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.
Above: Iain Macneil and Kat