Advertising FAQ's

Sussex Local is a full colour, glossy monthly community B5 magazine, that is distributed free to over 45,300 homes in West Sussex. There are seven different editions published each month, each covering a different area. The magazine contains relevant and interesting features, competitions, and a current What’s On guides. There are also listings and offers from companies serving the area. The magazine is independently run and published.

The magazine is delivered free of charge.

Rates start at just £10 per month per edition + VAT for a small box in the Business Directory page (minimum booking of 6 months = £60 + VAT). Please see here for the full price list including series discounts and leaflet distribution.

We can help in a number of ways, subject to space availability:
1. We publish short articles free of charge for charity and not-for-profit community groups, so if you have an article then please email it over. Usually a maximum of 200 words with a high resolution photo. Our deadline is 4th of the month prior to publication.
2. We give a charity discount for advertisements of 25%
3. We can publish your events free of charge. Please put them on the What’s Onsection of our website by 7th of the month prior to publication.

We welcome well written submissions on topics, which are relevant and interesting to our local community. Although we cannot guarantee inclusion due to space restrictions. Please see our Editorial page for details.

Subject to space we will accept bookings from existing advertisers after the booking deadline. We will only accept late bookings from new advertisers with a card payment and finished artwork supplied at the time of booking.

Payment can be made in advance for the whole series (by cheque, bank transfer, Paypal or card payment) or monthly in advance by direct debit.

For all new customers, payment for the first advertisement is due at the time of booking, once this is received we will send an invoice/receipt and process your booking.

We cannot publish any advertisement or produce artwork until you have either paid your invoice authorised the direct debit. Our full terms and conditions can be viewed here

We will send a separate email to set up your direct debit. All you need to do is follow the instructions on the email and fill in your bank details to activate the direct debit.

Payment will be taken on the 7th of the month prior to when your advertisement is published. Invoices are emailed and will be issued on the 1st of the month prior to when the advertisement is published.

A direct debit payment will only come out when an invoice is due – please note: you will not have to cancel the direct debit at the end of your series. We will not continue to take money by direct debit once your advertising booking has ended.

In order to process your booking we will require:

Your details
• full business name and trading status (Limited / Sole Trader etc)
• Your full name
• Your business address
• Your contact numbers
• Your email address
• Your business category (for Advertiser Index) ie Plumber / Gardener etc

Details of how you wish to pay
• The correct contact details for your accounts department – full name and email address
• Your credit/debit card details for the first months advertising for all new customers

Details of what you wish to book
• Advertisement size
• Which of the 5 editions you wish to appear in
• Which months you wish to book

If we are making your advertisement, we need a full brief before 1st of the month. By a brief we mean all the wording, images/logos, colour/font preferences. Plus any style requirements or a sample of a previously used advertisement.

New advertisements are made in the first 7-10 days of the month. A proof will be emailed to you for comments/approval. We will make changes/alterations within reason until you are fully satisfied with your artwork but we do ask that you supply a thorough brief in the first instance.

You are welcome to update your advertisement each month (not Business Directory advertisements). However extra charges will usually apply depending on the changes required. Please discuss this at the time of booking.

If you are supplying an advertisement, our copy deadline for finished artwork is the 4th of the month, for the following month’s issue. We prefer a high resolution jpeg or pdf (minimum 300 dpi). Advertisement sizes can be seen on here. You are welcome to update your advertisement each month. We will send an email reminder approximately 1 week before our copy deadline.

Please refer to our advertising rates to find out artwork charges.

Delivery takes place during the last ten days of the month prior to the cover date (@ 21st – 31st). All magazines and leaflets are delivered by the last day of the month.

We send copies of all magazines you are advertising in (not for Business Directory advertisements) each month. These are posted 2nd class after the 20th of each month

We will send you a renewal reminder by email prior to the publication of the last advertisement in your current booking.

If you wish to cancel a pre-booked advertisement you must do so before the booking deadline which is 1st of the month prior to the month of publication otherwise payment will still be required.

So if you wanted to cancel your August booking you would need to do this before 1st July. If you cancel your series early we will re-charge any advertisements taken at the correct rate. For example if you have booked a 6 month half page advertisement at £76 per month and only taken 1 month which costs £89 we would send a final invoice for the difference of £13 + VAT.

We will take requests but cannot guarantee special positions unless these are paid for (ie Back Cover etc). Where we have availability we can guarantee specific positions (ie centre pages / early right hand page) for a surcharge of 15%. This must be agreed at the time of booking.

If you are supplying leaflets we will need them by 19th of the month prior to the issue month your leaflets are to be distributed.

Finished size of leaflets should be no more than B5. If you leaflets are A4 then we need them folded to A5 prior to receiving them. Thickest paper weight, even when folded, should be no more than 300GSM (postcard weight).

Please contact us if you are unclear about paper sizes and weights. Sadly if we receive leaflets which are outside our parameters, then we will be unable to deliver them. We cannot offer refunds for unused distribution.

If you or your printer can supply them bundled in 100s or 250s that will help us enormously and help us to ensure that the correct amount of leaflets are allocated to each of our distributors.

A separate document with contact details for our distribution points will be sent nearer the time.

If we are printing your leaflets please supply the following information now or before 1st of the month: Wording, images/logos, colour/font preferences, design brief or sample advert. Artwork is prepared in the first 4-10 days of the month and a proof will be emailed to you for comments/approval.

We will make changes/alterations within reason until you are fully satisfied with your artwork. However we do ask that you supply a thorough brief in the first instance.

This depends on several factors. Please ask for our separate sheet ‘How to get the best from your advertising’. It can take a couple of inserts to see a return. However, if there is a demand for your products/services in the local area, there is no reason why it won’t work. Your advertisement should look professional and be timely. Please see our testimonials page on our website by clicking here


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