Today The Sunday Times confirmed that Nosy Crow is in the 4th annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100. Nosy Crow is the only publisher on the list and ranks at number 50. The full list will be published in the Business section of The Sunday Times on 25 February.
Based on data from 2016, Nosy Crow’s inclusion on the list was driven by exceptional international trading in that year, during which Nosy Crow’s international revenue grew by 98% year on year. This performance contributed to Nosy Crow being named Children’s Publisher of the Year both at the Nibbies and the Independent Publishing Awards.
Though the data is a year old, Nosy Crow has gone on to build its international business in 2017 and into 2018: 2017 saw an additional jump in revenue of 22%, and international export, co-edition and rights sales accounted for 59% of Nosy Crow’s 2017 revenue. Nosy Crow has now sold rights in 40 languages.
Nosy Crow will pick up the award for inclusion in the list at a dinner at the St Pancras Renaissance on Tuesday 1 May 2018.
Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow’s Managing Director, says:
“From its inception, exactly eight years ago yesterday, Nosy Crow has focussed on world, rather than local, markets. We have, with rare exceptions, insisted on buying world rights; we’ve tailored our products to fit as wide a range of markets as possible, including commissioning work from illustrators outside the UK; we’ve invested heavily in rights and key English-language sales (staff and travel); we’ve sourcing print outside the UK; and we’ve patiently built relationships with key partners while constantly expanding our range of customers and the countries with whom we do business. It’s great to have this recognition of our efforts from the Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100, and to represent the children’s publishing industry in the list.”
Cristina Feliu, Editorial Director of Planeta in Spain and a Nosy Crow co-edition customer, says:
“The Nosy Crow team works flexibly, listening our needs. A good co-edition requires serious organization: often it’s a complex process that needs intensive follow-up. Nosy Crow responds perfectly and provides us with the confidence and security we need.”
Lotta Lyssarides, Editorial Director of Alfabeta in Sweden and one of Nosy Crow’s co-edition and rights customers, says:
“The team puts a lot of effort into making the books ‘travel’ – make sense all over the world – at the same time as they are extremely successful in Britain. That, I know, is a very thin line to walk and you will have to be very clever to succeed. Which Nosy Crow is.”