Spectator extends Wyndeham contract by two years

By Rhys Handley, Thursday 28 June 2018

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Wyndeham Group has extended its 19-year-old contract with The Spectator to print the political magazine up to 2020.

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The Spectator marks 190 years of publication this year

Printing of The Spectator has taken place exclusively at Wyndeham’s Peterborough facility since 2015, when it was transferred there following the shutdown of the group’s Heron operation.

The weekly conservative commentary magazine is printed on a 64pp Lithoman IV press and then bound using Ferag stitchers. Wyndeham also produces all supplements for The Spectator, which reported an ABC for the six months to December 2017 of 85,171.

Group sales director Jon Hearnden said: “Our Peterborough operation’s strengths lie in its specialism in fast turnaround of major titles like The Spectator. Its capabilities related to that and the high service our group has maintained over 19 years encouraged them to renew.

“We have a good understanding and a relationship built on trust, service and quality.

“It is great for us to be associated with a long-running product that is steeped in history.”

The Spectator will mark 190 years of publication next month. Its agreement with Wyndeham is a roll-on of the existing contract, with no changes to scheduling, pagination or remit.

Wyndeham Peterborough employs 138 members of staff.

Paul Utting, chief executive of Wyndeham’s parent company Walstead Group, said: “The Spectator is a long-standing client of Wyndeham and its success demonstrates how print magazines are still thriving.

“The publication is produced to an extremely tight schedule and demonstrates Wyndeham Peterborough’s expertise in dealing with time-sensitive weekly products.”

Wyndeham celebrated the extension of another major contract earlier this month, as Hearst UK signed on for a further two years and extended the range of titles it prints with the group up to 18. Red, Red Travel and Country Living were added to the group-wide contract, with the three new titles to be printed at Wyndeham Roche in Cornwall.

The group has six UK sites employing 800 people and turning over £125.7m groupwide.

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