2019 Sponsors

Awards Sponsors

  • Gardners has been involved as an integral link in the book supply chain for over 30 years as one of Europe’s leading wholesalers of books and entertainment products.


  • Nielsen studies consumers in 47 European markets, and across more than 100 countries  around the world, to give the most complete view of buying trends and media habits.


  •  With a heritage stretching back nearly 200 years, HarperCollins is one of the world’s foremost book publishers, with a catalogue ranging from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to award-winning apps and everything in between.


  • Macmillan Publishers is an international publishing company owned by Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. It has offices in 41 countries worldwide and operates in more than 30 others.


  • Clays specialise in the manufacture of monochrome books, reacting quickly to their customers’ fast moving needs, offering digital services, book manufacture, pre-retail and stream-lining the supply chain via inventory management and distribution.


  • The Firsty Group was established in 2010, but it began life back in 2003 as a dedicated web development agency creating websites for a broad mix of consumer facing businesses. In 2010 it chose to focus almost exclusively on delivering digital services to publishers and so Firsty was born.



  • Founded in 2009, Amazon Publishing is a leading publisher of trade fiction and nonfiction print, Kindle eBooks, and audiobooks. With offices in Seattle, New York, Grand Haven, London, Luxembourg, Paris, Madrid, Milan, and Munich, our critically-acclaimed and best-selling authors come from around the world.



  • The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. In 2019 LBF will celebrate its 48-year anniversary.

    Staged annually, LBF sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals arrive in London for the week of the Fair to learn, network, and kick off their year of business.

    The London Book Fair will take place from the 11-17 March 2019.

  • Download and listen to the world’s best storytelling with Audible. Enjoy audiobooks, original series and more on the free app.

  • Westchester Publishing Services is one of the largest U.S.-based publishing services companies – and 100% employee owned, which means every employee is invested in your project.

    You get the best of all worlds - exceptional, affordable service from a highly experienced team with the scalability of a global firm.

  • “At Royal Oak, the majestic 18th century home of Walsh Whiskey Distillery, centuries of history have aligned to rhyme with the hope of a new era. An era born of the creation of our premium handcrafted Irish whiskeys, The Irishman and Writers Tears, through the nature and nurture of our community.

    Royal Oak reflects our passion for the attention to detail we believe makes a difference and our family’s dream to create a legacy of whiskey excellence. In following our dream we enjoy life to the full in a countryside laden with inspirational people, heritage, culture and natural beauty."

    Bernard & Rosemary Walsh



  • Simon & Schuster UK is one of the leading general book publishing companies in the UK. The group is based in London with sister companies in the United States, Canada, Australia and India. Within the UK division, there are three imprints: Simon & Schuster; Scribner and Simon & Schuster Children's Books, which publish a wide and eclectic mix of authors ranging across commercial fiction, literary fiction, general non-fiction and children's publications. 

  • Tesco operations in the UK are the largest within the Group, with over 3,400 stores and more than 300,000 colleagues working together to serve customers a little better every day. We have strengthened the foundations of the UK business and are well placed to continue making our offer even more competitive for customers with sharper prices, improved quality, stronger ranges and better service. 

  • The Quarto Group are the leading global illustrated non-fiction book publishers.

    The Quarto Group creates a wide variety of books and intellectual property products for global distribution, with a mission to inspire life's experiences. Produced in many formats for adults, children and the whole family, our products are visually appealing, information rich and stimulating.

    Visit website here.

  • Bertram Books, the founding business of the Bertram Group, is a specialist in wholesale book supply; to hundreds of book shops and retailers all over the world.  The Bertram Group mission aims to offer the widest range of books to inspire, inform, entertain and educate millions of readers across the globe. 

Awards partners

  • The Booksellers Association is a membership organisation for all booksellers in the UK and Ireland, representing over 95% of bookshops. The Booksellers Association exists to support, advise and work with its members to create excellent products for booksellers.


  • The IPG helps independent publishers to do better business and become part of a real community — somewhere they can find advice, benefits and information. It gives independent companies the support they need to get the most out of publishing and keep their businesses growing.


  • For over 50 years the Publishers' Publicity Circle has enabled all book publicists from publishing houses and freelance PR agencies to gather and share information on a regular basis.


  • The Publishers Association represents the interests of UK publishers across consumer, education and academic publishing. Our members publish academic journals, textbooks for higher, secondary and primary education, fiction, non-fiction, children’s and learning resources.


  • The AAA is a voluntary body set up to provide a forum for member agencies to discuss industry matters, to uphold a code of good practice, and to provide a vehicle for representing the interests of agents and authors.

  • Harbottle & Lewis is the leading law firm for the UK publishing industry.

    Working with publishers, authors, agents, retailers and technology providers, its lawyers advise on a broad range of commercial, corporate and intellectual property matters and help clients to navigate the legal issues of an evolving industry. Harbottle & Lewis also has industry expertise in related areas such as interactive entertainment, music, TV, film and theatre, resulting in tailored advice on cross-media and convergence deals, as well as other emerging business opportunities.

  • FMcM Associates is an award-winning arts communications consultancy with an impressive client list and a big reputation. Founded in 1998 by Fiona McMorrough, we represent some of the most inspiring organisations and individuals in the arts today.

  • Publishing Scotland is the trade and network body for the book publishing industry in Scotland, working to promote and protect the interests of its members, both nationally and internationally. Parent company of BookSource.

  • The Welsh Books Council is a national body, funded by the Welsh Government, which provides a focus for the publishing industry in Wales. It provides a number of specialist services (in the fields of editing, design, marketing and distribution) with a view to improving standards of book production and publication in both Welsh and English. It also distributes grants to publishers. The Books Council actively promotes reading and literacy in Wales.


    This is The Groucho Club. Welcome to the world-renowned arts & media private members club, based in Soho, London. Created in the 1980’s by a group of mostly women publishers as an antidote to the stuffy gentlemen’s clubs, The Groucho Club remains a bastion and refuge for arts, literature and media folk in the bohemian heart of London’s West End. Here you can get information on our celebrated restaurants and bars, famous event and party room hire, [infamous] bedrooms, exclusive member services and many other fine things to discover.



  • Agile Ideas are an awards management & marketing agency. We specialise in designing and delivering commercially sustainable prizes and promotions in publishing and the media. 

    Founded in 2004, we take a truly holistic approach to each prize, working closely with clients from the outset; finding the perfect sponsor; producing a fully-formed brand identity; bringing publishers and booksellers on board; managing the judging process; and promoting the prize heavily across all media formats.