The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

Whether you are contemplating working in a bookshop, planning to open your own bookshop, or are in the process of buying an existing business, listed below are the key organisations you should know about, as well as links to a range of useful resources.


Book Industry News & Publications
The Bookseller
BookBrunch
Bookselling Essentials

Our newsletter Bookselling Essentials and Annual Report together with our member benefits booklet Getting The Most From Your BA Membership, give a good overview and insight to the BA services and those provided through our sister companies National Book Tokens and Batch.

The weekly trade magazine, The Bookseller, is where you will find all the latest industry news.

Bookshops for sale are often advertised in the local press, in The Bookseller and sometimes notified to the BA to communicate to prospective enquirers – email mail@booksellers.org.uk to check.

Bookshop Marketing & Social Media
 
National Book Tokens
Caboodle
Find Your Local Bookshop
Independent Bookshop Week
BA Christmas Books
BA Summer Books
Bookshop Day & BAMB Readers Awards
Indie Book of the Month
Irish Book Week
World Book Day
Embargoed Titles
The Reading Agency
Reading Groups
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Social media for bookshops
The Booksellers Network Facebook group
 
Don’t forget to find out about using social media as part of your marketing to promote your business and connect with potential and existing customers. The BA can give members a free workshop to help you get set up on Twitter and Facebook, as well as providing free social media guides.

Do follow the BA and Books Are My Bag accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Campaigns such as Bookshop Day, the Books Are My Bag Readers AwardsIndependent Bookshop Week and Indie Book of the Month, and services such as Caboodle are all provided by the BA to help members promote their business.

Bookshop Supply Chain & Equipment

Batch
Book Industry Communication
BA Retail Directory
 
Employment
 
The Bookseller
Bookcareers.com
Guardian Jobs
Working, jobs and pensions
Apprenticeships
 
If you’re looking to gain some initial work experience, or would like to update your bookselling skills to re-enter the market, check out the job section in the local/national/trade press and also www.bookcareers.com.

Training & Networking
 
BA Conferences
BA Bookshop Socials
BA Special Interest Groups
How to Start and Run a Bookshop
Transfer of Ownership - Top Tips for Buying an Existing Bookshop
Introduction to Bookselling Course
London Book Fair Bookseller Seminars
 
Our publication How to Start and Run a Bookshop is essential reading for all aspiring booksellers, existing and new bookshop managers, staff, and owners.

Contact Pippa Halpin to register your interest for future dates for the BA’s Introduction to Bookselling course which runs once or twice a year.

Publisher Contacts

Publishers Publicity Circle and the Publishers Publicity Circle Directory
Harper Collins' Indie Thinking
Penguin Random House's All About Indies newsletter

Trade Organisations
 
European & International Booksellers Federation
The Publishers Association
The Independent Publishers Guild
The Book Marketing Society
Publishing Ireland
Publishing Scotland
Society of Authors
 
Industry organisations such as The PA, IPG and The Society of Authors provide much valuable information for new booksellers.

Financial & Commercial Business Resources

GOV.UK Advice for Starting a Business (regulations, writing a business plan, registering with Companies House, registering with HMRC, finding an accountant, starting a social enterprise, etc)
British Chambers of Commerce
Write A Business Plan
Businesses & Self-Employed
mentorsme.co.uk
RICS Small Business Property Guide

Funding and Grants

GOV.UK Advice on Funding for New and Existing Businesses
Crowdfunding
Business Finance & Support Finder
UK Business Angels Association
British Venture Capital Association

If you have any questions, or would like further information on how our membership products and services can help to make a difference to your business, please contact Pippa Halpin.

NB: If you’re already trading, or opening soon, you can apply for BA membership now online.