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Monday 03 September 2018
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - Gary Skentelbery - Orbit News Ltd

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• Name of Business Orbit News Ltd – Publishers of warrington-worldwide and associated titles

•Who are you? Owner/Managing Director

What sets you apart from the competition? Third generation family business which was at the forefront of online news and digital media launching the first independent daily online newspaper in the country in 1999.

How did the business come about? Founded as a news agency and developed into a publishing company specialising in online news and digital media.

What are your main target markets? Local businesses keen to connect with local people through high quality community magazines and digital media platforms.

How long has your business been in existence? Launched 1968.

How many staff do you employ? Six full-time, four part-time and various sub-contractors.

What job or achievement makes you most proud? Working alongside my father for four decades!

Where do you see the business being in five years? Hopefully still here after Brexit!!! • Why Warrington? Lived here all my life and always had a passion for the town to do well.

Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us? The website came BEFORE the magazine.

Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc) I host a classic rock show on Radio Warrington on Saturday evenings 10pm-12pm and nicknamed the Rock God.

Brexit – good, bad, opportunity? Whether you voted in or out, it has caused so much uncertainty it is bad for the economy.

Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite? Ozzy Osbourne, Winston Churchill, Marilyn Monroe, General Custer, Adam & Eve!