Received this question this afternoon:
Do you know of another Christian book wholesaler in UK? I am currently using CLC as much as I can (owing to the state of STL) but they don’t always have all I need.
It now seems it’s too late to order for Christmas from STL.
Unfortunately STL do seem to have achieved market dominance, which doesn’t leave much space for others in our sector. Gates of Praise (01656 664245, sales [AT] gatesofpraise.co.uk) or Harvest Fields (01302 367868, sales [AT] harvestfields.biz) may be able to help with a limited range but I’ve never dealt with either of them myself so can’t make any recommendation one way or the other.
Looking beyond the specifically Christian sector, I’ve found Gardners to be very good: excellent range and availability including BRF, Church House, HarperCollins, Hodder, Lion-Hudson, SCM-Canterbury Press, Scripture Union, SPCK, Westminster/John Knox and Zondervan to name but a few, with a website that’s much more user-friendly than STL’s offering. Amongst other points in Gardners’ favour, their website tells you exactly how many copies of each item they have in stock, gives an ETA for items that aren’t in stock, and orders can be placed as late as 5.30pm for next day delivery.
Does anyone else have any pearls of wisdom they’d like to share, please?