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

For more information about our shortlisted brands go to:

Business Green launches Net Zero Festival with a wave of high-profile sustainability partners

Scheduled for September 30 at The Brewery in central London, the inaugural Net Zero Festival will bring together more than 500 business leaders, politicians, academics, and campaigners to explore how to accelerate and optimise the global net zero transition.

The event’s partners include sustainable business bodies We Mean Business, Aldersgate Group, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and CDP; trade associations such as RenewableUK, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association; leading media and events brands Fully Charged and Carbon Forward; and top environmental charities and think tanks such as Hubbub and Green Alliance.

The first wave of sponsors include BT, which has signed up along with ENGIE, Verco, Heathrow Auroport, and Ecosphere+. Further partners and sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks, alongside the full agenda, first tranche of A-list speakers, and ticket details.

“Few, if any, business issues are more important than the net zero transition,” said Gabrielle Ginér, head of environmental sustainability at BT and Chair of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Momentum for Change Advisory Committee. That is why BT was one of the very first corporates to set a net zero target.

“We are delighted to support the Net Zero Festival as Net Zero Leadership Partner to accelerate the net zero transition. It is vital that businesses, industries, investors, policymakers, civil society, and the public at large come together to share best practices and advance the development of a greener economy, and that is precisely what the Net Zero Festival aims to achieve.”

Her comments were echoed by Eliot Whittington, director of policy at CISL, who said the “Net Zero Festival promises to showcase some of the most interesting and inspiring pinch points of this urgent transformation, and we look forward to the energy for collaboration that it will create”.

In addition, BusinessGreen today unveiled the Advisory Board for the Festival, featuring leading sustainability executives and green business experts such as BT’s Ginér, head of sustainable business at M&S Carmel McQuaid, corporate affairs and sustainability director at Landsec Caroline Hill, Carbon Tracker’s Mark Campanale, and director of Cambridge Zero and leading climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh.

BusinessGreen has also announced that Carbon Forward, the leading provider of events and information for the fast-expanding European carbon market, will be the Carbon Market Partner for the Net Zero Festival and will host its annual conference in London from September 30th to October 2nd.

“As a large and fast-expanding battalion of businesses has realised, the net zero transition and escalating climate crisis are the defining economic issue of the age,” said BusinessGreen editor-in-chief James Murray.

“In the past week alone we’ve seen a host of household names, from oil majors and mining giants to transport providers and consumer goods firms, either announce net zero goals or beef up their decarbonisation plans. But the scale and complexity of the transition remains unprecedented and it is characterised by huge risks and opportunities.

“As such, it has never been more important to bring together business leaders, policymakers, investors, and civil society to take on this shared challenge – and this is precisely what the Net Zero Festival will do.”

BusinessGreen is Europe’s leading sustainable business media brand, reaching hundreds of thousands of senior executives, policymakers, and green economy stakeholders each month, and hosting a series of high profile events, including the prestigious BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.

The Festival agenda will centre on four Festival Streams, which will explore Net Zero Leadership, Net Zero Innovation, Net Zero Culture, and Net Zero Action. Consequently the day will provide a raft of invaluable insights for business leaders, covering everything from policy developments and investment trends to technology disruption and how to engage with the new wave of climate activism.

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For partnership and commercial information please contact Sam Richards at [email protected]

For further information about delegate places please contact Kristiyan Chovanski at [email protected]

Investment Week appoints new editor-in-chief

Lloyd steps up into the newly-created role on December 1 after eight years as editor of the 24-year-old brand. She will also be EiC of IW’s sister titles Professional Adviser and Cover, working closely with their respective editors, Tom Ellis and Adam Saville, to develop editorial content across the portfolio, including its burgeoning suite of events.

Incisive Media will now recruit a new editor of IW to succeed Lloyd.

Cambridge-educated Lloyd has 17 years’ experience as a financial journalist and editor. This includes four and a half years as editor of IFAonline (now Professional Adviser) before she became editor of Investment Week in 2011.

During her tenure, the team has won a number of industry awards including Headlinemoney B2B Trade Title of the Year and the Investment Association Team Award for Excellence in Investment Writing, as well as three Wholesale Team of the Year Awards at the Kames Capital Journalism Awards.

Incisive Media’s group editorial director Adrian Barrick said: “We created this new position to strengthen the leadership of Investment Week and to exploit opportunities to develop our coverage of the sector across all our brands. After an extensive selection process, Katrina proved to be the outstanding candidate, and I’m delighted that she has accepted the role. I’m looking forward to working with her to build on our market-leading position.’’

Apart from its website – – and a weekly magazine, IW also produces more than 40 events a year, including the iconic Fund Manager of the Year Awards, as well as the Women in Investment Awards and Funds to Watch conferences.

Managing director Kevin Sinclair said: “I’m delighted that Katrina is our new EiC. She has been an excellent editor of IW over the last eight years and I’m sure she will flourish in this wider role. As publishers we continue to invest in our top brands such as IW, especially in creating high-value journalism that helps investment professionals do their jobs better. I’m sure the quality of the service we provide our readers will only grow under Katrina’s leadership.’’

Lloyd commented: “I am very pleased to take on the editor-in-chief role as it will allow me to build on all the work I have been doing during my years at Incisive Media to take our brands to the next level and meet the rapidly-changing information needs of our audiences. We have some great journalists and editors on our titles and I look forward to working closely with them in this new position to develop our editorial content across platforms.”