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20 August 2019

Witherby Publishing celebrates £10m turnover and 300th book

4 June 2018

It is ten years since husband and wife team Iain Macneil and Kat Heathcote (pictured below) acquired Witherby Publishing, bringing it to Scotland to merge with 'Seamanship International', the business that Macneil had founded ten years earlier.  Established in 1740, Witherbys is the oldest independent publisher in the English speaking world and is renowned for its influence and guidance across the marine industry.

The end of May 2018 sees not one but two notable achievements for the Livingston based firm. The release of a newly revised edition of a marine industry standard text on Electronic Charting for ships has become the 300th book that Witherbys has published in the last ten years. The release of this book has also pushed the business over the £10 million sales mark, as their financial year comes to a close.

Iain Macneil, Chief Executive Officer of Witherbys said: "The last number of years have been challenging in shipping with the post credit crunch phase bringing the world's container shipments to an almost grinding halt, closely followed by the slump in the oil price drastically affecting the offshore sector, but with a long development cycle in our technical publication portfolio and a strong team, we have weathered this and maintained consistent steady growth. With a number of high profile projects coming to fruition over the next twelve months, we expect the business to report sales of £12 million next year."


See also Karen Peattie's article in The Herald of 1 June 2018.

Iain and Kat from Witherbys

Above: Iain Macneil and Kat Heathcote