Shipping & Dispatch

We aim to provide our customers with fast and secure delivery on every order. The vast majority of orders are shipped the same day for next-day delivery and we endeavour to deliver all orders without undue delay. However, should we become aware of a delay longer than 14 days from the date of payment, we will contact you by email to keep you informed. Rest assured you are free to cancel your order at any time prior to shipping without charge.

Pre-Publication Orders

If you order a publication that is not yet in print, we will record your order and process this as soon as the stock is available from our suppliers – not more than 30 days after the official publication date.

Stock Items

All orders received before 2pm (Mon-Fri) will be shipped the same day for next-day delivery to you. Orders received after 2pm cannot be guaranteed for same day shipping - but we will do our best. Orders received after 2pm Friday will be processed on the following Monday (bank holidays excluded).

Non-Stock Items

If an item is out of stock, we will immediately contact our suppliers to source the title(s) for you. Most publishers typically quote 3-5 working days for delivery into our warehouse but in many cases it is faster. As soon as your title arrives into our warehouse, we will ship it to you for next-day delivery. If you require a title urgently, please call our Customer Service Team to confirm an estimated delivery date.


In the event that your order contains both stock and non-stock items, to save postage costs we normally wait until your order is complete before shipping to you for next-day delivery. If you require part of the order urgently, please use the Special Instructions area during the check-out process or contact our Customer Service Team. Within reason, we do not make an additional charge for part-shipping to our UK mainland customers.

Delivery Charges

Our UK delivery costs are calculated as 10% of the net order value subject to a minimum charge of £4.99 and a maximum charge of £9.99. Our overseas delivery rates are calculated by weight and are automatically calculated online during the check-out process.

Dispatch Methods & Delivery Times

The shipping method for your order will depend on the weight, value and location of your delivery address. The information below is for guidance only.

  • UK Mainland < £50 - Sent via Royal Mail 1st Class - next working day
  • UK Mainland > £50 - Sent via UK Mail - next working day
  • ROI < 2Kg / <€60 - Sent via Royal Mail Airmail - two working days
  • ROI > 2Kg / >€60 - Sent via UK Mail – two working days
  • International Orders < £50 - Sent via Royal Mail Airmail - delivery time depends on destination
  • International Orders > £50 - Sent via UK Mail - delivery time depends on destination

Signature on Delivery

All courier shipments will require a signature on delivery. If you are out, they will leave a card and you can contact them directly to arrange a re-delivery or you may prefer to collect from their local depot. If you would like your items delivered to a work address or a friend/relative, please insert their details into the delivery address. Please be aware that if the goods are returned to us by the courier, we will charge our standard delivery charge for sending them out again.

Returns Proceedure


If you need to return any item(s) purchased from us, please follow the instructions below within 14 days of your order being delivered.

  1. Email customerservice@professionalbooks.co.uk providing your order number, details of the item(s) you wish to return and the reason for the return.
  2. We will email you with a returns authority letter by return.
  3. Send the item(s) together with a copy of the original invoice and your returns authorisation letter within 28 days of the date of receipt to:-
Returns Department
Professional Bookshops Limited
Winkworth House
4 Market Place
SN10 1HT

Refund of Delivery Charges


We will refund the cost of us delivering to you if the goods are received back within 28 days of the date of receipt. You will be responsible for the cost of delivering the item(s) back to us at the above address. In the unlikely event of us delivering the wrong or damaged item(s), we will refund your reasonable return postage costs.

The item(s) must be packed carefully and in new condition. Professional Bookshops Limited cannot accept, or be held responsible for, any damage incurred during the return. We strongly recommend that you insure the package to the value of the goods enclosed.


Refunding Your Money


Once the goods have been received back into our warehouse and the condition has been checked, we will issue a refund back to your card on the same day. Please note that these funds can take 7-10 days to show on your account. If you have paid by BACS or cheque, we will refund your money by cheque. Please let us know who the cheque should be payable to when returning your item(s)


Digital Downloads


Where you are ordering a digital service, you expressly consent to waiving your rights of cancellation under the Consumer Contracts Regulations. We will not accept returns or provide refunds for digital content once the download has been started.

Legal Terms and Conditions of website use

britishstandard.org.uk is a trading name of Professional Bookshops Limited. In these terms and conditions of web site use, britishstandard.org.uk means Professional Bookshops Limited.


No contract will exist between you and Professional Bookshops Limited for the sale by it to you of any product(s) unless and until Professional Bookshops accepts your order by confirmation email that it has shipped your product(s). Acceptance will be deemed complete and for all purposes to have been effectively communicated to you at the time Professional Bookshops Limited sends the email to you, whether or not you receive the email. Any such contract will be interpreted, and enforced in all respects in accordance with the laws of England, and you and Professional Bookshops Limited irrevocably submit to the jurisdiction of the English Courts.


Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information on this site is accurate and complete, Professional Bookshops Limited is providing this web site and its content on an ‘as is’ basis. In addition Professional Bookshops does not accept any liability arising from any inaccuracy or omission in the information on this site. Price and availability information is subject to change without notice.


To the fullest extent permitted by law, Professional Bookshops Limited, its directors, employees or other representatives will not be liable for any loss of income, profits, loss of contracts, loss of data or for any indirect or consequential loss or damage of any kind arising with the use of this web site. Nothing in the Contract shall limit or exclude Professional Bookshops Limited, its directors, employees or other representatives, of liability for death or personal injury as a result of negligence.


The copyright and all other rights in the web design, text graphics; the selection and layout thereof, underlying source code, software and all other material used on this web site are owned by Professional Bookshops Limited, or its content and technology providers. All rights reserved.

Reproduction of this site, in whole or in part, in any form or medium is granted for the sole purpose of placing an order with Professional Bookshops Limited, or using the site as a shopping or information resource. Reproduction or use of this web site, for any other purposes without express permission from Professional Bookshops Limited is prohibited.

Links to others sites

There may be links on this site to other web sites, which we hope will be of interest to you. Professional Bookshops Limited does not accept any responsibility for the content of those sites, the owners of which do not necessarily have any link commercial or otherwise with Professional Bookshops Limited.

What Information We Collect

When you order goods via our web site, we need to know your name, credit card billing address, card number and expiry date. On debit cards such as Switch and Solo we also need the start date and issue number where applicable. We may also require a delivery address if different to the billing address. This information enables us to process your orders.

We also ask for your telephone number and e-mail address to enable us to contact you if there is any problem fulfilling your order and to keep you up to date with any special offers either by email or telephone. For international deliveries where a courier shipment has been requested, the courier company requires a telephone number.

When you sign up for our newsletter, we need your e-mail address, which we use to send the information you requested.

We may also use the information collected to notify you of any changes in functionality to the web site, or changes in our services.

Will Professional Bookshops disclose any information it collects to outside third parties?

Professional Bookshops Limited does not sell, trade or rent the information provided by you for purchases to outside third parties. As required by the UK Data Protection Act of 1984 and 1988, we have to adhere to strict security guidelines on storage and the disclosure of any information which you have provided.

Your Consent

By using our web site, you consent to the collection and use of information by Professional Bookshops Limited. If we decide to change our privacy policy in any way, those changes will be posted on this page, so that you will always be aware of what information is collected, how we use it and under what circumstances, if any, we disclose it.

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Looking for volume discounts?

If you require five or more copies of any title, call us on

01380 820 003

and we will do our best to give you additional discounts