SCANDAL: how Scottish Book Trust handed £0’000s excess profit to CEO’s business partner Birlinn by duping Scottish Government & Postcode Culture Trust

Scottish Book Trust negotiated a significantly worse deal than it claimed to ScotGov and Postcode Culture Trust. As a result, publisher Birlinn – SBT’s CEO’s business partner – pocketed £131k funding, and up to £43k EXCESS profit, for a Muriel Spark Centenary project announced by Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister. ScotGov and Creative Scotland –…

Mind the gaps

Does the IBBY article by Creative Scotland’s Head of Literature, Publishing & Languages, Mairi Kidd, herald long-overdue change from Creative Scotland? We have asked several times to see Creative Scotland’s priorities for Scotland’s publishing sector and have been referred to its 10-year plan each time. The plan is high level. It does not set out…

Creative Scotland faces abuse of dominant position anti-competitive behaviour claim after underwriting £0.31m publisher loss

In a case set to shake up Scotland’s commercial trade book publishing market, Strident has filed a damages claim against Scotland’s main arts funder, Creative Scotland (CS), accusing it of breaching the Competition Act 1998 (CA98) by abusing its dominant position. The claim before the Competition Appeal Tribunal (CAT) alleges that CS has breached the…