A perfect day! Stunning surroundings, amazing company, amongst friends and colleagues, and a long overdue feeling of normality!

Celebrating achievements across the many sectors of publishing, the IPG has been recognising over 150 companies and individuals since its launch of the IPG Independent Publishing Awards in 2007.

This year’s shortlists showcased 43 nominations from 32 different companies and 4 individuals across the UK publishing sector.

In the fifteenth year of the awards, we are proud as punch to announce that Class Publishing were presented not only the ‘PLS Academic and Professional Publisher of the Year’ but also Senior Digital Editor, Shanon Rademacher, was awarded ‘The Bookseller Young Independent Publisher of the Year’!

Since winning the IPG Digital Publishing Award in 2018, Class have been shortlisted four times, making this the first time for both awards! Many thanks go to the IPG and judges for their very complimentary comments:

“Class responded to the many challenges of the pandemic very well. Its apps for emergency workers came into their own, and lots of other activity moved online overnight. Judges also liked the care it had shown to staff, authors and customers. Class quietly did some really important work in 2020,” they said. “They make clever use of their content and understand exactly what people want from them.”

As a small team, we’re delighted to be in as strong a position today as we were pre-pandemic. We’re enormously proud of this and it’s entirely down to quick thinking, teamwork and fast adaptation of working practice.

Shanon Rademacher joined the Class team in December 2016 as an Editorial Assistant. She’s now our Senior Digital Editor and manages her own team, focussing on our award-winning apps for the UK ambulance service. 

“Shanon is highly intelligent and dedicated and can turn her hand to multiple tasks from editing customer content to highly technical IT functions. She’s always professional and willing to go the extra mile to make a project work. I deal with lots of people in similar roles in other companies, and Shanon is by far the best I deal with and also has a great positive attitude which makes working with her enjoyable.” Andy Parle, Technical Director, Aimer Media

In Shanon’s heart-warming and humble speech she said:

“I talk to a lovely bunch of paramedics every day, a lot of them I know quite well and I’ve grown very fond of.  They aren’t just anonymous NHS workers – they’re people like you and I. Well, mostly… really, they’re just a little bit better than you and I.”

To win these awards was earth moving, especially when up against such prestigious companies.  Thank you again to the IPG and all involved.