Victory for CMPi at PPA Awards

CMP Information were the big winners at this year's PPA Magazine Awards, garnering five prizes including top weekly, monthly and online B2B titles.

Property Week won weekly business and professional magazine of the year and writer of the year went to deputy editor James Whitmore, who the judges described as a "writer who knows his trade inside out".

Monthly B2B winner was Safety & Health Practitioner, while online B2B magazine of the year went to building.co.uk. Adrian Barrick picked up the gong for publisher of the year for Building.

CMPi communications director Nigel Main said it was a combination of factors that led to the publisher's success this year.

"The magazines that did well and the people that did well are at the heart of their markets and communities," he said.

In the consumer sector, Natmags Harper's Bazaar beat Grazia, Heat, Psychologies, Radio Times and Vogue to win consumer magazine of the year – helped by a relaunch that contributed to an all time high ABC figure.

Editor of the year was Morgan Rees of Men's Health, also from the Natmags stable. In the B2B sector, Richard Vize from Local Government Chronicle won editor of the year.

Editorial campaign of the year went to Computer Weekly, for its relentless investigation into problems with the NHS IT programme, which led to a Government U-turn and the Health Committee agreeing to conduct an independent inquiry.

Also in the running was monthly teen title COSMOgirl!'s "Just say know" sex education campaign and Farmer's Weekly's "Local food is miles better".

Patrick Myles from Wilmington's architecture and design title Blueprint scooped the designer of the year award for his contribution to a relaunch of the title last October.

The judges admired the title's tabloid format and said: "The pages have a cool, open look, clearly designed as a magazine of authority."

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