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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

PCS extends its relationship with Oldham Evening Chronicle

Software developer PCS has announced a significant enhancement of its long established partnership with regional daily newspaper, the Oldham Evening Chronicle.

Author: News Desk
Posted on: 16 March 2016

Dave Whaley (on the left) and Phil Walker

As well as seeing Oldham take on the PCS portfolio of publishing solutions, the partnership will now see Oldham’s sub-editing and advert production operations outsourced and performed by other PCS customers, on PCS systems.

The two organisations, who have been partners for more than 30 years, have worked together to create a model that will enable the publisher to adopt significant change and transformation within its business, ensuring Oldham Evening Chronicle can continue to be successful for years to come, says PCS.

Oldham Evening Chronicle will receive upgrades for its existing PCS advertising and production solutions, ABS and Pulse, as well as new installations of the PCS circulation software NCS, and its flagship publishing content management solution, Knowledge.

This will see Oldham Evening Chronicle embrace a full SaaS environment for its entire publishing operation, utilising PCS’s fully managed, hosted and secure UK datacentres.

However, to create this new partner-driven model for delivering the efficiencies required, PCS has brought together some of its existing customers to allow Oldham to outsource key parts of its publishing operation to them.

PCS managing director Phil Walker said, “We have enjoyed a fantastic relationship with Oldham over the years and the next stage in their evolution will see the publisher concentrate on what they do best - creating content and providing media space for advertisers, while removing undue processes.”

Walker continued, “Being involved with our customer’s change management process is central to our approach in the industry. Oldham came to us with a challenge and we have worked very closely with them and other publishing customers of ours to solve it, which has seen us help them in their quest to reinvent their business. Ultimately, our expertise is allowing us to act as a technology hub to help Oldham move forward in the industry.”

Dave Whaley, Managing Director of Oldham Evening Chronicle said, “Like other organisations in the regional press the Oldham Evening Chronicle is facing many challenges. As an independent newspaper we find economies of scale difficult to achieve.”

Whaley added, “The implementation of Knowledge and third party outsourcing is now ongoing and we will be working closely with all concerned to build workflows that allow us to continue to be one of the last remaining on-the-day- publishers of a local daily newspaper.”

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