Innovation Excellence Awards

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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.

On Tuesday 25 June the Company welcomed to Stationers’ Hall nearly all 18 of those companies shortlisted for the Stationers’ Innovation Excellence Awards for 2019. They attended initially to exhibit their innovations and the Court Room buzzed with demonstrations, explanations and certificate presentations!

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A lunch followed at the end of which the award winners for the six categories (Business Process, Communications, Customer Experience, Product Design, Product Performance and Service Development) were announced by Liveryman Jill Jones Chairman of the Judges. Each winner was invited to the stage to receive their award from the Master and for a short interview with Liveryman Peter Day, the former BBC Business Correspondent. Our congratulations go to all the award winners and our best wishes for the continued success of their innovations. Finally the eagerly anticipated Innovator of the Year was announced. The Master was delighted to make this award to Heidelberg for their Heidelberg Assistant. You can read the full formal press release here.

Photographer David Jones was in attendance and here are photos (with captions below) of the winners.

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Heidelberg UK won Innovator of the Year and the Customer Experience award for its Heidelberg Assistant. In the photo (from L-R) Jim Todd Sales Director and Ian Wilcock, Service Director are seen with the Innovator of the year Trophy.

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Contact Originators won the Business Process category for Optimus and their General Manager, Nick Mitchell is seen here with the Master on the left and Peter Day on the right.


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Transmedia Storyteller won the Communications award for its Conducttr technology. Nataly Ríos their Creative Consultant is seen here collecting the award from the Master.


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Colop UK won the Product Design category for its e-mark® and their Sales Manager Chris Deighton is seen here on the right collecting their award.


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SaicaPack North won the Product Performance award and in this photo Steve Mortimer, their Plant Operations Director, picks up their certificate and trophy from the Master.

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Auris Tech won the Service Development award for Fonetti® and their CEO Lara Pierce and their founder Kim Antoniou are seen here with the Master collecting their award.

All six award winners will also receive £3000 of time with experts from Mathys & Squire who, along with Picon, sponsored the event. Our thanks go to them for their support.

The brochure containing the shortlisted entries and award winners can be read here.

The Stationers' Company is delighted to be launching its Innovation Excellence Awards for 2019. 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

The application form is available from 4 December 2017 and the closing date is 6.00 pm on 5 April 2019. The Awards ceremony, luncheon and accompanying exhibition of the best entrants will be on June 25th 2019.

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.

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..

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.  

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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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