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History Press makes redundancies, grows digital
13.12.11 | Charlotte Williams
The History Press is in consultation with a "small number" of staff over redundancies, as it plans to focus on expanding its digital offering in 2012.
It is understood that four members of staff are affected, across the production, marketing, IT and editorial teams, although History Press chief executive Stuart Biles would not comment on these specifics. At the time of its most recent company results in October 2011, The History Press was employing 158 members of staff.
Biles said: "As with every other business, commercial and public, The History Press is reviewing its processes to ensure it is able to work efficiently and profitably in the current trading conditions. As part of this review we have identified areas where positive change can bring savings, securing our ability to trade successfully in these challenging times. We are currently in consultation with a small number of our team in respect of their roles. I'm unable to comment further as these conversations are ongoing."
Biles also added that the local history specialist will not be being sold "in the near future", and said that the publisher has plans to push further into digital content. He said: "We've got to manage our business effectively in 2012. It's certainly the case that digital is as relevant to non-fiction publishing as it has been for several years for fiction publishers. We now have 286 e-books live through Faber Factory." He said over the past six months the publisher has been "looking to push out our exploitation of our content much more widely", seeing "potential in our core subject area that we can exploit even more".
The publisher will launch its first app in February 2012, marking the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, using the publisher's backlist of Titanic content and images.