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ACE Newspaper & Magazine Awards – winners announced

The winners of the 2022 ACE Newspaper & Magazine Awards were announced at a ceremony at the London Marriott Grosvenor Square on 12 May.

ACE Newspaper & Magazine Awards – winners announced

At the event, there was an audience of 240 guests representing the breadth of newspaper and magazine publishing, distribution and retailing.

“I would like to recognise the contribution our panel of industry judges have made to tonight’s event. It was great to see so many entries, especially from categories such as Young Achiever of the year and the Campaign of the year. I would like to thank all the Judges who painstakingly went through every submission. The quality of the award entries was exceptional and whether you have won an award or not, you certainly are all winners and thank you for entering.” said ACE Chief Operating Officer James Beardow.

The event was only made possible, says ACE, through generous sponsorship from: Smith News, Guardian Media, DSB.Net, Mail Newspapers, Hearst, Marketforce, Menzies Distribution, The FED, CDS Global, Frontline Group, Telegraph Media and Newstraid.

The winners of the 2022 ACE Newspaper & Magazine Awards:

CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Match Attax Season 2021/22 Collection - Topps Europe Limited

Judges’ comments: “For their clear quantifiable success and innovative use of social media to drive print sales and brand awareness.”

COVID HERO OF THE YEAR

Menzies Distribution

Judges’ comments: “For a fantastic award entry with strong evidence to back up. Clearly much effort has gone into supporting their customers and workforce.”

INDUSTRY PARTNER OF THE YEAR

Marketforce

Judges’ comments: “For impressive evidence of going the extra mile for clients, winning new business, retaining current clients and driving sales through creative ways. Really strong client testimonials and demonstration of a true partnership mentality.”

Highly Commended: InterGo Holdings Group

INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATION of the YEAR

It's Time For - LCD Publishing

Judges’ comments: “For finding a gap in the market which it could use to grow its sales and revenue. Through analysis and data it was able to strategically enter this gap on a global basis which resulted in an incredible uplift in sales.”

MAGAZINE of the YEAR - CHILDREN'S

PONY Magazine - DJ Murphy

Judges’ comments: “For an innovative and creative entry which saw the PONY team taking time to understand the behaviour of their readers and working with influencers to appeal to their readers regardless of their personal circumstances.”

MAGAZINE of the YEAR - LIFESTYLE

Country Living - Hearst UK

Judges’ comments: “For their highest ABC for 10 years, great performance numbers from a very established heritage brand together with very strong brand extensions.”

MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR - SPECIALIST INTEREST

Motorcycle News - Bauer Media

Judges’ comments: “For a very comprehensive entry, showing a determined foot forwards after the difficulties of 2020. Judges were pleased to see the strong levels of innovation, including the social presence and the mental health initiative.”

NATIONAL NEWSPAPER OF THE YEAR

The Times and The Sunday Times - News UK

Judges’ comments: “For a structured approach to driving both subscriptions and newsstand sales. It took an innovative approach to win back the ‘commuter traffic’ and repeat purchase on the newsstand and implemented a multichannel campaign to build it’s brand and reach it’s target audience.”

NEWSTRAID PHILANTHROPIST OF THE YEAR

Gold Key Media

Judges’ comments: “For their impressive support to beleaguered NHS frontline staff with £9m of papers/mags when and where they most needed it.”

REGIONAL PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

Western Mail - Reach PLC

Judges’ comments: “For smashing budget revenue targets, increased home delivery copies and capitalizing on local events and competitor activity.”

Highly Commended: Leicester Mercury

SUBSCRIPTION MEMBERSHIP ACQUISITION CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

The Times - News UK

Judges’ comments: “For brilliant use of data and customer targeting coupled with strong creative to cut through the market in a difficult period. An extremely well thought through campaign from scoping to delivery to performance measurement.”

Highly Commended: BBC Gardeners' World Magazine

SUBSCRIPTION MEMBERSHIP RETENTION CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Immediate Media London Portfolio - Immediate Media

Judges’ comments: “For significant support of the category, and commitment to going that bit extra.”

SUBSCRIPTION PUBLICATION OF THE YEAR

BBC Gardeners' World Magazine - Immediate Media

Judges’ comments: “For an impressive multi-pronged approach to win over subscribers, with all titles in the portfolio benefiting, Two-year subs a great idea, and yields valuable business efficiencies.”

SUBSCRIPTIONS TEAM OF THE YEAR

Hearst UK Subscription Team - Hearst UK

Judges’ comments: “For their amazing strategic achievements across a wide range of metrics. Campaign well thought through and messaging on-point. Particularly impressed with breaking the 1m subscriber mark and the ground-breaking membership launch.”

SUSTAINABILTY STRATEGY OF THE YEAR

Hearst UK

Judges’ comments: “For an excellent, comprehensive 'Planet Hearst' strategy, embracing a real consumer facing strategy and Head Office action. Good to see clear work on Scope 1,2 +3, along with continued ISO14001 accreditation.”

TEAM OF THE YEAR

Editorial Team - Redan Publishing Ltd

Judges’ comments: “For clear teamwork and ability for members to pivot to support each other and depts as needed, an investment in people paying off with great results.”

Highly Commended: International & Bookazine Team - Marketforce

YOUNG ACHIEVER OF THE YEAR

Milena Kowalska - Smiths News

Judges’ comments: “A really impressive career growth journey demonstrating drive, ambition and a willingness to keep learning.”


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