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PCS Publishing

Castle Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 3AD

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

MNA goes live with Knowledge Prospect from PCS

PCS, a leading publishing software developer, this week announced that Midlands News Association (MNA) is the first customer to go live with Knowledge Prospect.

Author: News Desk
Posted on: 4 July 2018

(L-R): Print MD Graeme Clifford, PCS head of development Simon Weare, advertising director Louise Burns and PCS MD Phil Walker.

A successor to the advertising system ABS, Knowledge Prospect is a brand new advertising sales and customer management platform developed entirely in-house by the PCS team.

Knowledge Prospect went live at MNA on Monday, delivering a customer first approach by streamlining workflows that will benefit management teams, finance, classified and field sales staff, says PCS. Knowledge Assist has also gone live to support the self-service generation and management of classified and template display ads.

MNA, one of the largest independent regional news companies in the UK, are the first of many existing ABS users to go live with Knowledge Prospect and PCS says it has already secured two new customers, the first will be up and running later this summer and the second early 2019. The platform, which was developed from the ground up, has an intuitive customisable interface and is browser based to allow real time remote working. According to PCS, it removes manual tasks and processes, leaving users free to maximise revenue opportunities and improve customer relationships.

Phil Walker, Managing Director at PCS comments: “We have spent a lot of time making sure that Knowledge Prospect does what our existing and potential customers want it to do, so it is very exciting to have our first customer up and running. Prospect sits at the centre of our Knowledge portfolio and interoperates with all our other solutions for editorial, advertising and circulation management.”

Graeme Clifford Print MD at MNA comments: “After researching an alternative to ABS, we found there was nothing suitable on the market to handle our business needs. After speaking to sister company PCS, we decided to take a partnership approach in developing Knowledge Prospect so it not only meets our requirements now and in the future, but also those of other publishers large and small, in an ever evolving market.”

Links / further reading: Knowledge Prospect

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