London - Last night at the annual British Book Trade Awards in Harrogate, Penguin carried off three prestigious 'Nibbies', including the big award of the night, the KMPG Publisher of the Year Award.
Simon Prosser, Publishing Director of imprint Hamish Hamilton jointly won the Tilly Baker Imprint and Editor of the Year award with Penelope Hoare of Chatto and Windus. Hamish Hamilton enjoyed signal success in 2006, winning all three of the major literary prizes in the year: The Man Booker Prize, The Whitbread Award and The Orange Prize.
For the second year running, Penguin picked up the marketing prize. Campaign handler, Gina Luck and the Penguin Press marketing team won the Guardian Marketing Campaign award for work on Dubner and Leavitt's bestselling popular business book Freakonomics.
The KPMG Publisher of the Year award came at the end of the evening and was presented by the chair of the judges, consultant Francis Bennett, who declared the decision of the judges unanimous. The award is given on the basis of strong financials supporting outstanding publishing performance as well as evidence of innovation and industry leadership on issues of key importance such as diversity and the environment.
John Makinson, Penguin's Chief Executive commented: "2006 was a year when Penguin flourished, publishing wonderful books with great panache, providing both sales growth and exceptional profit. It was also a year of innovation, when our forward thinking meant we communicated directly with readers in ever more imaginative ways. In addition to all this, we made great strides in the areas of social and environmental responsibility, committing ourselves to issues that matter to our people, our business and to the wider community."
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