Partners for 2016

Partners for 2016

Society of Editors annual conference, 2016

Camelot – supporting the Society of Editors since 2001

Camelot is proud to support the Society of Editors’ Annual Conference and Dinner.

Since its launch in 1994, The National Lottery has raised a life-changing £35 billion for Good Cause projects, with more than 490,000 individual awards made across the UK – an average of over 150 lottery grants in every neighbourhood. It has also paid out over £59 billion in prizes and created more than 4,250 millionaires or multi-millionaires.

The National Lottery is at the heart of communities across the UK and benefits millions of people’s lives – just as the national, regional and local media do every day. Thanks to your invaluable support over the past two decades, National Lottery winners have been able to share their good news, missing ticket-holders have been united with their previously unclaimed winnings and a huge range of projects have been able to highlight the life-changing difference they make thanks to vital National Lottery funding.

Camelot wishes the Society of Editors a hugely successful conference.

United Utilities 

United Utilities: keeping the news flowing

Water is big news.  Floods when there’s too much of it, drought when there’s not enough of it and issues about conserving it, selling it and treating it.

We provide 2,000 million litres of water each day to the North West, and take away and treat the wastewater that disappears around the U-bend. We’re also a major employer, and the region’s only FTSE 100 company.

So when you’re reporting on water, speak to United Utilities.  Our news team can give you facts, briefings and quotes from experts. Our digital newsroom is equipped to provide images, videos and other resources to assist your multimedia output. 

BBC News and Current Affairs 

BBC News is the largest broadcast news operation in the world, providing trusted news and analysis to audiences in the UK and internationally. We are considered the leading source for trustworthy and impartial news in the UK. BBC News is responsible for the daily TV and radio bulletins, as well as flagship programmes like Today, Newsnight, Question Time and Panorama. We also produce regional TV news and local radio news programmes in England, the BBC News website, the BBC News Channel and BBC Parliament.

Each week, BBC News reaches around 80% of adults in the UK through its television, radio, online and mobile output. The BBC News Channel is the most watched news channel in the UK, reaching over 8m adults weekly and the BBC News website is used by over 29.7 million UK browsers each week.

The BBC’s global news services reach 320m people around the world every week.

Carlisle City Council 

Carlisle City Council is delighted to support the Society of Editors’ Annual Conference. The event will showcase what our great city has to offer and will raise its profile to a distinguished delegation.

The city has a lot to be proud of and I hope the event is an opportunity to highlight some of the people, businesses and organisations that make Carlisle such a special place.

Our communities and businesses were hard-hit by the December storms but the Carlisle spirit continues to be resolute. We are still on the road to recovery, but I hope that the message that Carlisle is ‘open for business’ comes through loud and clear.

The city’s cultural and leisure offer is growing all the time and we have a lot of great venues to be proud of. They all add to the vibrant atmosphere in the city, raising Carlisle’s profile as a great place to live and visit. They all help to showcase our talented musicians and artists, as well as celebrating the city’s unique history and heritage.

Choose Cumbria

Choose Cumbria is an award-winning multi-media marketing initiative that promotes Cumbria as a place to work, learn, live, play and do business. It aims to raise the profile of a region better known for the Lake District and as a place to come on holiday, as somewhere to have a fantastic career in a superb setting. With £25 billion worth of investment coming in the next decade in everything from nuclear and defence to life sciences, and 56,000 jobs new jobs being created, Cumbria needs to attract and retain talent. Choose Cumbria is a commercial partnership venture led by Cumbrian media company CN Group Ltd working with a wide range of business and organisations including global players, home-grown yet world-leading SMEs, healthcare, education and general service providers. By presenting a positive brand, a wide range of career opportunities and further information on everything from where to live, house prices, schools, events and things to do – our aim is to encourage people to find a career that inspires them in a place that excites them. Choose Cumbria – under its pilot name Choose South Cumbria – has also received two prestigious awards: the INMA Global Media Award 2016 for best launch of brand, and a Health Management People Association Excellence Award 2016 for its strategic work with partners in the NHS. For further information visit

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership
Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is a business led partnership of local authorities and businesses. 

It decides on Cumbria’s strategic economic priorities, oversees projects that will maximise the county’s economic growth, and allocates funding from government to deliver those projects, provide business support and create jobs. 

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnerships has four priorities: advanced manufacturing growth, nuclear and energy excellence, a vibrant rural and visitor economy and the strategic connectivity of the M6 corridor. 

It underpins those priorities by intervening in four areas that drive economic growth: business support, skills development, infrastructure improvements and environmental sustainability.

New investment of over £25 billion is planned for Cumbria over the next decade to deliver projects that are crucial to the future of the UK and are central to national economic, energy and defence policy. 

Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership is working hard to maximise the benefits of this new investment for the county, seeking to boost business productivity and innovation, increase skill levels, optimise regeneration and land development and make transport improvements.  Its vision is for Cumbria to become one of the fastest growing economies in the UK, creating 31,500 new jobs and boosting the economy by £1.3 billion by 2024. 

For more information about Cumbria Local Enterprise Partnership go to 

CN Group
The Society of Editors are delighted to welcome CN Group as a sponsor for the 2016 Back in Business Conference.


Foot Anstey

Foot Anstey LLP is a premier regional law firm providing specialist advice to a wide range of publishers throughout the UK. We deliver a high quality, high value service that is underpinned by strong investment in our greatest assets – our people. Tony Jaffa and his colleagues at Foot Anstey have been advising the regional press for more than 20 years.  One respected editor recently said that being a journalist is the best job in the world.  That may be right – but being a journalist’s lawyer runs a close second!  Through our time as advisers to the regional press, we have been able to become an integral part of the work that journalists carry out every day.

SoE members will already know something about Foot Anstey as the firm is a regular supporter of this conference. Tony has been an SoE member for many years and is a member of the Society’s P&L Committee. The other members of the team are rising stars in the sector, and are already well known to a fair number of conference delegates. Many SoE members are also clients of Foot Anstey’s editorial and regulatory media team, and they know that our national reputation for giving accurate, speedy and practical advice to journalists and publishers, on all aspects of media law, is well deserved.

And they know that the service we provide to publishing clients is commercially realistic, robust and compatible with their own business goals. But don’t take our word for our expertise – we are recognised as leaders in our field by independent research from Chambers UK and the Legal 500 as well as ranked in the UK’s Top 100 Law Firms. The firm was previously named Regional Law Firm of the Year at the British Legal Awards, and was recently shortlisted for Law Firm of the Year.  Our clients tell us we are down to earth and easy to do business with – and we hope you think so too!


Beginning in 1996, Stanford University graduate students Larry Page and Sergey Brin built a search engine called “BackRub” that used links to determine the importance of individual web pages. By 1998 they had formalized their work, creating the company you know today as Google.

Google is now a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. Google’s innovations in web search and advertising have made its website a top Internet property and its brand one of the most recognized in the world.


HoldtheFrontPage celebrated its 15th birthday last year and we marked the milestone by relaunching the site on a fully-responsive mobile and tablet-friendly platform. The site continues to be widely read throughout the UK media industry and remains the principal source of regional press news and jobs.

We have continued to work closely with the Society of Editors over the past year, both in our sponsorship of the Regional Press Awards and in our support for the Society’s successful campaign to thwart government plans to water down the Freedom of Information Act. We were delighted to help promote this year’s conference and wish the Society a hugely successful event.

PCS is a leading software development organisation that has been serving the publishing industry for more than 40 years. Its in-house developed portfolio of solutions facilitates efficiencies across editorial, advertising and circulation workflows for newspaper and magazine publishers. 

Every day PCS solutions support the creation of over 10,000 articles. Based in the Midlands, they employ over 50 people, 75% of whom are dedicated to continuous software development. PCS also offer secure UK data centres where systems and content can be hosted.

PCS are part of the Claverley Group of companies who have an annual turnover of £120m; the group also includes publishers of the UK’s leading regional daily newspaper, MNA Media, commercial printers Precision Colour Printing and Channel Islands news publisher, Guiton Group.

More information on the solutions PCS develops can be discovered at

Press Association
PA (the Press Association) is the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, and a leading multimedia content provider.

As well as being the home of the UK’s national newswire –  which supplies news to national and regional newspapers, magazines and broadcasters –  PA has evolved as a provider of tailored multimedia content solutions for a broad range of businesses, brands and public sector organisations.  PA’s products and services span everything from sports data APIs, hosted live blogs, and social media content to media training, page production services and TV listings.


University of Cumbria

The University of Cumbria takes great pleasure in supporting this annual gathering of the Society of Editors, and to have the opportunity to welcome you all to Cumbria. 

The university has a strong history in vocational media education.  Our Carlisle campus has produced journalists who populate newspaper, television and radio newsrooms, press offices and PR departments across Britain and beyond – part of a story that sees 97% of the university’s graduates in full-time work or study six months after receiving their degree. 

Our media work extends across Film and Television production, Wildlife Media, Adventure Media, Photography, Graphic Design and Games Design. The essential characteristic is developing employability. 

UoC also has a strong interest in the sustainability of a free and vibrant media, and we have partnered with the Swiss-based Robert Kennedy College to support the MBA in Media Leadership.

That’s why students from across the world have this week arrived in Ambleside, our campus in the Lake District, to study at the university’s Institute for Leadership and Sustainability. The Robert Kennedy College students are experienced media practitioners in their own countries and they will be visiting the SoE for a day – in part to meet you!  We hope you will give them a warm welcome. 

Enjoy the conference.

 Virgin Trains

For nearly 20 years, Virgin Trains has been whisking passengers along the West Coast Mainline. We’ve transformed rail travel on the West Coast – doubling passenger numbers, increasing the number of seats and shrinking journey times with our tilting Pendolino trains that travel at 125mph.

We’ve strengthened the links between the North and South and introduced direct services to connect more towns and cities along the West Coast – including Shrewsbury and Wrexham.  Helping millions of people discover the Lake District, whilst being there for those who like to do business. 

Our customers are at the heart of everything we do.  We always strive to offer them the best possible experience when they travel with us. We like to be innovative and in the last 12 months we’ve introduced a number of initiatives, which are all designed to enhance the customer experience. We were the first train operating company to offer Automatic Delay Repay and offer a free on board entertainment portal – BEAM. Last month we extended our booking horizon to six months, so that customers can now purchase tickets six months in advance.

We care about the local communities we serve and the 17 stations we manage are gateways to these. We spend time getting to know the people of the towns and cities we serve and help support them wherever we can – whether it’s a donation to a local raffle, a place to meet at our station or giving local businesses the opportunity to showcase their produce, we like to do our bit.