Our company

TopicUK was launched in April 2013 by Gill Laidler and Rob Blackwell,  with the aim of supporting small to medium businesses in Wakefield and District. Since that time, we have been overwhelmed with support from the local business community, which has enabled the magazine to grow substantially.

In April 2015, a second edition was launched, covering Kirklees and Calderdale and at the same time, we incorporated Close Up for Business, the official magazine of the Mid Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce. A third edition of TopicUK was launched in Barnsley and South Yorkshire in November the same year, followed by Soho London in February 2016. A Fifth edition was launched in Leeds in November 2016.


TopicUK’s mission is to help all businesses within the areas we publish with free PR and affordable partnerships.

When we started our own small graphic design business several years ago, there was no platform for us to promote ourselves, with TopicUK this has now changed.

We believe that if businesses within communities work together, everyone will benefit and the local economy will be strengthened.

Social capital is declining and we feel that this should be addressed as a matter of urgency. Businesses can only prosper and grow with social activity and human interaction.


Pages of news printed each issue.


Pages of news printed each issue.

TopicUK in Your Region

  • 2013Wakefield & District

    Wakefield April 2013
  • 2015Kirklees & Calderdale

    Kirklees & Calderdale April 2015
  • 2016Soho

    Soho February 2016
  • 2016Leeds

    October 2016