Liverpool sports publisher receives £100k NPIF investment

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by Simon Austin
De Coubertin

Liverpool-based sports publisher DeCoubertin Books has received a £100,000 investment from NPIF - FW Capital Debt Finance.

The company was set up in London in 2009 by former sports journalist James Corbett, who subsequently relocated to Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle area.

The business initially published record and history books but in 2011 released the autobiography of legendary Everton keeper Neville Southall and has since focused on sport.Since then, it has worked on the autobiographies of Howard Kendall, Bob Latchford and Andrei Kanchelskis, and more recently published a book on the iconic World Cup Italia 90 by sports journalist Simon Hart.

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Upcoming titles include the memoirs of Liverpool legends Bruce Grobbelaar, John Toshack and John Arne Riise.

Corbett said: "My initial ambition was to take creative and editorial control over my own book project. I'd had two books published previously but found the publishing process frustrating.

"The funding will be used to grow the publishing programme and support digital expansion, including a more sophisticated website where our content will be better displayed. It will also support an events programme incorporating book signings at local employers and independent book stores.

"FW Capital have been a fantastic partner – it really believes in what it is trying to do and can see our growth potential."

Simon Berry, senior investment executive at FW Capital, added: "James has really put his heart and soul into DeCoubertin and the ability to secure collaborations with some of the top names in sport and beyond is testament to the quality of the books.

"I have every belief that they will build on their success to date. We are delighted to have supported the business."