Sarum College Bookshop was given honourable mention as a regional shortlistee for The Bookseller Industry Awards.
The judges — who whittled down the 24-strong shortlist from a field of more than 60, hailed the “extraordinary depth and calibre” of this year’s entries.
The bookshop received the nomination along with two other independent bookshops in the South West region.
“We were delighted to hear the news that we reached the regional shortlist of the Bookseller Industry Awards Independent Bookshop of the Year,” says Jenny Monds, Director of Learning Resources at Sarum College. “We were particularly praised for our excellent stock management and second-to-none community engagement which has led to ongoing success despite a difficult Christian bookselling market.”
“This follows our success last year when we received the Christian Resources Together Large Retailer Runner Up 2014 award, and is another real boost for the staff, reflecting their hard work and dedication to the shop and its customers”.
One of the judges, Blake Brookes, said: “I’m writing to congratulate you on being a regional shortlistee for The Bookseller Industry Awards. This year’s submissions were of an incredibly high standard and our judging panel were very impressed with the hard work, creativity and enthusiasm that was evident in your submission. We announced the news online this morning and you can view the full article here: https://www.thebookseller.com/news/independent-bookshop-year-shortlists-and-winners-revealed