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Tuesday 15 January 2019
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - Gary Skentelbery from Orbit News Ltd

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  • Name of Business Orbit News Ltd. (Warrington Worldwide) 
  • Who are you? Gary Skentelbery 
  • What sets you apart from the competition? Independent family owned media business
  • How did the business come about? Originally formed in 1968 as a news agency selling news and pictures to local, regional and national newspapers, radio & TV Orbit News developed as the first independent online newspaper in the UK alongside publishing free local high quality community news magazines. Now publishing six titles across Warrington & Cheshire. 
  • What are your main target markets? Depending on local advertising, our target market is SME’s who want to develop their brand and win new customers. 
  • How long has your business been in existence? 50 years 
  • How many staff do you employ? Six full time six part-time  
  • What job or achievement makes you most proud? Developing an independent publishing company and winning the support and backing of many key organisations and businesses in the town.
  • Where do you see the business being in five years? Leading the way in digital publishing 
  • Why Warrington? Warrington is in our DNA 
  • Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?  Now become a third generation family business
  •  Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc) Being proactive on social media means there is not a lot people don’t know about me.  After family, my next big passion is classic rock music and I can still be seen enjoying myself in the mosh pit as a rocking grandad!  ·         Brexit – good, bad, opportunity? It has divided our country – so whether you are in the leave or remain camp, it is bad for our country. 
  • Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite?  Ozzy Osbourne, General Custer, Julius Caesar, John Wayne, Bruce Dickinson (Iron maiden) Churchill.