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Gardner goes it alone with new consultancy

Barry Gardner, the former corporate communications and media relations director at banking group CYBG, has launched Barry Gardner Communications.

Gardner has 25 years experience in the sector and was previously head of external affairs for Clydesdale Bank’s former owner, the National Australia Bank Group.

He held senior roles with HBOS and was its PR director for five years. He was group communications manager with Stagecoach Group and a senior press officer for the insurance firm General Accident (now part of Aviva), following his early career as a journalist on the Sunday Post and Dundee Courier.

He left CYBG last year after being closely involved in its demerger out of the Melbourne-based business and its subsequent flotation on the London Stock Exchange.

He is a board trustee with the Scottish Association for Mental Health charity, a position he has held for four years, and recently joined Sir Chris Hoy on the Walk a Mile campaign at Murrayfield to help raise awareness of mental health issues. 

Johnston Press wins Daily Mail contract

Johnston Press has entered an agreement with Associated Newspapers, owner of the Daily Mail, to print the Monday to Saturday issues of the newspaper at its Portsmouth Web facility in Hampshire.

It follows the closure of ANL’s print site at Didcot. The contract will cover distribution in the South West of England. 

The multi-million pound contract is over five years and ANL has the option to extend the term.

It follows the Metro contract won by JP-owned Portsmouth Web last October, which is a 12-month rolling contract serving copies into the southern regions.

Ashley Highfield, chief executive, of Johnston Press, said: “This latest long term contract will give the staff a real boost and their ability to deliver such prestigious titles against very tough competition is a great reflection on the business.”

Johnston Press also prints copies of the Daily/Sunday Express, the Daily/Sunday Star, The Guardian and Observer in Ireland, some Trinity Mirror regional titles and some Tindle Newspaper titles.

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