At the IPG Awards last night in Chipping Norton, Bloomsbury came away with the top prize in what was a fantastic evening. Not only that, but we also won another!

As part of the Academic and Professional division of Bloomsbury - which has grown rapidly over the last few years, both organically and through acquisitions - we scooped the IPG Independent Publisher of the Year Award, becoming the seventh recipient of the flagship honour, joining Jessica Kingsley Publishers, Templar Publishing, Alastair Sawday Publishing, Earthscan, Continuum and Constable & Robinson.

We were ecstatic to also pick up the gong for the Frankfurt Book Fair Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year Award, in which we had some great competition in the likes of  Liverpool University Press and Edward Elgar Publishing. The comments the judges made about our win are as follows:

Bloomsbury Publishing, Academic and Professional Division scoops this Award for a year of standout sales and profitability, and the release of a string of creative new print and digital products. Judges saw that it had grown organically as well as through bolt-on lists, and admired its international ambition. “Bloomsbury may have had the resources to grow, but making its strategic acquisitions work thorough integration is a substantial achievement.”

In a statement this morning, the IPG made the following comments about our win of the IPG Independent Publisher of the Year 2013:

Bloomsbury Publishing, Academic and Professional Division wins this flagship Award from a strong shortlist made up of the five winners of the Publisher of the Year categories. Judges singled it out for the breadth of its academic and professional publishing and its clear vision for what it wishes to achieve. Even allowing for the resources at its disposal, they recognized a company with a true entrepreneurial and independent spirit. “Some people have been doubtful about Bloomsbury’s move into academic and professional publishing, but it proved last year that it is already a big player in its sector. It has used its money wisely and made everything work exceptionally well.”

We'd like to thank you all for your continued support - and are looking forward to making 2013 even more of a success!


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Written by Ellie MacKenzie

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