IPG marks record-breaking year as D&C joins

<p>David &amp; Charles has joined the Independent Publishers Guild, bringing the number of companies to have joined this year to a record-breaking 75.</p><p>D&amp;C, which celebrates its 50th anniversary next year, is one of several well-established publishers such as Bloomsbury, Canongate and Walker Books, to join the IPG since its conference this spring. </p><p>At the time, incoming chairman Andrew Johnston said it was a top priority to attract more medium-sized firms to generate a &quot;trickle-down&quot; flow of information and experience that would help younger and smaller groups. </p><p>&ldquo;We are very pleased to welcome David &amp; Charles into the IPG fold, and hope they enjoy all the advantages of membership,&quot; Johnston said this week. &quot;The IPG is stronger than it has ever been, and having one of the UK&rsquo;s largest independents on board can only benefit our smaller members.&rdquo;</p><p>The IPG stressed that it would continue to welcome new members &quot;of all shapes and sizes and from all sectors of the industry&quot;. </p><p>Stephen Bateman, managing director of David &amp; Charles, added: &quot;I am delighted to be joining a group of like-minded and forward thinking players.&nbsp; </p><p>&quot;The challenges in the media industry are the perfect catalyst for discussion, sharing best practice and a good time to partake in constructive debate on our collective vision for the future.&quot;</p><p>Earlier this month, Bateman revealed the company had halved its workforce as a result of a year-long restructure, which has resulted in &quot;vertical&quot; departments, built around the subject of the books and its community, rather than internal disciplines, such as editorial or sales. </p>