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Local Media Business in Neston For Sale

Author: Carrie Spacey Published: 8th October 2020 07:48

Update - a new owner will be taking over from January 1st, more information to follow.

After over twelve years providing Neston with its free local news service, I will be standing down at the end of this year.

AboutMyArea and Neston Life

It's been a challenging, exhilarating and, for the most part, thoroughly enjoyable experience to bring Neston its news and current affairs service since 2008.  

I know that the AboutMyArea website, our weekly Neston News and the  mobile app, Neston Life, are all well used and appreciated locally, so I very much hope to be able to find the right pair (or pairs) of hands to continue with this successful business once I've stepped down.

For me and for my family, the time has come for a change, the opportunity to do some other things that have been on the wishlist for a long while.

Business for Sale

This community-focused, home-based business is comprised of several elements:

  • Franchise for hyperlocal news websites AboutMyArea CH60, 61, 62, 63 and 64 - Over the past 12 1/2 years I have concentrated on the CH64 area, but the potential is there to develop the wider area including Heswall, Bebington and Bromborough. Google stats for CH64 are generally around 16-20k visitors, 40k sessions per month.  This part of the business also includes the Neston News weekly e-newsletter, published every Wednesday morning.
  • Neston Life Mobile App - Since its launch in 2018 it has received well over 100,000 visits. It has proved to be a valuable add-on to the business and community. There is huge potential to improve on its performance so far and expand to a wider geographical area.
  • Social Media - Facebook page (Neston Life) : 4600+ followers; Twitter (Neston News) : 2900 followers; Instagram (Neston_Life) : 1000 followers (Instagram is not the ideal platform for local news output, but we have used it from time to time for business promotions. It could be developed further in the right hands).

The focus has always been on supplying an accurate, up-to-date local news and information service, promotion of local events and support for local businesses. Income is derived from advertisers paying to be exposed to our audience and who wish to support the local community news output.

You will need to have an interest in local news and writing. Marketing or sales experience is helpful but not essential. Initial training and on-going support will be provided by arrangement.

This is an established, home-based business that offers great job satisfaction due to its community involvement. The reason for selling is simply that it's time for a change for me, and new eyes/ears/hands will doubtless be good for the business and therefore the community.

For all enquiries, contact Carrie Spacey on 07786 965750 or send an email

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Rob Ward
At 15:04 on 8th October 2020, Rob Ward commented:
Oh no! I am so sorry!
Carrie has been a huge asset to the Neston area in all sorts of ways. As well as providing news and a platform for comment, she has been a valuable part of our community.
I do hope that another talented entrepreneur can take over. If they can start while Carrie is still able to guide them, they could pick ukp so much local knowledge.
Is it too much to hope that Carrie will stay in the Neston area?
Whatever you do, Carrie, a lot of us wish you well.
At 10:58 on 10th October 2020, collierman commented:
Like many other followers of AboutMyArea I was most surprised to read of Carrie’s decision to retire from the operation and editorship at the end of this year; I’m sure that we all hope that the website can continue to be provided by someone bringing the same high level of expertise and professionalism to the post.

Whilst I’m aware that AboutMyArea is operated as a commercial enterprise it has brought so much support generally to the Neston area and it is difficult to recall the times before it was, for many of us, the first ‘port of call’ for local news. I suppose, back then, that we had ‘free’ newspapers although they commonly lacked the spontaneity, immediacy and reliability that a regularly updated local website can now provide – and any ‘news’ relating to Neston in those newspapers was commonly buried deeply within the other content.

In my own dealings with AboutMyArea, when requesting information or posting items regarding our local history, and responding to more general issues, I’ve always been thoroughly impressed by Carrie’s speed of response and accuracy; this has become a website on which we can depend.

I’m sure that I’m not alone in wishing Carrie well with any new ventures and initiatives she and her family undertake and await, with interest, future developments.
Carrie – on behalf of your many users and contributors over the last 12 years I am sure that that we are united in saying WELL DONE AND THANK YOU.

Ian Norris
At 17:55 on 10th October 2020, merrymac commented:
We wish you well Carrie and thank you so much for the last 12 years. I endorse all that both Rob and Collierman have written and would emphasise to any buyer, that CH64 AMA is the most accurate and up to date news outlet for this area. Well done again and Good Luck in your future endevours
Mike Shipman
At 15:07 on 12th October 2020, Mike Shipman commented:
Sad news indeed. I believe the people of the CH64 area - as well as many outside it - owe Carrie a deep debt of gratitude for the way she has kept us all so well informed over the last 12 years. I do hope a successor can be found who is as genuinely interested and concerned about Neston as Carrie has been. This interest has shown itself in her other activities as well, from running the local Chamber of Trade to her spell as a valued member of Neston Town Council. I wish her well in the future, and give a personal thanks for the support she gave to me during my two year-stint as Neston Mayor. Good luck Carrie.
Susan C
At 19:58 on 24th October 2020, Susan C commented:
Sorry to hear that Carrie, you made a good job of it, and I know it won't be an easy task for anyone else, but let's hope there is someone out there with some local knowledge, including an idea of how local government works, and able, like Carrie, to write decent English! I used to enjoy doing the Neston at War articles - six years ago - how time flies.

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