The shortlist for the Independent Publishers Guild Educational Publisher of the Year has been announced.
John Catt Educational, Jolly Learning and Maths – No Problem! are the three publishers in the running for the prestigious award, announced at a gala dinner next Thursday.
The 12 different Awards have a total of 41 nominations, with several categories extending to four rather than three candidates to reflect the outstanding standard of entries.
John Catt Educational has been publishing for nearly 60 years, and recorded its best ever book sales and profits in 2016. It added some big titles to its rich backlist, and achieved impressive publicity and sales into trade as well as education channels. “John Catt has been doing some great stuff for a long time,” judges said.
Jolly Learning marks its 30th anniversary in 2017, and used last year to refine its print resources, launch a new free app and carve out some innovative new marketing strategies. It was very active around the world, distributing into 120 countries including far-flung territories like Kiribati and Papua New Guinea. “For a company that has been around for a long time to embrace so many new things is very impressive,” said the judges.
Maths – No Problem! is a newer company here, having published its first textbooks just three years ago. But it quickly shook up maths learning with resources imported from Singapore, and grew sales exponentially in 2016. Its approach has been adopted by more than 1,000 schools and endorsed by the Department for Education too. “This company has seen an opportunity and run with it. The growth in a short space of time is phenomenal,” judges said.
The IPG received a record number of entries for the 2017 Awards, with the quality of submissions higher than ever before.