Grayshott-based consumer publishing company DJ Murphy scoops top prize at annual publishing awards

After a truly remarkable year for its equestrian and children’s titles, consumer magazine publishing company DJ Murphy was awarded the title Independent Publishing Company of the Year at the prestigious PPA Independent Publisher Awards, held in London on December 8th.

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DJ Murphy was crowned Independent Publishing Company of the Year. Kate Austin, Managing Director, joins directors and members of the team to collect the award.

In addition to this, the company’s Horse&Rider magazine, the UK’s best-selling equestrian monthly, was crowned Consumer Magazine of the Year.

Speaking of DJ Murphy’s success over the past year, the panel of judges said, “This has been DJ Murphy’s  year in so many ways. A great company culture, some fantastic products, and a big move into both e-commerce and the highly competitive children’s market have all combined to make it an unforgettable 12 months for a company that goes back a long way. A really tough and closely-fought category, but in the end DJ Murphy emerged as the overall PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year for 2016.”

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Horse&Rider is awarded Consumer Magazine of the Year – Louise Kittle, Horse&Rider’s Editor, collects the award with the Horse&Rider editorial team.

The judges were impressed by Horse&Rider on a number of counts: “Horse&Rider really impressed our judges by managing to retain and indeed increase its market leadership, while at the same time posting record revenues and recording the highest-ever margin in its entire 60-year history. All of this, as well as the fact that it competes against some of the biggest beasts in publishing, makes this a very worthy winner of the PPA Independent Publisher Consumer Magazine of the Year for 2016.”

Not only was Horse&Rider winner of the Consumer Magazine of the Year, but the brand was also shortlisted for Best Use of Video and Consumer Media Brand of the Year, demonstrating the holistic approach DJ Murphy takes to ensuring it meets the needs of both its readers and advertisers. The company’s children’s magazine, Shopkins, was also shortlisted in the consumer magazine category.

Zoe Cannon, Publisher of Horse&Rider, said of the award, “This really is the icing on the cake. I couldn’t be more pleased with the performance of the whole team at Horse&Rider. Together they have made 2016 such a strong year for both Horse&Rider and PONY Magazine (its sister title) and it’s incredibly exciting to think about all the possibilities in store for 2017.”

Kate Austin, Managing Director, commented: “We are very lucky to have an enthusiastic, dedicated, talented team at DJ Murphy – in all areas of our business – and this accolade is testimony to the great work they do.”

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