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2020 WINNERS

Brand of the Year

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London Review of Books
London Review of Books

Not only do they demonstrate good stats across the board, but they clearly have a strong understanding of the target audience and despite Coronavirus, have driven up their Digital Assets significantly. Identifying their target market and acting on this accordingly has clearly accrued strong results.

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Wanderlust
Think Travel

It has been a tough year for travel publications over the course of the pandemic, but this brand has shown that it is incredibly resilient, demonstrating diversification with the creation of new products such as events. Wanderlust clearly took the opportunity to capitalise on a strong consumer base and its innovative approach has meant the brand has successfully developed further.

Business Publication of the Year

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Dentistry
Finlayson Media Communications

Dentistry magazine sets out a very strong entry, demonstrating that the magazine is obviously a key source of information, news and support for its industry. They adapted to the pandemic and they have consistently published essential content for this industry, which is a testament to their professionalism.

Commercial Partnership of the Year

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Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) & Arm

Their strategy was clear and concise, which resulted in a well-executed partnership that was well received by the audience, enhancing both parties’ position and reputation as well as generating direct revenue for one and leads for the other. This partnership reflected passion, personality and pride.

Consumer Magazine of the Year

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Magneto
Hothouse Media

This magazine has a clear vision of a gap in the market and is able to meet the need of readers and advertisers alike. The editorial and design are both outstanding and it produces strong commercial results. An impressive feat for a two-man team.

Content Piece of the Year

 

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Government Unlocks Extra Crisis Funds After Admin Errors
RN
Newtrade Media

There are two great wins here as a result of this strong and informative article. A change in government policy directly as a result of this investigation that has helped businesses across the UK and also great results for the publisher’s traffic as well. Investigative journalism feels like a dying art in B2B media so it's great to see someone doing it and showing that it can make a real difference.

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Ford v Ferrari
Motor Sport Magazine
Motor Sport Magazine

A lot of effort was put into giving a fresh twist to this great story. They took something that could have otherwise been a straightforward press release and told it from a unique and entertaining perspective. The writer and art team truly understood the motivations and needs of the reader, using beautiful archive photography to accompany a fascinating story.

Coronavirus Response Award

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Virtual Design Festival
Dezeen

The thinking behind this range of initiatives is really inspirational and clearly produced excellent results. Dezeen represents a sector that relies on people being able to get together and this strategic pivot to create a truly accessible cultural event provided a great outlet during the pandemic.

Highly Commended

Coronavirus Response
TTG Media

The combined initiatives of supporting advertisers; paid for online events; and petitioning government means that TTG will have a tough but ultimately good Covid-19 as they will be well positioned as things improve. This was a coherent and well-executed strategy to support the travel trade and ensure the sustainability of their own business.

Customer Magazine of the Year

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Slimming World Magazine
Slimming World

This magazine has an impressive design, layout and selection of articles with a confident and supportive tone for their audience. They clearly had a fantastic response to a fast-changing situation which deepened the relationship they had with their readers and resulted in impressive commercial results.

Designer of the Year

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Peter Allen
Magneto
Hothouse Media

Peter demonstrates strong design skills and its clear that he has been a major factor in the success of Magneto. The covers are dynamic, striking and sleek and the graphic devices used give the strong sense of a contemporary brand in what is often a traditional market. Peter is possibly the best designer of car magazines in the world today.

Digital Initiative of the Year

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Virtual Design Festival
Dezeen

Getting something like this conceived and live in mid-April is a real feat. The revenue generation was very impressive and ultimately they launched something that will become a permanent part of their ongoing strategy. The depth and breadth of digital experiences that the event delivered to the audience were cutting edge and market leading and the positive coverage it generated also added to the strength of Dezeen’s conviction in hosting this type of virtual event.

Digital Innovator of the Year

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Zamir Walimohamed
Motor Sport Magazine
Motor Sport Magazine

Zamir is clearly very good at what he does and seems like a steady pair of hands. There is clear evidence of a long-term commitment to growing the business and adapting to digital opportunities.

Diversity Initiative of the Year

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We are OutThere
OutThere Publishing

This was a brilliant initiative and it was clear that diversity was embedded at the core of the offering. The core magazine goal is innovative, but even better was the brand expansion into events, consultancy and international partnership.

E-Newsletter of the Year

 

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Better Managers
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The results from this newsletter are impressive and show a multi-platform approach with content that has clearly been successfully engaging. They had fantastic agility in responding to audience needs during COVID with solid statistics demonstrating the success of the new product.

Editor of the Year

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Esther Newman
Women's Running
Anthem Publishing

This feels like a magazine that punches above its weight and take a very holistic approach to the sector. A good editor is able to see the full picture and bring fresh ideas to any sector and Esther does this in spades. Her awareness of wider issues and drive to make change is inspirational.

Event of the Year

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The British Book Awards
The Bookseller
Bookseller Media

It’s very encouraging to see the speed and agility of the team to create digital awards for the first time keeping in mind audience needs, commercial drive and importantly for awards, the reach generated for the entrants, winners and the industry. The amplification to broader consumer media seems a key ingredient in making this an important place for the industry to congregate.

Front Cover of the Year

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National Trust Magazine
National Trust

This is a brave, beautiful and effective cover which is consistent with the brand and target audience. The photography is beautiful and reflective, drawing you in and creating an impactful cover.

Independent Publishing Company of the Year

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MGP

They have carried out great events work by transforming Guidelines Live from free to paid and increasing attendance. MGP is a very competent operator and their entry was very strong, showing impressive uplifts in profit.

Highly Commended

London Review of Books

This is a fantastic subscription story and they clearly took an impressive approach to lockdown which has brought good success. Every innovation and brand extension embodies the brand values of the core title.

Industry Partner of the Year

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Air Business

Air Business's Covid-19 response demonstrates a commitment to going the extra mile. They show strong communication and a nimble approach, switching transportation to get the most reliable service and good deals. The growth figures are a testament to strong performance in more 'normal' times.

Launch / Relaunch of the Year

 

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The Mag With No Name
Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

A bravely executed relaunch that takes an old brand and makes it something completely new and reflective of/appealing to the modern audience. It feels like they have challenged every aspect of their existing model and left no stone unturned.

Membership Publication of the Year

 

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National Trust Magazine
National Trust

The engagement statistics are exceptionally strong and show the audience is more in tune than ever with the trusts aims. This is clearly a team that constantly pushes to enhance and evolve the title.

Podcast of the Year

  

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The kbbreview Podcast
Taylist Media

What kbbreview have managed to do with so few resources during COVID is impressive, and that is reflected in the listening numbers, especially as a proportion of their circulation. It's encouraging to see that they're in talks to secure sponsorship. The podcast itself is well-edited, engaging and concise. We could all learn from this excellent little podcast and it deserves to be more widely listened to.

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Seven Stages
The Stage
The Stage Media Company

The growth of this podcast and the calibre of guests is impressive given it has only released 8 episodes this series. The quality of audio is high and they are consistently concise - 30-40 minutes runs nicely for this kind of interview and doesn't feel too long or too short. Its commercial success is encouraging, and it is precisely the kind of personal, authentic recommendation that podcasting can do like no other medium.

Team of the Year

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The Stage News Team
The Stage Media Company

The news team at The Stage is passionate, going the extra mile to save the industry it serves. The small team responded well to the crisis and they have made a significant contribution to the overall performance of the company.

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Slimming World Magazine Team
Slimming World

This is a close-knit and nurturing team who go above and beyond for its readership.

Website of the Year

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motorsportmagazine.com
Motor Sport Magazine
Motor Sport Magazine

It is always a challenge to take a long-established business, make changes and see significant improvements. Motor Sport has achieved this with their website improving across the functionality, usability and financial effectiveness of the site. Motor Sport has a rich catalogue of content and has found an improved way to present it to its audience and the results are there for all to see.

Writer of the Year

 

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Tom Seymour
The Royal Photographic Society Journal
Royal Photographic Society

The writer is covering powerful subjects and the articles have a depth that takes you into the environment that he is writing about. When a picture is worth 1,000 words it takes a special writer to make the words that accompany those images meaningful.