We are delighted to announce that Globe Law and Business has been bought by a management team which includes Jim Smith and Sian O’Neill, its current Managing Director. The new company will begin trading on Tuesday, 1st September.
Meetings in Carluccio’s
We first started talking to Globe Business Media Group back in the Spring, and were thrilled when they accepted our offer in early Summer. Over the next few months, we (Sian, Jim and our highly experienced CFO, Chris Burton-Brown) had endless meetings, mainly in Carluccio’s at Waterloo station in London. We drafted our business plan, organised the finance, appointed professional advisers, and spent hour after hour debating how best to look after our authors, customers and suppliers come the Glorious Day. There was plenty to panic over, but one thing we didn’t have to worry about was the quality of the authors or the books themselves. As Sian says, ‘This is a very impressive list. And I should know, I started it back in 2005’.
Transition to Independence
Our first concern now is to ensure continuity of service for our authors, customers and colleagues, and we’re hoping to make the transition as seamless as possible. Thanks to some brilliant support from the vendors, we should be able to maintain continuity of communication and supply from the outset.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your role at Wildy’s.
I’ve been at Wildy & Sons for 11 years. That may seem a long time, but compared to some members of staff I still feel like the work experience kid. I’m the bookshop manager. In practice, that means I look after the 9,000-plus titles we normally stock.
I spend about half of my time ordering books and looking at publishers’ websites and catalogues – not just books published in the United Kingdom, but any book in English that could be relevant to our customers. We import a lot from the United States, Europe and most Commonwealth countries. The other half of my time is spent shelving them all in the correct place and keeping the shop and window displays vaguely tidy.
How do you see the current market (in the United Kingdom and the territories that you work with) for print publications?
Hundreds of librarians have flocked to beautiful spa town Harrogate this week as it plays host to the annual British and Irish Association of Law Libraries (BIALL) conference, a premier event for those working in and around the legal information sector.
As reflected by the conference programme, “Data, Data, Everywhere” is this year’s theme. BIALL’s president, Jas Breslin, promised that the conference will highlight the proliferation of big data and the technologies available to exploit opportunities and manage challenges.
Proceedings kicked off on Wednesday with a pre-conference seminar devoted to negotiating the brave new world of open data; while Thursday’s keynote address was delivered by internet search guru Phil Bradley.
Informative seminars and workshops are exploring social media, project management, legal research, reporting and training; and delegates are enjoying the networking as well as the educational opportunities on offer.
It's not often that you will find me at an event before 7:30am, but an invitation to an interview with Arianna Huffington was certainly a strong enough draw. And I am very glad I made it.
Organised by Red Events (of *Red* magazine), the event was held at the rather glamorous premises of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. This was the second Red Event I have been to and I have to say that I rather like the formula. The hosts offered free-flowing coffee and mini-croissants, and a presumably super-healthy green juice concoction, before we took our seats in the auditorium and claimed our goody bags.
During the interview with Red Editor Sarah Bailey, Huffington explained her concept of the third metric as expounded in her new book Thrive: that a full and healthy life is based on the four pillars of wellbeing, wisdom, wonder and giving. This could sound trite were it not for the fact that Huffington herself experienced a major life-changing moment brought on by overwork, and throughout the interview clearly and persuasively made the case for a healthier approach to work/life balance.
We recently had some professional photos taken at the request of a new bookseller partner specialising in beautifully produced books.
We pride ourselves on the high quality of our titles and their unique look and feel - the result of the meticulous care and attention invested in every book. It is wonderful to have these photos reflecting the values instilled in the Globe Law and Business brand.
Our photographer is the very talented Oskar Proctor, whose work - thankfully for him - is not limited to legal titles. Art lovers can view his stunning portfolio of portraits, interiors and still lifes at http://oskarproctor.com/.
We are very excited to be launching our new blog with the first post hot on the heels of the London Book Fair (LBF). Future posts will follow in each of our key subject areas, contributed by our authors and guest bloggers.
The idea behind the blog is to interact with you, our customers, authors and partners, and to create a forum for exchange and debate. We hope to provide something a little different from our standard fare with posts on topical subjects, coordinated by our blog editors for each key subject area, with the occasional post from us, as publishers, to give you a flavour of what is happening behind the scenes. Please do also let us know if there is anything in particular you would like to see covered or if you have ideas for new posts.
This was the second year that we have exhibited at LBF with the marvellous Independent Publishers Guild (IPG). What a joy to turn up at the stand to find our books and materials laid out (as opposed to rooting around basements for boxes). And so the fair began with a nicely busy schedule of meetings with our bookseller partners and agents and potential new contacts from around the world. The mood pre-fair was quite positive with The Bookseller reporting a slowdown in the erosion of print sales – we were curious to see whether this would be borne out by our contacts during the fair. In the event, our partners reflected a mixed mood, with some UK contacts still reporting tough times and others – for example, from China – more upbeat.