Thorpe St Andrew-based Bertram Books outperforms market

11:24 16 October 2012

Generic pictures of Bertram Books in Thorpe St Andrew

Generic pictures of Bertram Books in Thorpe St Andrew


Thorpe St Andrew-based book and ebook business Bertram Books outperformed market trends recording a 84pc increase in underlying operating profit to £6.8m.

It saw growth in a number of areas of the business, but said in its preliminary results for the year end, published today, that the acquisition of academic book and ebook library supply company Dawson Books in August 2011 had been central to its performance.

In a UK book wholesale market contracting 7pc, Bertrams saw growth of 2.5pc, which it said stemmed from serving a growing base of internet retailers.

In the report to the City, Bertrams said: “Looking at the broader books market, it is clear that our diverse customer base is an on-going strength. Bertrams’ revenues now come from a balanced portfolio of traditional and internet retailers, academic and public libraries, international customers, and a leading academic ebook platform.”

Bertrams, which is part of the Smiths News group, saw it revenue increase 31pc to £174m.

Smiths News, which is the largest UK newspaper and magazine wholesaler, saw its pre-tax profit increase 14pc to £36.6m with revenue up 4pc to £1,803.9m.

Mark Cashmore, group chief executive, said: We have shown tremendous resilience in our core newspaper and magazine distribution business and made substantial progress in our books division, Bertrams.

He added: “Looking ahead, we have a clear strategy for growth with opportunities in all our divisions.”

Bertrams said that the strength of the international book market, particularly Europe, the Middle East and Asia Pacific would allow the business to capitalise on the growth in demand for English language books abroad.

The company also saw an increase in its sales to public libraries, which increased 11.2pc like-for-like after a difficult period in the previous year when confidence was affected by government spending cuts. But its academic library sales were flat, but do not appear to have been affected by changes to student funding.

Bertrams said its integrated distribution hub in Norwich had enabled it to achieve £2.5m of efficiency savings, and it is targeting a further £1.3m of savings in 2013 and 2014.

Search hundreds of local jobs at Jobs24

Management Jobs

Show Job Lists


Kevin Jordan is Credo Asset Finance's prestige and luxury vehicle specialist.

Sponsored: If you’re looking for a dream car for Christmas, Credo Asset Finance’s prestige and luxury vehicle specilist can find you the right deal, says Simon Gray.

From left, Sarah Gilder and Dominique Fell-Clark of Digibee. Sarah has taken part in a Future50 work shadowing project with neighbouring business The Avanti Group.

How can you bring new skills into your business when staff turnover is low and money may be tight? SHAUN LOWTHORPE talks to the Future50 businesses swapping ideas as part of an informal work shadowing programme.

Green 100


Enjoy the Green 100
digital edition


Mustard TV

Meet the Team

Mark Shields

Business Editor


Chris Hill

Agricultural and Farming Editor


Business Most Read


Norfolk Future 50 EDP Business Awards Green 100

Business Most Commented

Newsletter Sign Up