Dods, the publishing and events company that owns  Holyrood  magazine, warned last month’s Westminster election and the political focus on Brexit had continued to have an adverse impact on its business.

The group – which runs events including the Digital Health & Care Scotland conference and the Scottish Public Service Awards – blamed the “uncertain political and economic environment”. While Brexit may have generated many column inches of content for its publications, which also include  Politics Home  and  Total Politics , the topic has led to government “inactivity” regarding other policies, it added.

Dods said: “As highlighted in the half-year report, the uncertain political and economic environment during 2019 and the General Election in December has adversely impacted [sic] our publishing, events and training businesses. The continued focus on Brexit and inactivity of new government policy decisions has resulted in a slow start in the fourth quarter and is likely to persist for the remainder of the financial year.”

The company expects to post adjusted profits of £2.8 million for the year to 31 March, including a £1.6 million gain from changes to its accounting policies. The adjustment had accounted for £700,000 of its £1.4 million adjusted profit for the six months to 30 September.



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