As new members of the Independent Publishers Guild, Witherbys were delighted to attend the IPG Independent Publishing Awards 2013, held on 7 March at the Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire. We were one of four companies shortlisted in the category Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year, marking our first nomination for a publishing award. The nomination recognised Witherbys’ success in expanding its package of digital content and in increasing market penetration. The judges commented, "It is hard to imagine that anyone knows its specialisms better than Witherby. It has made the niches its own and is doing very well out of them".

The ceremony formed part of the IPG Annual Conference and provided the perfect opportunity to get to know fellow members of the publishing community. Although we didn’t win the award, we thoroughly enjoyed our first publishing awards ceremony and, as Witherbys continues to grow, we hope this is the first of many nominations, with a moment in the spotlight only a short time away.