Square Up Media likes to do things differently.

When we launched Square Mile magazine in 2005, we were pioneers of the freemium publishing model. We believe in making products that are as exciting as they are interesting – and, best of all, offering them to our readers for free.

In Square Mile and Hedge we have created two of the most compelling lifestyle brands in the country both with highly targeted (not to mention wealthy) audiences.

We only produce content we enjoy. Whether it’s travel (Escapism) or food (Foodism), we write about subjects we’re genuinely passionate about. Let’s put it this way, you won’t see us launching a knitting brand any time soon.

With more than a decade of experience creating informative and captivating content, we are experts at communicating to our various audiences. Whether it’s via our magazines, websites, newsletters or events, we offer our commercial partners access to some of the most engaged audiences in London and beyond.

Meet the senior management here...

Tim Slee

Tim Slee

CEO

Terrifyingly for everyone, Tim sits atop the company tree, having been one of the two original founders of Square Up Media. Fortunately he followed the old adage 'always employ people smarter than you', which turned out to be a surprisingly easy recruitment policy. Doing things first, along with creating brands and projects that are great fun, are the driving forces behind the business – and what keeps Tim interested in continuing to grow the company year after year. He's great at telling stories about sporting achievements he's yet to do – and he keeps just fit enough to make them convincing.

Tom Kelly OBE

Tom Kelly OBE

Chairman

Tom is a current affairs commentator and businessman. He is founder of the leading PR company Stakeholder Group, and a partner in the mediation and arbitration network JAMS Ireland. His assignments have included work with Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama and Tim Slee. Currently Tom serves as an Honorary Consul for Malta. He has a raft of post-nominal letters, but the one we love best is OBE.

Stephen Laffey

Stephen Laffey

Managing Director

Stephen set up events business Marshall Harrison back in 2012 with business partner James Rolph. Since the company's merger with Square Up Media in 2016, Stephen has stepped into the position of Managing Director. His main remit is the sales side of the business, and he's never short of pearls of wisdom for the commercial team – some are, admittedly, shinier than others. He actually grew up in Essex but hides it well – or so he thinks. His spare time is mostly spent being woken up by his young child and searching for lost golf balls.

Mark Hedley

Mark Hedley

Editorial Director

Mark is a founding member of the Square Up Media team and has worked on Square Mile since its launch in 2005. He oversees the editorial department at Square Up Media, and spends most of his time editing both Square Mile and Hedge magazines. Having watched his father and older brothers earn a living in financial services, he decided it would be far preferable to write about the City than work in it. He has a first-class MA in Photographic Journalism and occasionally dusts off his SLR for a shoot – as long as the subject and destination are glamorous enough. But like most great British sportsmen, he particularly excels at things you can do sitting down. Apart from sport.

Matt Hasteley

Matt Hasteley

Art Director

Matt heads up Square Up Media’s awesomely talented design team. With a decade of experience he’s proven able to steer any magazine, website, photoshoot or design brief through the choppiest of production waters. He rebranded Square Mile and Hedge, crafting them into their current forms, and created Escapism and its culinary sister Foodism. Like all good creative types, he rides a fixie and has a beard.

Jon Hawkins

Jon Hawkins

Editor, Escapism & Foodism; Deputy Editor, Square Mile & Hedge

Jon is editor of Escapism and Foodism, and deputy editor of Square Mile and Hedge. Never one to take the easy route, he left his role at a City investment bank in the heart of the financial crisis, only to find himself working in the publishing industry in the heart of the financial crisis. Although, as a travel obsessive who edits the UK's largest travel magazine, he accepts it could be worse. Jon loves cycling, eating and reading, but lacks the coordination to do all three at the same time.

Mike Berrett

Mike Berrett

Sales Director

Mike Berrett has worked at Square Up Media for more than eight years. He's one of the most approachable sales directors you'll ever meet – and is ever keen for a pint after work. Or during work. Blessed with a genuine Essex charm, Mike is sadly condemned to be a West Ham fan for the rest of his life – just ask to see his tattoo.

Alex Watson

Alex Watson

Sales Director

Alex is far too sophisticated to work in sales. Mild-mannered and ever the professional, he likes to pretend he works in the editorial department – which often works well for his clients. If you like a sales director who can also hook you up with a VIP table at any London club, he's your man. Likes drinking vodka, mountain biking and playing hockey – not necessarily in that order.

Freddie Dunbar

Freddie Dunbar

Head Of Sales - Luxury

After managing the unforgiving climb up the many-runged Square Up Media sales ladder, Freddie is now Head of Sales for the company's Luxury division, managing a team of the sharpest account execs in the business.

As the owner of the office’s fiercest beard, his colleagues look to him for a broad range of advice and guidance (on how to perfect their own facial fuzz).

In his spare time he loves nothing more than pretending to lift weights in the gym. And oiling his beard.

Sophie Spencer

Sophie Spencer

Head Of Sales - Lifestyle

Growing up in Crawley, Sophie began her career as a waitress and then became an air hostess. But not a fan of stereotypes, she decided to go into sales instead. Her natural charm and boundless enthusiasm for travel made her a huge asset to the Escapism team. It wasn’t long before she had worked her way up to Head of Lifestyle, where she oversees sales across Escapism, Foodism and Festival Baby.

Steve Cole

Steve Cole

Financial Director

Our mothers always taught us, if you've nothing good to say, then say nothing at all. Steve is our FD.

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Square Up Media acquires Factory Media

2017-01-05

Square Up Media – publisher of Square Mile, Foodism and Escapism magazines – is happy to announce it has reached an agreement with Forward Dimension Capital (“FDC”) to acquire Factory Media.

Read the full details here