Regional publisher Johnston Press is to launch a group-wide set of awards to celebrate the achievements of its staff.
Until recent years most of the big publishing groups ran internal awards schemes but with the exception of Archant’s most have fallen victim to the economic downturn.
However JP is now seeking to revive the idea with its inagural awards ceremony to be held in Peterborough on 14 March.
The move was announced by chief executive Ashley Highfield in an email to staff yesterday which has been seen by HTFP.
Wrote Ashley: “One of the things that struck me about Johnston Press, from my very first day, was just how hard people are prepared to work to make this company a success.
“My regular visits around the centres have reinforced this view and I know we are fortunate to have a huge number of talented, dedicated and enthusiastic employees achieving all manner of great things.
“I believe the time is right to recognise these successes with a lot more shouting from the treetops and so we are going to introduce the Johnston Press Group Awards – a very special night at which we can celebrate all the excellent things we are doing.
“It’s a great opportunity to put the spotlight on those deserving people who work hard to produce the best newspapers and websites, increase our revenues, come up with new ideas and build lasting relationships with our communities.”
The awards will cover 25 categories designed to recognise the top performers in editorial, sales and newspaper sales.
Details will be published shortly on JP’s internal newsletter, The Word.