Cambridge Independent celebrates its first birthday

PUBLISHED: 10:57 21 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:32 21 September 2017

It's our birthday... so we'll be eating cake

It's our birthday... so we'll be eating cake

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The contemporary newspaper for the Cambridge region has won two national awards already.

The Cambridge Independent launch event at Goville and Caius College on September 21, 2016. Picture: Keith HeppellThe Cambridge Independent launch event at Goville and Caius College on September 21, 2016. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Cambridge Independent is celebrating its first birthday.

The contemporary newspaper for the Cambridge region, from independent, family-owned company Iliffe Media, was first published on September 21, 2016. The aim was to create an intelligent, informative, entertaining and useful title in touch with its community.

The paper, published on Wednesdays and on sale throughout the week, has already won two national Weekly Newspaper of the Year awards, at the NewsAwards and the Regional Press Awards.

Editor Paul Brackley said: “We’ve been delighted with the warm reception from readers and advertisers alike. I would like to thank all of those who have helped, supported and read our newspaper and pay tribute to the hard work 
of the team putting it together each week.

The Cambridge Independent won Weekly Newspaper of the Year at the Regional Press AwardsThe Cambridge Independent won Weekly Newspaper of the Year at the Regional Press Awards

“It has been a thrilling year for us and we look forward to continuing our work with the community we represent.”

Since launching last year, Iliffe Media has purchased 13 titles in Suffolk, Norfolk and Lincolnshire from Johnston Press, including the Newmarket Journal, Bury Free Press and Haverhill Echo. It also acquired Velvet, the monthly lifestyle magazine, and IQ, a business magazine. The growth of Iliffe Media continued with the purchase of the KM Media Group, which publishes titles including the Kent Messenger Series and operates a number of radio stations.

Subscribers to the Cambridge Independent can benefit from money off the cover price, free access to our app on Android and iOS and free membership of the Gourmet Society, worth £69.95, which offers money off at up to 7,000 restaurants nationwide, including 50 in this area, plus savings on days out, airport parking, holidays, afternoon teas and more.

To find out more, visit cambridgeindependent.co.uk/subscribe or call 01223 320369.

What they said

Congratulations to the Cambridge Independent team for adding such fresh and thorough coverage of key issues every week, for celebrating what Cambridge is achieving and for giving independent columnists the chance to add such a wide range of views. At a time when local papers are shutting their doors in too many parts of Britain, it is wonderful to see Cambridge once again being the exception - Lewis Herbert, city council leader

We have been impressed by the service provided by Julie Collins and team and the time and attention you have given to provide extra publicity for many of our properties has been greatly appreciated by both our clients and ourselves. We are pleased to have close association with such a high quality publication as the Cambridge Independent which shares the same values as ourselves - Richard Hatch, head of residential, Carter Jonas

The Cambridge Independent has gone from strength to strength over the past year. The paper provides a fantastic local news source and its readership has grown significantly. The property pages are succinct and well-written and we look forward to working closely with the paper in the future - Philip Woolner, joint managing partner, Cheffins

The Cambridge Independent is streets ahead of its competitors, which are left trailing in its wake. Not surprising as it is full of high quality journalism and eye-catching images on a consistent basis. What more could you ask for? - Jock Lloyd-Jones, director, Jackson-Stops & Staff

Cambridge Folk Club has found the Cambridge Independent to be a very useful ally in bringing to notice what’s going on in the local music scene. Adrian Peel and Gemma Gardner seem to ask the right questions of artists and also show a generous interest in those they have interviewed. Long may this continue, with all best wishes for the future - Robin Mansfield, Cambridge Folk Club

I have found both the local content of the Cambridge Independent and the interaction with its team an absolute breath of fresh air. It’s great to be advertising with an independent family-owned business with experienced and knowledgeable staff - Jonathon Myles, partner, Vincent Shaw

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