Standing with Ukraine
Like others across publishing, we are shocked at Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and saddened by the horrific crisis that is developing. We share our sympathies and solidarity with members’ friends and counterparts in publishing, bookselling and other industries in Ukraine.
We welcome contact if you can think of anything practical that we might do on behalf of independent publishers, within either the industry or government. If you have any fundraising or other initiatives that you would like us to publicise, please get in touch.
Packed with Hope
‘Packed with Hope’, from independent publishers Little Toller Books and Bluemoose Books, seeks to raise £75,000 to supply books and other items for Ukrainian children; you can donate here.
If you are a Ukrainian publisher or writer, you may qualify to have your content distributed commission-free at StreetLib. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdobVUNEu7CAO_rl1juDPztXeutb-WwkNFGNmzrGU-uXHJtVg/viewform
Support for libraries in Ukraine
The Stationers’ Company is encouraging donations to an initiative to supply print and library-related materials to libraries in Ukraine. It is working with the Aliph Foundation, which supports cultural heritage in areas of conflict. Suggested donations include various papers, boxes, folders and packing filler. If you think you might be able to help, or would like a full list of requirements, please email the Bodleian Library, which is also working to help Aliph, for the attention of Christopher Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections and a Liveryman of the Stationers’ Company.
If you have any business-related queries about trading with Russia and / or Ukraine, you can submit them to the Export Support Service here.
Guidance on sanctions is here.
You may also be interested in this advice from the National Cyber Security Centre to consider protection against cyber threats.
Our academic and policy correspondent Richard Fisher shares some thoughts on the situation in his March 2022 update.
Croner have put together some information about employing Ukrainian nationals.