Bittern Books is a division of Unilake Ltd, a private company owned and run by Steve and Liz Haines. For 18 years up to the end of 2020 we owned and ran Coltishall Post Office and Stores and, amongst many other products, sold local interest and tourist books.
In 2018, when Tony Baker, of Linden Crescent Marketing, told us he was retiring and running down his business we decided to set up Bittern Books to distribute books and maps to retail outlets in East Anglia. The book distribution part of his business was originally started by another subpostmaster, Owen Church, in Hemsby, Norfolk as 3C Books. Tony took it over in 2012 and developed it further, also incorporating John Nickall’s distribution business.
Since we started Bittern Books we have extended the range, adding many new books and Dinky Maps. We have developed our marketing strategy, producing an annual printed catalogue and regular emails with updates on new products for our customers.
In early 2020 we launched this website to enable both trade and retail customers to order online. This provides for more dynamic update than using printed catalogues, although for the time being we will continue to produce an annual catalogue. We will continue to develop the website to provide more information and easy ordering for our customers.
Having sold our shop, in early 2021 we moved to new premises on the Scottow Enterprise Park, formerly known as RAF Coltishall. Appropriately for a business that specialises in local history, we are surrounded by buildings that hark back to Second World War and Cold War aviation!
As we move out of lockdown restrictions we will once again start to visit our trade customers and look at recommending additions and updates to your stock range. We now have over 700 titles on our list, so I’m sure we can find the right products for you to stock.