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Here’s a piece promoting awareness of the National Book Donation Drive that the Guardian agreed to run for us. You should be able to see the blue sings up in pretty much all Oxfam shops over the next few weeks. It ties in nicely with the volunteer drive and our presence at the Hay festival, and it all draws attention to our book offer ahead of Bookfest 2010.

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Some excellent news this week. We received Oxfam Trading’s “League Tables” for 2009/2010. And once again the Glasgow bookshop has the highest NSC of any shop in the whole organisation (NSC is the measure of out net income after all costs). How much are we talking about? Well, in the last financial year we raised £266,166 for Oxfam. Over a quarter of a million pounds. Enough to provide safe water in an emergency to almost half a million people, or desks&chairs to over 17,500 schools.

To our volunteers, customers and donors, John and I would like to extend our sincerest thanks for your hard work, dedication and support. Any Oxfam shop thrives through the interaction of many, many people, and ours is no exception. Here’s to more of the same in 2010/2011.

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Books in general performed well last year, as against a relatively slow year of growth in 08/09. The first Oxfam Bookfest had much to do with this change. We saw a spike in donations and real growth in sales, especially in ‘standard’, non-specialised Oxfam shops. And, least we forget, we are about to do it all over again.  Bookfest 2010 runs from the 3rd to the 17th July all over the UK. And shortly before, our partnership with the Hay Festival (27th May to 6th June) also continues (more info here). Local information, happenings and events will be posted on this blog as soon as we start confirming.

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