Additional support for publishing sector in Wales
Welsh Government has announced additional capital funding for the Books Council of Wales to invest in information technology systems which will support the growth of the publishing industry in Wales.
The additional £750,000 has been secured from the 2020-21 budget and will allow the Books Council of Wales to introduce a new integrated IT system to manage the sale, supply and distribution of books, which will also support the work of Wales’ publishers.
In a further boost to the publishing industry, the Books Council of Wales will receive additional capital funding of £145,000 during the current financial year. Publishing has been identified as a sector for growth following the launch of Creative Wales in January. A healthy publishing industry is an essential part of Wales’ cultural identity and Creative Wales’ support of the Books Council of Wales, will help support essential services for the publishing industry in both the Welsh and the English languages.
Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism, Lord Elis-Thomas, yesterday said:
On World Book Day when we celebrate stories and the love of reading, I’m delighted that we are able to support the Books Council of Wales to invest in this vital sector of the Welsh economy. This will be a significant boost to the Books Council of Wales but also the whole publishing industry in Wales. Supporting a successful, bilingual publishing industry in Wales not only makes a contribution to our wider economic growth strategy for the creative industries in Wales, it also supports numerous micro business initiatives mainly based in rural Wales that contribute to their local economies.
The Chief Executive of the Books Council of Wales, Helgard Krause yesterday said:
We are very grateful to the Welsh Government for supporting our exciting plans to upgrade our IT systems, ensuring we continue to compete with the publishing industry across the UK and beyond. Our distribution centre provides an excellent service to publishers and booksellers and will be able to offer an even better service following this system upgrade. By investing now in a series of transformational improvements, we will help publishing and bookselling businesses to grow thereby supporting the growth of Wales’ foundational economy and the creative industries, as well as promoting reading.
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