Birmingham to receive a Christian bookselling boost as CLC decide one shop won’t do: Carrs Lane premises to open Weds 6th August

Birmingham to receive a Christian bookselling boost as CLC decide one shop won’t do: Carrs Lane premises to open Weds 6th August

PHIL BURNHAM, CLC National Director, reports: There was a very informative post here in January about Birmingham and it’s worth re-visiting as background: Birmingham: 120 years of Christian bookselling set to continue as CLC prepare to move into former Wesley Owen premises Now zoom forwards to the present, and after a good many delays, most of … Continue reading

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And the winners are… #CRT14: Congratulations to all this year’s award winners!

And the winners are… #CRT14: Congratulations to all this year’s award winners!

CONGRATULATIONS to all this year’s Christian Resources Together award winners! As most of this blog’s readers know, of course, the conference took place over Monday & Tuesday of this week, 2nd – 3rd June 2014, with the Awards Ceremony held on the Monday evening, many of the results tweeted by Eddie Olliffe.

UPDATE 18/6/2014: Official photos and the full list of award winners are now available on the CRT website: visit http://www.christianresourcestogether.co.uk/2014awardwinnersgallery.htm to view! Continue reading

Let’s get digital: Young David comes of age

Let’s get digital: Young David comes of age

IF, LIKE ME, you’re a fan of Fiona Veitch Smith’s Young David series then you’ll love this news: the Young David app (mentioned in my previous post, Out Now! David and the Grumpy King) is on its way, release date 24th April — and just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, it did: you’ll be able to download book 1, David and the Hairy Beast, free for the first seven days!

I’d tell you more, but far better if I hand over to Fiona… Continue reading

Penfold Card and Gift survive TMD meltdown

CONGRATULATIONS to Michael & Cherith Penfold and their team, who yesterday announced a relaunch of Penfold Card & Gift. Both Penfold Card & Gift and STL (which became Trust Media Distribution, TMD) were acquired by John Ritchie Ltd in 2009 and the company’s entire wholesale division was consolidated in Carlisle in 2011 (see Penfold Card and Gift moving to Carlisle for further details of that transfer). Penfold then remained … Continue reading

Farewell to Carlisle’s Christian distribution service as TMD enters Administration

Farewell to Carlisle’s Christian distribution service as TMD enters Administration

TRUST MEDIA DISTRIBUTION, the Carlisle based Christian distribution company that took on the mantle of STL Distribution after the company collapsed in 2009, has itself now entered administration. A source from within the company, who did not wish to be named, indicated last night that all staff — including the entire customer service team and most of the warehouse staff — had been made redundant with immediate effect apart from a small team retained to help with the final wind up. Continue reading

Distribution Update: All change as publishers switch distribution channels at “unprecedented scale and speed”

Distribution Update: All change as publishers switch distribution channels at “unprecedented scale and speed”

UPDATED 24/4/2014: Penfold Card and Gift announce trade distribution via Marston and appoint regional reps.

OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS a number of leading Christian publishers have switched distribution channels in what Brian Wilson, IVP’s Chief Executive, has described as “a totally unprecedented scale and speed of change, the like of which I have never witnessed in my 20 years in this trade.”

Those that have come to my attention so far are… Continue reading