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.