Upcoming BIC Breakfasts and Brunches

This page last updated 31st July 2020


Our Green Legacy: How to Reduce Waste for a more Environmentally-Friendly Supply Chain
Thursday 20th August 2020, 12-1pm (BST)
Online / Webinar

This event is kindly sponsored by: 

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. In June 2020, to uphold the BIC Green Promise, we launched our Green BIC Brunch series that aims specifically 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 while 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. 

Our June 2020 session – which took a close look at the materials used to create a printed book – can be watched in full, online, here

Information about all of our scheduled forthcoming sessions can be found, here

Book production and distribution can be a bit of a balancing act for those within our industry. While consumers want top-quality products that arrive direct to their doors in excellent condition (and at a reasonable price), they are now showing more and more interest in organisations’ green agendas with a view to establishing if the book industry is playing its part in reducing waste. 

Consumers want assurances that organisations are cleaning up their acts and placing their green objectives at the top of their lists; and this is precisely what organisations have been striving to do in recent years.

This Green BIC Brunch – the second in our series – will provide an overview of the ways in which the book industry is reducing material waste, and helping its supply chain become as environmentally-friendly as possible. With speakers from Pearson UK, Gardner's and Waterstones, we’ll discuss how Print on Demand (POD) can help to reduce needless warehousing and transportation of huge quantities of books; investigate the use and re-use of packaging within book distribution; and explore the ways in which booksellers and retailers can reduce the waste both within their businesses and for their customers.

Who should attend?
This Green BIC Brunch will be of interest to all book industry organisations but will be especially relevant to publishers, booksellers, distributors and printers who have a desire to improve the environment by making their supply chains greener.   

The Presenter
Karina Urquhart, Executive Director, BIC

Our Speakers
Manos Kapterian, COO/SVP Operations, International Markets, Pearson
Nigel Wyman, Sales & Marketing Director, Gardner's
Kate McHale, Campaign Manager, Waterstones

Register to attend this online event, here.

Tickets are FREE for BIC members and Non-Members alike but you do need to register in order to receive the dial-in details for the webinar.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!


Maximising Online Discovery
Wednesday 9th September 2020, 12-1pm (BST)
Online / Webinar

This event is kindly sponsored by: 

BIC Brunches are a brand new series of live webinars which have been created for BIC members and non-members to attend during their lunchbreak to discuss book industry supply chain topics (including issues, successes and challenges). Each BIC Brunch session is dedicated to one key area of the supply chain, offering attendees a unique opportunity to gather knowledge about that topic from experts in the field.

Online discovery is vital for sales. Ensuring your products are discoverable by consumers is essential to securing sales; and metadata is one of the key factors – if not the key factor - to achieving this.

This BIC Brunch session will be a masterclass in improving your metadata for online discovery.

With speakers from Nielsen Book, Ingram Content Group and The Paperback Shop, you will hear about:

  • Consumer trends during the coronavirus pandemic;
  • The role of online discovery and the importance of data;
  • Audiobook and eBook data and discoverability;
  • And the utilisation of keywords to enhance the SEO of products.

Who should attend?
This BIC Brunch will be of interest to all book industry organisations that want to improve their catalogues’ discoverability and sales through metadata optimisation. The event will be especially relevant to publishers, booksellers, data aggregators and systems providers.

The Presenter 
Alaina-Marie Bassett, Business Manager, BIC

Our Speakers
Clive Herbert, Head of Professional Services, Nielsen Book
Ruth Jones, Director Global Sales, Digital Services, Ingram Content Group
Jo Shaw, Sales Director of Book Discovery & Commerce Solutions, Nielsen Book
Caroline Summers, Sales Director, The Paperback Shop

Register to attend this online event, here.

Tickets are FREE for BIC members and Non-Members alike but you do need to register in order to receive the dial-in details for the webinar.

Please only reserve a ticket for this event if you intend to come!



If you would like to attend the events listed above but cannot for any reason, please be aware that it is now possible to watch our Green BIC Brunch, BIC Brunch and/or BIC Breakfast sessions via the BIC YouTube channel. Following each event, the footage for each session will be uploaded to the channel (ASAP) and a link will be provided on the BIC website, here, at that time. 

Also, if you are not able to attend this event but have a question for one of our speakers then do get in touch. Either tweet at @BIC1UK using hashtags: #greenbicbrunch, #bicbrunch or #bicbreakfast (before or during the event) or contact Alaina-Marie Basett at info@bic.org.uk (prior to the event) to have your question put to our speakers.

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As HP continues its journey of re-invention, we are bringing to market new services and solutions specifically for the Publishing Industry. Our ambition is to enable Publishers to have more time to focus on "what" they publish, rather than "how" they publish. We are providing the industry with services and solutions that reduce production complexity whilst automating scalable distributed print. 

The HP Piazza solution provides a cloud-based repository of always available titles, allowing Publishers to re-gain control of their content, maximise business potential, reduce inventory, minimise waste and improve their environmental footprint. This fully virtual inventory matches output with demand, with titles ready & optimised for print, when and where needed. As companies struggle to manage increasingly complex customer needs, with business realities and ever-increasing environmental considerations this proven, scalable service provides a “plug & play” solution. 

If you are interested in learning more, please email HPPublishingSolutions@hp.com or visit Hp.com/go/PiazzaforPublishing.


Nielsen Book provides a range of services to the book industry internationally, aiding the discovery and purchase, distribution and sales measurement of books. We are proud to run the ISBN and SAN Agencies for UK & Ireland as well as providing search and discovery services for booksellers and libraries. Our electronic trading solutions, including Nielsen PubEasy, help everyone involved in the book supply chain trade more easily and our Research services provide retail sales analysis for both print and e-books alongside research from our Books and Consumers Survey. For more information visit: nielsenbook.co.uk



Please read the full Sponsorship Package proposal here.

If your organisation is interested in contributing ideas for a future BIC Breakfast or would like to sponsor one, please do get in touch with Alaina-Marie Bassett, BIC's Business Manager: info@bic.org.uk / +44(0) 20 7255 0513.