IPG Conference gathers key UK trade figures

Liz Thomson
News - Publishing 01 Mar 2009

Combating the recession and celebrating the independent sector are among the themes at the Independent Publishers Guild's Annual Spring Conference, which opens in Brighton on Friday 6 March. Despite the difficult economic climate, more than 200 IPG members have, as of last weekend, booked to attend the event, the 47th such gathering, at the De Vere Grand Hotel in Brighton. There are still places available for anyone who has not yet signed up. Highlights of the weekend will include a keynote address by Bloomsbury's Nigel Newton. Also in attendance will be four key figures from UK retailing Waterstone's MD Gerry Johnson, Borders UK CEO Philip Downer, Amazon.co.uk Books Director Gordon Willoughby, and Blackwell's CEO Andrew Hutchings. The quartet will face delegates in a Retailers Question Time session on Saturday afternoon - a reprise of last year's successful event and, once again, underlining the IPG's importance.

On the Saturday, the third annual Independent Publishing Awards, run by the IPG in association with the Bookseller and London Book Fair, will be presented. The dozen prizes include the flagship van Tulleken Independent Publisher of the Year award.

IPG Executive Director Bridget Shine commented: 'Given all the current challenges, we are delighted that so many independent publishers are able to join us in Brighton this year. We think the Conference programme offers something for everyone, and we are looking forward to a great few days together.'

For further details of the Conference programme, or to book places, visit the IPG website, or call 01437 563335.

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