Are pleased to announce MK18 is now part of the Focus Magazine Group

For information on all magazines within the Focus Magazine Group, please visit our website www.focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

Connecting local business and local people

MK18 provides your area with local information about local businesses and events. We are currently celebrating ten years of successfully connecting local business and local people. Many of our advertisers have seen their business increase since MK18 began and report great returns on their advertising. Some even say they don't advertise anywhere else.

Using a local company gives customers more confidence in your business. Your profile within the community is enhanced and working locally cuts down on the time and money you need to spend commuting. Buying locally is currently very fashionable but consider these reasons too:

  • Knowing and using the company from whom you are buying and where goods are sourced supports your local economy and community
  • It creates relationships between buyers and sellers
  • Better deals are often available simply because goods and services are local
  • Buying local is the ethical choice for many people

You may have realised by now that local is very important to us. MK18 is owned and run by a resident of MK18 with hands on knowledge of the area. We believe passionately that using local business is the best way forward - for businesses and customers alike.

Through the website you will find more information about MK18 including advertising rates, areas covered, previous issues and much more.

If you would like to talk to us about local advertising and how it can benefit your business click here or telephone 01327 353753.


September/October 2016


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About Us

Affordable, effective local advertising for Buckingham, Winslow and the surrounding area

January 2005 saw the launch of MK18 North, a community magazine and residents handbook of services, shops and traders. Initially the distribution was to 1800 homes and businesses in villages to the north of Buckingham.

Due to popular demand, in January 2006 the distribution was increased to cover Buckingham town bringing the delivery figure to 8,200

From January 2009, the "north" suffix was dropped, as the whole of the MK18 postcode began to receive MK18. Our delivery area includes Buckingham, Winslow and all the villages within the MK18 postcode. We also deliver to Great and Little Horwood in MK17. The total area has over 14,000 residential and business addresses.

At ten years old, MK18 is now firmly established in the community at the very heart of local advertising.

Local advertising to local people

Through advertising in MK18 and targeting locally, traders and businesses work within the area they want. Why travel miles to work when there are people wishing to use your services right here?

If you want to give your business greater exposure both within Buckingham and the surrounding area, MK18 is a great place to advertise. MK18 is particularly beneficial to businesses that don’t have a high street presence.

Not just advertising

We publish more than advertisements. Local events, historical features and useful numbers make MK18 readable and ensure its longevity within the home. Many readers say they keep MK18 by the phone and use it regularly.


Important Info

Copy deadlines
November/December 2016 28th September 2016
January/February 2017 7th December 2016
March/April 2017 31st January 2017


Copy can be changed between issues. Please notify MK18 of copy changes prior to copy deadline


Advertisers are asked to be aware that any adverts designed for you by MK18 are copyright protected and as such may not be reproduced in any other publication without prior permission.

Sending your copy

Ad copy can be e-mailed to: buckingham@focusmagazinegroup.co.uk

  • Payment
    • Advertising space is only guaranteed when full payment has been received
    • Advertising space can be booked and paid for via the website, click on "Place an Order" to make a booking
    • We welcome cheques made payable to "Focus Marketing Limited". Cheques should be sent to "Focus Magazine Group, 15 Buckingham Way, Towcester, Northants, NN12 6JY"
    • BACS payments can be made to the following account: Acc 684 34 223 Sort Code: 08-92-50 Acc Name: Focus Marketing Limited
    Copy Format & Design
    • Adverts can be submitted in PDF or JPEG formats at 300dpi
    • If you don't already have an advert or image, then why not use our expertise to produce a design to help your business stand out from the rest. For only £20 + VAT our professional design service will produce an advert to your specifications. This also includes any changes to your advert during the course of your advertising package. Please call or email us with your requirements

    Delivered to

      MK18 is delivered to the following areas :

    • Delivered to over 14,000 addresses

    • MK18 postcodes

      plus Great and

      Little Horwood

    • Reliably distributed by

      our own team

    • Online version also available

    Addington Adstock Akeley Akeley Wood Barton Hartshorn
    Botolph Claydon Buckingham Bufflers Holt Calvert Chackmore
    Chetwode Dadford Dunton East Claydon Finmere
    Foscote Gawcott Granborough Great Horwood Hillsden
    Hoggeston Hogshaw Leckhampstead Lenborough Lillingstone Dayrell
    Lillingstone Lovell Little Horwood Little Tingewick Littlecote Maids Moreton
    Middle Claydon Newton Purcell North Marston Padbury Preston Bissett
    Radclive Shalstone Steeple Claydon Stowe Thornborough
    Tingewick Twyford Verney Junction Water Stratford Winslow


    Distribution is taken care of by our reliable team of local residents who have knowledge of the area. It is published bi-monthly to over 14,000 homes and businesses within the MK18 postcode area. We work hard to ensure that MK18 is delivered to all areas including the most rural neighbourhoods where advertising publications are not frequently delivered, ensuring that adverts reach a really targeted audience.

    As our region is particularly rural and includes a lot of outlying farms and houses, it may be that you or someone you know does not receive MK18. We are very conscious that our advertisers expect their adverts to reach as many readers as possible, however there are key factors in distributing to rural areas. In these security conscious times, farmers and landowners can view visitors on to their premises with suspicion. Thefts of both equipment and stock have escalated during the past few years and so the decision about whether or not to spend time travelling a long way down farm tracks etc is not taken lightly. If there is not a post box situated on the outskirts of a property we may take the view not to enter.

    Since we began publishing MK18 in 2005 we have sent voucher copies to advertisers outside our distribution area. We are no longer offering this service due to escalating postage costs. An online version of the current issue of MK18 is published on our website along with previous issues from the past year. Hard copies may be picked up from Buckingham Library and Buckingham Tourist Information Centre (Old Gaol).

    If you are interested in becoming one of our distributors please let us know. We are always looking for reliable people to join our team, so if you are a car owner and would like to get fit whilst being paid, do not hesitate to contact us.



    • *All prices listed below are plus VAT
    • Click on "Place an Order" to reserve your advertising space
    • For premium page prices please contact MK18
    • Payment plan available for 6 issue bookings
    • Layout and design service available


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    To place your advertisement online in the Focus Buckingham MK18 magazine just click on the button above. You will be forwarded to the Focus Magazine Group website to confirm the advertisement size, start date and number of issues as well as being able to upload your artwork. Your space is not confirmed until payment has been received. Alternatively just give us a call on 01327 353753 and we'll be glad to help you.



    Read below some of the comments made by satisfied customers

    Allen Groundcare

    "After taking the plunge and starting our own business many years ago, one of our main concerns was where to advertise and the affordability!!!! We went down the usual route of Yellow Pages and such like (what a waste of time and expense).One Sunday lunchtime we were having dinner at the Fox and Hounds in Whittlebury and there on the table was a copy of MK18. What a find!!!! We (Allen Groundcare) have advertised in the magazine ever since. The response from the magazine has been amazing.Thank you MK18. Highly Recommended. Brilliant!!"

    Deborah Allen, Allen Groundcare Ltd
    Buckingham Book Shop

    "A huge thanks to Elizabeth and MK18 for the wonderful job they do in promoting Buckingham Bookshop. We’ve seen an enormous increase in customer numbers and awareness of our shop since advertising in the magazine"

    Susan Fenwick, Buckingham Bookshop
    Buckingham Community Pantomine

    "Thank you for the advert for the Buckingham Community Pantomime in MK18. The show finished last night and three of the four performances were completely sold out. I am sure that the advert helped with that and the whole panto group is very grateful for the help you gave us"

    Roger Edwards, Buckingham Community Pantomine
    Buckingham Old Gaol

    "Just to say a big thank you for the lovely piece that you put in for Buckingham TIC/Buckingham Old Gaol together with our photo showing our new range of lovely local things of the current MK18. We are already having a response which just shows that MK18 is avidly read and acted upon!!"

    Pat Ogden, Buckingham Tourist Information Centre
    Cherwell Oven Cleaning

    "It’s been over 5 years since I started advertising in MK18 and it has definitely helped to develop my business in the area. I have been very satisfied with the quality of the publication and service provided."

    Patrick Donnelly, Cherwell Oven Cleaning
    Claydon Garden Services

    "I have successfully advertised my business consistently over the last 12 months and I continue to be more than happy with the results that MK18 has provided"

    Robert Barnard, Claydon Garden Services
    Country Renovations

    "I am a small specialist builder and live within the MK18 area. I have tried and wasted endless money on different forms of advertising. I now only advertise in the MK18 booklet which works brilliantly for us. We are able to pick up more than enough quality local work to keep up busy, with a good part of next years work booked in already. Elizabeth is great to work with and her design work will impress! "

    Alan West, Country Renovations Ltd
    Cygnet Interiors

    "MK18 has been my most consistent source of successful advertising over the last few years. Their service is extremely efficient, and professional. Elizabeth is very helpful in putting together the copy, with first class results"

    Margaret Whitworth, Cygnet Interiors
    Mobile Foot Clinic

    Thank you for all your work on the magazine, so many of my patients keep and use it on a regular basis and it has a very positive impact on the local community as well as local businesses.

    Graham Andrews
    GM Tyre Services Ltd

    "GM Tyres has advertised with MK18 since the beginning of its publication and we have always found it to be excellent value for money. As a small business we are selective where we use our Advertising budget and it has to be promoted through a medium that gives consistently good results. We monitor where our customers see our advertisement and we can confirm that we definitely get new business through MK18. The MK18 magazine has a longer shelf life than the weekly local papers and is produced in a very professional manner on quality paper. Elizabeth is always on hand to amend or update the advert and in our opinion it is a package well worth investing in for local businesses and we will continue to recommend MK18 to our friends and business colleagues. "

    Nikki Murray, GM Tyre Services Ltd

    "The help that was given to us in designing the advert was very useful, very pleased with the whole package, will be using again"

    Martin, Jecodo Ltd
    Joanna Craig Web Design

    "I am a regular advertiser in MK18 and also recommend to all small businesses I meet that they should advertise in it too! It repeatedly delivers new clients and I also use it to provide any services I might be looking for. Elizabeth is continually helpful and accommodating and the publication looks professional and offers good value for money. I can't recommend it highly enough!"

    Joanna, Joanna Craig Web Design
    John Glanville Therapy and Motivation

    "Advertising with MK18 works. It attracts many new clients to my therapy practice that may not have found me via my website, in addition, the MK18 team are helpful and professional which are values I always look for when working with business partners"

    John Glanville, John Glanville Therapy and Motivation
    Lee Landscapes

    "The best local book I've used. I have had fifteen calls from my first advert placed with MK18, fourteen of which turned into work - absolutely fantastic!"

    Lee, Lee Lanscapes
    Life of Reilly Travel

    "We have found this local magazine maintains the profile of our Executive Chauffeur Service in the community. It is a quality publication that matches the quality of the service we provide. We have found particularly when a new magazine is distributed it successfully generates new business for us and will certainly be continuing with our advertisement. We have also found the staff so helpful in preparing and changing our advertisement to suit our requirements. We highly recommend it"

    Lawrence Donovan, Life of Reilly Travel
    Life Path

    "My first advert in MK18 produced an enquiry on the very first day of delivery which subsequently turned into a confirmed appointment. Having advertised for a third time the response has increased considerably. MK18 has definitely made a significant positive difference to my level of business"

    Louise Staden, Life Path
    MJ Harris Flooring

    "Everyone at MK18 are so helpful. They have great staff especially Elizabeth who I have found to always be very helpful with my advertising. I have been advertising with MK18 now for 5 years and have never looked back. My business has increased year on year and part of that is due to the great exposure I get through this mag. Its a 'no brainer' if you want to reach people on a regular basis."

    Matt Harris, M J Harris Flooring
    MK Dons

    "MK18 are an extremely professional business and MK Dons Football Club have had the pleasure of advertising with them for over two years. They continue to provide us with an efficient, polite service and their fantastic attitude to our last minute changes never fail to amaze us!"

    Sarah, MK Dons
    Premier Architectural Joinery

    "We have had good success with the adverts, we even had someone call in last Saturday carrying MK18 with our advert open! I think the adverts in here have had the best results out of all the ones we do."

    Paddy Green, Premier Architectural Joinery
    Tearle & Carver

    "We have advertised in MK18 for a number of years. The adverts have generated a significant amount of business and also made more people aware of our firm. We will continue to use MK18 as a source of new work and would recommend it to anyone in the area looking to expand their business"

    Andrew Carver, Tearle & Carver Accountants



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