Winner Independent Publisher

 

Winner Independent Publisher

 

Shortlist Independent Publisher

Our Ambition

The company has been established to develop a strong and expanding publishing business, with a particular focus on specialist consumer magazines and websites.

Our strategic goal is straightforward — To grow the company into a Top-25 consumer publishing business, achieving this through organic growth, launch and acquisition.

Our guiding vision is simple but powerful — To provide the best products for our readers, advertisers, and retail partners; and to thoroughly enjoy making it happen.

Why do we say this? Many companies claim it, but how many deliver?

It is because we truly believe in always trying to improve our magazines and websites and making them even better.

As a fast expanding independent company, we can respond quickly and flexibly to our customers' changing needs.

Our success in achieving this is reflected in the quality of our magazines and publishing activities. As a result Signature Publishing Limited has gained the distinctive honour of winning or being shortlisted for many publishing industry PPA awards (the magazine world's equivalent of "The Oscars"), for every year since its formation.

This has included winning the supreme accolade of Independent Publishing Company of the Year.

Our Best Asset

My Little Pony

Littlest Pet Shop

At the heart of our business success are all the people whose individual and collective talents make everything happen. Creative, innovative, dedicated and highly knowledgeable in their areas, they are publishing professionals with significant expertise.

Successful publications are the direct result of enthusiastic teams — we touch the pulse of our readers and advertisers to bring them what they really want.

The Directors, who have formed the company, and the senior management all have substantial publishing company experience, together with a track record of building highly successful and award-winning publishing businesses and magazines. There is a combined experience of having published over a 150 different titles, ranging from consumer, business and contract magazines, through to books, and on to websites.

We are also committed to an active involvement in the future of the whole publishing industry as a member of the PPA (The Professional Publishers Association).

 

Our Business Strength

Rainbow Fun

The company operates on a sound financial basis whilst continuing to create future growth — taking advantage of the opportunities it has identified in many markets.

New products and opportunities are always being developed, resulting in a widening of the company's range of titles. In addition new opportunities have been identified to work with other companies in launching new magazines.

We look forward to a very successful future for the company, building on the proven ability for our products to compete directly, strongly and profitably within their markets.

 

Dinomite

Charity Support

The company encourages and supports charity fundraising, and has donated to and worked with a number of charity organisations.

Included in this are Chase Hospice Care for Children, The Salvation Army, Canine Partners, RNLI, and MagAid. For the RNLI we funded the purchase of an inshore rescue boat, named Signature Publishing. This is based at Bantham Beach in Devon, and the boat has been engaged in many rescues, including lifesaving ones.

MagAid was conceived and formed by former Chief Executive Clive Foskett as a charity to encourage and improve standards of literacy in the UK. The charity has now been adopted by the PPA and has gained the support of many other companies across the whole magazine publishing industry. Working in cooperation with the National Literacy Trust, MagAid has already funded school projects to encourage and improve reading standards, using magazines as a part of this.

For more details please visit www.magaid.org.

 

History

Fantastic Funworld

Girls Love

 

Girls Love

 

PonyPals

 

It's...

 

Fairies

 

Lets Learn

2005
June
• Signature Publishing Ltd formed
October
• The Christmas Magazine launched
• Hearth & Home - The Fireplace Yearbook launched
 
2006
May
• PONY wins PPA award, plus it is highly commended in another award
September
• Horse&Rider increases frequency to 13 issues per year
• All-time record circulation for PONY magazine
October
• PONY Annual launched
November
• PONY wins its second PPA award of 2006
 
2007
January
• I Love Ponies Official Magazine launched
May
• PONY Magazine wins Magazine of the Year Award at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards 2007; Signature Publishing short-listed for Independent Publishing Company of the Year and PONY Editor, Janet Rising, short-listed for Editor of the Year
August
• Dinomite! Magazine launched
October

• Easy Peazy Magazine launched
• Signature Publishing's CEO Clive Foskett finalist in the Institute of Directors South East Director of the Year Awards

November

• I Love Ponies: Big Book of Ponies launched

2008
January
• Fantastic Funworld Magazine launched
May

• Dinomite! Magazine shortlisted for PPA Independent Publisher Launch of the Year; Horse&Rider Magazine's Editor-in Chief Alison Bridge shortlisted for Editor of the Year; Horse&Rider Magazine shortlisted for Consumer Magazine of the Year
• Signature Publishing's CEO Clive Foskett wins PPA Independent Publisher Individual Achievement Award
• Signature Publishing's CEO Clive Foskett Highly Commended in PPA Magazines 2008 Editorial and Publishing Excellence Publisher of the Year Awards

2009
February
• Marion O'Sullivan receives the Lifetime Achievement Award, at the British Equestrian Trade Association Gala dinner.
July
• Monster Magazine launched
August

• PONY Magazine celebrates its 60th birthday
• horseandrideruk.com and ponymag.com relaunched

October

• Halloween Magazine launched

2010
May
• Dinomite! and Fantastic Funworld magazines shortlisted in the Youth category of the 2010 Maggies Awards
June
• yum!® Magazine launched
July

• Dinosaur King Magazine launched
• Turbo Xtreme Magazine launched

September

• It's... Magazine launched

December

• PONY Magazine shortlisted for PPA Independent Publisher Media Brand of the Year Award
• Signature Publishing's Finance team shortlisted for PPA Independent Publisher Team of the Year Award
• Horse&Rider Magazine wins PPA Independent Publisher Consumer Magazine of the Year Award
• Signature Publishing's Managing Director Danny Morris wins PPA Independent Publisher Individual Achievement Award
• Signature Publishing's Marketing team wins PPA Independent Publisher Team of the Year Award
• Signature Publishing Ltd wins PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year Award

2011
 
June

• Signature Publishing is short-listed for the Independent Digital Publisher 2011 AOP (Association of Online Publishers) Awards

August

• Fabulous Food Magazine launched as re-branded yum! Magazine
• Dinosaur King Magazine first regular frequency issue began

October
• My Little Pony Magazine launched
December
• Signature Publishing were highly commended during the PPA awards in the Independent Publishing Company of the Year award section
2012
 
January
• Girls Love Magazine launched with special Sylvanian Families 25th anniversary edition
October

• Signature Publishing's Carol Herning shortlisted for PPA Independent Designer of the Year
• The Christmas Magazine shortlisted for PPA Independent Consumer Magazine of the Year
• Signature Publishing's Amanda Clifford shortlisted for PPA Independent Editor of the Year
• Signature Publishing's Children's Magazines Team shortlisted for PPA Independent Team of the Year
• Signature Publishing shortlisted for PPA Independent Publishing Company of the Year

December

• Signature Publishing wins Independent Publishing Company of the Year at the PPA Independent Publisher Awards.

2013
 
February
• Pets2Collect magazine launched
June
• Let's Learn magazine launched
July
• Fairies magazine launched
November

• Signature Publishing's Amanda Clifford shortlisted for PPA Independent Editor of the Year
• Signature Publishing's Children's Magazines Team shortlisted for PPA Independent Team of the Year
• Dinomite! relaunched as Dinosaur Action magazine

2014
 
March
• Littlest Pet Shop magazine launched
May
• Girls Love My Little Pony Equestria Girls magazine launched
June
• Magazine deal with Channel 5's Milkshake! announced

 

Suppliers

The company is keen to work closely with all its suppliers, and the newstrade distribution system, in ensuring that the magazines and websites deliver the best results for its consumer and retail customers, and its advertisers.

We have enjoyed strong and reliable relationships with many supplying companies over many years, so we are always prepared to listen, learn and make progress.

Again our approach is very straight-forward, and we welcome any prospective suppliers to contact us, with ideas or proposals that can help the company achieve its goals.