- Quercus Publishing plc co-founder and CEO Mark Smith, 41, was named as Entrepreneur of the Year at the Grant Thornton Growth Company Awards.

The company listed on the PLUS market in 2006. Last month it launched a US-based joint venture company, Silver Oak, in partnership with Barnes & Noble.

The JV's first book, Three Seconds, is currently number nine in the New York Times bestsellers list.

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