1 What's your company called?
2 What do you publish?
Automotive subjects under our Veloce imprint; animal welfare and wellbeing books under the Hubble & Hattie imprint; and general titles under our new Belvedere imprint.
3 What's the story of the company?
Two ex-Haynes employees—myself [Jude Brooks] and Rod Grainger—founded Veloce in 1991, in the teeth of a recession, and we have weathered two more since! Now 26 years old, our company has grown organically to comprise 16 employees at our own custom-made premises in Poundbury in Dorchester.
4 How's business?
Looking up after a good many years when gritted teeth were the order of the day!
5 What do you enjoy about being independent?
Just that. We can choose our own path—right or wrong—and answer to no one.
6 What do you think is the biggest single issue in publishing right now?
Vanishing bookshops and the power of Amazon.
7 What one piece of advice would you give to a fellow independent just starting out?
It’s vital to have good people alongside you. A team that works well together is worth its weight in gold.
8 What do you get out of belonging to the IPG?
Having only just joined it’s a little too early to say—but I’m very hopeful there will be many benefits!