It's official: Brighton and Hove Independent is now the best-read newspaper in the city

ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations) is the industry-standard body for measuring newspaper circulations
ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations) is the industry-standard body for measuring newspaper circulations

A big thank-you to all our readers!

A big thank-you to all our readers! Because of you, Brighton and Hove Independent is now the best-read newspaper in our city - according to ABC (Audit Bureau of Circulations), the industry-standard body for measuring newspaper circulations.

This newspaper has become one of only a small number of free publications to be awarded an ABC certificate, confirming that our average circulation last month was 12,770 per issue. For comparison, The Argus newspaper sold only 13,746 copies per issue across the whole of Sussex in June; its average total sales were 14,370 per issue in the six months to the end of June - down 13.6% on the same period last year.

Consequently, in just over three years since it was founded, this newspaper has become far and away the most popular in Brighton and Hove.

We could not have achieved this amazing success without your help and support - and that of hundreds of contributors, partners, distributors, and advertisers.

This newspaper seeks to celebrate our city - and the achievements of all the people who make Brighton and Hove what it is.

We are independent: independently-owned; independent in our approach. We want to add value to the city - and not extract profits to be shipped to shareholders in London or in the United States.

Our commitment to you is that we will strive to meet these high-sounding ambitions. With passion, with purpose, and with your help.

The facts

The average circulation of Brighton and Hove Independent in August 2014 - verified by ABC, the industry-standard Audit Bureau of Circulations (www.abc.org.uk) - was 12,770 per issue; all except 400 copies per issue were distributed within the area covered by Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC).

The latest JICREG data (www.jicreg.co.uk) for The Argus newspaper, as at April 1 2014 - based on a total circulation of 15,153, verified by ABC for the period July-December 2013 - showed circulation of The Argus in the same BHCC area was just 6,100 per issue.

The total circulation of The Argus has since fallen to 13,746 in June 2014, according to ABC data covering January-June 2014.