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The Independent partners with Group

The Independent has announced that it has signed a multi-year strategic partnership with Group.

The Independent partners with Group
Christian Broughton: "I'm delighted to be working with Group, a leading global brand with extensive experience in this sector.”

The Independent has agreed a commercial deal to become the UK media partner of Group, one of the world's leading businesses in the gambling industry.

This multi-year eCommerce partnership further builds on the revenue diversification and growth of The Independent's income streams that do not rely on traditional advertising, added the publisher.

The deal follows the recent announcement of The Independent's annual results, which showed revenue growth of 12%, including 44% growth in eCommerce revenues last year. This record year of growth was driven by investment in Independent TV (the brand's extensive multiplatform video business), eCommerce, reader revenues, and its US operations.

As a result of growth in revenue from non-advertising sources, including eCommerce, licensing, syndication and reader revenues, the majority of The Independent's revenue no longer comes from traditional advertising, with 57% from non-advertising revenue sources last year, expanded the publisher. Group, which is listed on Nasdaq Global market in the United States (Nasdaq: GAMB), delivers in-depth sports betting content for sports enthusiasts through its proprietary technology stack. The Group also has extensive and successful experience of operating within global governance guidelines and gambling regulations. This is the first media partnership Group has entered outside of the US, following its agreements with The McClatchy Company and Gannett, two of the largest US newspaper publishers.

The strategic partnership combines Group's expertise with The Independent's reach and engagement. In choosing The Independent, the publisher says Group recognises the title's position as one of the biggest quality digital titles in the UK, with over 22 million unique monthly users.

The Independent says this partnership is a significant step in its plan to expand its business into new markets. It follows the refresh of the IndyBest eCommerce offering, and further media partnerships with brands, from the energy company E.On Next to global entertainment events such as the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Christian Broughton, managing director of The Independent, said: "I'm delighted to be working with Group, a leading global brand with extensive experience in this sector. Being chosen as their first non-US partner demonstrates The lndependent's scale, robust model and global brand presence. Our most recent annual results showed that the majority of our revenue is now no longer dependent on traditional advertising, and the expansion of eCommerce partnerships is crucial in creating a regular, reliable revenue base upon which to build the future of our thriving media brand."

Charles Gillespie, chief executive officer of Group, said: "Combining our proprietary data science platform and award-winning content team with leading media brands like The Independent is a proven recipe for success, as our existing media partnerships demonstrate. We look forward to collaborating with and driving new revenue for The Independent through this best-in-class media alliance."

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