Publishing Scotland launches development scheme for publishers

Publishing Scotland launches development scheme for publishers

Publishing Scotland has launched its Company Development Project, calling for applications from small- and medium-sized publishing companies.

The initiative, hosted by Publishing Scotland and partly funded by Creative Scotland, aims to support between 12 and 15 small- and medium-sized publishing companies, creating a customised development plan for each company, putting in expert advisors and carrying out a series of workshops over six months from September 2011.

The project will be delivered by Pirnie Limited, a consultancy led by strategic management consultant David Pirnie. It will be supervised by a steering group of higher and further education partners, Skillset Scotland and representatives from the publishing and printing industries.

Chief executive Marion Sinclair said: "We planned this scheme to support our publishers through a period of unprecedented change in the industry. In an increasingly global market, it's essential that publishers have the right mix of skills and focused strategies to help map out the way ahead. This means strengthening the leadership and management within companies and fostering the confidence to operate within the new digital markets."

The project will run from September 2011 to February 2012, with applicants to apply through Publishing Scotland by 30th June 2011.