Bertrams trading with 'key suppliers'

<p>Wholesaler Bertrams has restarted trade with all of its &quot;key suppliers&quot; after being placed on stop last week following the administration of its parent company Entertainment UK. Meanwhile, discussions are continuing with publishers and the administrators of EUK over supply, with a resolution expected by some within days. </p><p>Bertrams c.e.o. Michael Neil was speaking after the wholesaler reached new agreements with publishers and distributors, including Hachette, over the supply of titles. He said: &quot;We are trading with all key suppliers&quot;. Neil added: &quot;We are trading with the big publishers and they are sending books through us to our customers.&quot; Neil refused to comment on whether the publishers had negotiated new terms as part of the deal.</p><p>The administration of EUK and sister company Woolworths Retail has resulted in Bertrams being put up for sale. While Bertrams is not in administration, its share capital is now under the control of the administrators Deloitte, which have decided to seek a buyer for the Norwich-based business. If sold it will be the second time in as many years that its ownership has changed hands. Woolworths paid &pound;29m for Bertram in January 2007.</p><p>Neil said that he had meetings with &quot;lots of interested parties&quot; over a possible sale but he refused to discuss specific details. He said: &quot;We believe that something will be sorted within the next week.&quot;</p><p> EUK is continuing to withhold supply with supermarkets such as Sainsbury&#39;s and Morrisons having put contingency plans in place.</p><p>Hachette UK would not confirm the new trading agreement with Bertrams, with the group&#39;s spokeswoman referring queries to Ian Hudson, in his capacity as the Publishers Association president.</p>