UPM committed to the publishing industry

UPM has demonstrated its support to the UK publishing industry with continued sponsorship of the Periodicals Training Council (PTC). At a special ceremony in London recently, managing director of UPM-Kymmene (UK) Ltd., Kevin Lyden, and Nick Brett, chairman of the PTC signed a three year extension to UPM's sponsorship agreement.

PTC is the lead body for best practice in training and development and people management for the magazine industry. PTC oversees the delivery of high quality training for the industry through PPA Training and sits within the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA). UPM has supported the PTC for more than six years already and also delivers training courses at its UPM Caledonian paper mill in Scotland for major publishers such as Haymarket and IPC as well as hosting the prestigious FiPP courses.

Kevin Lyden said: "We are pleased to be able to continue our support of the PTC activities. UPM is committed to working in partnership with the publishing industry– whether this is training and education or development initiatives. The PTC is an extraordinary body and one which UPM is delighted to be involved with."

PTC chairman Nick Brett, who is also the deputy managing director of BBC magazines, said: "We know sponsorship at this level is not undertaken lightly and that UPM is continuing in a long tradition of investing in the future of our industry by recognising new talent and providing training for the professionals already in it."

The ceremony was held at the PTC New Journalist of the Year awards in London. The awards recognise the talents and achievements of new entrants to the publishing industry. UPM supports the event through its sponsorship of students who attend a morning master class before the event. In addition UPM also supports The Magazine Academy, an annual competition for magazine journalism students from the fourteen accredited institutions in the UK.