Shropshire Business is crowned Midlands Magazine of the Year

Shropshire Business Editor Carl Jones with the Midlands Magazine of the Year trophy

A Shropshire business publication has been crowned Midlands Magazine of the Year for 2018.

Shropshire Business, run by journalists and media professionals with decades of experience in the county, took the title at the Midlands Media Awards in Birmingham.

Editor Carl Jones collected the trophy on behalf of the team in front of journalists from across the region at Edgbaston Stadium.

It comes just over two years since the magazine was launched, and follows a ‘highly commended’ accolade in the same competition last year.

The judges said: “Many of the lifestyle magazines were so heavy on adverts – in some cases, they were far more glossy than the content and it was difficult to find anything to read!

“Shropshire Business had targeted content – a creditable mix of hard news, interviews and background information.”

The bi-monthly magazine, distributed free to businesses across the county, is run by the Shropshire Star’s former business editor and assistant editor, Carl Jones, and former Shropshire Magazine editor Henry Carpenter.

Carl said: “We’ve got a fantastic team of experienced and enthusiastic journalists and media professionals working on Shropshire Business, and this is just deserts for everyone’s commitment and hard work.

“It’s extra special that the winners were chosen by some of the most experienced people in the media industry, who picked our publication ahead of many more established magazines across both the west and east Midlands.

“Our mission is simple – to celebrate the wonderful businesses doing amazing things in Shropshire, and to lift the lid on incredible and inspirational stories about the companies, and their people.

“We’d like to say a big thank-you to everyone who has supported us since our launch, from our loyal advertisers to the team of columnists, and everyone else who helps us to keep our finger on the pulse of the local economy.”

The awards were organised by Birmingham Press Club. Hosts for the evening were ITV Central presenter Bob Warman and Llewela Bailey from the BBC.

Chairman of the judging panel, Laurie Upshon, added: “What came through, when we were judging entries, was the great diversity of style and content, reflecting the special – and unique – characteristics of the different cities, towns and villages in our patch.”