The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited
To help you with the planning of your new bookshop, we run a training course, Introduction to Bookselling, which is tutored for us by award-winning bookseller Patrick Neale, who runs Jaffe & Neale Bookshop & Cafe in Chipping Norton. 

The course runs once or twice a year and has been designed to provide a thorough grounding in every aspect of bookselling.

The next course for prospective UK booksellers is taking place on Thursday 6th October 2022. You can download the booking form and payment details here.

“A fantastic and informative day. A must for anyone considering starting a bookshop.”
Caitlin, 2018 delegate‚Äč

"An invaluable day that really helped with the process of opening a bookshop. 
Not being from a bookselling background, I found the material covered and ability to ask questions about any aspect of the business of bookselling extremely useful. 
The BA team and the course host, Patrick Neale, were all very encouraging and helped make the idea of opening a shop seem a lot less intimidating. 
I'd highly recommend it to anyone hoping to open their own bookshop."
Jack Clark, The Portobello Bookshop, 2019 delegate


For more information and to register an interest for the next course please contact Kate Gunning.

Do also take a look at our other resources for new and aspiring booksellers.