Move en­ables firm to write fresh chap­ter in its lengthy his­tory

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

» 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.”

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