Legend Times Acquires University of Buckingham Press

Legend Times, the UK-based group of independent publishing companies, has acquired the majority shareholding in University of Buckingham Press (UBP) from founder and Director Christopher Woodhead.

The University of Buckingham will retain 25% ownership of the business and UBP will remain its own operating entity within the Legend Times group. UBP will continue to grow its wide range of book titles in additional to its journal publications.

Legend Times has recently expanded its sales and distribution network in the UK, US, India, Far-East, Africa and Australia in additional to its in-house sales and licensing team. Companies within the group include fiction, non-fiction and business lists as well as a self-publishing company, and the acquisition of UBP will see a planned strategic move into the academic publishing sector.

Legend Times’ initial focus will be a growth of new frontlist titles as well as creating new opportunities for UBP’s strong backlist though connecting it with its expanding international sales and distribution infrastructure.

Christopher Woodhead commented: “I am delighted that UBP has joined the Legend Times stable. This will enable UBP to expand and develop whilst leaving its close relationship and links with the University and academic sector intact.”

Tom Chalmers, founder and Managing Director of Legend Times, commented: “We are incredibly excited by the acquisition of UBP. Over the last five years I have become increasingly aware of the huge opportunities within the constantly evolving academic sector as well as being passionate about promoting the UK’s widely-respected university brands. As Legend Times expands, UBP immediately felt like a perfect fit for the next stage in our planned development and growth.

“Christopher has done a fantastic job working in conjunction with the University of Buckingham to build a strong list and publishing company. With that foundation in place, we are very much looking forward to creating an exciting future for UBP.”