As I reported last month, RAC has moved offices since Christmas, and now we can be found in the high-tech world of London’s Old Street, close to the so-called Silicon Roundabout.
The future of the digital world is being created by the likes of Google and a host of small companies nearby. If you haven’t got the latest iPhone, it seems round here you’re not worth talking to. It makes for a nice quiet walk.
Before anybody starts panicking, this move doesn’t mean that RAC is going all whizzy and social media – the red braces are not a good look for the nitty gritty world of cooling. It simply means that we are moving with the rest of our trade magazine colleagues – Retail Week, Construction News, H&V News etc – to our own offices, while the other parts of the group, involved in the other-worldly arts of running jewellery fairs, fashion forecasting and the like, get their own premises elsewhere, doubtless with drapes and sofas.
The magazines get to keep the title EMAP, now nattily restyled in capital letters, and it is being viewed by everyone as an exciting time. So much so that our chief executive Natasha Christie-Miller has issued a statement to all readers.
“EMAP is hugely proud of its heritage as a leading B2B media company and excited to announce that the business is now a separate legal trading entity, within Top Right Group. This change will enable us to operate more independently and make investment decisions to better support the industries we serve and the communities we live in. We will continue to listen to you – our customers – and create the great products, market-leading events, breaking news, insight and analysis you expect.”
It is gratifying to be able to include such a message, because you know that whenever there is change afoot, the rumour-mongers get to work. And in cooling, I know we all love a good rumour.
So I am pleased to say, once and for all: “No, we are not closing down; no, we will not be stopping producing magazines and going completely online; and no, RAC is not going to be outsourced to Bangalore.” I made the last one up by the way, but it’s just as crazy as some of the stuff I have heard since I have been in this chair.
What we are doing is continuing to provide you with all the information you want to read about and continuing to recognise the best in the industry with the best awards in the industry, the Cooling Awards. (It’s already time to start thinking about entering it again – and remember to put the date in your diary, see PUE.)
And we will continue to bring people together in the way that only we can to discuss the hot topics in our Question Times.
We are very excited that we have a new one in April to debate the massive potential of Data Centre Cooling. We’ve already signed up several major industry experts as panellists. And the event is absolutely free to attend. See the inside back cover for more details.