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News Roundup: The Goodbyes, Hellos and Opportunities Edition

ANOTHER NEWS ROUNDUP ALREADY? Yes indeed, for this trade of ours never stands still for long! In this edition we have, amongst other stories, news of longstanding CEO Brian Wilson’s departure from IVP followed by Steve Apted’s arrival; the sad closure of another branch of St Andrew’s Bookshops, offset more happily by a new independent … Continue reading

John Paculabo RIP

JOHN PACULABO, Managing Director of Kingsway Music for over 20 years, has died. I personally only knew John as an adversary in our exchanges here as he sought to defend Kingway’s integrity and that of his employees: he was a fighter to the end. I am intensely saddened that I never had the opportunity to … Continue reading

Jean Wilson RIP

Jean Wilson RIP

JEAN WILSON, a former organiser of CBC (Christian Booksellers Convention, the forerunner to today’s Christian Resources Together), has died, aged 79. Amongst her many other achievements, Jean was responsible for Billy Graham’s visit to Blackpool in 1980, when he attended CBC as the Booksellers’ Banquet guest speaker at Jean’s invitation and subsequently stopped over for … Continue reading

Bookshop News Roundup: The much-later-than-planned Friday Edition

Bookshop News Roundup: The much-later-than-planned Friday Edition

IT’S ANOTHER MIXED BAG of news in this much-later-than-planned roundup, which begins with some exciting events and developments in Birmingham, Huddersfield and Market Harborough, but unfortunately ends on two very sad notes: the forthcoming closure of Plymouth’s Christian Literature Centre (aka The Upper Room Bookshop) and the death of Ali Charlesworth, former manager of Scunthorpe’s … Continue reading

UKCBD News Roundup: The #CRT2012 Awards Edition

UKCBD News Roundup: The #CRT2012 Awards Edition

WHOLEHEARTED CONGRATULATIONS to all the CRT2012 Award Winners, with further congratulations to those award winners who have been proactive in publicising their awards: press releases and tweets included in the roundup below. This is an occasion when the UK Christian book and retail trade can rightly celebrate its achievements, and to those who haven’t shouted … Continue reading

Light Shines on in the Darkness as more Redundancies and Shop Closures hit Wesley Owen

Update, 26/1/2011: Official announcements about the closures have now been posted by Wesley Owen: Bath | Bristol (pdfs, identical apart from the store locations and dates of closure) The Bath Chronicle published a report on Weds 25/1/2012: Christian bookshop closes its doors NEWS EMERGED YESTERDAY of further redundancies at Wesley Owen as the Bath and Bristol stores closed … Continue reading

Farewell to Quench, St Albans

SAD NEWS has emerged this week as Quench Bookshops have conceded defeat in St Albans, with the shop scheduled for closure on December 31st this year. Reasons given for the shop’s demise include, amongst other factors, the current economic climate, shop relocations and name changes, and the inevitable “competition from the internet” as customers find online … Continue reading

Movements and Opportunities

LONDON CONGRATULATIONS to Stephen Moseling of St Pauls Bookshops, whose appointment to the role of Publishing Director for St Pauls Publishing for the UK and Ireland was officially announced in a press release issued today. Stephen retains his position as Operations Co-ordinator but will no longer be working on a day-to-day basis in the London shop, … Continue reading