The BV – Digital Magazine of the Year!


We’re bowled over to be a top story ourselves for a change, thanks to Dorset Biz News – The BV is now officially ‘award-winning’, having won both Digital Magazine of the Year and Local Monthly Publication of the Year!

award-winning BV Magazine from the heart of the Blackmore Vale.
Laura & Courtenay Hitchcock at an event last summer. The husband and wife team own and run the BV Magazine from the heart of the Blackmore Vale.

The BV has been named Digital Magazine of the Year (The Prestige Awards), and Local Monthly Publication of the Year (CorporateLiveWire Awards). Judges were impressed by The BV’s “range of stellar columnists and contributors”, and comments included “each edition is packed with stories that define Dorset culture, encapsulating an authentic slice of the region”.

It feels frankly ridiculous, and a bit astonishing, to say that about our tiny little team. But then, I look at The BV each month, and it also feels frankly ridiculous, and a bit astonishing.

Because, at the sharp end, our team really is just the two of us – we get a 110+ page publication out every month with no designers, no sales team, no marketing staff, no admin assistance … it’s just us!

But of course behind us is a BRILLIANT team of writers we couldn’t manage without. We’re deeply and forever grateful to our journalists Tracie Beardsley, Rachael Rowe and Andrew Livingston, and to the sub-editing powerhouse of Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir (I have accepted, however, that we will always disagree on a space before an ellipsis, and whether gifting can be a verb). And naturally to our amazing columnists – all of whom constantly amaze me with their knowledge and expertise.

I say it often, but it bears repeating. We are so lucky to work with the BEST people – not only are all the above incredibly skilled, experienced professionals, they also happen to be some of the nicest, kindest, funniest people I have come to know.

Most of the BV team, out in the wild. From Top left *deep breath*…
Laura & Courtenay Hitchcock, Barry Cuff, Gay Pirrie-Weir and Fanny Charles, Lucy Procter, Heather Brown, Karen Geary, Rupert Hardy, Philip Traves and Craig Wharton, Rob Nolan, Andrew Livingston, Toots Bartlett, Edwina Baines, Jenny Devitt, Wayne Winstone, Roger Guttridge, Tracie Beardsley, James Cossins, Hannah & Sadie Wilkins, Rachael Rowe, Ian Girling, Carl Mintern, Charlotte Northcombe, Jane Adams and Terry Bennett.

Above all, we’re so proud that The BV has swiftly grown to be the trusted modern voice for our often-forgotten corner of the country. We hope every reader leaves having been entertained, informed and uplifted. From farming news to world-class artists, a column from the perspective of a teenager with special needs to deeply fascinating local history tales from a journalist with an encyclopaedic knowledge of North Dorset. From an insider peek into a world-class Thoroughbred stud to the latest local politics and glorious photography … the silver thread running through every page is unstinting support and championing of local people.

Above all, we retain a strong and committed focus to the stories, successes and issues within our community. A passionate sense of place is the very core and foundation of everything we do and it’s baked into every story that we share.

We are excited to continue pushing the boundaries of digital publishing in the coming year.

(Psssst – the March issue of the BV is out today if you’ve not seen it yet!)


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