.
January/February 2022 Edition
Theme: Making Technology Work for your Business
March/April 2022 Edition
Theme: Planning for Future Success
May/June 2022 Edition
Copy deadline: 30 March 2022
Articles could cover: Apprenticeships and traineeships, attracting and retaining skilled staff, updates on government schemes, training portfolios and higher education.
July/August 2022 Edition
Theme: Business Growth
Copy deadline: 25 May 2022
Articles could cover: Continued Covid-19 recovery, staff and premises growth, expanding into new markets and profit growth.
September/October 2022 Edition
Theme: Business Costs
Copy deadline: 27 July 2022
Articles could cover: Business taxes, access to finance, energy costs, access to alternative funding post EU exit.
November/December 2022 Edition
Copy deadline: 28 September 2022
Articles could cover: Corporate social responsibility, net-zero, grant schemes and steps organisations are taking to become greener.
January/February 2023 Edition
Theme: Technology & Cyber Security
Copy deadline: 23 November 2022
Articles could cover: Technology innovation, implementing new technologies and the growing risk from cyber crime and solutions.
March/April 2023 Edition
Theme: International Trade
Copy deadline: January, TBC
Articles could cover: Living, working and trading with the EU, updates on import and export, trade opportunities and successes.
Guidelines for submitting articles (magazine)
Articles for the Business News, Charity News or Skills pages must be a maximum of 150 words. Articles for the Movers & Shakers pages should be no more than 80 words. Please ensure your submission is in a Word Document format.
Articles for Business News should reflect something newsworthy and should NOT be an advert for the business. Examples may include receiving an award, celebrating an anniversary, forming a new partnership or any other success story.
Images must be high resolution and should be a minimum of 1MB (and 300 dpi). They must be relevant to the article, and you do have the option of including a caption which you can insert into your written article.
All articles must have a headline and can include your website address at the end of the article.
Submissions must be clear to read and be written in the third person.
The theme of each edition runs through the Big Interview and the Cover Feature(s). Businesses are welcome to use the theme, but do not have to do this for regular articles.
Guidelines for submitting articles (online)
Stories submitted online will automatically be considered for the Business Direction magazine and/or outgoing newsletters, and shared on social media.
There is no word limit for stories and press releases submitted online, however if your article is picked up for the magazine please be aware it may be edited to 150-words for clarity.
Images must be high resolution and should be large enough for web (72 dpi). Please ensure your image is saved with the same title as your story to ensure the correct photograph is chosen when edited by a member of the Chamber team.
Stories submitted online will be approved within 48 hours by someone from the Chamber of Commerce providing they follow the guidelines.
Whilst we cannot guarantee inclusion in the printed Business Direction magazine, all online submissions will be included if the guidelines are followed.
There is no deadline for online submissions, however if you are looking for your article to also appear in the printed publication, we encourage you to refer to the deadlines above.
Advertising with Business Direction
Get in front of thousands of decision makers with Business Direction, the leading business resource for Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Business Direction offers excellent advertising opportunities at highly competitive rate and Chamber Members receive a 20% discount. You can choose from a quarter page ad to the inside front or back cover to ensure your business gets noticed.
To find out more about the current Advertising Media Pack and to discuss options, please contact Angie Smith at Distinctive Publishing:
Tel: 0845 884 2333