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Gazelle Book Services - Our Story

Gazelle Book Services Ltd is based in historic Lancaster, Lancashire. When King Richard the Lionheart was on the throne (but away at the Crusades) his brother John gave the town its first charter in 1193. History has shown Lancaster to be an important centre for trade and industry, and the hilltop overlooking the estuary, now crowned by the famous Castle, was first occupied by a Roman fort to protect important trade routes. In the 18th century, Lancaster was a prosperous port trading with the West Indies, and later an industrial town. In recent times Lancaster is also well-known for its University, founded in 1964 and one of the top Universities in the country with students attending from around the world.

Our slide-show gives a flavour of the scenery surrounding Gazelle's offices and warehouse on the banks of the 18th century Lancaster Canal, with a backdrop of the Lake District.

The nucleus of Gazelle's key staff came together in the summer of 1985. Gazelle's current warehouse was at that time the sales and distribution centre of Kluwer Academic, an international publisher, and that summer, Trevor Witcher and Mark Trotter joined the company within two weeks of each other.

During the next three years, Trevor and Mark gained valuable business knowledge from this international distribution centre for the UK and the Middle East. In 1988, when Kluwer took the decision to move their distribution to their headquarters in the Netherlands, Trevor and Mark, along with other founding members, grasped the opportunity to utilise the warehousing and existing distribution network to set up their own company. And so, Gazelle was born.

The Wolters Kluwers Group supported Gazelle by becoming their first customer whilst they managed a phased exit from the UK. During this period, Gazelle began to develop their own client list, approaching both Academic and Trade publishers, primarily in the US and later across the world, offering distribution and sales services.

Over two decades later, Gazelle now boasts two specialist divisions covering Academic and Trade publishers, that are respected in their specialist fields. Gazelle continues to grow and develop, adapting its services to suit the ever-changing bookselling markets.

The fact that many publishers who first became clients in the 1980's are still with Gazelle today is a testament to the dedication of the whole Gazelle team and the complete service that is offered.

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