Who We Are

Celebrating 25 years in business in 2019, The Penton Group is Ireland’s leading independent publishing house and events organiser.

Based in Belfast and Dublin, the company produces a series of market-leading business-to-business titles in the hospitality, retail, fuel forecourt and veterinary sectors alongside consumer-oriented titles in the tourism and bridal markets.


First published in 1940, Licensed & Catering News is Northern Ireland’s longest-running B2B publication. Published 11 times a year, if offers interviews, news, analysis and business advice to a wide readership in the hospitality and tourism sectors.

Neighbourhood Retailer is the leading title in local, independent retail. With 10 issues every year, each edition of the magazine features breaking news, hard-hitting interviews, store profiles with top retailers and much more.

Published on an all-Ireland basis, Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer is the only specialist magazine for the Irish fuel and grocery sectors. The magazine is published bi-monthly and contains industry news, store profiles, interviews with influential industry figures, statistics and reports.


The B2B titles are backed by a long-running programme of influential industry awards, trade shows and conferences on both sides of the border.

In hospitality, the Licensed & Catering News Awards – celebrating their 10th year in 2019 – are held in Belfast in June every year. These gala awards recognised the very best examples of innovation and performance in every corner of the local hospitality trade.

The Neighbourhood Retailer Awards, which are held in Belfast every October, are now the premier event for independent retail in Northern Ireland, attracting many hundreds of entries each year.

South of the border, The Penton Group organises and runs Ireland’s Convenience Retailer Summit – a day-long programme of presentations and discussion in Dublin involving some of the world’s foremost authorities on retail and forecourt trading. That event – which includes a busy trade show – culminates in the evening with the Ireland’s Forecourt & Convenience Retailer Awards, Ireland’s leading awards event for the sector.


The Penton Group produces Ireland’s Wedding Journal, the country’s leading quarterly bridal magazine. First printed 25 years ago, Ireland’s Wedding Journal covers the whole island and is packed with stylish fashion shoots and articles aimed at Ireland’s brides-to-be. Wedding Journal is part of a larger brand which includes weddingjournalonline.com, the phenomenally successful Wedding Journal Show in Belfast and Dublin, the Wedding Journal Reader Awards and many dedicated social channels.

Other titles

First published a decade ago, Northern Ireland Veterinary Today is the only locally-produced journal for the veterinary profession. Printed on a quarterly basis, the magazine is delivered free to a wide readership of serving and former veterinary surgeons, RVNs, departmental staff and pharmaceutical reps. It contains a rich mix of event coverage, interviews, clinical discussion and industry news.

In January each year, the Northern Ireland Veterinary Today Yearbook and Diary is delivered free-of-charge to every vet in Northern Ireland. Hard-backed and bound in faux leather, this stand-out A4-sized publication is highly sought-after. As well as a day-to-view diary, it contains a series of sectoral commentaries from many leading public and private figures in the NI veterinary sector.

In the tourism market – Northern Ireland’s leading growth sector – The Penton Group publishes Northern Ireland Visitors’ Journal three times a year. Perfect-bound, this A4 glossy magazine is NI’s leading free publication for tourists and stay-at-home vacationers. Available free in many hotels and tourist information centres, the magazine is also sold at leading newsagent outlets. Among its key features are stand-out photography, expert editorial, seasonal features, diary dates, city and county maps and an authoritative restaurant and bar guide.

Explore this website to find out more about these industry-leading publications and events from The Penton Group.