Job losses as Martin Books integrates with S&S

Liz Thomson
News - Publishing 25 Feb 2009

The Cambridge offices of Martin Books, the promotional books company, are to close at the end of February and relocate to 222 Gray's Inn Road, to integrate with Simon & Schuster UK's London office. None of the existing team will relocate to London. S&S MD Ian Chapman said in a statement: 'Janet Copleston, Paula Borton, Katie Walsh and Sally Knowles have contributed hugely to the development of the business and we owe them an immense debt of gratitude for all their hard work. Janet, in particular, has led the team from the front for over 20 years and I am extremely grateful to her for her unfailing support to the business and to me. We wish them all every success and happiness in the future.' There will be two newly created roles, Editorial Director and Business Development Director. S&S London staff will take on special sales and administrative functions, with Katherine Thornton assisting with production.

Chapman continued: 'For some time now, we have been working closely with the team in Cambridge to see how we might better exploit this profitable and successful operation, and it became very clear that the way forward strategically is to move the Cambridge business to our London office. From this move we believe we can gain substantial benefits operationally, creatively and commercially. We see this as a very substantial opportunity; as a custom and bespoke publisher, Martin Books allows us to develop profitable business outside the mainstream book trade. Martin Books will continue its highly profitable relationship with such clients as Weight Watchers and Women's Institute.

'I would also like to express my gratitude to Christine Jones who has, amongst her other responsibilities, managed the Martin Books business from London for the last two years.' She will remain involved in the business of Martin Books in her capacity as UK Sales Director, reporting to Charlotte Robertson, Group Sales and Marketing Director.

Francine Lawrence, who becomes Editorial Director for Martin Books, will report to Chapman. She was previously Editor and Art Director of Country Living Magazine, and she will spearhead the transfer of Martin Books from Cambridge to London. In her new position, she will be collaborating with food writers and photographers to build on the impressive platform she inherits. She also plans a list of health and garden titles from 2010 onwards.

The Business Development Director will be announced shortly.

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