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Salmons and Sons & Aston Martin

Paul Spires, boss of Aston Martin's base at Newport Pagnell told the town's packed annual meeting he wanted to restore the old three-storey building in Tickford Street back into a  production line where 'the most expensive cars Astons have...

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Booksellers Association sees highest membership since records began

The Booksellers Association (BA) now has its largest membership since records began with over 5,000 members. Retail chain Marks & Spencer joined the trade body last year, boosting its overall membership by 300 stores to 5,029 – the highest...

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Adult book sales up, kids’ sales down in first nine months of 2017

Sales of adult trade books inched up 0.4% in the first nine months of 2017, over the same period in 2016, according to estimates released by the Association of American Publishers’ StatShot program. Sales in the children’s/young adult segment...

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Library book spend falls £45m in a decade …

The amount of money libraries are spending on books has fallen by £45.8m since 2007, analysis of figures from the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has revealed. It says 105 libraries closed in 2017 (67 in...

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Commons leader Leadsom promises help for threatened Northants libraries

Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom has promised to campaign for the "sustainable future" of libraries after visiting one threatened with closure in Northamptonshire. Last year it was revealed that Northamptonshire County Council is considering plans to close up...

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Northants puts libraries under threat

Northamptonshire County Council has revealed plans to close up to 28 libraries in a bid to save £115m over the next four years. The council has drawn up three proposals regarding the county’s 36 libraries - two would see...

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Aston Martin author Chris Nelson is hitting the heights with Amazon

CONGRATULATIONS! Aspiring WordGo author Chris Nelson is making a name for himself with excellent sales of his first title Salmons & Sons and Aston Martin. An amateur historian and motoring enthusiast, Chris saw his work finish its first year...

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Watching Waterstones after owner puts book chain up for sale

Wanting out: Talk has surfaced that Waterstones may be sold. MercuryBooks, parent company of the WordGo imprint, hears that ownership of the High Street chain is ‘in play’ after its Russian owner Alexander Mamut hung out a ‘For Sale’...

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Gardners wholesalers’ global strategy leads to profits boost

Gardners, our wholesale suppliers to the book and library trade, have seen a surge in profits as the company has embarked on a ‘more global’ strategy, according to recent trade press sources. Gardners – who are based in Eastbourne...

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Old car

Help track down a legend

The hunt goes on for one of the most sought-after cars in British motoring history… Few towns can boast a car named after them – but Newport Pagnell can, thanks to Salmons & Sons. As highlighted in Chris Nelson’s ...

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