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North East publisher picks up business gong

Staff at Newcastle Chronicle and Journal Ltd are celebrating after the company was named the most outstanding publishing business for 2003.

The accolade was handed out during parent-company Trinity Mirror’s Achievement Awards, which recognise the commercial success of businesses from the group’s regional newspapers division.

Newcastle Chronicle & Journal publishes The Journal, Evening Chronicle, Sunday Sun, Metro and Herald & Post series, and employs more than 1,000 staff.

The award follows earlier success for the Newcastle company, which last year won the Improved Business of the Year award.

NC&J managing director Steve Brown said: “Winning this award is further recognition of the tremendous work that all departments put in last year to achieve such a fantastic all-round set of results.

“Our commercial performance was a credit to us all and I am delighted that the effort of everyone in this company has been acknowledged in this way.

“Trinity Mirror is the UK’s biggest newspaper publisher and to be recognised as the Outstanding Publishing Business of the Year is a real achievement.”

As well as a trophy, Newcastle Chronicle & Journal received £15,000 which will be spent on a huge party.

Other winners were Scottish & Universal Newspapers, which won the Improved Business of the Year award, and sales house Amra, which picked up the gong for Special Business Achievement.

Midland Weekly Media and Gazette Media Company were both highly commended for Business Achievement.

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