Sponsors 2017

Camelot – supporting the Society of Editors since 2001

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

Since its launch in 1994, The National Lottery has delivered a life-changing £37 billion for Good Causes, with more than 510,000 individual awards made across the UK – an average of over 170 lottery grants in every neighbourhood. It has also paid out over £63 billion in prizes and created more than 4,600 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 23 years, 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.


Google’s mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.

Through products and platforms like Search, Maps, Gmail, Android, Google Play, Chrome and YouTube, Google plays a meaningful role in the daily lives of billions of people and has become one of the most widely-known companies in the world. Google is a subsidiary of Alphabet Inc.

BBC News 

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 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 more than three quarters of adults in the UK come to BBC News for independent, trusted reporting. The BBC News Channel is the most watched news channel in the UK and the BBC News website is used by over 29.8 million UK browsers each week.

The BBC’s global news services reach 346m people around the world every week.

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!


PCS is a leading software development organisation that has been serving the publishing industry for almost 45 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 www.pcs-publishing.com.

NLA Media Access

NLA media access protects the publishing industry’s copyright through collective licensing. Our role is to enable media monitoring agencies, PR consultancies and over 200,000 client organisations to reproduce content from over 3600 newspaper and magazine titles with permission. In 2016, NLA media access returned £36m to publishers.

Visit www.nlamediaccess.com


Waitrose has over 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands and a further 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.

Waitrose also exports products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East.

Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitroseflorist.com for plants and flowers.

In recent months, Waitrose has been awarded the much-coveted European-wide Compassion in World Farming ‘Best Retailer Award’ and the Soil Association’s ‘Best Organic Supermarket Award 2017’.


 Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies (JT), a leading international tobacco product manufacturer.

We were formed in 1999 when Japan Tobacco Inc. acquired the non-US operations of tobacco company R.J. Reynolds. The further acquisition of UK-based Gallaher in 2007 nearly doubled the size of JTI and today we operate in 120 countries. The UK is one of Japan Tobacco International’s top five markets where we sell some of the world’s best-known tobacco and e-cigarette brands.

Follow us on Twitter @UKJTI or visit our website jti.com/uk

JTI’s UK trading company is Gallaher Limited.


HoldtheFrontPage works closely with the Society of Editors to help deliver the Regional Press Awards each May and we are delighted to be helping to promote and publicise this year’s annual conference.

First launched in 2000, the site continues to be the first port of call for all regional press news and jobs, and we also carry a range of vacancies from other media sectors, including news and content agencies, specialist media and public sector PR.

Press Association

PA is the UK’s leading provider of multimedia content and services. Established as the Press Association in 1868, PA remains the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, serving a broad range of customers including major media and digital brands around the world, businesses and public sector organisations.

In addition to its newswire, PA’s products and services span pictures, video, data APIs, hosted live blogs, graphics, listings pages, social media curation and page production. The news agency is part of the PA Group of specialist media companies.

Cambridge News

The Cambridge News is the biggest news site covering the city of Cambridge and the surrounding area. Its daily newspaper was founded by William Farrow Taylor as the Cambridge Daily News in 1888. Now the title is part of the Trinity Mirror family and we reach more people on a daily basis than at any other time in recent memory.

The focus at the News is on growing our online audience as we seek to be a vital part of the local community’s everyday life.

Visit Cambridge

Visit Cambridge is the official tourism service for Cambridge and the surrounding area. It takes the lead on the promotion of the city’s unique cultural, heritage and education offer alongside promoting it as a city for business, research and innovation and of course leisure. It does this locally, nationally and internationally.

VCB also plays a key role in the visitor welcome dealing with around 300,000 face to face visits, and over 500,000 enquiries a year. In addition, it manages the Blue Badge Guided Walking tour service providing walking tours for around 80,000 people each year.