The print and paper advocacy group, Two Sides, are excited to announce its newest partner member, the enclosing and mailing experts, GB Mail. Set up in 2017 by Joe Ghadami, Gary Leonard-Pepin and Ben Taheri, the Aylesbury based mailing house specialises in fully automated high-speed paperwrap, polywrap and envelope enclosing. Also located on site is GB Mail’s storage and fulfilment department and digital print room housing eight production presses. “Sustainability is a big part of our company ethos at GB Mail and we are constantly at the forefront of testing eco-friendly innovative mailing options. We are proud to have been one of the first mailing houses in the UK to offer paper-wrapping services. This eco-friendly way to wrap your mailing item is fully recyclable and provides the wow factor. As an environmentally aware business, partnering with Two Sides is the natural next step on our sustainable journey.” says Joseph Ghadami, Managing Director at GB Mail.
Jessica Kingsley Publishers has been acquired by Hachette UK, effective immediately. It has been folded into John Murray Press as an imprint, and will be overseen by managing director Nick Davies. The agreement keeps Kingsley intact as a company, with Hachette UK made 100% shareholder.
“Jessica Kingsley has built a business of great significance, renowned for anticipating trends and identifying gaps in the market, publishing books that are essential for professionals in their specialist areas, and that serve the communities with which they work,” Jamie Hodder Williams, CEO of Hodder, Headline, Quercus and John Murray Press, said in a statement. “I am greatly looking forward to welcoming the Jessica Kingsley team into Hachette.”
Kingsley plans to retire from her publisher, but will stay on as a consultant well into 2018. The publisher’s U.K. staff will remain intact, Hachette says, and will remain in the Kingsley offices in King’s Cross for the time being. The U.S. branch of Kingsley, where a sales and marketing team is in place, will also remain at their offices, which are in Philadelphia. All contracts—with employees, authors, freelancers, distribution partners, and others—will be honored.
“I am very happy indeed that JKP and Singing Dragon have found such a good home,” Kinglsey said in a statement. “I have always admired the Hachette ethos, and know that both our authors and our staff will thrive in this larger environment.”
Founded in 1987, Jessica Kingsley Publishers publishes nonfiction focusing on social and mental health sciences and social justice, with work on subjects including autism, graphic medicine, gender diversity, and, under its Singing Dragon imprint, Chinese medicine.