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PPA Independent Publisher Awards – the winners

The winners of the PPA Independent Publisher Awards were unveiled at a lunchtime presentation at The Brewery on December 9.

The awards, which celebrate the dynamic contribution and entrepreneurial spirit of independent publishers throughout the UK, took place immediately following a half-day conference dedicated to the issues faced by independent companies in magazine and business media.

The awards saw The Chelsea Magazine Company named PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year, with the judges praising their impressive growth in digital, circulation, revenues, and profit.

Consumer Media Brand of the Year went to Women’s Running while the Business Media Brand of the Year went to The Drum, which also picked up the award for Event of the Year for The Drum Live.

Louise Kittle from DJ Murphy’s Horse & Rider magazine was named Editor of the Year, and the award for Rising Star of the Year went to Holly Tarrant from Signature Publishing. Other winners included: Cogora, Dezeen, LSC Publishing, Rock Sound, Think Publishing, and White Light Media.

More than 400 industry professionals attended the awards, and their donations helped raise more than £1,200 for MagAid, the industry charity which promotes literacy through magazines.

Barry McIlheney, CEO of the PPA, said: “This year’s PPA Independent Publisher Awards were the biggest and most competitive in the event’s history. In many categories it was difficult to highlight a winning entry from such a strong field, and that is a reflection of the vibrant mood and creative spirit of this vital part of our membership. Thanks to everyone who took part in the event, and congratulations to the finalists and all of our winners.”

Winners of the PPA Connect Awards 2015:

RISING STAR OF THE YEAR

Holly Tarrant, Publishing Executive, Signature Publishing

WRITER OF THE YEAR

Guy Whitmore, British Farmer & Grower

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR

Karen Boller, Signature Publishing

CREATIVE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Film Is GREAT BRITAIN, Morris Visitor Publications

DIGITAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR

BlockDox

BEST USE OF VIDEO

Dezeen

LAUNCH / RELAUNCH OF THE YEAR

Kin, LSC Publishing

Highly Commended: Zen Colouring, GMC Publications

EVENT OF THE YEAR

The Drum Live

Highly Commended: Manufacturing & Engineering North East, Findlay Media

TEAM OF THE YEAR

InvestmentEurope, Open Door Media Publishing

INDEPENDENT PUBLISHING COMPANY OF THE YEAR

The Chelsea Magazine Company

FRONT COVER OF THE YEAR – BUSINESS

ERT, Taylist Media

FRONT COVER OF THE YEAR – CONSUMER

Hot Rum Cow, White Light Media

BUSINESS MEDIA BRAND OF THE YEAR

The Drum

Highly Commended: InvestmentEurope, Open Door Media Publishing

CONSUMER MEDIA BRAND OF THE YEAR

Women's Running, Wild Bunch Media

EDITOR OF THE YEAR

Louise Kittle, Horse and Rider

Highly Commended: Simon Lyle, Hot Rum Cow, White Light Media

MEMBERSHIP MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

BEER, Think Publishing

CUSTOMER MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Slimming World Magazine, Slimming World

BUSINESS MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Pulse, Cogora Group

CONSUMER MAGAZINE OF THE YEAR

Rock Sound