About NWN Media
NWN Media Ltd is one of the UK's leading independent media groups.
The company publishes a portfolio of daily, weekly and monthly publications and a series of up to the minute, interactive websites. Combined, the group reaches an audience in excess of a million people every week. Included within the group’s portfolio is the oldest weekly newspaper in Wales and some of the newest, technology–driven websites in the UK.
The group has a number of successful divisions that provide additional services from contract print, design through to distribution providing a complete marketing solution to a vast array of businesses.
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The company began in Oswestry in the mid 1800's when a small time printer published a railway timetable sold to 1,000 members of the public. Gradually news and advertisements were added.
A series of takeovers of small printing works resulted in the establishment of the new firm of Woodall, Minshall and Thomas (the start of the Thomas family dynasty). The Border Counties Advertizer was then launched, followed by the Wrexham Leader. By 1932, the Y Cymro and Montgomeryshire Express were also part of the group.
Rowland Thomas became the dynamic force behind the company and it was his skill and enthusiasm that took the company through the difficult times of the war and other financial problems. It was Rowland's son Eric, who, after returning from the war qualified as a barrister and then joined the company and by 1949 he was at the helm with Rowland Thomas remaining chairman. Rowland died in 1959 aged 70 leaving the company in Eric's hands.
With director, Tom Roberts, Eric started to expand particularly on the North Wales coast in Rhyl, Denbigh, Bangor and at Colwyn Bay, borrowing money from the bank and another newspaper publisher, to complete the deals. Eric brought his nephew, Robbie Thomas, a trained journalist, into the business, who eventually became managing director whilst Eric was Chairman. In 1973 the company made a massive financial investment in launching the Evening Leader, with editions going into Wrexham then Flintshire and finally Chester.
Fifteen years later the company moved its headquarters to Mold being more central to its readers and advertisers.
Eric Thomas died in 1996 aged 76. It was a huge loss to his family and the staff, with whom he held a very special relationship.
In April 1998 the company continued its growth and acquired the very popular, three editions Chester Standard, a free weekly with a distribution of 90,000 adding further value to company's portfolio.
The Thomas family is still inextricably involved in NWN Media Ltd. with Eric’s daughter Nonna as vice chairman and her sisters Erica and Susan also having involvement, along with their children of whom Anthony, Sophie & Huw are directly employed and contributing to the company.