Mon, 15/11/2010 - 11:48
British Bookshops & Stationers c.e.o. John Simpson is a man very much in control. In the space of an hour he pulls out various papers, one displaying a graph charting the company's profit, another with a list of upcoming events, and on his computer screen the sales data for yesterday from each of the retailer's outlets is displayed. His...
Mon, 25/10/2010 - 09:12
Waterstone's, Foyles and British Bookshops have been accused of having three of the slowest responding websites, according to a survey by automated testing company Sitemorse.
The Retail Bulletin reports the company surveyed 500 retailers' websites, measuring its first 125 pages on various performance criteria. An average of the...
Mon, 11/10/2010 - 09:22
British Bookshops will have expanded its number of stores by 30% by mid-October from 39 to 51 after a management buy-out in February.
The retailer has seen considerable expansion since the beginning of the year when managing director John Simpson led the management buy-out. The ownership of the chain shifted from private equity firm...
Fri, 20/08/2010 - 09:52
Eason's failed foray into bookselling in Britain appears to have cost it heavily with the business making a loss of €10.1m (£8.29m) in 2009.
According to the Irish Independent, the book...
Thu, 18/03/2010 - 07:29
British Bookshops has entered a phase of expansion following a management buyout last month that saw ownership of the retailer shift from private equity firm Endless.
Led by managing director John Simpson, the buy out took place in February. In the past three weeks, two new stores have opened—one in Guildford and one in Brighton...
Wed, 17/03/2010 - 15:04
British Bookshops has been sold by its private equity parent Endless in a management buy out, nearly nine months after the group first acquired it.
Endless said it had "provided a working capital facility to the business in order that the management team can continue the very good work done to date". The firm forecast a return...
Thu, 13/08/2009 - 14:20
British Bookshops is looking to double its book range in a bid to reverse its fortunes. Around 100 jobs, both full-time and part-time positions, could also go as part of the review of the business initiated last month.
The numbers have not been finalised but the process is expected to be completed within the next four weeks. However,...
Mon, 10/08/2009 - 13:43
British Bookshops' losses more than doubled from £2m to £5.3m in its most recent financial year, accounts posted at Companies House have revealed.
The losses do not include a £3.3m unrealised deficit due to a revaluation of its fixed assets. After that is included, the retailer had total recognised losses of £...
Wed, 08/07/2009 - 14:00
British Bookshops has opened a consultation period with its staff about possible redundancies at the retailer.
The Bookseller revealed last month that c.e.o. John Simpson, who was parachuted in to turnaround the business after it was...
Thu, 04/06/2009 - 13:40
British Bookshops is looking to expand as it begins its turnround under new owners Endless. New chief executive John Simpson, who joined the business two weeks ago, refused to rule out the closure of underperforming stores or making staff cuts. British Bookshops employs around 600 staff. However, he added that the business could expand beyond...