This week the Independent Publishers Guild has been holding its annual spring conference at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park. Deborah Rea has attended on behalf of the Stationers’ Company and, as ever after the IPG conference, she has returned to the office with lots of ideas, information and contacts.
Within the first hour her understanding of SEO and Metadata had increased 100% and over the course of the two days she absorbed presentations from speakers as wide-ranging as Youngsuk Chi, non-executive Chairman of Elsevier, Sir Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills from 2010 to 2015, John Mitchinson (of QI fame ), Ruth Jones, Director, Publisher Business Development, Ingram Content Group and many, many more! It was good to spot so many Stationers attending. Court Assistant Martin Woodhead, Liverymen Chris Smith, Tej Sood, Chris Jolly and David Hicks were there as was Freeman Jonathan Nowell and, of course, Court Assistant Oliver Gadsby who was there in his capacity as IPG Chair.
He used his time at the podium very generously, as you can see from the photo (taken by Tej Sood), to plug the roundtable event the Company is holding on Monday, 11 April, just before the London Book Fair, and which will be an International Celebration of Independent Publishing (click here to book). Oliver is shortly stepping down as IPG chair having fulfilled his two year term and I think everyone will agree that it has been a very successful two years. On the final evening there was a Gala Dinner at which the IPG awards were presented. Deborah was unable to attend but it is great to see from the full list of winners that Nosy Crow won two awards, Members will remember that they were one of the Stationers’ Innovation Award winners in 2014. Congratulations to the IPG team for putting on such a great, useful and above all enjoyable conference.