Welcome to BIC

BIC is an independent organisation set up and sponsored by the Publishers Association, Booksellers Association, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals and the British Library to promote supply chain efficiency in all sectors of the book world through e-commerce and the application of standard processes and procedures.

What's New

Launch of our Green BIC Brunches, 2020 (#greenbicbrunch)

BIC is the dedicated book industry supply chain organisation in the UK and as such, the environment is naturally high on our priorities for 2020 and beyond. Following the success of our Building a Greener Business webinar held in March this year (see below), we are delighted to have launched a series of Green BIC Brunches. This series has been specifically created to explore key areas of the book supply chain that can and do impact on our planet’s environmental health. Each Green BIC Brunch is dedicated to one key area and the series as a whole is intended to join the book industry supply chain together in one place – exploring and inspiring change in response to environmental challenges. This series kicked off in June 2020 with a close look at the materials used to create a printed book and August 2020 saw a session on reducing waste. Find out more about these events and forthcoming sessions, here

Alternatively, you can find out more about Green BIC Brunches by watching our first-ever videocast – presented by BIC's Executive Director, Karina Urquhart – on YouTube, here.


BIC Building a Greener Business Webinar 2020 (#LBF2020BGB)

Despite the cancellation of London Book Fair 2020 (due to COVID-19), the BIC Building a Greener Business seminar went ahead on Thursday 12th March 2020 – on the same date and at the same time as previously stated, but in the form of a webinar.

A recording of this webinar is available on the BIC YouTube channel to provide an opportunity for you to hear about the measures already being taken by book industry organisations to address green issues within their supply chain.  

Watch the full webinar, here

This event was kindly sponsored by:  


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The refreshed BIC Supply Chain Excellence Award Accreditation Scheme

In December 2019, we announced the launch of the refreshed BIC SCEA Accreditation Scheme; applications to which are welcome from any of the following organisation types: Booksellers, Distributors, Printers, Publishers, Service Providers, Systems Vendors and Wholesalers.

Gaining an award on this scheme demonstrates that your organisation is modern, technically-capable, efficient to do business with, and compliant with industry standards and practices.  

Find out more about the refreshed SCEA Scheme, and why your organisation should apply, via the following link:



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