2017 PPA Independent Publisher Awards Winners Announced

The annual PPA IPN Conference and Awards, now in its 14th year, took place on November 28 at the Hilton Bankside. The afternoon, hosted by comedian Tom Ward, awarded accolades to independent publishers across 17 categories.

The conference welcomed delegates in the morning before the Hilton was transformed for lunch and the afternoon Awards event, with 400 people in attendance.

Anthem Publishing picked up five gongs, being crowned Independent Publishing Company of the Year, along with winning Writer of the Year, Launch/Relaunch of the Year, Independent Publisher Subscription Magazine of the Year and Consumer Magazine of the Year.

Gruppo Media and the National Trust took home two awards each.

LSC Publishing won Customer Magazine of the Year for Market Life, while Editor Mark Riddaway was Highly Commended by the judges, who recognised his leadership after the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attacks, where he and his team became the pillars of the community.

PPA Director of Membership Nicola Rowe said: “This is a really special day in the PPA calendar where we celebrate the very best of independent publishing, right across the spectrum of magazine media.

“There is so much passion and creativity in this part of the industry and these awards are for those who are really pushing the boundaries and driving our sector forward. The standard of entries was incredibly high this year, which made the judges’ job exceptionally difficult.”

The Winners

Writer of the Year
Gareth Murphy
Anthem Publishing

Designer of the Year        
Kate Monument
Balance Publishing

Commercial Partnership of the Year
Race Retro Powered by Motor Sport: Hall of Fame Live
Motor Sport Magazine

Digital Initiative of the Year
Rouleur Customer Acquisition Growth
Gruppo Media

Launch/Relaunch of the Year
Colouring Heaven
Anthem Publishing

Event of the Year (Business & Consumer)
Dentistry 17: Stars of Dentistry
Finlayson Media Communications

Team of the Year
London Review of Books Marketing Team
London Review of Books

Front Cover of the Year (Business)
#STUDENTFARMER
National Farmers’ Union

Front Cover of the Year (Consumer)
National Trust Magazine
National Trust

Editor of the Year – Highly Commended
Mark Riddaway
Market Life
LSC Publishing

Editor of the Year – Winner
Jonathan Boyd
InvestmentEurope
Open Door Media Publishing

Independent Publisher Subscription Magazine of the Year
Vegan Food & Living
Anthem Publishing

Membership Publication of the Year
National Trust Magazine
National Trust

Customer Magazine of the Year
Market Life
LSC Publishing

Business Publication of the Year
Veterinary Times
Veterinary Business Development (VBD)

Consumer Magazine of the Year
Vegan Food & Living
Anthem Publishing

Media Brand of the Year (Business & Consumer)
Winner
Rouleur
Gruppo Media

Independent Publishing Company of the Year
Winner
Anthem Publishing

The Conference and Awards were made possible thanks to the support of PPA’s IPN strategic partner Pensord and our PPA strategic partners Adestra, Air Business, Rhapsody, Wyndeham Group and the YM Group.