HeraldScotland is the fastest growing local news site in the UK, Audit Bureau of Circulation data published today shows.

In the first six months of 2013, we had an average 1.23 million monthly unique browsers compared to 740,000 in the same period in 2012.

The 66% year-on-year growth was achieved at the same time as our paying subscriber base expanded by 70%.

The Herald & Times Group became the first Scottish publisher to introduce a metered paywall for subscribers when HeraldScotland was relaunched in late 2011.

Two months ago, the team behind HeraldScotland were commended in the UK online media awards. We beat six other shortlisted candidates to receive the accolade in the best local/regional news site category, sharing second place with BBC East Midlands, and taking the only Scottish honour at the event. The category winner was the Belfast Telegraph.