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The UK's leading specialist retailer of maps, travel books and other travel accessories, having been established in 1853 by Edward Stanford. After 118 years at their Long Acre address the flagship store has relocated to their new London home 7 Mercer Walk in Covent Garden, where Stanfords pride themselves on the depth of stock, sourced by experts, from all over the world.
Stanfords have been an essential first port of call for adventure and armchair travellers alike for more than a century. Their roll-call of customers past and present includes such famous names as Amy Johnson, David Livingstone, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Shackleton, Florence Nightingale, Ranulph Fiennes, Bill Bryson, Michael Palin, and even Sherlock Holmes.
It has a further shop in Bristol, a website and a specialist Business Mapping Service based in Manchester.
About the Authors’ Club:
Founded by the novelist and critic Walter Besant in 1891 as a place where writers could meet and talk, the Authors’ Club also welcomes publishers, editors, agents, journalists, academics and anyone professionally involved with literature. Early members included Oscar Wilde, George Meredith, Thomas Hardy, Arthur Conan Doyle, JM Barrie, Jerome K Jerome, Ford Madox Ford, HG Wells, Compton Mackenzie, Thornton Wilder and Graham Greene, while guest speakers included Emile Zola, Mark Twain, Rudyard Kipling, Winston Churchill, Bram Stoker, TS Eliot and Clement Attlee. (Recent guests have included Deborah Moggach, Miranda Seymour, Robert MacFarlane, Matthew Sweet, Amanda Craig, Blake Morrison, Susie Boyt, Charles Spencer, Lisa Appignanesi and June Whitfield.)
About Steppes Travel:
Exploration where every moment is unique. For over 30 years, Steppes Travel has been creating tailor-made escapes and expert-led group tours in far-flung destinations through a sustainable ethos. Get set to discover the extraordinary with us.
About Lonely Planet:
Ever since company founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler stapled together their first guidebook after an epic trip across Asia, Lonely Planet has put travellers at the heart of everything they do, informing and inspiring them with trusted content for print and digital from experts who visit every destination.
About Bradt Travel Guides:
When Hilary Bradt set out to explore South America in 1973, little did she realise that the journey would lead to the creation of what is now the largest independent travel-guide publisher in the UK. Bradt Travel Guides has a reputation for ‘getting there first’ – indeed, over half their guides have no direct competition – but, with more than 200 titles in print, they have the mainstream destinations covered too.
Whatever the country, Bradt’s expert authors seek out those special spots off the beaten track. It’s an approach that makes Bradt the choice of passionate travellers from Kate Humble to Michael Palin, and its books have won a host of awards (including Top Guidebook Series of 2016 in the Wanderlust Travel Awards). After 43 years, Hilary herself is still very much involved, and the company as committed as ever to publishing pioneering guides to exceptional places. www.bradtguides.com
About DK Eyewitness Travel Guides:
Experience the world with DK Eyewitness Travel. Filled with expert advice, beautiful photographs and detailed illustrations, our highly visual guides show you what others only tell you. DK Eyewitness Travel publish guides to more than 200 destinations, from handy pocket-sized city guides to comprehensive country guides. Wherever you’re heading, they’re the perfect travel companion.
About Apa Publications:
Celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, Apa Publications is the globally-renowned publisher of Rough Guides, Insight Guides and Berlitz travel books, maps, language-learning resources and apps, with over 900 products designed to meet the needs of every kind of traveller, from first-time visitors, to the round-the-world adventurers.
Rob and Paul Forkan began a business in the aftermath of personal tragedy. When they were children, their parents sold everything they owned in order to explore the world. However, on Boxing Day 2004, their lives changed forever when they lost their parents in the tsunami.
Rob and Paul's parents instilled in them a keen interest in travelling and adventure. They were raised to believe they should do more in life than just exist. The brothers set out with an aim to pay tribute to their parents and all those lost in the tsunami and, as a response, Gandys was born in 2012.
The brothers use travel inspired fashion as a force for good. Proceeds from the brand have so far helped to build children's campuses in Sri Lanka, Malai and Nepal, with a fourth soon opening in Brazil. These campuses offer vital support to children including accommodation, medication and education.
Gandys has come a long way since 2012. The brothers have since published a book on their powerful story, opened a flagship store in Covent Garden and been lucky enough to work with incredible brands such as Liberty London, The Rolling Stones and MacLaren.
The brothers pride themselves on honouring their parents' legacy and strive to keep growing the Gandys community. Sustainability is at the forefront of what they do as they continue to build children's campuses around the world.
About Seven Crofts:
Founded by Helen Chalmers and Robert Hicks, The Highland Liquor Co. is based in Ullapool on Scotland’s West Highland Coast. It’s currently the UK’s most northwesterly distillery. Their premium gin, Seven Crofts took over 18 months of development and 96 different recipes before finding the perfect balance of forest fruit, spicy hints of coriander and pink peppercorns.
The gin is named after the original seven private dwellings that founded Ullapool in 1791. Those dwellers sought to generate growth by establishing unique crafts and exporting them. Following in their footsteps, the founders, Robert Hicks and Helen Chalmers, have been inspired to create exceptional handmade spirits.
Launched in 2019, Seven Crofts is a classic London dry gin that is already revered by bartenders across the world. You can find Seven Crofts at Atlas bar in Singapore, Ruby in Copenhagen, FAM bar in London, Nauticus in Edinburgh, stores like Harvey Nichols and many others besides.
It’s also available online at www.highlandliquorcompany.com.
Cicerone is a specialist publisher of over 370 walking, trekking, mountaineering, cycling and outdoor techniques books. Our award-winning guides are noted for their reliability and depth of information. A comprehensive range of guides to the UK, as well as over 140 guides to Europe and major mountain areas of the world.
About Agile Ideas:
Agile Ideas are an awards management & marketing agency. Agile specialise in designing and delivering commercially sustainable prizes and promotions in publishing and the media. Agile’s services cover every aspect of campaign and event delivery, from securing sponsorship, to project managing the ceremony itself. To find out more: