Innovation Excellence Awards


Through its Innovation Excellence Awards, the Stationers’ Company recognises the key role the Communications and Content industries play in the UK economy, highlights outstanding innovation in the sector and offers the opportunity to share best practice.

This year there was an increase in the number of entries for the judges to tackle.  They did however, manage to reach decisions and made awards in five categories as follows.


  • Parkside Flexibles (UK & Asia) Ltd  won the Novel Manufacturing Technology category, for its Park 2 Nature, a range of compostable laminate structures to replace traditional plastic packaging.
  • DoubleMe won the  Innovative Application of Digital Technologies category for LoopSpace, an application for the HoloLens mixed-reality headset
  • Bloomsbury Publishing Plc won the Creative Means of Communicating with Target Audiences:  for the Bloomsbury Publishing Platform, enabling rapid and cost-effective online publishing 
  • Sun Chemical Ltd won the Novel Product Design category for SunMotion, a low-cost digital display system that simulates motion New
  • Zeshan Qureshi Ltd won the Communication Programmes that Enhance Social, Educational and Community Development for the Unofficial Guide to Medicine textbook series, a new model for crowd-sourced expert publications

The overall winners of the title Innovator of the Year were Parkside Flexibles (UK & Asia) Ltd. In the photo at the head of the page you can see, from left to right, Nicholas Smith, Parkside's MD, the Master and Phil O'Driscoll, Parkside's Innovation Director.

Details of the awards programme can be found here. Videos of the awards ceremony can be seen here.

This event was sponsored by PICON, Mathys & Squire and Innovate UK (Knowledge Transfer Network) The pre-press production on the brochure was provided by the Mark Allen Group and it was printed by Hobbs the Printers.


The Stationers' Innovation Excellence Awards for 2018 launched with an appeal for entries in December 2017 and already entries are coming in.  We are now able to announce that the Awards are supported by three major bodies: The Knowledge Transfer Network, PICON and Mathys & Squire.

The entry form can be accessed here..

Innovation Excellence Awards 2018

The Stationers' Company is delighted to be launching its Innovation Excellence Awards for 2018.  Innovation is a key driver of prosperity and growth. It makes organisations more competitive, whether they are for-profit or non-profit, and it makes countries more competitive too. The Stationers’ Innovation Excellence Awards celebrate the key role that the our industries play in the UK economy. They give valuable publicity to the entrants and, especially, the winners in each category.  The entry form with full details of how to enter can be accessed here.

We welcome entries in the following areas:

  • Digital publishing
  • Book and magazine publishing
  • Paper and other printing media
  • Printing supplies including inks and coatings, office supplies
  • Printing machinery, printing techniques
  • Packaging
  • Novel methods of communication, marketing, advertising and publishing, including within the broadcasting, print media and digital sectors.
  • Computer software, applications and games connected with these sectors
  • Products or services that lower the friction of doing business in our sectors

Jon Drori is delighted and honoured to have taken over from Liveryman Tony Mash as Chairman of the Company’s Innovation Excellence Awards. Under Tony's leadership, the Awards have become an important annual event showcasing the creativity and business drive within our sectors. Previous winners of the coveted Innovator of the Year Award include Heidelberg’s Omnifire system that can print beautifully onto complex 3D objects, and the Publishers Licensing Society with an online service that automates permissions to re-use extracts from published content. Jon has judges the awards in previous years and knows just how much work goes into picking the winners in each category. This coming year's judges have a wonderful spread of expertise: Liverymen Vida Barr-Jones, Jane Bickerstaffe, Peter Day, Helen Esmonde (Past Master), Nick Steidl (Master), and Tim Webb will be joined by Jonathan Kingsbury of Knowledge Transfer Networks and will be looking for novel ideas and as well as solutions to existing challenges, accompanied by evidence that the innovation has been, or will be, translated into worthwhile benefits – financial or social. Each entry will be evaluated on the novelty of the innovation, its economic performance/potential and/or its likely overall social impact within the UK.

Entries may be for the design of novel products, services or business processes and we welcome nominations from commercial companies, charities, trade associations, individuals, educational institutions and public bodies such as museums, libraries, galleries and archives.

The application form is available from 4 December 2017 and the closing date is 6.00 pm on 6 April 2018. The Awards ceremony, luncheon and accompanying exhibition of the best entrants will be on June 26th 2018.

The main factor affecting the success of the Awards is the number and quality of entrants!  A key aim of the Stationers' Company is to combine tradition and modernity. Please help us develop this modern side of our activities by encouraging your contacts to enter the Awards (feel free to download and pass on the application form, or send the link).

The entry form with full details of how to enter can be accessed here.


The Stationers' Innovation Excellence Awards Lunch was held on 20 June and the following awards made:

Overall Innovator of the Year went to the Publishers Licensing Society, which also won the new Digital Technology Application category, for its PLS Permissions, a service powered by PLSclear

Monday, 27 June 2016 saw Stationers' Hall fill with the shortlisted companies for the Stationers' Innovation Excellence Awards.  Before the lunch there was an exhibition of the innovations shortlisted

This was an absolutely fantastic event with Sun Chemical being named Stationers' Innovator of the Year 2015 for their low migration ink for inkjet digital packaging applications.  

Stationers Innovation Excellence Awards

The inaugural awards were presented on Monday, 30 June 2014. Competition entries, many nominated by Trade Associations, came from across the wide spectrum of industry sectors served by the Stationers’ Company and included innovations from the Paper, Ink, Printing, Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Copyright Licensing and Packaging sectors. While many of the entries took advantage of digital technology and the internet, there were also a number of entries which focused on developments within the traditional spheres of printing and packaging.  Sustainable development also featured in the mix of entries with examples of paper and card recycling and weight reductions in plastic packaging. The team of judges, which included representation from Stationers’ Company, the Technology Strategy Board and the BBC, evaluated the entries on the bases of creativity, economic prospects, social impact and sustainability. Although some thought that the judges would have difficulties comparing innovations across such a wide field of endeavour, there was broad agreement on those companies chosen to receive one of the 10 Innovation Excellence Awards.

The 2014  Awards Day brochure can be viewed here.

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