Incisive Media CEO Jonathon Whiteley named among UK’s top 50 innovative business leaders

Now in its third year, the programme, which is supported by The Daily Telegraph, celebrates the inspiring leaders behind some of the UK’s most successful and fast-growing medium-sized firms.

There were more than 350 nominations from every corner of the country, across a multitude of industries employing more than 5250 people and collectively contributing more than £1bn to the UK economy.

Jonathon commented “I am delighted to be recognised in this prestigious scheme and particularly among such a successful peer group. The success of Incisive Media is the result of the incredible people that we have working in the business, their ingenuity, talent and sheer determination to provide the very best products for our audiences, customers and partners.”

John Garner of LDC added: “The UK has a long-standing reputation for its entrepreneurial endeavour, but there has never been a more important time to recognise or back ambition in British business. The LDC Top 50 Most Ambitious Business Leaders aims to do just that.

“All of the inspiring leaders featured in our Top 50 this year have driven their business forward during a period of adversity, whether by expanding internationally, delivering innovation, showcasing resilience or making a difference in their communities. They all deserve their place and I look forward to seeing their continued success.”

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Investment Week’s David Brenchley awarded Best Trade Journalist at AIC Media Awards

The annual awards, which recognise the journalists who have “best educated private investors and financial advisers about investment companies”, are voted for by AIC members, their managers, brokers and analysts.

David, who has worked at Investment Week since May 2019, began his career as a journalist in 2010 as assistant content editor for Sports New Media. He landed his first financial journalism role in 2013 for Money Observer, and has since worked for interactive investor and Morningstar.

He said: “In what has been a tough year all round, I am delighted to have won Best Trade Journalist for the second year running. The investment company sector is diverse and provides an array of interesting story ideas to dig into and from which to learn.”

Ian Sayers, chief executive of the AIC, said he would “like to thank” this year’s winners “for their hard work and commend them for the help they provide to their readers”.

He added: “The pandemic has created many challenges for investors and the winners have responded in a creative and thoughtful way.”

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Incisive Media Foundation signs partnership with Women’s Aid to broaden diversity initiative

The Incisive Media Foundation was established in 2011 and has raised in excess of £1.5M since then for a range of charities for vulnerable people, including mental health charity MIND and Chicks.

Women’s Aid is the national charity for women and children. It has been at the forefront of shaping and coordinating responses to domestic abuse through practice, research and policy. The charity is a federation of more than 180 organisations, providing 300 local life-saving services to vulnerable women and girls across the country. Its services have been in even greater demand during the Covid-19 epidemic.

“We are extremely proud to be working with Women’s Aid as one of our three charitable partners in 2020,” said Incisive Media MD of events Simone Broadhurst. “As a business, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to support women, and to celebrate their many successes with our increasing suite of diversity events.”

Women’s Aid joins Place2Be and The Connection at St Martin’s on the roster of charities supported by Incisive Media. Place2Be is a children’s mental health charity with more than 25 years’ experience working with pupils, families and staff in UK schools. It provides mental health support in schools through one-to-one and group counselling using tried and tested methods backed by research. The Connection at St Martin’s helps thousands of people every year to move away from, and stay off, the streets of London. The charity achieves this by tackling the underlying causes of rough sleeping as well as offering practical help.

The Incisive Media Foundation raises significant funds for these charities through Incisive Media’s portfolio of events. It also seeks to provide a framework through which staff can volunteer a small amount of their time to contribute their skills and make a meaningful difference to the lives of others. The Foundation is managed by a dedicated committee of staff from across the business, providing executive oversight and strategic input. Teams working in every area of the company participate in furthering the Foundation’s aims.

“At Incisive Media we focus on making sure we create an environment that fosters a supportive, inclusive and challenging culture with a deep sense of integrity,” said Incisive Media CEO Jonathon Whiteley. “The Incisive Media Foundation is an important cornerstone of this ethos, and I’m delighted that we are now supporting Women’s Aid alongside our longstanding charitable partners.”

COVER editor crowned B2B Protection Journalist of the Year at the 2020 Headlinemoney Awards

According to Headlinemoney, two journalists emerged as front-runners for the specialist award for life insurance, protection and financial health journalism for a business-to-business audience, but it was Saville who impressed the judges most.

Regarding his submission, one judge remarked: “Three varied articles demonstrating an array of talents from Adam, but always combining interesting writing and solid journalism.”

“Impressive range and versatility, especially given that Adam is something of a one-man team. He included a highly emotive and personal piece as well as one covering a fairly complex and technical issue concerning the financial ombudsman service. Definitely my idea of the winner,” another judge added.

Saville triumphed over stiff competition on the shortlist, which included Jeff Prestridge, for his work on FTAdviser, Amanda Newman Smith of Money Marketing, FTAdviser’s Imogen Tew, and freelancer Sam Barrett.

Harvey Jones of the Daily Express won the consumer Protection Journalist of the Year Award.

Saville said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be named Protection Journalist of the Year (B2B) at the Headlinemoney Awards, for my work as editor of COVER magazine. These awards really are arguably some of the most sought-after prizes in financial journalism, so it’s an absolute honour to be awarded a trophy alongside some of the sector’s leading journalists. Thanks to all those who voted, the judges for their kind words and well done to all the other very worthy winners.”

Saville began his tenure as COVER editor in 2018 after serving as deputy editor of music and lifestyle publication DJ Magazine.

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Computing Delta wins innovation gong against stiff competition at the 2020 PPA Awards

The PPA Awards took place online on Tuesday, June 30, instead of their usual black-tie dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Computing Delta’s win follows hot on the heels of fellow Incisive Media brand CRN’s double success at the 2020 Campaign Publishing Awards, in the B2B brand and B2B commercial team categories.

Delta is a peer-reviewed market intelligence service aimed at chief information officers and senior IT leaders. The product has spearheaded Incisive Media’s shift into high-value market intelligence products to complement its core revenue streams.

The product was developed by Computing’s editorial director Stuart Sumner, who has led the brand since 2012. He was supported by a steering committee of 30 of the UK’s top IT leaders, who provided key advice direct from the target audience.

“Computing Delta was a brave product launch for Incisive Media, and it’s great to receive this accolade from our peers,” said Incisive Media’s managing director of tech media Alan Loader. “I’m proud that the idea for Delta came from the editorial team and for the sheer hard work they have put in to make it happen. And I honestly never thought we would beat Dennis Publishing’s Viz for an industry award.”

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Investment Week takes to the streets to support the 2020 Standard Chartered Great City Race

Investment Week, the leading media brand for the UK investment industry, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. The milestone year for the brand has seen a programme of face-to-face and virtual events, a commemorative edition of the magazine, as well as a series of special features, interviews, social media content and videos.

The brand’s team will continue the celebrations with a squad of 25 runners taking part in the 2020 City Race on July 21, including CEO Jonathon Whiteley, managing director Kevin Sinclair and marketing director Sophie Eke, who are all keen runners.

The 5K race traditionally takes place around the City of London in July, but this year’s event will take in a different format: entrants can run from home, work or wherever they are, taking on the 5K at whatever time they choose, on July 21.

The official race beneficiary for the Standard Chartered Great City Race is Futuremakers, a global initiative to tackle inequality and promote greater economic inclusion for young people in our communities.

 “We are delighted that the City Race is still going ahead albeit in a different format to usual. As a business we have had to rework many of our own event models in light of Covid19 so we are pleased to be able to continue to support this major industry event, along with a great cause like Futuremakers,” said Sophie Eke, marketing director at Incisive Media.

The Investment Week team will be joined by runners from Teamspirit, the award-winning full-service agency, as our official communications partner for the anniversary. Teamspirit also celebrate 25 years of working with the financial services industry in 2020.

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AOP Digital Awards: Incisive Media adds another five nominations to its 2020 shortlist tally

We have made the cut in the following categories this year: innovation of the year, Computing Delta; B2B editor of the year, BusinessGreen’s editor-in-chief James Murray; two nominations in the B2B brand of the year category, CRN and BusinessGreen; and a further nomination in the employer of the year category.

Incisive Media has traditionally had a strong showing at these awards, and holds the B2B publisher of the year honours for a record four years.

“We are delighted to be shortlisted in the AOP awards this year, and for this recognition from our peers,” said CEO Jonathon Whiteley. “The range of categories we are shortlisted in demonstrates how much we are doing across the business to develop our products for users and clients, and this is a testament to the innovation and hard work of our people.”

Incisive Media kicked off its industry awards season with wins for CRN in the B2B commercial team and B2B brand of the year category at the Campaign Publishing Awards on June 17.

The business has also secured four shortlist nods at the 2020 PPA Awards: CRN, business information product of the year; James Murray, editor of the year; Computing Delta, innovation of the year; and the business has also made the shortlist for sustainability initiative of the year.

The 2020 AOP Awards will take place virtually on Thursday, October 15. To see the full shortlist go to

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CRN fends off the FT to score a double win at the 2020 Campaign Publishing Awards

It is Incisive’s maiden sortie into this awards programme, formerly known as the British Media Awards.

CRN saw off some tough competition, including the Financial Times, to score the wins, following a stellar 2019 performance by the brand.

The 2020 Campaign Publishing Awards were held online across two afternoons, on June 17 and 18.

“This is a real morale boost for the CRN team,” said Incisive Media’s technology division managing director Alan Loader. “Both the commercial team and the brand overall had a fantastic year in 2019 and I’m over the moon that their hard work has been recognised by these wins. And it’s very special to go toe-to-toe with the FT and come out on top.”

Rounding off an impressive 2019 performance, Incisive has also secured four shortlist nods at the 2020 PPA Awards: CRN, business information product of the year; Business Green editor-in-chief James Murray, editor of the year; Computing Delta, innovation of the year; and the business has also made the shortlist for sustainability initiative of the year.

The 2020 PPA Awards will take place virtually on June 30.

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Incisive’s sustainability initiative

Incisive Media’s MD of Events Simone Broadhurst tells the PPA how the business is having to innovate – and fast

What made you want to work in the publishing industry?

I always liked the fast-paced, creative, innovative, and fun environment of publishing and the tension and excitement when everyone worked together on a magazine. You felt such pride when the product was printed and on your desk.

Chart your career from the start to where you are now.

After working at a small video publisher, I focused in on marketing and moved onto a larger contract publisher and then moved over to a publisher which produced specialist consumer magazines. Following that I decided to move to Incisive, heading up their marketing department and consumer team, working on titles like Investors Week, Bloomberg Money and a Consumer Show Investor 2000. My career changed after Incisive bought an insurance business, which needed someone to run their six events. I went to work on the portfolio and did everything from recruiting speakers and delegates to organising the logistics and eventually growing that team and taking their six events to 60 over an 8 year period. I went on to run different events portfolios in legal, tech, finance and sustainability across Incisive and for these last two years I have been the MD of events across both tech and finance. I have seen everything during my time at Incisive – 9/11, 7/7, the dot-com bubble – but this has been by far the most challenging crisis that the events industry has ever seen.

How are you finding managing your event team virtually? Do you have any tips for virtual event management?

In terms of managing remotely, we have been working flexibly from home for four years. The transition has therefore been fairly seamless and as a business we have done a lot of things to keep our existing and furloughed teams engaged. I think honesty is important, always asking the team how they feel and getting that engagement with them because it is tough, and everyone is having to learn things at a very quick pace.

What new opportunities and innovation has this crisis brought the Incisive events portfolio?

The biggest innovation for us has been the Deskflix series, which brings together content and virtual events, our markets have really engaged with this new and exciting digital product. We have quickly pivoted to run our roundtables and smaller events online, becoming experts in platforms like Zoom, Fuse and Webex, constantly trialling things to work out what is best. iVent is also a platform which we will be using for our larger events. Professional Pensions Live, due to take place in July will be run over three days online rather than two full days live.

Do you reach larger and different audiences with a virtual event than you would have with the equivalent live event?

I would like to think virtual events open up the opportunity for more people to attend and what I would expect, as we have seen with our webinars, is that we are doubling the reach of the community. By accessing a larger audience, we may even find that it’s a stepping stone into developing more of a global reach.

How can you make virtual events interactive and engaging?

We looked long and hard at this and found that iVent had the most engaging look and feel around it and could excite both our sponsors and delegates. They are fairly established and really understand an event content-led business. We will have pre-recorded content but will also build in live Q&A panels as well as utilising iVent’s networking platform for sponsors and the strong exhibitor area, building up opportunities for sponsors to speak to people directly.

How will this time influence the way you approach contingency planning in the future?

Our T&C’s going forward will be a lot more flexible and will embrace what has happened here. Our new virtual future will be part of all our planning and will focus more on hybrid events. We’ll also think more about how to market our events and will essentially change the way that our events look and feel. We have all been talking about virtual for a long time, but this has accelerated everything.

What’s on your radar?

Looking at and continuing to study and understand all these online platforms. We haven’t found the right tech for our hybrid events which I think needs to be our focus for next year. As a publisher with a mixed portfolio of events, it means we can run our smaller events in the first half of next year and run our larger events in the second half when it becomes safe to do so. We were already looking at increasing our paid for delegate revenue this will be accelerated as a result of COVID-19 with the addition of different pricing models for virtual and face-to-face delegate revenue.

What magazine would you stockpile?

I wish I had stockpiled copies of Vogue. I would have enjoyed sharing the fashion pages with my daughter.

A triumphant week for Incisive Media with three more shortlist nominations for the Campaign Publishing Awards

The nominations follow hot on the heels of Incisive’s four shortlist nominations for the 2020 PPA Awards, which were announced on May 18.

CRN again led the charge for the Campaign Publishing Awards, with two shortlist nominations, best commercial team and business media brand of the year, capping an impressive week for the high-performing tech reseller brand.

Incisive followed this up with a nomination for the media business of the year award, a category where it has impressive form: Incisive Media was the AOP’s B2B publisher of the year in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2017, and the PPA’s digital publisher of the year in 2018.

“I am delighted to see us shortlisted in these categories for the Campaign Publishing Awards, because now really is the time to celebrate our dedicated employees and our market-leading products,” said Incisive Media CEO Jonathon Whiteley. “The nominations are testament to the impressive all-round performance of CRN in 2018, 2019 and this year, and I’m thrilled that we have been nominated for the B2B media business of the year category.” 

The Campaign Publishing Awards take place online on June 16-18. For more information go to

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Incisive has also been shortlisted in the following categories at the 2020 PPA Awards: CRN, business information product of the year; Business Green editor-in-chief James Murray, editor of the year; Computing Delta, innovation of the year; and the business has made the shortlist for sustainability initiative of the year.