Archant Print hit the headlines at the prestigious Newspaper Awards in London on Wednesday night (April 24) as it was named Niche Newspaper Printer of the Year and a runner-up in the prestigious Newspaper Printer of the Year class.
Archant also won accolades for its newspapers, magazines and digital apps in three other categories in the awards which aim to reward excellence in news media production and were presented at a glittering ceremony at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
Archant Print won the Niche Market Newspaper of the Year category for its work on contract print title MCN (Motor Cycle News). The judges said: “MCN has outstanding design, fantastic use of images and a clever commercial execution.” Judges praised its stylish design for some wonderful content, along with great use of photographs whilst those judges scrutinising ink weights and showthrough, declared its production values and printing quality to be impressively consistent.
Archant Print was also Highly Commended as runner-up in the gold standard Newspaper Printer of The Year category for its work on Angling Times, MCN (Motor Cycle News) and Garden News. Judges said: “Supreme quality printing with fine detail that brings images to life. The attention given throughout the whole production process really pays off!’
Archant’s Thorpe Print Centre director Clive Want, who collected the award, said: “Winning one category and coming runner-up in the prestigious Newspaper Printer of the year class against all the big boys is an absolutely fantastic achievement and something the whole team can be very proud of.
“I received many words of congratulations from industry peers at the ceremony saying that the quality of printing Archant is now producing should not be underestimated and to push the large nationals all the way is impressive and great news for the smaller regional printer.”
Archant London’s London24 App was Highly Commended in the closely-contested Newspaper App of the Year category beating both The Times and The Guardian as a runner-up to the Racing Post. Judges said of the London24 App: “A brilliant, highly innovative concept which is beautifully executed. A true digital solution packed with easy to use apps. This is a bold move into new territory and an enabler for new revenue streams.”
Paul Hood, Archant London digital director said: “We're delighted of course; thrilled that the city guide app we created for London residents and tourists through our partnership with MyCityWay has been recognised as being among the best and most innovative in the news media sector. Congratulations to the London24 team for a very strong and consistent marketing campaign which generated so many downloads and helped make this app so popular.”
Archant Suffolk’s Ipswich Star was Commended as a finalist in the Regional Newspaper of the Year - Under 25,000 circulation, class, a title which it won last year. Judges said the Star was: “Engaging, vibrant…a credit to the editorial team.”
The Canary magazine from Archant Norfolk was also Commended in the Regional Supplement/Magazine of the Year. Judges said: “It delivers what it promises on the cover and promotes football really well.”
Pictured above, Archant’s Thorpe Print Centre director Clive Want, centre, receives the award from actor Stephen Mangan, left, and Newsprinters group technical services director Mark Ellington, right.
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