The Country Life office is celebrating today as the magazine proudly scooped Specialist Consumer Magazine of the Year at the 2014 PPA Awards last night.

At a glamourous ceremony held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in Park Lane on the 10th July, Country Life beat off fierce competition and impressed a judging panel of 72 senior industry executives to win the prestigious award.

The judges felt that ‘Country Life was a thoroughly deserved winner in this category and were particularly impressed by its strong newsstand and ad revenue performances in such a challenging and competitive market.

‘They especially admired the tenacity required to secure HRH Price Charles as guest editor, which paid off in spades with the biggest-selling issue in the magazine’s 117-year history. They also felt that four consecutive ABC increases in a row shows an editorial team very clear on the content they need to deliver and how to reach a brand new audience.’

Country Life Publishing Director, Jean Christie said: ‘To be named ‘the best’ at the best awards is everything we hoped for. An amazing achievement for the whole Country Life team.’ Editor Mark Hedges added:’These awards are the Oscars of the magazine world and winning best magazine is like triumphing in the best film category. We are completely thrilled as it tops off an amazing year. We are so proud that so many readers love what we do and support us every week.’

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