About the IPG

The Independent Publishers Guild is the association for the thriving independent publishing sector in the UK and Ireland. 

We have more than 650 members working across trade, children’s, academic, professional, educational and specialist publishing. They share annual turnover of more than £1bn, are based right across the UK, and produce much of the country’s most valuable, creative and diverse content. They contribute a huge amount to UK literature, publishing seven of the Man Booker Prize-winning books. They inspire a love of reading among children, and support millions of pupils with print and digital resources. They lead the way in many fields of academic research, and they serve numerous specialist communities with inspiring books. 

The IPG is where these brilliant publishers meet. For more than 50 years, we have led a far-reaching and friendly network in which independent publishers can support one another, and we provide a wide range of resources and events to help them become better businesses. Our services include: 

Industry-leading events, including Spring and Autumn Conferences
Free training and professional development resources via the IPG Skills Hub
A weekly ebulletin rounding up news from across publishing
Special Interest Groups dedicated to different areas of publishing
A mentoring scheme with some of publishing’s most experienced leaders
Access to collective stands at the London and Frankfurt Book Fairs
The Independent Publishing Awards, an annual celebration of publishing excellence
Free and unlimited use of a Business Support Helpline
Support on rights via publishing’s leading expert
Deals on a host of publishing services and products
Representation on important industry issues

Membership of the IPG plugs you into the UK’s largest group of publishers and suppliers. We celebrate and champion the work of independent publishers and give our members access to the information and advice that they need to keep their business growing. If you work in independent publishing and are not yet a member, we would love to support you too. 

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Mission, vision and values


MISSION

  • To promote the highest standards of publishing professionalism, both to IPG members and to their customers and stakeholders
  • To project and celebrate the cultural and commercial value of independent publishing in the UK, through a wide forum of example and experience
  • To encourage IPG members to embrace opportunities for digital innovation and reach out to international markets and global partners

VISION

  • To offer a platform for the exchange of information, ideas and professional advice that strengthens our members’ impact
  • To share expertise and experience between well-established businesses and small independent publishers and start-ups
  • To help members with their continuing professional development through access to training, mentoring and online support
  • To ensure that the voice of independent publishing is heard in the wider world
  • To forge beneficial partnerships with other publishing and professional bodies

VALUES

  • To provide a rich programme of events that give members unique opportunities for worldwide commercial and cultural exchange
  • To celebrate the unique quality of members through the annual Independent Publishing Awards
  • To help members reach high standards of ethical business practices and sustainability in their operations and output
  • To encourage fairness and transparency in agreements with partners, suppliers and staff, and ensure a non-discriminatory commitment to access and inclusion