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Primitive Media

We understand that our clients and their businesses are unique so why should their digital management be any different? With over ten years experience in building bespoke content management solutions Primitive Media has developed a robust framework capable of delivering and managing digital content across all platforms and devices. Responsibly responsive - device agnostic content delivery. Need we say more?...

Connect Communications

Connect are a full-service creative engagement agency who believe that engagement is everything. From copywriting and content to apps and advertising – and everything in between – they create award-winning digital and print communications to help you engage with the people who matter to you most. They believe that there's no point talking if no one's listening. So whatever you want to say, and however you want to say it, their 20 years' of experience and know-how will deliver your message across any platform, to any audience. Engage with them today at:


Newnorth should be your first port of call for high quality print and graphic communications.

Whatever your print requirements we can help; from the initial design through to the mailing and distribution. Short digital print runs, high volume production, promotional merchandise, exhibition graphics – in fact, anything you need printed with your branding.

At Newnorth we pride ourselves on putting our clients first; helping you deliver your message, your way, to your market. Our success has been built on building strong relationships with our clients to ensure our experienced team can always offer advice on the best way to solve your individual print problems. We work with you to ensure your project is completed in the most efficient and effective way.

Headline Sponsors


PPA is the national trade body in support of magazine publishers - protecting, promoting and advancing the industry.

PPA Scotland run meetings and events throughout the year, including Magfest and the Scottish Magazine Awards. The organisation also lobbies government and key suppliers; carries out research in the industry; holds regular training courses and networking events; promotes the industry through magazine exhibitions and collaboration with other creative bodies; and generally does all it can to support magazine publishers.

For details on membership please visit the website or contact Business Manager Laura Dunlop at

Pinpoint Scotland

Looking for a company to handle distribution of your publications or promotional literature?

Pinpoint Scotland, award winning publishers, also has 40 years’ experience in offering specialist mailing services.

We can provide a multi-channel direct mail fulfilment service from printing personalised letters (mono or colour), folding, guillotine, barcodes, overprinting envelopes, cross matching, return addressing, data cleansing, hand enclosing bespoke items through to dispatch, using the most cost-effective distribution channel to suit you.

We can also offer you the expert services of our in-house production team to create new branding, promotional literature and magazine design.

Get in touch with Helen Watson for more information on 0131 557 4184 or at

Ricoh Learning Services

It is Ricoh not as you know it… it’s apprenticeships not as you know it.

Apprenticeships are changing. New apprenticeship legislation means that larger companies have to pay a levy. We can ensure you are able to use that money to build your teams and keep your best people. For smaller companies, we can show you how to access government funds so that you pay a fraction of the costs for the best training available.

We partner with our clients to fully understand their purpose, culture and learning history to make informed recommendations. We enable companies to achieve exceptional business results by working with you to create a vibrant learning strategy for your people. We can deliver cohorts for your company or as collective industry programme for a number of you here today, or simply add your people to an open programme.

Ask the question! What will it take to make your apprenticeship strategy more than a tick box exercise?

Chris McLaughin Learning Consultant Ricoh UK
0775 700524


Dawson Media Direct

Dawson Media Direct is the worlds leading distributor of Newspapers, Magazines and Digital Publications to Airlines and International Rail Operators.

We deliver over 200 million magazines and newspapers into the airline and premium travels industries each year, helping connect publishers to valuable, effectively captive travelers - nationally and internationally - through our on-board, boarding gate and premium lounge service models.

Our publisher partners can achieve significant value from airline distribution:

  • Audited circulation growth
  • Brand promotion to high value audiences
  • Targeted product sampling, developing readership

We work with hundreds of publishers globally to grow circulations and increase sales opportunities among international travellers worldwide, employing an advanced verified distribution system managed at one single point of contact.


Warners Midlands PLC is a family-run high quality magazine, brochure and catalogue printer specialising in the short to medium run market. Due to our diverse range of machinery we are able to accommodate print runs from 1,000 up to 500,000. We can offer web printing economy with quantities as low as 3,000 copies. Warners can offer sheetfed printing options to suit your printing needs. We can provide a level of flexibility in production that our competitors will struggle to match. Our fully equipped plant means we offer a solution for just about every aspect of the printing process from design through to mailing and dispatch. Our website offers regular informative posts and its own video library which is free to use and share.

Phone us on 01778391000 or email


Rhapsody is an award-winning media production agency and is delighted to support the PPA as a Strategic Sponsor.

We provide pre-media, data management, digital services and software solutions enabling publishers to deliver compelling print and digital content that will engage and delight readers.

Our experienced team will enhance the creative output at every step with services including:
• High-end creative retouching
• Colour-matching
• Certified PDF generation
• On-site photography studio
• Data management
• Responsive websites and native apps

Our bespoke web-based technologies include eMagine, the leading print publishing system; ePublish, a digital publishing platform automating content for app or website delivery; and eVisualise, providing a ‘single customer view’ for tailor-made marketing campaigns.

We are proud to work for publishers large and small, with a portfolio including Time Inc UK, Cedar Communications, Seven, Hello, Waitrose and many more.

For more information contact:

Christian Price
T: 020 7939 5913

YM Group

York Mailing is the U.K.'s market leader in the print and delivery of short lead time, high volume, press finished retail flyers, media inserts and leaflets. The Company's philosophy is based upon a policy of continuous improvement:

  • Continual re-investment enables us to maintain state of the art plant and equipment in pre-press and press departments
  • Effective management systems in Health & Safety, Environment, Quality, Training and Business Continuity
  • Enhanced competitiveness through cost saving initiatives including energy management, raw materials review, press chemistry and paper size optimisation
  • Commitment to individual client requirements and mutual optimisation of product design and cost

These principals mean York Mailing can guarantee to deliver a wide range of high quality, high volume print within strict time schedules.

Wyndeham Group

Wyndeham Group is a leading web offset magazine printing group. We employ over 1,100 staff across eight production sites and produce hundreds of prestigious high quality weekly and monthly magazine titles. We also provide sheet-fed and specialist cover printing facilities, together with pre-media services.


The Publishers Licensing Society Limited (PLS) provides rights management services to the publishing industry. Our primary remit is to oversee collective licensing in the UK for magazine, book, journal and website copying.

Together with the Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society, we own and direct the Copyright Licensing Agency. We also work in partnership with NLA media access.

Our vision is to provide efficient and effective copyright and licensing solutions to support publishers in providing access to their content.

We also provide a range of rights management services and initiatives, including:

  • PLSe - our free online rights management service for publishers signed up to PLS
  • PLSclear - our permissions clearance tool
  • Access to Research - UK initiative providing access to academic research to public library users
  • Response to Government consultations about copyright.

The Skinny

The Skinny is the biggest listings and entertainment magazine in Scotland and the North of England. Head to for smart, independent writing on film, music, theatre and much more across the cultural scene

The List

The List magazine is Scotland's best loved events and entertainment publication since 1985. Now published bi-monthly with the leading guides to the Edinburgh Festival published in July & August.

The List website,, is the most comprehensive listings and entertainment website in the UK, listing up to 40,000 UK-wide events and reaching over 1.7 million unique users every month.

Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University’s MSc Publishing programme leads the field in industry-specific training. It was the first and only publishing course to be accredited by the PPA and has also been awarded the Creative Skillset tick, the industry kitemark of quality.

Our intensive, research-based, practical and highly vocational postgraduate degree will make you ideally placed to enter the publishing industry with advanced standing. Lectures, specialised workshops, intensive masterclasses and live publishing projects provide you with the skills demanded by industry. A publishing placement enables you to test these skills in the workplace. With high employment figures, unparalleled accreditation and over 40 years of excellence in publishing education, the MSc Publishing degree at Edinburgh Napier is the visionary’s choice for a career in multi-media publishing.