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First Voice named Best Association Magazine

First Voice has been named Best Association Magazine – over 20,000 circulation at The Association Excellence Awards 2018, held on Friday 12 October, held at The Oval, London.

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The award judging panel said of First Voice: "The highest circulating business magazine in the UK, First Voice is a beacon of the power, influence and reach of membership organisations and their ability to produce magazine brands that compete with the best media owners in the world. The judges said that the fact that 90% of members value it as one of their top three benefits sets this magazine apart. It is an important part of the lobbying and educational purpose of FSB and it succeeds in catering for vastly different business types."



First Voice, which has a quarterly print circulation of 137,711, underwent a major relaunch in 2017 and has attracted high profile, and sometimes provocative, contributors to its ‘Opinionated’ columns. 

Recent contributors have included Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson; leading politicians Liam Fox, Jeremy Corbyn and Rachel Reeves; the CEO of Mind Paul Farmer and the Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

The publication, which is a huge team effort to put together each quarter, aims to help small businesses achieve their ambitions with stimulating content that spans the latest business news and insights, in depth features and advice, the latest research and policy changes, as well as real life businesses’ stories. 


The title, which has grown its revenue substantially over the past year, is distributed to FSB’s members and is also available on subscription.

The Association Excellence Awards recognise individuals, teams and initiatives and highlight excellence in how trade bodies and other membership organisations operate and serve their members.

Dave Stallon, FSB’s commercial director, commented: “We’re thrilled that First Voice has won this award. It’s a publication that we’re incredibly proud of. The team works really hard to ensure we’re always delivering a quality read every edition that will spark debate as well as being genuinely informative and entertaining.”