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Friday Media Group as we know it today stemmed from our original flagship brand.
‘The Friday-Ad’ was born in 1975 when we launched the UK’s first free classified paper in Sussex . It came about after founders Chris and Liz Kidger needed to sell their car, but realised there was nowhere for them to advertise it. This inspired them to begin printing a 2 sided paper for all the locals to advertise their goods. This rapidly grew into a 12 page publication within a year.

Chris and Liz loved the idea of bringing buyers and sellers together in a simple, low-cost way.
With the growth of the Internet, our online platform Friday-Ad.co.uk launched in 1994, and those same core values never disappeared. This soon became one of the UK’s leading classified websites. This online revolution initiated a new beginning and the birth of Friday Media Group, where we rapidly expanded into other classifieds in niche markets, and later onto recruitment, e-commerce and retail. Our brands have now traveled across 3 continents, and FMG offices can be found in Bangalore, Barcelona and Miami. Friday Media Group has firmly remained a family business, and is always looking for new ways to help people and their businesses to grow in a world of every-changing technology…what will be next for FMG?

The 70s and 80s – it all started with print

1974

Husband and Wife, Chris and Liz needed to sell their car, but realised there was no place to advertise it!

1975

First edition of Friday-Ad was born

1976

The 4 pages became 12 pages

1977

The 12 pages became 42 and the first Friday Ad shop opened

1978

We order first newspaper press and rent our first factory

1979

35 shops open across the country

The 80s onwards – the digital revolution

1983

The revolutionary Internet was born

1988

Head office moves to larger premises

1994

We launch www.friday-ad.co.uk, the first website in the UK to have an online ‘place an ad’ system

1997

The first wireless internet was created known as WIFI

1998

Google founded by Larry Page & Sergey Brin

The 00s – we expand

2002

.With new machinery we now print 70 weekly publications. Open first call centre in South Wales. We launch Friday Ad in sunny Spain

2003

We now have 500 employees

2004

Rise in the internet results in 35 shop closures

2004-12

We launch 10 small online acquisitions in niche markets

2005

With our online brands growing, we open office in Barcelona and Berlin

2007

Steve Jobs launches the first Apple iPhone

2009

We launch our equine and boats brands in the states, Miami office opens.

2017

We open new office in India, where new tech hub is based