Brand Republic named Best Business Web Site of the Year (free access) - 2008 PPA Awards

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Brand Republic, the market-leading online business portal for the advertising, media, marketing and PR industries was named best business web site of the year (free access) at the prestigious 2008 PPA Awards for the magazine industry.

The past year has been one of great change and strong growth. This win recognises Brand Republic's position as a pioneering, leading edge, B2B website.

Brand Republic, the market-leading online business portal for the Brand Republic, the market-leading online business portal for the Brand Republic, the market-leading online business portal for the advertising, media, marketing and PR industries was named best business web site of the year (free access) at the prestigious 2008 PPA Awards for the magazine industry.

Up against a tough shortlist, including web sites from Accountancy Age and TES, Brand Republic was recognised for the success of its relaunch in February 2007 which included a new look and feel, improvements to the marcomms jobs section and additional interactive features, with an emphasis on community and personalised content.

The judges stressed the leap forward in revenues that the site has made - particularly in recruitment - as well as its focus on rich media content and community.

They were impressed by the way Brand Republic has proved that the online marcomms community can be put at the heart of a business web site and its efforts in building a roster of popular B2B bloggers - one of the largest such networks in the UK.

Rufus Olins, managing director of Brand Media, said: "I am delighted that Brand Republic picked up the award for Best Business Website (free access) at the PPA (awards). It is wonderful to get industry recognition and to come out as winners with such a strong shortlist. Since our entry went in, we've broken the 330,000 unique users a month mark and there will be much more to come from Brand Republic this year."

Matthew Gerry, online publisher for Brand Media, added: "The past year has been one of great change and strong growth. This win recognises Brand Republic's position as a pioneering, leading edge, B2B website."

Visit the website at: http://www.brandrepublic.com

Notes to editors
About Brand Republic
Part of Haymarket Brand Media, Brand Republic is the leading marketing communications specialist website in the UK, covering every sector within the marcomms industry including advertising, marketing, media, design, direct marketing and market research.

Brand Republic is fully ABCe audited and has an audience of 249,850* unique users and over 2.5m page impressions per month.

About Haymarket Media Group
Haymarket Media Group is the largest privately owned magazine publisher, and one of the fastest growing media companies, in the UK. The principal business is centred around its consumer, business, professional and customer publications. These are complemented by digital platforms and live events, including extensive exhibitions, conferences and awards. The Group's global expansion comes from wholly owned subsidiaries, joint ventures and extensive licensing of key magazines to other publishers.

Brand Republic website: http://www.brandrepublic.com
Haymarket website: http://www.haymarketgroup.co.uk

For further information about Brand Republic or Haymarket Media, please contact Paula Fox, Publishing Manager on 020 8267 8038.

*According to ABCe audit - October 2007

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