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Once upon a time (1975 to be exact) there were no local classified publications in the UK, so if you wanted to buy something you had to drive all over the country.
Frustrated by this, our founder and current Chairman, Chris Kidger and his wife Liz decided to launch a local advertising paper in Uckfield, East Sussex to help people find things to buy and to make money by selling their unwanted goods.
It was a four-page paper containing a handful of adverts for local businesses and people selling stuff in Uckfield and the surrounding villages.
The response to Friday-Ad was great and within a few years it had grown in pages and was helping people find things locally, and often get them a bargain in the process.
Throughout the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s the Friday-Ad grew in it’s print form as the concept of a free weekly classified paper really took off.
With the birth of the Internet, the company took a new direction and took Friday-Ad online.
The new Millenium heralded a rapid expansion of the company that lead to the launch of new websites and the acquisition of market-leading brands and companies – ultimately creating what is the Friday Media Group today.
Check out our ‘Profile’ page for an overview of the structure of Friday Media Group.