The Clerk's Blog

The Clerk's Blog

Making changes in any Livery Company can be dangerous and normally Clerks try to avoid doing it!

However, as almost all our fellow Livery Companies have now dropped the somewhat ponderous and long-winded 'The Worshipful Company of ...' in their titles and modernised to 'The ...'s Company', our Marketing Advisory Committee recommended that we adopted 'The Stationers' Company' as our title in place of 'The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers'. One of the first places that we made the change was on the new website.

We have have now taken this one step further with the introduction of much cleaner and more modern looking letterheads and compliment slips. You can see the general theme in the photograph above. We have also adopted 'Open Sans Light' as our new house font and we hope that the new corporate image, combined with the new font, will make our letters look cleaner and crisper.

It was a great honour to be invited to attend the first ever service of remembrance at the Stationers' Academy on Remembrance Day.

It was Army Cadet Charlie Ward, a student at the academy, who came up with the idea that the academy should hold a service of remembrance and this was magnificently brought to fruition by Lt Col Jeremy Wilson TD, a retired officer in the Royal Logistic Corps, who is a teacher at the academy and who led the service.

It was a great honour be asked by Liveryman Philip Lawson, the new CEO of the BOSS Federation, to be a judge at this year's BOSS Industry Awards. It brought back memories of judging for the British Book Design and Production Awards many years ago. For an ex-printer, the category of 'Catalogue of the Year' was just up my street. That said, I would like to thank my fellow judges, Matthew Moore from Dealer Support Magazine and Mike Barron from Synaxon, for their patience with me! The quality of the entries was excellent and I think that we chose a worthy winner.  You can find out who it is at the awards ceremony at the Hilton Birmingham Metropole Hotel on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Don't miss it!

The Master and I were delighted to attend 'Yorkshire Day' on Monday, 1 August, a celebration of creative, digital and print industry success in Yorkshire organised by the BPIF and CDi Yorkshire. Liverymen Robert McClements and John Buffoni did a wonderful job bringing together a large group of businessmen in our industries, including many Stationers. The highlight of the day was the presentation by the new Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy MP, of the Victor Watson Trophy to Katie Craven. It was a great honour to be part of this exciting networking event, which showed that print is alive and well and living in Yorkshire!

After waiting what seems to have been an eternity, we have at last started work on building a door from the Stationers' Garden into the church of St Martin-within-Ludgate. The building work, and the work on redesigning the garden around the door, will start next week and will be completed by the end of August.

A couple of members and Old Stationers (old boys of the old Stationers' Company's School) have asked me about the rumour that the Company might be sponsoring a second Stationers' Academy.

On Saturday 28 March 2015, at the end of the Easter term, there was great excitement at the Somers Town Community Centre School (one of our Saturday Schools), as 18 of the children, aged between seven and nine, visited the Museum of London.

I was delighted to read that the Prime Minister had formally approved Leigh Academies Trust (LAT)'s bid to open a ground-breaking free school on the Greenwich peninsula, as a sister school to the very successful Stationers' Crown Woods Academy, specialising in digital media technology and carrying the Company's name.

Yesterday we hosted a very useful forum for representatives of the various Trade Associations (TAs) with which the Stationers' Company is associated, followed by a lunch in the Court Room.

My thanks and huge admiration go to Liveryman Gerald Hill, who, with his wife, Marian, sponsored a trip to the pantomime for children from Somers Town Community Centre School (one of the three Stationers' Saturday Schools).

The Worshipful Company
of Stationers
and Newspaper Makers

Stationers' Hall
Ave Maria Lane
London EC4M 7DD

Telephone: 020 7248 2934
Fax: 020 7489 1975