About Step Communications

We are publishers of professional magazines and web sites

We specialise in serving the information needs of two key audiences: professionals involved in delivering selected core services within healthcare, and scientists responsible for designing the next generation of personal care products.

In order to capture the attention of a professional audience, you must first deliver information in which they are interested. Once you earn a reputation for doing this regularly, you become an indispensable part of their working life and it is this philosophy that drives our business forward. Through the pages of our high quality professional and technical publications, and their complementary websites, we continually strive to serve our chosen audiences with current and topical news, leading-edge technical articles and in-depth interviews with prominent influencers in the sectors in which we are active.

We do this without reference to commercial considerations: and our professional publishing principles mean we will never charge a fee to have editorial included in our magazines, or charge for pictures if we do include them. Editorial is developed and selected purely on its ability to interest and engage our readerships. Since our readerships are the required commercial audience for many businesses, we offer our magazines as a highly effective route to market to influence decision-makers, safe in the knowledge that these key individuals have already become reliant on our products as high quality sources of professional and technical information.

Our Magazines

Personal Care Sector

Our titles in the personal care sector target two distinct and important geographical markets: Asia-Pacific and Europe.

Personal Care Asia-Pacific and Personal Care Europe are the leading technical and scientific publications for cosmetic scientists, formulating chemists, dermatologists, microbiologists, marketing personnel, production staff and senior executives working in the selected regions.

Each edition features invaluable scientific articles, technical information and formulation data.

The content of each magazine is created for those seeking new technology and ways to improve product performance, function and stability.

Both Personal Care Asia-Pacific and Personal Care Europe highlight and analyse new formulations, the latest ingredients, consumer trends, manufacturing techniques, and international issues, providing unique opportunities to assess new product concepts and developments from around the world.

We also publish special language editions of the Personal Care in Chinese, Korean and Japanese to coincide with key regional events.

Healthcare Sector

The Clinical Services Journal

TARGET AUDIENCE: healthcare professionals who are responsible for the delivery of patient services in the UK

High value, authoritative feature articles – on an extensive range of subjects directly relating to patient treatment and care – are the hallmark of The Clinical Services Journal

Published ten times a year and widely respected, The Clinical Services Journal presents readers with detailed information on how new technology and working methods are making a real difference to healthcare delivery. The way forward is regularly explored by correspondents whose expert analysis is complemented by thorough coverage of important news. Product and service developments are highlighted.

Never has the need been greater for updates on best practice in areas such as perioperative care, radiology, infection control, and surgical instrument decontamination. The Clinical Services Journal clearly and concisely provides the facts, drawing attention to the changing roles and responsibilities of healthcare personnel.

Health Estate Journal

TARGET AUDIENCE: engineering and facilities managers in private and public healthcare sectors in the UK

Health Estate Journal is the magazine of the Institute of Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM) and serves the membership of the Institute with topical, newsworthy and informative editorial about their sector. The membership includes professionals from both public and private health sectors who have significant influence on decisions to procure equipment and services; and also individuals who have responsibility for technical policy standards within the NHS.

The Health Estate Journal has an editorial content that is designed to provide members of IHEEM with all the latest developments within the engineering, estates and facilities management sectors of the hospital environment. Education, conference and seminar information is also available in each issue making Health Estate Journal the most informative publication for the market.

The Care Home Environment

TARGET AUDIENCE: owners and managers of care homes together with architects and other specifiers

The Care Home Environment is the business magazine for professionals involved in the design, build, refurbishment and management of the ever expanding Care homes market, throughout the UK. With a readership of more than 17,000 individuals responsible for a budget spend of more £2bn annually.

The Network

TARGET AUDIENCE: Individuals with an interest in improving mental healthcare facilities in the UK

The Network is the magazine of the Design In Mental Health Network (DIMHN), which aims to bring together people involved in mental health environments to collaborate and so improve outcomes. DIMHN believe that when people who use and experience mental healthcare settings come together with those who procure, design and construct them, rewarding opportunities open up to think through the issues and challenges faced by those involved in making such environments healing, optimistic and effective places to be.

The Network is published four times a year, and includes the latest news affecting the mental healthcare sector, as well as updates in the latest innovations and in-depth feature articles that discuss best practice and success stories relating to the design and build of mental healthcare facilties to improve outcomes.

IFHE Digest

TARGET AUDIENCE: leading engineering and facilities professionals in private and public healthcare around the world

IFHE Digest is the annual publication produced on behalf of the International Federation of Hospital Engineering (IFHE) and is distributed to 14,500 members worldwide. The publication features peer-reviewed technical articles focusing on current key issues relating to healthcare estate and facilities management

IFHE is a non-profit, non-governmental body established in 1970 to enable national estates, facilities engineering professional organisations to join in a worldwide federation. The purpose of IFHE is to encourage and facilitate exchange of information and experience in the broad field of hospital and healthcare facility design, construction, engineering, commissioning, maintenance, and estate management. IFHE is recognised by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva as a non-governmental organisation in official relations with the WHO.

Pathology In Practice

TARGET AUDIENCE: Senior Management in NHS and private clinical laboratories and relevant purchasing professionals

Pathology In Practice is the only independent magazine targeted at senior decision makers in diagnostic laboratories in both the public and private sector in the UK. Produced to a high standard, with a strong 70:30 editorial to advertising ratio in order to provide readers with a comprehensive range of lively and interesting editorial features in each issue, Pathology In Practice explores the latest products, solutions, science and technologies aimed at improving efficiency in diagnostic pathology.

Pathology In Practice is published four times a year and, being independent, is the only magazine serving the sector that allows manufacturers and suppliers to promote their products and solutions with full and detailed editorials supported by print advertising.

Our Web Sites

Each of our market leading titles is supported by a web site, providing our audiences with the latest news affecting their professional lives in digital format and access to the digital version of the magazine.

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Each site is designed to be mobile friendly and careful attention has been paid to search engine optimisation to ensure that the sites are easily found and very accessible. They feature the latest news, innovation and technical articles, along with a full industry suppliers guide and comprehensive search facility.

Work With Us

As a small but growing business, we are always on the lookout for talented, professionally-minded, hard working individuals who share in our belief that successful magazines spring from putting the reader first.

You do not necessarily need previous publishing experience - if you feel you can convince us that you have something to offer, we are more than happy to listen.

In the first instance, send your CV with a covering letter to Trevor Moon.

Contact Us

Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information about what we do.

Address: Step House, North Farm Road, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 3DR
Telephone: +44 (0)1892 779999
Fax: +44 (0)1892 616177
Email: [email protected]