About Magazine Publishing in Scotland

Magazine publishing in Scotland goes back a long way. The world’s oldest surviving consumer magazine – The Scots Magazine – was launched in Edinburgh on 9 February 1739 and is still going strong, now owned by DC Thomson.

From medicine to music, from golf to whales, from floral art to vampires, from education to fishing, Scotland’s magazine publishing industry is flourishing and the leading companies are members of PPA.

Magazines help to improve literacy and communication and get people reading, writing and talking. As part of the creative services sector, spanning publishing, the arts and marketing, PPA Scotland is proud to celebrate the positive impact that Scottish magazine publishing has had on the nation’s economy and culture for more than 270 years.

The number of titles published in Scotland is astonishing – according to independent research commissioned by PPA Scotland, there are more than 700 titles and around 195 magazine companies contributing in the region of £157 million to the Scottish economy. The world of Scottish magazine publishing is a fascinating one, full of interesting, creative professionals who produce world-class titles with both national and international circulations.

A high proportion deal with business and professional media for blue-chip companies, official societies and associations and local authorities, and are mainly Edinburgh- or Glasgow-based. Many smaller magazine publishers can be found all over Scotland, from the Shetlands to the Borders, from the Outer Hebrides to the East Neuk of Fife, from Inverness to Dunbar in East Lothian – all producing fabulous, niche titles, punching well above their weight in terms of content, quality and readership.

PPA Scotland, the Scottish arm of PPA, was founded in 1998 with five companies joining the association: Scottish Business Insider, Carnyx Group, The List, Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland and The National Trust for Scotland. In addition, an increasing number of industry suppliers from across the UK support the work of PPA Scotland.

The Scottish Magazine Awards, launched in 2003 to recognise and reward the achievements of Scottish publishers, have become firmly established as the major event for the industry in Scotland. The awards have not only enabled PPA Scotland to continue to promote and support magazine publishers, but also to introduce a ground-breaking initiative in 2006, the Scottish School Magazine Awards, a bold and enterprising project to encourage secondary school pupils to consider the magazine industry as a career choice. PPA Scotland has led the way in introducing the exciting world of magazine publishing to the next generation of editors, writers, designers and publishers.

PPA Scotland offers training, presentations, events and networking opportunities to members and non-members alike. Regular meetings are held in Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow, and the annual Scottish Magazine Awards alternate between Edinburgh and Glasgow.


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