Move enables firm to write fresh chapter in its lengthy history
» THE UK’S largest independent publisher of historical content has relocated to Cheltenham.
The History Press has used £300,000 of funding from Natwest to support the purchase and transformation of a Grade II listed townhouse on St Georges Place.
After renting for 30 years in Stroud, The History Press’ completed building includes open plan office space for up to 30 members of staff, meeting rooms and break out areas.
The History Press can chase its roots back to 1887 and the Phillimore imprint. It was the first company to publish a family tree genealogy book and has since grown to become the largest independent publisher of national and international non-fiction books and articles.
The company underwent a management buy out in 2017 and over the next five years, hopes to grow its portfolio of authors.
Managing director Gareth Swain said: “The move to our new home in Cheltenham is an historic milestone for the business as it gives us a permanent base from which to grow and operate.
“We were previously tied into a longterm lease, but the acquisition will free up funds in the longer term, allowing us to invest in other key areas of the business.
“The Grade II listed building which we have transformed into a modern publishing office is the perfect metaphor for our business model of taking a modern-day approach to publishing history.”