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Archant staff hailed as best in the industry

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Archant has honoured staff, teams and publications from right across the company and hailed them as “the best in the industry” at its annual Archant Awards lunch held at the Landmark Hotel in London on Friday (January 22).

Editorial, commercial and support staff and teams were presented with trophies at the reception and lunch attended by around 160 divisional winners.

Winners included Archant Dialogue ad sales manager Samantha Overton who has doubled turnover in the last three years; Archant Specialist editor Sean Samuels who has produced ground-breaking work both on the web and in magazine design; Archant Specialist reprographic manager, Neil Puttnam whose work has been described as “simply breathtaking” and Archant Life ad director Dominic Green who transformed the London division within his first year in the business.

Others honoured were newspaper sales entrepreneur Mervyn Freeman from Archant Norfolk; Homes24 technical guru Mike Coles from Archant South West; outstanding Archant Life property advertising head of sales Alexandra Hunter and Archant Print’s David Arkwright who has literally saved the lives of two colleagues over the past four years as a first-aider.

Also named as winners were the Archant Life Circulation Team; the Eastern Daily Press Future 50 project from Archant Norfolk and The English Home from Archant Specialist (pictured above).

Addressing colleagues, Archant chief executive, Adrian Jeakings, said the great progress the company has made over the tough last 12 months is due in large part to its staff.

“Whilst the impact of the recession is far from over, it is already clear that Archant has made great progress during 2009. We have launched new products and services, including new newspapers, websites and ground-breaking mobile sites.

“This year we will build on the foundations laid in 2009. We will ramp up our investment in business development and will be launching more new products and services.

“But none of this is possible without the people of Archant who, day in day out, work across the country to make us the company we are today. To my mind they are the best people in the industry.”

© Archant Ltd 2013