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Publisher reveals annual awards shortlist after 500 enter

A regional publisher has received a record 500 submissions ahead of its annual awards.

Archant has revealed the shortlist for its company awards ahead of a ceremony to be held next month.

A total of 98 entries have been shortlisted in 14 categories.

The winners will be revealed at a ceremony in Norwich on 23 September.

The winners at the 2020 Archant Awards

The winners at the 2020 Archant Awards

Archant’s chief people officer Dee Willmott said: “We truly believe in recognising our colleagues and this year’s awards will give hundreds of them the opportunity to reunite and celebrate their tremendous work.

“The past 18 months has brought out the very best in our people and with record numbers of entrants and a packed shortlist, we’re gearing up for a very special night.”

The full shortlist is as follows:


Innovation Award
Insight Day
Black History Matters
The ‘Perfect Life’ magazine project
Launch of Shooting TV
West Essex Life relaunch
Homepage Heroes
Windows 365 rollout
Archant Customer Portal
Head Office relaunch
Creative Life launch

Mountain Mover
Christina Chalmouki
Jodie Cobb
Dave Somerton Rees
Sammi Willett
Gary Millone
Head Office relaunch squad
Louise Bretherton
New technology rollout squad
Magazine Planning team
Mel Hardcastle
Anna DeWinter

Content of the year
Yorkshire Life Editorial
Pupils In Print
The Dialogue blog
Shooting TV
County magazines diversity project
Black History Matters
Norwich City FC sports coverage
Peter Walsh – Norfolk crime coverage
Unfinished podcast
Ipswich Town FC coverage & ‘Tractor Girls’ podcast
Emily Townsend – Ipswich Cladding Crisis

Knowledge Ninja
Michelle Patrick
Kris Jary
Kate Greeves
Matthew Rogers
Rachel Baker
Rosanna Elliott
James Parfitt
Steve Docwra
Michael Colby

Client Campaign
R L Austen (Sussex Life)
Bowhayes Trees (Exeter)
University of Suffolk
Mental health in agriculture (Norfolk)
Mayflower Bathrooms (Somerset Life)
Bakers & Larners (Norfolk)
Affinity Water (Herts & Cambs)
Aldiss Lockdown Clearance (Norfolk)
Norfolk Wildlife Trust (Norfolk)
SLM Motors (Norfolk)

Creative Genius
Michael Langton
The Concierge Creative Squad
Team Bentley
Chris Elms
Rich Berry
Team Orange Squash
Nancy Fallows

People’s Hero
Tim Mortimer
Sarah Burgess
Julie Jephson
Emma Mayoh
Dave Somerton-Rees
Bianca Wild
Jane Hines
Ian Barnard
Chantelle Rankin
Sarah Turner

One To Watch
Terresa Spendelow
Megan Fursdon
Natasha Davies
Jules Rickman
Roisin Reynolds
Hazel Thacker
Louise Dunderdale
Eve Smallman
Franki Berry
Layla Ringwood

We Stand Together
Continuous Service Improvements team (Technology)
The Hunts Post team
Tamara Mckenzie
East Together squad
Free Distribution team
Customer Onboarding
HR, Engagement & Communication
Dunmow Broadcast & Saffron Walden Reporter
Here To Help, Not Alone Pen pal project – EDP

Manager of the year
Sadie Jennings
Jaio Zarraga
Sophie Stainthorpe
Isobel Robson
Keith Leeming
Sophie Urry
Dom Holtam
Nicola Bushby
Emily Hewett
Liz Nice
Dave Hewitt
Mel Coleman
Paul Brennan

Team of the year
Lets Talk editorial team
Ad Ops (digital ad flighting)
Customer Intelligence (Data & Insight)
Local Agency Sales Leaders (Commercial)
Circulation & Distribution
Marketing Services
Pink Line Designers (Creative)
Learning & Development
Ham & High news team
Rural magazines teams
New technology rollout team
Yorkshire Life

The Star (employee of the year)
Ian Barnard (Technology)
Tom Bristow (Content)
Rachel Baker (People)
Isobel Robson (Dialogue)
Laura Adams (Content)
Justin Parsons (Technology)
Gary Attfield (Concierge)
Brendan Allis (Creative)
Jon Viguri (Product & Platform)
Gavin Holmes (Product & Platform)
Sophie Urry (Marketing)
Chantelle Rankin (Product & Platform)

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