Executive Director announcements

Page last updated 1st April 2020

Update from BIC’s Executive Director to BIC members sent 18th March 2020:

Dear colleagues

As the UK steps up its response to the uncertain times in which we find ourselves, I thought I’d write to you so that you are up-to-date with regards to the steps we are taking at BIC in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Now more than ever it’s important that we stay connected and continue to support and work with each other, albeit in different ways than we are used to. 

The health and safety of BIC’s staff, its partners, members and non-members, is important to BIC. Please read below for more information on the changes now in place at BIC. 

The BIC office and staff
BIC staff are now working from home and will be doing so until further notice, following Government Guidance with regards to travel and social distancing. Our phone numbers and working hours remain the same should you need to contact us.

BIC meetings
With the health and safety of BIC’s staff, members, and our colleagues in the building our office is situated in mind, all BIC meetings without exception will now being conducted online via GoToMeetings until further notice. 

BIC training
We are monitoring Government advice, working with our trainers and listening to our members with regards to any training courses that we have lined up over the coming weeks and months. We are currently looking ahead on a rolling monthly basis and liaising directly with those of you that have registered for training as we postpone face-to-face sessions until further notice. For the training events that we cancel or postpone, trainees will be offered a full refund, or they can choose to roll their payment over into a re-scheduled session. Where we can convert a training course into an online session, we will of course do so and will liaise directly with our trainees. 

Keep in touch
You can continue to contact us as ever, in the usual ways:
Twitter: @BIC1UK
Our phone numbers: 0207 255 0516/3

Stay well
Finally, it just remains for me to wish you all a safe passage through this strange time. 

I will update you if anything changes with regards to any of the above. 

Keep in touch and stay well.

Best wishes,


Karina Urquhart
Executive Director
Book Industry Communication Ltd