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On Monday 25 July the Young Stationers held their annual dinner at Stationers' Hall and Dr Simon Heffer was their guest speaker.  A great time was had by all and during the course of the evening the name of the winner of the YS prize was announced.  Members may be aware that there was a superb shortlist  as follows:-

Dr Alice Curry – founder of Lantana Publishing, specialising in children’s books produced by members of the black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Anthony Cond – Managing Director of Liverpool University Press, increasing annual production over ten-fold during his tenure, all the while maintaining consistent profitability.

Ian Buckley – Managing Director of Prima Software, producers of award winning software for the Office Products industry, and where he took the lead in launching their cloud-based platform.

John MacPherson – co-founder and director of Bright Red Publishing, producing educational resources for the Scottish school sector.

And the winner was Ian Buckley of Prima Software.  We send Ian our congratulations.

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At the Court meeting yesterday the master cloathed five new Liverymen.  They were, from left to right in the photo:-

Chris Geer, Systems Development Manager of Office Friendly

The Right Hon the Lord Watson of Richmond CBE, Chairman of CTN Communications

Michael Murphy, retired Principal of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy

Nicholas Brealey, Publishing Consultant

Professor Linda Drew, Director and CEO of Ravensbourne

The Company congratulates them on their movement through to the Livery and hopes that they will attend, contribute and take part in all sorts of Company events as well as, of course, enjoy Company life.

‘W H Smith is not the only famous stationer’

Liveryman Robert Sanger reports:-

As part of the Stationers’ Company Summer Exhibition at the Guildhall library, on the evening of 18th July Margaret Willes, Liveryman, spoke beautifully to a very full house about famous Stationers throughout the six centuries of our Livery Company’s existence.

She revealed Joshua Kirton who sold all types of books to Samuel Pepys from his shop in St Paul's Church Yard; Luke Hansard, his portrait hangs in our Court Room, whose dynasty still publishes the daily record of Parliamentary debates; W. H. Smith who needs no further explanation; Harold Macmillan, Prime Minister and famous publisher leading up to the Duchess of York and on to Vint Cerf, who pioneered the internet.

It was a wonderful talk covering extraordinary people.  To read Margaret's lecture in full please click here

At the new Master's first Freedom Ceremony today the Company welcomed seven new Freemen as follows (left to right in the photo):

John Hickford – Retired Director from  the office products sector

Matei Rosca – Reporter, S & P Global Market Intelligence

Robert Parker – Sales Manager, Fiskeby Board Ltd

Hannah Beattie – 2016 Bursary Recipient

Craig Horwood – Managing Director, Hobs Group

Shaukat Dungarwalla – Sales Director, Graphico Printing Limited

John Partridge – Retired teacher and former pupil of the Stationers' Company's School

We send them all our congratulations and look forward to seeing them at events in the coming months. 


Members wishing to contribute to the Shrieval Chain Appeals  in respect of Sheriff Elect Alderman Timothy Hailes JP (on the right in the photo) and Sheriff Elect Neil Redcliffe JP (on the left in the photo) should click here to go through to the Members' Notice Board for full details.

The DMG seminar on Monday 10th July explored the impact of the European Union’s GDPR and the UK’s matching Data Protection Act.  Around 50 Stationers attended and heard Liveryman Robert Bond (on the left in the photo), a specialist in e-commerce and data protection law, say: “There is no quick fix to this challenge. Woe betide anyone who ignores it.”

Jonathan Chan (on the right in the photo), a director of the legal technology solutions company Anexsys also issued dire warnings saying “I cannot over-emphasise the importance of a forensic digital response to a breach of information systems”. There will be fuller coverage in Stationers’ News in due course.  

We start today with a new Master! night's Installation and party was a great moment as the Company thanked Ian Bennett for all his hard work over the past year and hailed Nick Steidl who will see the Company through the next year.  After the ceremonial donning of gowns and chains of office the new Master spoke for a few minutes about his intentions for the year ahead.  Watch the video of that speech here.

The Master's Installation Party  is one of those events which 'fizzes' as members catch up with old friends, some of whom fly in from overseas especially for the day, and it 'fizzes' all the better when the weather is kind and we can be in the garden.

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Last night was one of those balmy London evenings when the temperature was just right.  

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The band played, the champagne flowed, conversation and laughter filled the garden and it was a superb springboard into his year for Nick.  He is going to record his year via an Instagram account which you can follow on masterstationer. Of course, there were other changes too as David Allan was elected Upper Warden and Trevor Fenwick, Under Warden.  The Company wishes them all a happy and fruitful year in their new roles.

Glorious sunshine welcomed the Northern Stationers to another first - a day at York Races - on Saturday, 17 June.

21 Stationers and guests enjoyed a very successful day of racing in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.

The private box and hospitality organised by Northern Stationers, overlooked the finishing line and gave a spectacular view of the whole course was appreciated by all present, as was our personal tipster who was provided by the race course to assist with selections. One of the highlights of the day was his

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invitation to join him in the Parade Ring, a rare privilege to be among the horses, their owners and jockeys and TV cameras. Good food, wine and excellent company all contributed to making the day a

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huge success and, bearing in mind the focus of the day, a significant contribution which amounted to around £400 was donated by attendees which was  split between Macmillan Cancer Support and The Stationers’ Academy.

Northern Stationers next event will be a lunch and visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Saltaire, Bradford, including the David Hockney Gallery celebrating his 80th birthday with an exclusive viewing of some of his lithography. There will also be an option to see the working letterpress printing gallery at the nearby Industrial Museum.

The date for your diary is Wednesday, 18 October  and already we have been delighted by the level of interest from Stationers from all parts of the country. Some have indicated they will come and want to stay overnight. Please let Robert McClements know if you are interested in coming whether you would like an option to stay the night before, would like to meet for dinner and your choice of Hockney or the Printing Museum. If Stationers would like to do both and/or stay we will develop the arrangements and offer choices.


On 20 June 2017 the Hall filled with nominees for the Stationers' Innovation Excellence.  They spent the morning exhibiting their innovations in the Court Room and receiving their certificates of innovation from the Master.  At 1.00 pm they settled to lunch at the end of which the awards were made.  Liveryman Peter Day (seen below with Paul O'Driscoll of Parkside Flexibles and the Master) conducted 

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interviews with some of the recipients on stage and the Master made the presentations. The overall Innovator of the year title went to the Publishers Licensing Society and full details of the other awards 

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can be read here.  There is a gallery of photos from the exhibition and lunch which you can view here and video clips which you can watch here.

This was Tony Mash's last ceremony as Chairman of the Innovation Awards (see photo below) and our 

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thanks go to him for all the hard work he has put into this event which has become more and more successful each year.  Jon Drori will be taking over from him for 2018 and we wish him well.


The Common Hall Reports for 2016 can now be viewed on the Members Only Area. Please click here.

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