THIS year’s PPA Chairman's Award has been awarded to media company Archant in recognition of its audience-first stratetgy.
The annual PPA (Professional Publishers Association) awards celebrate and reward innovation in the media. They showcase the best products and brands the UK has to offer, commemorating genuine excellence among publishing teams across the country.
At an awards ceremony held at Grosvenor House in central London, it was announced that despite the award traditionally being presented to a specific brand or individual, the 2017 PPA Chairman’s Award would instead be received by the Archant company.
Archant was praised for its modern and agile approach to publishing and recognised for various ground-breaking achievements such as the recent publication of The New European, which sold more than 40,000 copies of its launch issue after going from concept to newsstand in just nine days last year.
In presenting the award, PPA chairman James Tye said: “[Archant] has been publishing magazines and newspapers for more than 150 years, and has been loyal and committed supporters of our industry and the PPA throughout that time.
“The company has really reaped the rewards of an audience-first strategy that combines digital transformation with real innovation in print.”
Chief executive Jeff Henry said: “One of our core values is pride,” he said. “I am so proud of all the people in Archant past and present that have been recognised in such a prestigious manner.”