Today, the Queen’s birthday, Nosy Crow has won a coveted Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The International Trade award is given to those companies who have achieved remarkable increases in international sales in the last three years. No other book publisher currently holds a Queen’s Award: they are held by recipients for five years.
The UK publishing industry is global in its outlook and remarkable in its success, with exports generating 57% (£2.9bn) of total publishing revenues. The UK is also the largest exporter of physical books in the world, with a 17% share of world exports, more than the United States (16%), Germany (10%) and China (8%). So, given the competition from the rest of the industry, Nosy Crow is honoured to have been singled out for the Award.
Nosy Crow’s sales have grown worldwide, trebling over the three-year period in question, and the publisher is particularly pleased with the remarkable growth in the USA, continental Europe and Asia, particularly China. This is Nosy Crow’s third award in 2018 for international trade; already the recipient of the International Publishing Guild’s 2018 International Achievement Award – an award it has won twice previously – the company was listed as the sole publisher on the annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 list in February.
Kate Wilson, Nosy Crow Managing Director, said: “We owe a debt to Candlewick Press in the USA, Allen and Unwin in Australia and New Zealand, and our many co-publishing and translation rights publisher customers in Western and Eastern Europe, China and Japan for their support and enthusiasm for the books we publish. But, above all, we thank our authors and illustrators, and the dedicated team at Nosy Crow, for producing great books which so many children across the world want to read.”