The Queen's Bindery Apprenticeship, which began in Autumn 2016, is the only bindery apprenticeship available in the UK and the first since the 1970s. Apprentices will gain unparalleled experience working in the Royal Bindery at Windsor and external workshops, acquiring a broad range of bookbinding skills, including fine leather binding, edge-gilding and gold finishing, which may otherwise be lost for ever. City & Guilds qualifications will be received upon completion of the five-year training programme.

The scheme is supported by eight charity Founding Partners: Royal Collection Trust, Antiquarian Booksellers Association, City & Guilds of London Institute, The Clothworkers' Company, The Leathersellers' Company, The Printing Charity, Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust and The Stationers' Company. In addition, there are three Skills & Industry Partners who will benefit from employing the apprentices and contribute to costs: The Royal Bindery, Blissett Bookbinders and Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe.

This scheme, which was launched by the London Evening Standard and Independent in January 2017 involves two years of training including a 20-week fast-track NCTJ course followed by on-the-job training at the Evening Standard, The Independent and London Live Television. It is supported by four partners – Goldman Sachs, The Peabody Trust, NCTJ Diversity Fund and The Stationers’ Foundation.

It launched with the appointment of four editorial apprentices from a diversity of backgrounds selected from well over 200 applicants. The scheme was open to anyone aged over 16 who had not been to university.

The Stationers' Company Industry Committee is responsible for mounting activities to bring benefits to all the Trades of the Guild, in liaison with the principal trade associations and organisations representing the trades and industries served. The Group puts on three main activities for this purpose every year: 

  • the Annual Livery Lecture, when an eminent speaker addresses a topic relating to the Company's industries;
  • the Summer Colloquium, when a panel of distinguished speakers is drawn together to address a topic of current importance in the fields of graphic and visual communications, and
  • the Autumn Event, when leading practitioners provide an executive briefing on a technical subject of relevance to the industries.

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The Young Stationers’ Committee provides a forum for young people from the Communications and Content industries, who have an interest in the work of the Stationers’ Company, enabling them to meet both professionally and socially, and to raise awareness of the activities of the Company.

All members of the Stationers’ Company under the age of 40, and holders of the Stationers’ Company bursaries are automatically considered Young Stationers. Others who are not yet members of the Company are also able to get involved, either as Friends of the Young Stationers, or as a paying member.

The Young Stationers’ Committee is chaired by Dominic Graham with members representing the Company’s industry trades, as well as both bursary recipients and established young professionals.

For more information about our latest activities and events, please join our Facebook Group or follow us on Twitter. For more details about the Young Stationers' Prize, click here.

What is it?

The Young Stationers’ Prize is awarded, annually, to a young person who, in the opinion of the judges, has achieved great success in their career; made an outstanding contribution to the sector in which they are working; or achieved success outside their immediate world of work in interesting ways which are relevant to the ethos and trades of the Stationers’ Company.

Past winners of The Young Stationers’ Prize have been Angela Clarke, novelist, playwright, and columnist; and Katie Glass, of the Sunday Times. Proxime accesserunt prizes have been awarded to Laura Summers, Rosamund Urwin, Nicholas Coveney and Andrew Barker.

Who should apply?

Nominations from all of the Stationers’ Trades are eligible, including but by not limited to: printing, packaging, publishing, digital media, journalism, libraries, archives and copyright.

Anyone can apply, or be nominated for The Young Stationers’ Prize – candidates who nominate themselves, or who are not already members of the Stationers’ Company will not be at a disadvantage.

To qualify for the prize, nominees should be under the age of 40 and able to demonstrate an interest in the activities of the Company, and have the attributes relevant to membership.

How does it work?

This year’s Judging Panel is Chaired by Sue Pandit, Court Assistant and governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy, and will include representatives from the Stationers’ Trades, as well as the Young Stationers’ Committee.

The Worshipful Company of Pewterers has very kindly donated the Prize trophy, to reflect the close ties between the Pewterers and the Stationers. The names of each year’s prizewinners are engraved on the trophy. A book prize will be presented if the judges choose to award a ​proxime accessit ​or ​accesserunt.

The prize will be presented at the Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner in Stationers' Hall, on Monday, 18th July – and we particularly encourage all prize applicants to attend, together with family or colleagues. Tickets are available via the Stationers’ events page www.stationers.org/events

How to apply?

Candidates or nominators can submit any supporting materials or specimens of work which they believe will strengthen their application, as a minimum, each application should include: a brief CV; a short statement by the nominator (or personal statement); and least one additional letter of reference

Applications may be sent by e­mail to ys@stationers.org, or by post to Young Stationers’ Prize, c/o Stationers' Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London EC4M 7DD. If sending by post, please consider also sending us email notification so as to avoid disappointment.

When to apply?

Applications are welcome at any time throughout the year, but any nominations received after Friday, 24th June 2016 will not be eligible for this year’s prize.

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Nominations for the 2016 Young Stationers’ Prize are now closed. Any submissions now received will be counted towards next year’s prize.

We are extremely grateful to all of those who have submitted a nomination, our Judging Panel will now be reviewing the candidates’ applications and selecting the Short List and Winner, which will be announced at our Young Stationers’ Annual Dinner on Monday, 18 July.

This year’s Judging Panel is:

  • Sue Pandit (Chair) – Court Assistant and governor of Stationers Crown Woods Academy
  • Gordon Christiansen – Managing Director, Marketing SVP, Business Leader
  • Angela Clarke – last year’s Prize winner, author, playwright and columnist
  • Michael Gardner – Chief Executive, the BOSS Federation
  • Dominic Graham – Chairman, Young Stationers’ Committee
  • Emma Hartley – Livery Committee Representative, journalist, author and blogger
  • Charlotte Middleton – Young Stationers’ Committee representative
  • Sara Pink – Head of Guildhall and City Business, City of London Corporation

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Stationers' Crown Woods Academy (SCWA) opened in September 2014 when Crown Woods College became an academy and joined Leigh Academies Trust. Completely rebuilt in May 2011 and based on the principles of 'human scale education', SCWA consists of four 'home' schools.

It is now in the process of integrating the latest digital technology into the curriculum and developing a multimedia centre to broaden the range of opportunities for all pupils and to develop the skills necessary in those young people who wish to take up careers in the Content and Communications industries.

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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.

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The Stationers’ Company Warrant recognises excellence within the Communications and Content industries in the form of annual awards. The warrant seal of excellence may be used on products, or to promote products, that meet the highest standards of excellence as assessed by the team of judges. Each product will be judged on its own merits and the Warrant will be granted for use on a product by product basis for the period of one year. Warrants may be re-assessed on a year-by-year basis and, if the standard of the product is judged to be maintained, they may be extended.

Products are judged according to the following criteria:

  • industry and product category, with a high level  of original design (innovation) and interpretation
  • high quality manufacturing/production techniques, use of materials and attention to detail
  • thoughtful, appropriate and sustainable presentation and packaging
  • environmental credentials (eg FSC, ISO 9000, 14000 and 18000 certification) and compliance with ethical trading guidelines
  • Impact, relevance and popularity within its market sector

Support-a-Book is a scheme for the conservation and preservation of the exceptionally fine collection of books and manuscripts - far reaching in terms of provenance, age, quality and subject matter - in the Stationers' Company Library and Archives.

You are invited to make a contribution towards the conservation and maintenance of this unique and valuable collection. This is easy to do when you click on the click to donate links which will take you through to the BT MyDonate site. You do not have to register as a user simply click on the 'Make a Secure Donation Commission Free Now' button and then choose the 'I'm not registered tab' and follow the simple instructions. Shortly after the successful completion of your donation you will receive an email from BT MyDonate.

At this point, if you wish to allocate your donation towards the restoration of a particular book, as set out below, please forward that email to archivist@stationers.org and copy and paste the title of the relevant book into that email.

We welcome donations greater than the quoted estimated costs and any surplus will be used for other Support-a-Book conservation projects.

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Stationers’ News is a quarterly magazine distributed to all our Freemen and Liverymen. Back issues are available here for download.

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Stationers’ E-News is a monthly email distributed to all our Freemen and Liverymen. Back issues are available here for download.

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We have built up a good working relationship with our suppliers, who know Stationers' Hall well, and we only recommend suppliers that we can trust.

Please mention Stationers' Hall when you book in order to receive any special offers or discounts.

Please note that we cannot be held liable for non availability and price variations for example.

In this section you will find suppliers of beautiful wedding stationery, cars (and parking), a wonderful toastmaster as well as chair covers and décor. 

We are proud to be associated with our current corporate members who are listed below:

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Through the Stationers' Foundation the Company supports various apprenticeship schemes.

In line with the Company's stated strategy of actively contributing to the education of the Communications and content industries it is supporting apprenticeships in a number of areas and has the intention of further developing this area of its work.

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The Worshipful Company
of Stationers
and Newspaper Makers

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