If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please contact Emma Lowe: emma.lowe@thebookseller.com

  • Booktrust is a national charity dedicated to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy books. Reading changes lives: a child growing up in a book-rich environment is likely to do better at school, as well as being more socially, culturally and emotionally prepared for life. And that's just the start.

    Website: http://www.booktrust.org.uk

  • Gardners is an independently owned business and has been since its acquisition in 1986 by the Little family.

    Offering strong support for independent booksellers has always been a priority for our experienced team of staff and is reflected in many of our innovative services and products. From the introduction of Gardlink in 1990 to our digital warehouse in 2008, to the launch of our Independent Booksellers Affiliate Programme and Hive in 2011, our unique relationship with both publishers and retailers enables us to co-ordinate trading between all parties, through services which are easy to access and ultimately provide an effective and low-cost solution.

    Website: www.gardners.com

  • HarperCollins UK publishes a wide range of books, from cutting-edge contemporary fiction to blockbusting thrillers, from fantasy literature and children's stories to enduring classics. It also publishes a great selection of non-fiction titles, including history, biographies, popular science, dictionaries, reference titles and education books, and its digital business is thriving. With nearly 200 years of history HarperCollins publishes some of the world's foremost authors, from Nobel Prize winners to worldwide bestsellers. In addition it publishes the works of Agatha Christie, JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis.

    Website: www.harpercollins.co.uk

  • Founded in 1999, Inspired Selection is a niche publishing recruitment agency with offices in London and Oxford. We recruit across all sectors in the publishing industry and help our clients to find the best talent for their company. With a deep-rooted passion and knowledge for all things publishing related, Inspired is the number one choice when it comes to Publishing Recruitment and Headhunting for the publishing industry. 


  • Macmillan Children's Books, a division of Pan Macmillan, is one of the UK's leading children's publishers; creating and publishing great stories for all ages for over 150 years. In order to focus with greater clarity on brands and consumer needs, MCB is divided into two main lists, defined in the first instance by age:  0-6 years and 6+ years. The publishing house is the original home of classics such as The Jungle Book, The Water Babies and Blyton’s Adventure series, and now publishes around 300 books a year. International bestselling and award-winning authors and illustrators include Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Rod Campbell, Lydia Monks, Emily Gravett, Eva Ibbotson, Judy Blume, Chris Riddell, Roddy Doyle and Frank Cottrell Boyce. It is the home of Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy's work for children and has an extensive poetry list. Preschool specialist, Campbell Books and non-fiction-driven Kingfisher are imprints. Throughout 2015, Macmillan is celebrating 150 years since Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was first published.

    Website: www.panmacmillan.com

  • Nielsen is a global market information and measurement company with market leading positions in consumer information, television, media measurement, online intelligence, mobile measurement and related properties. Within the book industry it measures markets in ten countries, provides in-depth consumer research of the book consumer and uses information from across the company to provide digital insights for clients.

    Website: www.nielsen.co.uk

  • The Orion Publishing Group is part of the Hachette UK group of companies. We publish under the imprints Orion Books, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Gollancz, Orion Children's Books and Phoenix paperbacks. A few of our major bestsellers in 2013 were Gillian Flynn, Ian Rankin, the Hairy Bikers, Malala Yousafzai, Maeve Binchy, Kate Mosse, Michael Connelly, Harlan Coben, Ben Aaronovitch, Asterix and Francesca Simon.


  • For over 50 years the Publisher's Publicity Circle has enabled all book publicists from publishing houses and freelance PR agencies to gather and share information on a regular basis.

    Monthly meetings are held in central London to provide a forum for press journalists, television and radio researchers and producers to meet publicists collectively. Representatives from the media are invited to speak about the ways in which they can feature authors and their books, and how book publicists can most effectively provide relevant information and material. In addition to this we also run training courses for both junior and more experienced PRs and compile a directory for journalists and a website. We also run quarterly and annual awards for publicists. The annual awards are presented at a dinner in February.

    Website: www.publisherspublicitycircle.co.uk 

  • The Frankfurt Book Fair is the international publishing industry’s biggest trade fair – with 7,100 exhibitors from more than 100 countries, around 270,000 visitors, over 4,000 events and around 9,000 accredited journalists in attendance. It also gathers key players from other media, including the film and games industries. Since 1976, the Book Fair has featured an annual Guest of Honour country, which showcases its book market, literature and culture to attendees in a variety of ways. The Frankfurt Book Fair organises the participation of German publishers at around 20 international book fairs and hosts trade events throughout the year in major international markets. With its Business Club, the Frankfurt Book Fair offers essential services and an ideal setting for the activities of publishers, entrepreneurs, pioneers, experts and visionaries. The Frankfurt Book Fair is a subsidiary of the German Publishers & Booksellers Association.


  • Books Are My Bag is the campaign on behalf of Britain and Ireland’s High Street Bookshop. Created for the industry by M&C Saatchi, Book Are My Bag hails the unique complementary relationship between physical books and physical bookshops. Books Are My Bag is celebrated in chain and independent bookshops throughout the UK and Ireland and is backed by extensive PR and Social Media.

  • Bertrams has been at the heart of the book trade for over 40 years, supplying retailers of all kinds since the company was founded by the late Elsie Bertram MBE and her son, Kip, from their famous chicken shed premises. Bertrams is now a Connect Books company, and is one of a family of businesses alongside Dawson Books, internationally recognised suppliers of academic print and ebooks, Bertram Library Services, supplying public libraries, and international academic businesses, Houtschild and Erasmus. Connect Books operates from a purpose-built distribution centre in Norwich, under the ownership of Connect Group plc.

    Throughout the company’s history, Bertrams has adapted to the increasingly diverse range of booksellers in the market. A specialist in trade wholesale supply, we work with booksellers of all kinds in the UK and throughout the world to ensure we provide the services required in accordance with our customers’ needs, from efficient and timely delivery of stock, to bespoke systems, marketing initiatives and supply chain solutions.

    Website: www.bertrams.com

  • Ingram Content Group Inc. is the world's largest and most trusted distributor of physical and digital content. Thousands of publishers, retailers, and libraries worldwide use our best-of-class digital, audio, print, print-on-demand, inventory management, wholesale and full-service distribution programs to realize the full business potential of books.

    Website: www.ingramcontent.com

  • FMcM is an award-winning specialist Communications Agency with an impressive client list and a big reputation. The agency works with major publishing houses, acclaimed authors, artists, international literature festivals, bespoke events, prizes, activists, campaigners and charities.  FMcM has a reputation for delivering high impact, strategic, fully integrated campaigns across all platforms with resounding success. 

    Website: www.fmcm.co.uk

  • Trading for two decades, Printondemand-Worldwide offers quality digital printing services to the global publishing market for both books, e-books and journals. Additionally, we offer a retail POD and E book model; making publications available for sale via our network of re-sell channels, including our own platform The Great British Bookshop.


  • Harbottle & Lewis is regarded as the "go-to" law firm for individuals and businesses working across the UK publishing industry. The team has expert knowledge of traditional and digital publishing, from deals to disputes. As a result of its related industry expertise in areas such as interactive entertainment, music, TV and film, it also advises on cross-media and convergence deals, as well as other emerging business opportunities.

    Harbottle & Lewis provides specialist advice to clients in all other areas of the communications and creative industries including advertising, broadcasting, charity, digital media, fashion, sponsorship, sport and theatre. Its clients range from early stage companies to major corporations and include multinational brands and rights owners, early stage venture capital funds and investment companies. 

    Website: www.harbottle.com

Content Marketing Partner

  • THE BIG SHOT are the marketing agency that Make Content Work.  

    We specialise in creating, producing, marketing and distributing branded content across all media platforms.

    The content we create works to deliver against business objectives, often driving audiences to digital points of purchase.

    We work for the  Harper Collins, Penguin Random House, Simon & Schuster, 3M, BBC WorldWide, Association of Tennis Professionals, Knight Frank and many more.

    Website: www.thebigshot.co.uk 

In Association With

  • The Reading Agency is a leading independent charity whose pioneering work brings the joy of reading to the widest possible audiences across the UK, in partnership with the public library service.  The charity’s mission is to create and deliver innovative reading opportunities inspiring more people to read more, encouraging them to share their enjoyment of reading with others and celebrating the difference that reading makes to all our lives. The Reading Agency is funded by the Arts Council.

    Website: www.readingagency.org.uk

  • The Booksellers Association is the membership organisation for all booksellers in the UK & Ireland, representing over 95% of booksellers. The BA promotes booksellers and bookselling to consumers and represents the sector to local and national government and in Europe.
    The BA provides a full range of products and services to its members. Key services include National Book Tokens, the award-winning Batch payments and returns service, World Book Day and BOOKS ARE MY BAG. The BA also runs the annual BA Conference and Academic Conference for booksellers, publishers and other industry professionals, as well as regional events through the Independent Booksellers Forum and in Scotland and Ireland.

    Website: www.booksellers.org.uk

  • The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership is comprised of 117 companies from across the trade, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover.

    Website: www.publishers.org.uk

  • The Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP) is the international trade body which works to support and represent not-for-profit organizations and institutions that publish content worldwide. ALPSP’s mission is to connect, inform, develop and represent the scholarly and professional publishing community and has over 330 members in 40 countries.

    Website: www.alpsp.org

  • The Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) is the trade association for independent publishers in the UK. We have 560 members, with a combined turnover of more that £600 million, who make an enormous commercial and cultural contribution to the UK's economy. We supply our members with information and advice to help them grow and prosper. We actively represent their interest in the publishing industry. And we provide a friendly community in which independent publishers can share knowledge and experiences.

    Website: www.ipg.uk.com