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Taking digital in its stride by Jo Bowman

It says something about a sector when the biggest thing to happen to it over the last 30 years has nothing to do with digital! Nigel Roby talks Jo Bowman through the ups and downs of the book trade and how The Bookseller has remained an integral part of it since its launch in the 1800s.

Posted on: 25 May 2017

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Experts – still valued here by Robin Bowman

With all the current talk around ‘post-truth’ and ‘alternative facts’, with people like Michael Gove saying they’ve “had enough of experts”, the newly rebranded Emerald Publishing – part of Emerald Group – is sticking to its core values. As Tony Roche tells Robin Bowman, expertise and credibility are cornerstones of the company’s success.

Posted on: 28 March 2017

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Wanted: brands in need of TLC by Robin Bowman

Organic or acquisition? What’s your growth strategy? There’re pros and cons to both. One publisher that has been particularly active in the acquisitions field over the past decade is Metropolis. Chief executive Robert Marr talks to Robin Bowman about his company’s strategy and about what he looks for in an acquisition target.

Posted on: 03 February 2017

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DC Thomson Publishing by Robin Bowman

The Dundee based company publishes a wide range of titles – magazines for the very young (The Beano), for the not so young (Evergreen), alongside some of the best known newspapers in Scotland (The Press & Journal and Courier). What are the challenges of managing such a diverse portfolio and where are the growth opportunities? Robin Bowman talks to Mike Watson to find out.

Posted on: 27 November 2016

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David Hall Publishing by Robin Bowman

Fishing is one of the most popular participatory sports in the UK, with some estimates putting the numbers at four million. David Hall Publishing was set up thirty years ago to meet the needs of these passionate enthusiasts. MD Sean O’Driscoll talks to Robin Bowman about the company’s journey from print to multi-platform publishing.

Posted on: 03 October 2016

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Egmont Publishing by Jo Bowman

The planet’s newest arrivals are not digital natives, but print. Guided by anxious parents and drawn in by its tactile qualities, kids spend their early years enjoying traditional media. The children’s market is thriving, and as Cally Poplak tells Jo Bowman, if they could just increase purchase frequency a smidgen, it would be doing even better!

Posted on: 27 July 2016

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RCNi by Jo Bowman

The Royal College of Nursing is the world’s largest professional body for nurses and RCNi, its publishing arm, publishes a wide range of print titles and online resources and organise a growing number of events for its membership. As Rachel Armitage tells Jo Bowman, it’s a digital-first, mobile-enabled, community-focused offering.

Posted on: 03 June 2016

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Think Publishing by Jo Bowman

The world of membership publishing bucks the trend! Think Publishing’s research shows that members value print, followed by live events, highest in the communications mix. As Ian McAuliffe tells Jo Bowman, print, both magazines and books, has deep engagement and a long shelf-life.

Posted on: 01 April 2016

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KM Media Group by Jo Bowman

In this increasingly globalised media world, it is somehow refreshing to find a publishing company with absolutely no plans to step outside its traditional geographic area. As Geraldine Allinson tells Jo Bowman, KM Media Group has always been focused on serving the people of one place and one place only – Kent.

Posted on: 03 February 2016

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Time Inc UK by Jo Bowman

It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for one of the UK’s biggest magazine publishers; new name, new branding, new CEO. But as Marcus Rich tells Jo Bowman, “now is our time”. Looking forward, he is confident that great content will prove to be the linchpin of their future success.

Posted on: 26 November 2015

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Incisive Media by Jo Bowman

Right from the start, Incisive Media was never particularly bothered about which delivery channels it used – whichever got the job done best. As Tim Weller tells Jo Bowman, this attitude has helped them to adapt to the enormous changes in media consumption over the past twenty years.

Posted on: 24 September 2015

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The River Group by Jo Bowman

Content marketing is all the rage, and companies like River, that have been doing it for over twenty years, are highly expert at it. River CEO Nicola Murphy tells Jo Bowman that while quality content is the bedrock of the company, it’s the marketing that actually delivers the value for their clients.

Posted on: 15 July 2015

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Anthem Publishing by Jo Bowman

Last December, Anthem Publishing won the PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year award. As Jon Bickley tells Jo Bowman, Anthem has small company versatility and big company ambitions, and it’s this winning mix that has enabled it to punch well above its weight.

Posted on: 28 May 2015

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Imagine Publishing by Jo Bowman

Underpinning the success of Imagine Publishing is a belief in paid-for quality content, a wholehearted embrace of all digital platforms and an ongoing commitment to print. As the company enters its tenth year, MD Damian Butt tells Jo Bowman why he is upbeat about the future.

Posted on: 25 March 2015

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Green Star Media by Jo Bowman

As Green Star Media approaches its 20th birthday, it is not only a far larger business than in its early days, but one with a very different focus. As MD Andrew Griffiths tells Jo Bowman, a change in direction allied to a firm belief in the subscriptions model, has propelled the company’s recent growth.

Posted on: 27 January 2015

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Mark Allen Group by Jo Bowman

There aren’t many publishing houses that could boast expertise in both renal nursing and the works of Sonny Rollins. But, writes Jo Bowman, a combination of opportunity and personal passions has driven Mark Allen Group to develop a stable of titles and events that runs from medicine to music.

Posted on: 25 November 2014

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Publisher Profile: Square Up Media by Jo Bowman

Square Up Media was launched when its founders spotted a gap in what proved to be a highly lucrative market; its expansion, however, has been driven by a desire to fill a gap in the hearts of its young and lively team of staff. As the company approaches its tenth birthday, CEO Tim Slee talks to Jo Bowman about its past, present and future.

Posted on: 23 September 2014

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