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Why you have to be at Magfest

Magfest is Scotland's biggest and best magazine event, with magazine publishers and enthusiasts coming from far and wide to be inspired by the international speakers, meet others in the industry and hear about the latest developments in the magazine world.

Magfest is built to help you think differently about your magazines and your business. This year's theme is Heroes and Visions. We'll be meeting heroes of the magazine industry and uncovering visions for the future.

So here's eight great reasons to join the likes of Connect Publications, DC Thomson, Family Media Group, Grapevine, Herald & Times, Holyrood Communications, Paragraph Publishing, The Big Issue, The Drum, The Skinny, Think, White Light and Wyvex Media for a day of all things magazine!

1 Be Inspired

Magfest brings together some of the most inspiring minds in media and magazine publishing. They're literally there just to inspire you - no other agenda. Their talks are designed to show you their passion, what has made their businesses successful and prompt you to think differently about how you approach your business.

2 Empower Your Team

Magfest is a brilliant opportunity for you and your team to work together to improve your business. Magfest's main stage has some of the biggest and best names in publishing, featured alongside breakouts and workshops over the day. Sadly unless you've discovered how to clone yourself you can't attend them all! Bring your team and ask them to present back when you've returned to the office.

3 Meet Other Publishers

Magfest is the biggest and best magazine event in Scotland, with an audience of up to 400 publishing professionals and enthusiasts expected to attend in 2017.

The people you will meet will be able to offer you advice from their own experience, could be potential collaborators on projects, might be on the lookout to buy or sell a magazine, or might be able to connect you with someone who could help you with a problem.

With six degrees of separation that's 2,400 opportunities waiting for you!

4 Buy Wonderful Magazines

Magfest includes a pop-up shop, courtesy of the fabulous MagCulture.

Titles last year included The Ride Journal, The Gentlewoman, Delayed Gratification, Cereal, Riposte, Another Escape, Fiera, Wrap, Perdiz, Noble Rot, The Gourmand, Anorak, Rapha Mondial, Hot Rum Cow, Intern and MacGuffin.

If you're looking for inspiration for your own magazine then peruse the shelves and don't forget your credit card!

5 Save Time

With the day-to-day running of a business, do you ever feel like you don't have any time to reflect or think of how to improve?

Magfest is the perfect antidote as the best way to work on your business, rather than in your business.

6 It's On Your Doorstep

Do you usually need to factor in the cost of travel and accommodation to London or further afield? Magfest is held at Central Hall in Edinburgh and offers a calibre of speaker to rival any international conference.

7 Solve Your Problems

Suppliers are there to make your life easier. Bring your publishing dilemmas to Magfest and ask our brilliant exhibitors and sponsors to help - that's what they're there for!

8 It's FUN

Tough time in the office at the moment? If your email pings one more time will your head explode? Magfest is a chance to have a fun day out with like-minded people - for us organisers that means inviting our heroes to chat to all our friends. What more could you want from a day out?

There's even a Magfest and an after-party too included in the price of your ticket (AKA the Drinks Reception). For just £5 extra you can also join us on the evening of 14 September for Magfest Fringe, to hear from top speakers and network with your fellow delegates.

Then take new-found friends out in Edinburgh afterwards - just don't forget to tweet your pics using #Magfest17!