A year on from relaunch and we’re still going strong

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EXACTLY a year ago, I was perched unsteadily on top of a bike, wobbling around the car park at The Falkirk Herald’s Grangemouth office as I attempted to tow an eight-foot advertising hoarding.

The reason? It was the re-launch of the paper in a tabloid format and the culmination of months of debate, planning and hard work.

I have to admit my spell on the bike wasn’t a long one. I soon hopped off and headed around the district to see how sales of the new-look paper were going.

Despite all the research we had carried out indicating that the change would be welcomed, it was still a nervous time for all involved with the Herald.

In the end, the move was a great success.

The new size received a massive thumbs up from the vast majority or readers – and some who were initially sceptical wrote back a few weeks later to admit they were won over.

The numerous new features we introduced at the same time – including this very column – were also well received.

And I’m please to report that, a year on, we’re still outperforming most other local newspapers.

Thanks for all your support and comments.

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