Why become a member?

OVERVIEW
BIC is all about the book supply chain - both physical and digital in retail and in libraries.

What do we mean by supply chain? We use this term to refer to every process involved from the start of a book's life all the way through to its end. So from the author's contract, all the way through to production, editorial, sales, marketing, production, freight, distribution, retail, libraries, returns, metadata etc. All of these areas have an impact (direct or indirect) on each other and each of them impact on the overall efficiency of the supply chain - ultimately affecting your bottom line.

BIC is continuously looking for process improvement in these areas, best practice and the creation/adoption of relevant standards to ensure our members are getting the best value from their supply chains.

WHO JOINS BIC?
BIC members come from all areas of the book industry: publishers, wholesalers, printers, distributors, booksellers, librarians, service providers, data aggregators, standards bodies, etc...

WHY DO THEY JOIN US?
SAVE TIME & MONEY
BIC creates and promotes standard processes and procedures which save its members time and money and supplies ongoing technical support to maintain these standards.

KNOWLEDGE & NEWS
BIC occupies a central space in the industry: it listens and talks to all organisations on its members' behalf. BIC gives its members a place to go to for help and advice to any supply chain issue or challenge. We're here to help you.

INDEPENDENT & OBJECTIVE
BIC is independent of any individual trade sector or vested interest and supports the common interest of all its members.

BE HEARD
BIC gives its members a powerful voice in the development of standards and helps them to gain early benefits from new opportunities.

BE IN TOUCH WITH STANDARDS BODIES
BIC maintains close relations with the British Standards Institute, the International Standards Organisation, the Book Industry Study Group in the USA, and with BookNet Canada and is an EDItEUR board member. These relationships ensure that the UK's voice is heard in the global standards arena and that members are kept informed of developments elsewhere in the world.

QUALITY & EFFICIENCY
BIC Accreditation Schemes are recognised throughout the industry as a benchmark for quality and efficiency.

TRAINING COURSES: Training for an empowered, informed supply chain.
BIC has developed a set of exclusive training courses covering relevant aspects of the supply chain. We're currently looking to greatly extend the remit and frequency of these courses, in particular we've just introduced:"Beginners Guide to Metadata - all the things you wanted to know but were too afraid to ask".

We are also looking at the change in required skillsets now that the digital age is upon us and our new courses will continue to address and reflect this.

BIC is always happy to hear from its members for ideas on additional courses.

NETWORKING/REACH OTHERS
BIC provides excellent networking opportunities and information for those with an interest in creating a more efficient supply chain and keeping up to date with new ideas/trends/technologies etc. This is achieved through seminars, meetings, training, committees, task and finish working groups,newsletters and social media.

FREE EVENTS
At BIC we work hard to bring our members as many free events as possible.Current free for members events include: BIC Breakfasts, the BIC Bash (exclusively for BIC members only) and our annual Open Day (held in November each year), where members have the opportunity to influence BIC's direction & strategy.

BIC MEMBER ONLY EVENTS
As a member you are entitled to attend any/all BIC Member-only events

DISCOUNTED TICKETS
BIC members receive substantial discount on all ticketed/pay-for events

RIGHT TO APPLY TO SIT ON ANY OF OUR 5 COMMITTEES
The right to apply to sit on any of our committees applies exclusively to all BIC members. Non members are not permitted to sit on any BIC committees. Terms of Reference apply.

The 5 committees are:
BIC Physical Supply Chain Committee
BIC Digital Supply Chain Committee
BIC Libraries Committee
BIC Metadata Sub-Committee
BIC Training, Events and Communications Committee

Find out which BIC members currently sit on these committees here

THE RIGHT TO APPLY TO SIT ON ANY TASK AND FINISH WORKING GROUPS
Each Task & Finish Working Group is called into action by, and will report into one or more of the 5 committees mentioned above
Regular attendance on any of BIC's Task and Finish Working Groups is reserved exclusively for BIC members only. Ad-hoc guest speakers may be invited from time to time, but non-members are not permitted to sit on these groups.

Find out more about our current Task and Finish Working Groups here:


For more information, get in touch:
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