2015 has been a big year for Friday-Ad, we have seen in our 40 year anniversary of the company’s inception as well as the launch of our shiny new website and F-AD Shops marketplace platform. Take a look at our highlights of 2015:
1. 40 year anniversary
In 1975, Friday-Ad was born. Launched in Sussex as the UKs first free classified paper. From the outset, founders Chris and Liz Kidger thrived off the idea of bringing buyers and sellers together in an easy, low-cost way. Fast forward to 1994 when Friday-Ad.co.uk launched, and it soon developed into one of the UK’s leading classified websites boasting over 362,000 ads being placed each week, and attracting over 2 million monthly visitors.
2. Brand new website
23rd September 2015 saw the launch of our brand new website, after a complex 18-month project. The new website runs on a custom-built platform, fully optimised for mobile devices. This saw the improvement of the search and advert upload functionally being significantly improved, making buying and selling for our 1000s of members easier than ever before, now allowing people to buy and sell items through PayPal enabling 24/7 activity.
If you haven’t already taken a look, (if not, why not?), then please do so at www.friday-ad.co.uk
3. F-AD Shops
With the re-launch of Friday-Ad.co.uk came the launch of our very own buying and selling marketplace – hosted online shops that give sellers a professional shop window to showcase their items, F-AD Shops. The concept has taken off with many sellers making the most of our 1-month free trial offer of the premium F-AD Shop product. One such company is the Worthing based Recycled Goods Factory (RGF).
RGF specialise in collecting and clearing unwanted furniture and household equipment, and then carrying out skilled upholstery, paint effect, and restoration projects. After 3 months of utilising our F-AD Shop product, they have received over 6,600 views to their page, successfully selling 330 items!
For more information about how you could set up your very own F-AD Shop and make the most of our 1-month FREE trial to our premium product, please visit – fadvertise.friday-ad.co.uk.
4. Print Sales & Communications moves to Sayers Common
December saw a big move regarding the Friday-Ad paper in that all sales and communications are now run from our brand new office in Sayers common. Why is this a good thing? Well, here’s 10 reasons why…
- You’ll see improved customer service
- We’re providing new opportunities for business
- Friday-Ad is even closer to the community
- We’ve launched our exciting new print packages
- We’re putting your feedback into action
- We have plenty more room to expand
- We have a fun vibrant office to work from
- Our team is as passionate about Sussex as you are
- Friday-Ad is once again a 100% local product
- We’ve returned back to our founding roots
There was a lot that happened this year, so we’ve picked out some of the big stories of 2015 to jog your memory…
Top Gear vs Jeremy Clarkson
Then Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson was told that his contract with the BBC would not be renewed, following an alleged physical altercation with a producer. The BBC investigated the incident and found that Clarkson was guilty on an unprovoked physical and verbal attack on Oison Tymon. Subsequently, Mr. Clarkson was let go by the BBC and his co-hosts James May and Richard Hammond followed. The trio has since signed a lucrative deal with Amazon Prime, reported to be in the region of £160 million. So, despite losing his beloved Top Gear brand, you can safely say Clarkson and co have landed on their feet.
Royal Baby 2.0
In September 2014, the Royal Family announced that they were expecting a new member into their midst, and sure enough, in May 2015, the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to baby Charlotte. Following the princess’ birth, volleys were fired by soldiers in Hyde Park and the Tower of London to mark her birth. In November of this year, the first official photos of the princess, taken by the Duchess of Cambridge, were released by Buckingham Palace.
Hatton Garden Heist
2015 saw one of the biggest burglaries in British history, with over an estimated £200 million worth of goods being stolen from the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company. The heist occurred over the Easter weekend and once images began to surface, people naturally started comparing it to many famous bank robbery films. However, in May, the police announced that they had arrested and charged 9 suspects between the ages of 56 and 76 years of age.
As a result of the heist, safety deposit company went into liquidation due to a lack of trust with their services.
The ‘Not So’ Beautiful Game
May also saw the biggest news story in the world of sport begin to unfold, with seven FIFA officials being arrested in dawn raids at a hotel in Zurich. These were then later charged by US authorities as well as two further FIFA officials and five executives over allegations of racketeering, fraud, and money-laundering over a period of 24 years. It was later discovered that this was in reference to the giving of the 2018 and 2022 may have been subject to corruption. Later, Sepp Blatter is re-elected as FIFA president for a fifth term.
However, in June, Sepp Blatter resigns as FIFA president amidst rumblings of corruption, leading to Blatter’s, Platini’s and Valcke’s later being suspended by the FIFA ethics committee for 90 days.
Back to the Future Day
In 1989, Marty McFly travelled through space and time to October 21, 2015, where he saw what the future had to offer, from flying cars to the infamous self-tying trainers. So – you might know where I’m going with this – this October the internet was abuzz with excitement as #BackToTheFutureDay finally arrived. One of the highlights of the day was Nike releasing the long-awaiting self-tying trainers and giving Michale J Fox – Marty McFly – the first pair. But what about the other futuristic guesses, how close to the truth was the movie?
Well, let’s break it down. First of all, the hoverboard. Whilst there isn’t any mass produced boards in circulation there are a couple of brands – Lexus and Hendo – that have managed to recreate the phenomenon. These work by using the force… of magnets. Secondly, we need to address the flying cars. Now, unfortunately – unlike the hoverboard – the world isn’t quite ready for the flying car. However, there are rumours of two companies having prototypes in the pipeline so watch this space. Finally, the iconic self-tying shoes. This is where 2015 delivers. The Nike Mags were first created in 2011, but they didn’t self-tie, but this only fueled further anticipation for Back to the Future Day, as there were rumours of the first fully functioning Nike Mags to be shown and the company didn’t disappoint.
Adele – Record Breaker
In case you’ve been living in a cave, you will know that Adele is back and with her comeback album in 2015 she broke all kinds of records. Namely, the record for the number of first week sales in the UK, knocking Oasis’ ‘Be Here Now’ (697,761 copies) off the top spot. Adele’s 25 sold a record 813,000 copies in it’s first week.
However, in a huge plot twist, there were rumblings that Adele wouldn’t be given the record as Oasis’ album was only after three days of being on sale, and compared Adele’s first three days of sales, Oasis beat Adele by over 150,000 copies.
That concludes Friday-Ad’s Review of 2015 – it’s been a great year and we can’t wait to see you in 2016. Happy New Year!