The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

The BA has negotiated a wide range of money saving offers and affinity deals for BA members.


Taken together, the savings you make on these services alone can outweigh your annual subscription. These BA-negotiated affinity deals can save you hassle and time, as well as money. In addition, the BA is on hand to give you support if you need help with your relationship at any point.  For further details, or help please contact Pippa Halpin.
 

Business Support Helpline - Help When You Need It; FREE for BA Members

The BA's Business Support Helpline is a FREE service provided on behalf of the BA by Croner Consulting. Booksellers can call free an unlimited number of times for help on health & safetey, tax, customs & excise, employment legislation and other business-related legislation. Croner is staffed by highly qualified legal professionals and the time and money saved by using the BSH can be considerable. Booksellers who have used the service have been impressed and delighted by the Helpline. 

If you're already a BA Member, please log in here to find out contact details. 
 


NetGalley - FREE Digital Proofs for BA Members

The BA has teamed up with NetGalley to offer quicker access for UK booksellers to digital proofs from over 50 UK publishers, from the biggest - Bonnier, Hachette, HarperCollins, Penguin Random House and Pan Macmillan - to the most respected and influential independents. The goal is to give individual booksellers the ability to discover a wide range of new titles and authors, boosting their knowledge and driving discovery and sales on the shop floor.
Using the service is easy. Simply go to www.netgalley.com and sign up as a bookseller. In your profile, enter your GLN and you will receive a prominent BA logo badge on your profile. This will allow publishers to identify you as BA members, and prioritise your requests to read titles.

Many booksellers love traditional proofs but, increasingly physical proofs are available in limited quantity or for top titles only. Digital proofs mean a wider range is available for BA members, and there is no limit in the number that can be distributed - which means no more squabbling over the solitary proof sent to your bookshop.

BA Contact: Pippa Halpin, T. 020 7421 4692, E. pippa.halpin@booksellers.org.uk

If you're already a BA Member, please log in here to find out discount codes and NetGalley contact details. 


Lloyds Bank Cardnet members' deals - Credit & Debit Card Rates

Lloyds Bank Cardnet offers BA members extremely competitive prices on merchant rates for credit and debit cards, and for most booksellers, the rates are much better than they would be able to secure without the BA scheme. 

For more information on current rates, contact Pippa Halpin on 020 7421 4695 or pippa.halpin@booksellers.org.uk
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If you're already a BA Member, please log in here for  Lloyds contact details.

 

Insurance

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Premier BusinessCare (PBC) is the BA's appointed insurance broker, offering exclusive and tailored insurance solutions to BA members for over 15 years. Working with one of the UK's leading insurers, Hiscox, PBC is able to offer members a bespoke insurance policy developed in conjunction with the BA and a product only available to BA members. Booksellers who have used PBC have found them responsive and helpful in a crisis, and the BA can assist in connecting you to the broker, giving you extra peace of mind. 

If you're already a BA Member, please log in here for details on how to get your free quotation. 

Premier BusinessCare is a trading name of Allianz Business Services Limited, registered in England and Wales under company number 4521167. Office: 57 Ladymead, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 1DB. Allianz Business Services Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority, register no: 304779 and is covered by the Financial Ombudsman Service.


Parcel Rates

FedEx
BA members are entitled to discounts on parcel rates from FedEx - cutting substantial amounts off the standard rates and saving booksellers money. Rates cards are available from the Membership Department. If you would like to set up an account with FedEx, please contact the BA and we will put you in touch.


Yodel Direct
BA members are also able to secure VIP discount rates from Yodel Direct using the Yodel Direct service, which allows booksellers to go online and arrange delivery. You then print off the labels produced; there's no need to set up an account or phone a call centre to arrange collection.

To obtain the correct information, contact Pippa Halpin on 020 7421 4695 or pippa.halpin@booksellers.org.uk


The Bookseller

BA members get 20% off The Bookseller subscription price.

If you’ve been considering subscribing to The Bookseller, there has never been a better time – members of the Booksellers Association can now save 20% by using a unique BA member promo code when ordering by phone or online.
 
Even after 160 years, The Bookseller remains at the heart of the book industry and is considered an invaluable resource by many bookshops, small and large. Select the subscription and payment option that suits you and your business best. Not only will you get the weekly magazine, The Bookseller, delivered to your door (Premium package) or inbox (Standard package), you will unlock full online access to 13 different book charts by Nielsen BookScan, monthly book previews by expert, independent previewers, and much more exclusive content at thebookseller.com. PLUS, you’ll automatically receive the new-and-improved spring (Jan) and autumn (Jul) Fiction, Non-Fiction & Children’s Buyer’s Guides, packed with listings for thousands of new titles coming out over each six-month period in most genres. What’s more, each Buyer’s Guide now includes the season’s ’Ten Titles Not to Miss’, month-by-month highlights, indie retailers’ charts and expert trends analysis.

If you're already a BA Member, please log in here for the unique BA member promo code and The Bookseller contact details. 
 

BookBrunch

BA members can subscribe for free to BookBrunch by using a unique BA member promotional code when ordering a 12 month subscription online (a saving of £109+VAT).

BookBrunch reports industry news on a daily basis to over 6,000 publishing professionals around the world. Their daily email publishes news stories, opinion pieces and interviews with some of the most influential book trade figures, linking through to the full stories on their website.
 
They have agreed a special offer for booksellers:  a free subscription allowing access to every story on their website.
 
If you're already a BA Member, please log in here for the unique BA member promo code and The Bookseller contact details. 

 

Utilities Audit

It's never been more important to check what you pay for your utilities, and the BA's utilities broker, LSI, is well placed to help booksellers reduce their energy and telecoms costs. LSI will undertake a FREE audit of your energy cost, at no obligation to you. This can save you huge amounts of time, and ultimately substantial amounts of money. 

If you're already a BA Member, please log in here for contact details. 

 

Cotton, Carrier & Paper Bags 

A popular range of Books Are My Bag cotton, plastic recycled carrier and brown kraft recycled bags is available featuring the Books Are My Bag slogan. Please contact us for further details or click here for an order form and here to see an order form for the new paper carrier bags.

Contact:
Sue Vickers, T. 020 7421 4687
E: sue.vickers@booksellers.org.uk


Display Materials - Special BA Members' Price from Pennant

BA members can obtain a 10% discount on the Bookshop Basics range of acrylic display holders from Pennant. Items range from book easels, display cubes and leaflet holders to specially-designed book holders for multiple copies. 

If you're already a BA Member, please log in here for contact details. 


 

BA Music Store: Making music mean business

The BA Music Store is a royalty-free in-store music service for booksellers, giving you all the benefits of playing music but without the need to purchase a Performing Rights Society (PRS) and Phonographic Ltd (PPL) License.

How does the BA Music Store work?
The BA has teamed up with Amazing Instore to offer you four product options, giving you a choice of over 100,000 high quality songs, from all genres of music plus the option to include bespoke in-store messaging. BA members benefit from a 15% discount on list prices.

What are the benefits of the BA Music Store for you and your bookshop?
BA members benefit from a 15% discount on list price. No PRS, no PPL, no problem. Never worry about purchasing a PRS or PPL license again, you will be exempt. When you sign up to the BA Music Store, you may be eligible for a refund on your PRS license already purchased. Music is high quality and is updated at least monthly, meaning you and your customers experience a wide variety of music. Expert technical support from Amazing Instore on all their products and services.

If you're already a BA Member, please log in here for contact details. 

 

Point of Sale

The BA produces a range of Books Are My Bag and IndieBound Point of Sale items for occasions and events, as diverse as Mother's Day and Father's Day, Easter, Valentine's Day and Christmas to National Poetry Day and Roald Dahl Day. The Point of Sale is available to download from booksaremybag.com and indiebound.co.uk 

Contact:
Emma Bradshaw, Head of Campaigns, T. 020 7421 4656
E. emma.bradshaw@booksellers.org.uk

 

retailTRUST

The BA has funded a year-long membership of retailTRUST as a pilot for independent BA members and their staff.

The retailTRUST is a charity set up to help all those in the retail industry and their wellbeing service is called retailHUB.  It offers free, confidential and impartial wellbeing services to bookselling staff.

We can send members a poster and wallet card to share with staff or to put up in the staffroom, listing the number to call for the helpline. Other wellbeing resources are available on the retailTRUST website.

Booksellers employed by independent bookshops in BA membership can use the retailHUB services straight away, with no need to register.
Freephone – 0808 801 0808
Email – helpline@retailtrust.org.uk

The retailTRUST helpline can help you and your staff with:
  • - Legal guidance
  • - Debt advice
  • - Face to face and telephone counselling
  • - Online wellbeing support
  • - Hardship grants
  • - Help with educational bursaries
  • - Financial assistance
  • - Relationships
  • - Depression
  • - Anxiety
  • - Stress
  • - Anger issues
  • - Family
  • - Addiction

BA Contact: Pippa Halpin, T. 020 7421 4692, E. pippa.halpin@booksellers.org.uk
 

Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion (ENEI)

The BA has funded a new membership of ENEI - the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion – as part of our ongoing diversity and inclusiveness agenda and work.
 
The ENEI is a not for profit, and the leading employer network (with over 300 members) promoting equality and inclusion in the workplace, whose role is to influence government, assist business and trade unions, and campaign for real practical change. 
 
ENEI’s vision is for organisations and people to prosper by valuing difference in the workplace and it aims to work in partnership with all its members to set the recognised standard for best practice.
 
BA membership of ENEI is being used for the staff and management of the BA, organising diversity workshops and advising on activities and initiatives to improve diversity and inclusion in bookselling, and some of the resources are also available to BA members.  Some are free, and some are paid for. 
 
Here is a taste of what ENEI offer:
 
  • - Provide quality advice, benchmarking, training, events and services
  • - Support employers to develop pragmatic and innovative solutions
  • - Offer access to legal advice throughout the employment cycle
  • - Deliver research-led training and consultancy services
  • - Publish cutting-edge research and running engaging campaigns
  • - Facilitate thought leadership to engage, lobby and influence key opinion formers
 
Activities which the BA and its members can benefit from include:
 
  • - Advising UK government on equality and inclusion related policy issues
  • - Representing the views of employers
  • - Supporting our members in creating inclusive workplaces
  • - Challenging the status quo by presenting real alternatives
  • - Highlighting the pros and cons of new employment laws
  • - Developing campaigns against discrimination
 
You can visit ENEI to see their services at www.enei.org.uk.

BA Contact: Pippa Halpin, T. 020 7421 4692, E. pippa.halpin@booksellers.org.uk