Incisive Media wins blue riband digital publisher of the year accolade for a record fifth time

The Covent Garden-based publisher also won the award for employer excellence at a live digital ceremony organised by the Association of Online Publishers on Thursday, October 15 and hosted by comedian Ellie Taylor. Incisive was chosen from a heavyweight shortlist that also included News UK.

Incisive has previously won the b2b digital publisher of the year award in 2010, 2013, 2016 and 2017. It is the sole b2b publisher to rack-up five of these awards.

Citing the employer of the year award, the judges thought that Incisive Media had made impressive progress in their quest to make their company a supportive place to work. A highlight was their achievement in not having a gender pay gap.

It was also a triumphant afternoon for Incisive’s market-leading sustainability brand BusinessGreen. Editor-in-chief James Murray was crowned digital editor of the year from a shortlist that also included the editors of Elle, House Beautiful and Digital Spy. Meanwhile, BusinessGreen was highly-commended in the best b2b online brand category.

The judges agreed that Business Green had a very successful year with real movement in their underlying commercials. They were impressed by the brand’s focus on their key audience and the ensuing membership growth.

James Murray was specifically cited for managing a relaunch that turned a niche publication in to a market-leading brand,  a clear mission well delivered, high profile journalism and delivery of innovation around formats.

Incisive Media CEO Jonathon Whiteley said: “This was a triumphant afternoon for Incisive Media. To win digital publisher of the year for a record fifth time demonstrates the consistently innovative and excellent service we deliver for our audiences and customers, which is a tribute to the talent, ingenuity and sheer dedication of the whole team in a year that has been so difficult for the whole sector.

“We’re also thrilled to be honoured for our championing of sustainability and diversity. And in James, we’re privileged to have one of the most inspirational and insightful editors in the b2b sector. All in all, we’re in tremendous shape to succeed in today’s challenging and fast-changing publishing environment.”

For more information about BusinessGreen go to www.businessgreen.com.

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.”

For more information about Investment week go to www.investmentweek.co.uk.

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.

For more information on COVER go to www.covermagazine.co.uk.

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.”

For more information on Computing Delta go to www.computingdelta.com.

To view the 2020 PPA Awards on demand go to www.ppaawards.co.uk

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 https://www.ukaop.org/awards2020

For more information about our shortlisted brands go to:

www.channelweb.co.uk

www.businessgreen.com

www.computingdelta.com

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.

For more information about these Incisive Media brands see:

www.channelweb.co.uk

www.businessgreen.com

www.computingdelta.com

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.

Incisive Media shortlisted for four gongs at the PPA Awards 2020

CRN, the leading news source for the UK IT Channel, has secured a nomination in the business information product of the year category. Business Green’s acclaimed editor-in-chief James Murray joins a sterling line-up for the editor of the year category, and Computing Delta – the new market intelligence service for CIOs and IT leaders – has scooped a much-deserved place on the innovation of the year shortlist.

Finally, after making waves throughout the event and media industry with their mission to become a truly sustainable business, Incisive Media has made the shortlist for sustainability initiative.

The four shortlist nominations highlight the enviable product portfolio, talent and strategic direction of the business and all entries firmly deserve their place as finalists.

“I am delighted to see us shortlisted in these categories at the PPA Awards 2020, 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 hard work and innovation that takes place across our business to deliver outstanding services and journalism. To be nominated for sustainability initiative means so much as we are truly on a mission to become a fully sustainable business.”

The PPA Awards 2020 will take place as a virtual ceremony at 4:30 BST on June 30 instead of the usual gala dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. To see the full shortlist go to https://ppaawards.co.uk/2020/en/page/shortlist

Click on the following links for more information about Incisive Media’s shortlisted brands:

CRN

Business Green

Computing Delta

Incisive Media sustainability initiative

Trusted Reviews joins the Incisive Media stable

Incisive Media’s directors, through a new subsidiary company, are backing Chris Dicker, the managing director of Trusted Reviews, and his senior team, to develop and grow the business.

Trusted Reviews was founded in 2004 and provides its readers with thorough, unbiased and independent advice on which consumer products to buy, from domestic appliances to mobile phones.

Incisive Media’s CEO Jonathon Whiteley commented: “We see the acquisition of Trusted Reviews as a strategic diversification into a new but complimentary business model and market, given our existing presence in the B2B technology space in particular.  We are excited by the opportunity to support Chris Dicker and the existing management team and help them grow the business.”

Trusted Reviews compliments Incisive Media’s existing technology brands Computing and Computer Reseller News (CRN). For more information go to www.trustedreviews.com.