National Role for Bookshop Manager
of Leicester bookshops' manager Colin Marshall has been elected to the
presidency of the trade's national association.
Booksellers Association is a trade association representing over 3000 bookshops
in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Based in London is has an executive staff and
is governed by an elected Council made up of booksellers from all aspects of the
includes representatives of major chain booksellers, independent booksellers,
academic and other specialist booksellers, institutional suppliers, internet
booksellers, children's booksellers and book wholesalers.
Marshall said "I am delighted to have been offered this chance to
contribute to the industry I have worked in for nearly 25 years. The
organisation has been in existence for over 100 years and I am well aware that
few people have been given this opportunity. I am looking forward to the
challenge and hope that I can provide the necessary support to the executive
team at the Booksellers Association. I am grateful to the University of
Leicester for allowing me to take up this post and my thanks are also extended
to the staff of the bookshops on site whose conscientiousness allows me the
freedom to extend my remit. I am optimistic that the period spent as President
will enhance my knowledge of the Bookselling and Publishing industries.
Association is involved in all aspects of the book trade. It involves lobbying
on issues such as retaining the zero rating of books with respect to VAT,
issues, fair trading, copyright, property issues, defamation.
Association is responsible for the administration of Book Tokens which continue
to be exchangeable at all members shops. It is also involved in the adoption of
standards for electronic communication in the book industry. It offers advice to
members on trade matters, security, insurance, distribution and consumer
President is responsible for chairing meetings of the Council. In addition
working with a small group of officers and executives to establish policies to
drive the organisation forward the aim is to be prepared for changes in
legislation and trading conditions.
TO NEWSDESK: For more information, please contact Colin Marshall on 0116
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