New Futures in Bookselling
Bookshop.org, the ethically conscious
book-buying platform on a mission to support independent bookshops,
and The Booksellers Association (BA) are
delighted to launch New Futures, a programme to
select, reach and foster new bookshops founded by entrepreneurs
from underrepresented communities across the UK.
The New Futures initiative encourages applicants from
underrepresented communities, including individuals who identify as
black and other marginalised ethnicities, LGBTQIA+, working class,
physically disabled, neurodiverse, sufferers of mental health
issues and those with learning disabilities amongst others, who
feel they have the potential to build viable bookselling
Through a shortlisting, mentoring, and judging process, the
selected winner(s) will receive hands-on support from industry
partners in retail, technology, and the book trade - including The
Booksellers Association, Gardners Books, The Bookseller and Midas
PR - through a concentrated programme of education and support
toward building their business plan for a multichannel
Successful applicants will be given all the tools they need to
launch a bookshop that creates new and sustainable routes for
diverse books to get into the hands of more readers and contribute
to increased vibrancy and resilience in British communities.
The closing date for applications is
Friday 12 November 2021.
For more details and to apply, see the New
Futures in Bookselling website.