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Iliffe expands growing empire with stake in Scottish publisher

Inverness businessA regional publisher is under new ownership after being bought out by a new joint venture following a brief period in administration.

Edward Iliffe of Iliffe Media Group has teamed up with Peter Fowler, majority shareholder in Scottish Provincial Press, to take over the Inverness-based company.

The move safeguards 135 jobs at SPP which publishes 18 weekly titles and nine news websites including the Highland News and Inverness Courier.

SPP briefly went into adminstration earlier today before the buyout by newly-formed Highland News and Media Ltd, a joint venture between Mr Iliffe and Mr Fowler.

It is the duo’s second such venture in recent months, having previously purchased the Newbury News from its former owners.

In addition to its core titles in the East of England, Iliffe Media Group also owns the KM Group which it bought from the Allinson family last year.

Commenting on the acquisition, Mr Fowler said: “I am pleased that we have secured the future for the staff and the newspapers.

“With an impressive portfolio of iconic and much-loved newspapers, numerous special publications and rapidly growing digital activities, Highland News and Media is in a very strong position to deliver modern news and advertising solutions across the north of Scotland for many years to come.”

SPP will now trade as Highland News and Media Limited, but its new owners say there will be no changes to its portfolio of newspapers, special publications and websites.

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  • December 11, 2019 at 10:34 am

    it’s good to see a publisher growing their title portfolio and safeguarding so many jobs when their rivals in the east are closing and downscaling their offices,shuttering their print centre and making almost 100 staff redundant just in time for Christmas.
    This move will not only reassure iliffe staff that they’re in it for the long run it must also now propel the iliffe media group to being the leading regional publisher in the east.

    I also can’t help but think IMG would have been the best choice to partner with Google to develop sustainable new online revenue models following this move,their Newmarket office move which better engages with the public and their progressive approach to providing the best community news possible rather than simply chasing the digital dollar at any cost

    Good news and good work iliffe!

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