Sheffield publisher Vertebrate wins Small Press of the Year award at British Book Awards

Vertebrate Publishing received the Small Press of the Year award at the annual British Book Awards.

The awards, hosted this year by Lauren Laverne and Rhys Stephenson, celebrate the world of books by paying tribute to British writers, illustrators, publishers, agents and booksellers.

Previously announced as the regional winner for the North of England, Vertebrate had a stellar year in its outdoor adventure publishing business, topping £1million in revenue for the first time, with “excellent” customer service and strong direct sales on its website.

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The Vertebrate team that won Small Press of the Year at the British Book Awards

Vertebrate chief executive Jon Barton, who received the award at the ceremony, said: ‘At the start of lockdown it was the hardest time of my career when I had to pull the team together and say that I really don’t know what will happen. happen, all I’m going to do is try to keep everyone together, but we’re going to have to make some really huge sacrifices.

“I thought it was going to be two weeks and then obviously it was going to be longer.

“The team I work with got along well and here we are two years later doing better than ever.

“We did a lot of good work; we sold a lot of books and had fun doing it.”

The British Book Awards described Vertebrate as “a company that exemplifies the strengths of small presses: passionate about its subject, closely connected to its readers and agile in responding to opportunities and challenges alike. Vertebrate is such a focused and energetic company and they know their market inside out. »

The award follows the announcement that Vertebrate was awarded Specialized Consumer Publisher of the Year at the Independent Publishing Awards earlier this month.