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Celebrating 45 years of helping publishers realise the art of the possible and continuing to innovate for the future.

PCS is at the forefront of product innovation within the publishing industry and this year we are celebrating our 45th birthday!

In 1973, PCS developed one of the UK’s first fully computerised publishing systems – Press 11 – a forerunner of the digital systems used by publishers all over the world today. This was an exciting year within the industry as it also saw the introduction of the internet, voicemail and the mobile phone which marked a dramatic change in communication methods.

Since then, PCS has taken advantage of new technologies to help envision more efficient content first publishing workfiows and better methods of delivery; driving the move to ‘always-on’, independent remote working in the cloud and responding to the increasing desire of technology consumers to purchase software as a service.

Our UK based, in-house developed portfolio of solutions facilitates collaboration across editorial, advertising and circulation workflows for newspaper and magazine publishers.

We take a partnership approach with all our clients to deliver tailored solutions, the benefits of which can then be available to our other customers to ensure they always have the latest workfiow efficiency tools at their fingertips. With that in mind, we can facilitate collaboration through the sharing of resources whether you are looking to outsource tasks or increase your revenue stream.

It’s a given that content is king and if you want to succeed in the current publishing market, it is about delivering the right content to the right people through the right channels. Our browser based Knowledge portfolio makes that happen whether you are publishing to digital, print or both simultaneously.

We have an award-winning IT infrastructure that is second to none, with all data backed up at two separate data centres. If it is hosting you are after, we can remove your IT overheads and offer you a fully scalable service that meets the needs of publishers big and small.

PCS is part of the Claverley Group of companies who have an annual turnover of £120m; the group also includes Midland News Association (MNA), publishers of the UK’s leading regional daily newspaper The Express & Star, MNA Media, commercial printers Precision Colour Printing and Channel Islands news publisher, Guiton Group.

Contact PCS to find out how our 45 years of experience can benefit your business.

PCS solutions:

  • Knowledge Publish - Editorial and collaboration platform
  • Knowledge Prospect - Advertising sales and customer management platform
  • NCS - Circulation and subscription management platform
  • PropertyNet - Property advertising and publishing platform
  • Pulse - Advert production solution for print and digital

New Look Websites for Express & Star and Shropshire Star Go Live

MNA Digital, the online arm of the Midland News Association (MNA), publisher of the Express & Star and Shropshire Star, has launched the new sites for its daily titles.

Author: News Desk
Posted on: 8 May 2017

Andy Hill (centre) with MNA Digital colleagues (from left) Will Beavis and Mike Woods, plus the Washington Post's Matt Nelson and Ian Baker.

The two new sites are the first in the UK to be built and powered by the Washington Post's Arc Publishing platform.

The user experience for Expressandstar.com and Shropshirestar.com has been improved following intensive design projects including public testing.

The team behind the new websites have been working on development for more than a year. They believe the designs will make it easier for users to navigate their way around.

By providing defined areas for key content, including local news and sport, as well as giving prominent commercial slots, the designers believe the site has less clutter, making it easier to for people to navigate around and find the content they are looking for.

The team have also focused on making the sites more mobile friendly to benefit the 62 per cent of MNA web users who visit using a handheld device.

Andy Hill, managing director of MNA Digital, said: "We are really pleased with the cleaner design for the Expressandstar.com and Shropshirestar.com.

“I would like to congratulate my team for their work, as well as colleagues in editorial and across the business, who have completed such a significant piece of work.

“The navigation of the sites was an important part of the project that received a lot of attention. The objective was to simplify the navigation and make it easier for our readers to find the content that they are interested in.

"During the project, we conducted extensive user research, which showed that our sites were cluttered and confusing to navigate meaning that it could be hard for a reader to find the content they are searching for.

"Offering our readers too much choice through the navigation was counter-productive. The new navigation is simple to understand and works well on a mobile as it is easy to use on a small screen.

"This is important because over 60% of our users access our websites using their mobile phones."

The MNA is the first UK publisher to use the technology used by the Washington Post. The websites are fed by content directly from Knowledge, the MNA’s content management system (CMS), which is produced by sister company Press Computer Systems.

The CMS allows senior print reporters to upload content straight to the websites using Knowledge, giving them a direct route to publish online.

This is the first time print journalists at the MNA have been able to publish their work onto the site, bringing the digital and print teams closer together.

Mike Woods, head of digital editorial content for the MNA, said: “It’s been a huge undertaking to relaunch our websites at the same time as we overhaul the workflow in the newsroom to take a more digital-first approach to publishing.

“The Washington Post’s software allows us to have far greater editorial control over the look and feel of our websites than was previously possible, and we’re delighted with the end result.”

Following the launch of the new MNA websites, the Wolverhampton-based MNA Digital team plan to roll out the designs to their sister Claverley titles the Jersey Evening Post and the Guernsey Press.

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