50 years of breaking the big business stories

The Sunday Times Business Section, Fleet Street’s first, celebrates its anniversary with a special “50 Years of Business” magazine

The Sunday Times is publishing a one-off magazine to celebrate its Business section’s 50th anniversary on Sunday 28th September. It features in-depth articles by Baroness Patience Wheatcroft, entrepreneur Luke Johnson, advertising mogul Sir Martin Sorrell and Sunday Times economics editor David Smith.

The Sunday Times’ standalone Business section was a Fleet Street first when it was launched on 27th September 1964, and it would be another five years before any other paper followed suit. Building on its early success, The Sunday Times is still Britain’s most popular choice for Britain’s top business executives with 58% reading it every week.

Thanks to the vision of the newspaper’s leaders, The Sunday Times led the way in business journalism, charting the decline of manufacturing and the turmoil of mass industrial action in the 1960s and 1970s. Then, after Margaret Thatcher came to office, it captured the entrepreneurial spirit of the 1980s and 1990s.

Dominic O’Connell, business editor of The Sunday Times, said “Our section broke – and still breaks – the big stories, as well as bringing to life the big personalities behind the numbers. The magazine reflects five decades of vital business reporting.:

This weekend’s commemorative issue takes a panoramic look back at how our economy and finances have changed since 1964. The section began before the FTSE 100, corporation tax, cash machines, treasury economic forecasts or credit cards.