Walker follows Bloomsbury into IPG

<p>Independent publisher Walker Books has joined the IPG &quot;with immediate effect&quot;, a week after Bloomsbury confirmed it was to become a member.</p><p>The guild described 30-year-old Walker as being &quot;among the most successful and ground-breaking of all children&rsquo;s publishers&quot;, adding that it was &quot;one of the most proudly independent of all large UK publishers&quot;.</p><p>The signing of Bloomsbury and Walker Books has come on the back of incoming chairman Andrew Johnston&#39;s pledge to recruit more mid-sized and high profile companies to the trade association. There are currently more than 500 members - the largest the IPG has ever been.</p><p>Bridget Shine, executive director of the IPG, said she was &quot;thrilled&quot; at the move. She said: &quot;Despite the challenging economic conditions, independent publishing is a diverse and thriving sector, and Walker is an inspiring example of how IPG members can enjoy commercial success while maintaining their spirit of independence.&quot;</p><p>She added: &quot;We are confident Walker&rsquo;s staff will get great value and enjoyment from their membership, and we look forward to involving them in the active life of the IPG.&quot;</p><p>Helen McAleer, m.d of Walker Books, said becoming an IPG member was &quot;an important part of our growth plans for Walker&quot;. She added: &quot;The IPG seminars, AGM, training options, and new mentoring scheme are all excellent ways to share and pick up tips that will make us as a business better equipped to survive in this economically challenging market place. With larger conglomerates becoming more and more powerful in the book industry it is increasingly important as an independent to be part of a larger community with shared visions and value.&quot;</p>