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Hodder Education win Education Publisher of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards
By Hodder Education
13 May
“I am delighted that Hodder Education has been awarded The Bookseller’s Education Publisher of the Year.  It has felt for some time as though our ideas, our decisions, our planning and our execution have enabled us to move in the right direction as a business, winning authors, tenders, and market share.   There still are many challenges for us, of course, in a changing market, but I think we will address them with an added spring in our step now that we have gained this recognition from our industry.   It was especially pleasing to hear how well the judges feel our digital offer is doing in the market (formidably strong, they said!) – we have invested a lot of time and energy in building our key platform Dynamic Learning and it’s just great to see that effort rewarded.”
Lis Tribe, Managing Director, Hodder Education
Full details from the Bookseller Industry Awards Winners’ Supplement below –
“Education Publishing is rarely an easy sector to be in, and changes to the National Curriculum added to the turbulence last year. But across both print and digital, Hodder Education did not just cope with the challenges – it thrived on them.

Like many educational powerhouses it has grown through acquisition including, in the final weeks of 2014, its purchase of Rising Stars. The move will push it much deeper into the primary schools market, but like last year’s winner, Bloomsbury Academic and Professional, Hodder owes its success to much more than a capacity to spend. Its previous acquisitions have been diligently integrated and it has consistently grown organically as well.

Hodder impressed in 2014 with the breadth of its output, which on the digital front included eTextbooks, Apps, Whiteboard materials, assessment tools and webinars. The Dynamic Learning platform was a standout digital product, launching in a second iteration last year and substantially increasing sales as a consequence. It excelled in print too, grasping the opportunity of curriculum changes by producing a wide range of new resources. Revision and assessment lists had strong years, while internationally it sold into 104 countries and acquired the Pearson Caribbean list.

The judges admired Hodder’s ability to carve out new partnerships and win major tenders – including with examining bodies AQA and OCR – and saw proof of its achievements at a human level, through strong author relationships, customer engagement and staff development. ‘It is formidably strong across the digital piece and is obviously a great place to work,’ was the judges verdict.

Key Strengths
·        Impressive increase in sales and profits in a tough education sector
·        Wide-ranging suite of student and teacher-centric digital products
·        Judicious acquisitions and shrewd integration of new assets
·        Excellent author care and an outstanding staff retention rate”
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