Business doesn't hang about any more, waiting for the leaves to fall. We used to call the doldrums of high summer 'the silly season' in newspapers - a period when nothing happened. But it's been far from silly this summer, with extraordinarily torrid merger activity in independent television, banking and the computer industry.
It has been a busy season for us, too, and this month's issue of our award-winning magazine is among the largest since it was re-launched last year. People are coming to us in greater numbers - readers, contributors, advertisers - and this month we bring new people to you. The September issue introduces a fresh team of five columnists to match the pace, range and outlook of Management Today. Each of those joining our line-up is eminent in a specialist field, and their insights into the significant issues of the day will help you and your company prosper as you travel the road ahead.
Patience Wheatcroft, business editor of the Times, will write about the personalities that make the City tick, and the human agenda that lies behind some of the big corporate developments. Helen Wilkinson, one of the brains behind Demos and now an internet entrepreneur, will share her expertise on how best to handle life and work, drawing on her own experience and recent research into this field in America.
Nick Denton, a co-founder of First Tuesday and now chief executive of moreover.com, will deliver e-mail from Silicon Valley each month, telling us what is going on over there so that we can benefit from some of those lessons over here. Evan Davis, economics editor of BBC's Newsnight, will pass on nuggets of news from behind the scenes in his Cutting Room column. And Robert Peston, who has recently joined a dot.com from the Financial Times, where he was political and then financial editor, will provide insight into both business and politics in his Inside Out column.
We are still doing the things that made us Britain's leading business magazine, such as setting standards for best practice. Winners of our prestigious Service Excellence Awards appear in a separate 20-page supplement with the September issue. And, if you so choose, you can start reading the magazine from the back, where you will find (once you have turned it round) that we begin our quarterly Section e. This keeps you abreast of developments in the e-commerce sector and tracks the risers, fallers and new faces in the MT/Bain e25, which ranks the UK's top internet start-ups.
If summer has been this hot for business, what might winter bring?