Inverness Magazine Connector

By : PPA Communications

PPA Scotland, Think and DC Thomson come to Inverness for our first Highlands and Islands Magazine Connector

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We're delighted to announce our next event is the launch of our Magazine Connector: Highlands and Islands! 

Held in association with XPONorth the event is a new and essential business networking and insight event for magazine publishers in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Taking place at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness from 2pm-5pm on 9th November 2016, the Magazine Connector will feature three talks from Scotland’s thriving professional publishing industry – Nikki Simpson, Business Manager at PPA Scotland; John Innes, Director of Think in Glasgow; and Eileen McGinley, Editor-In-Chief of Girls Magazines at DC Thomson.

Publishers and creative suppliers in the region are invited to bring copies of their titles and portfolios to display and, in addition, HIE’s Head of Creative Industries, Iain Hamilton, and Jeni Oliver, Senior Executive Creative Industries at Scottish Development International will introduce the local, regional and international support available for publishers to grow their business.

The event is aimed at the Highlands and Island’s magazine publishing sector – from new start-up consumer titles to well-established B2B publications – and will be followed by an informal networking and drinks reception. The event is free but booking is essential via Eventbrite.

Travel bursaries, subject to application from Emergents Creative, are available for attendees travelling to the event from the Scottish Islands.




Nikki SimpsonScotland is home to more than 700 titles across a huge range of topics, formats, business models and audiences. Hear from PPA Scotland’s Nikki Simpson on what makes up the fantastically creative and thriving Scottish magazine industry.

Nikki Simpson is the Business Manager at PPA Scotland – the membership organisation supporting magazine publishers, set up to promote, protect and advance the industry. She’s worked on some fantastic magazine-led initiatives, including a 100 Years of Scottish Magazine Publishing exhibition, the annual magazine festival and conference, Magfest, the PPA Scotland magazine Unlimited and the Scottish Magazine Awards. Passionate about magazines and publishing, she is now working to open an International Magazine Centre in Scotland – find out more at

Twitter: @PPAScotland


John Innes 2Read by thousands, popular with advertisers and in rude commercial health some of the largest magazines in the UK are also the least known. Find out more with John Innes from Think Publishing.

John Innes grew up in the Highlands before moving to London to begin a career in publishing. In the last 20 years he’s worked on and published a diverse range of magazines ranging in subject matter from gardening to fast cars, accountancy, conservation, travel and health. John moved back to Scotland in 2007 setting up the Glasgow office of Think Publishing where the company produces magazines, online content, video and social media on behalf of organisations including National Trust for Scotland, Royal Photographic Society, Benenden and ICAS.

Twitter: @thinkjohninnes



Eileen McGinleyCreative principles and business principles often appear at odds with each other. Find out how Eileen McGinley harnesses the power of both to make engaging, vibrant and commercially successful magazines.

Eileen McGinley is a Magazine Editor-In-Chief at DC Thomson and manages a portfolio of five children’s titles, and associated brand extensions. She leads a team of  journalists, designers and editors to create relevant content that entertains and delights readers, whilst meeting business goals. Passionate about people, nurturing creativity and innovation, she has discovered in recent years that commercial targets don’t hamper creativity, in fact, tackled in the right way, they can drive it on.

Twitter: @eileenmcginley1


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