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The Parliamentary Review  aims to present a view of what small to medium-sized UK businesses are doing and in its various editions focuses on different sectors all with one of its aims being the promotion of best practice. This year liverymen Ross Collins and Duncan Tilley were asked  to contribute their thoughts on how their consultancy, James Ross, which concentrates on the packaging sector delivers best practice with particular reference to sustainability. You can read their contribution here.

In the image you can see Ross and Duncan who went to Parliament last week for the launch of the Review.

Many congratulations from all of us go to Liveryman Chris Jolly who has been presented with the 2019 IPG(Independent Publishers Guild) Patrons Lifetime Achievement Award.

Chris is Managing Director of Jolly Learning Ltd which he founded in 1987, and which has been instrumental in establishing the phonics style of helping children learn to read in English. After tackling the UK market he has tackled new markets around the world, and provided substantial free resources to support literacy in many developing countries across sub-Saharan Africa and south east Asia.

The IPG Patrons’ citation for the Award said: “Jolly Learning has been a pioneer in its area of education, and has made an enormous contribution to literacy over more than three decades. Throughout that time Chris has been a superb advocate for literacy, for independent publishing in general, and for the IPG. He has supported many of his fellow independents, and is a very worthy winner of this Lifetime Achievement Award.”  To read the full press release from the IPG click here.

In the image you can see Chris with Mr Julius Mih from the Ministry of Education in Cameroon at the Livery Autumn Dinner in 2017. 

At the Master and Wardens’ meeting today the Master conducted a Freedom Ceremony which brought four new Freemen into the Company.  They are from L-R in the picture:

Greg Spring – Operational Director of  Cavendish Philatelic Auctions, Rupert Smith – Director of Halstan & Co Ltd, Paddy Byrne – Retired from the Paper Sector and Jeremy Hughes - Political Communications Consultant at Dods.  We congratulate them on becoming Freemen and look forward to seeing them all at events at the Hall  in the near future.

Past Master Noel Osborne (seen on the left in the photo) and Liveryman Jonathan Smith (right)  were partnered respectively by Tony Dewey (centre) and Lucy Wood at the Inter-Livery Tennis Tournament yesterday.  This event was organised by the Worshipful Company of  Feltmakers and took place at the Queens Club on 4 September 2019.  Lucy very kindly stepped in at the last minute when Jonathan's partner had to withdraw.  Jonathan reports the results as follows:  "Lovely day but sadly no silverware!". Other companies taking part included the Vintners, Barbers, Cordwainers, Drapers, Leathersellers, Wax Chandlers, Merchant Taylors, Sadlers, Grocers Fishmongers, Tallow Chandlers and Salters.  Any other members interested in taking part in inter-Livery activities should alert Deborah Rea in the office.


Freeman Roger Jeal writes:

The Stationers’ inaugural Annual History Lecture on 3 September told a compelling story of the rise and fall of Waterlows, a printing dynasty that has been prominent in our history and which was built on the drive of descendants of French Protestant refugees.

Migration from persecution, social change, technological development, philanthropy, revolutionary housing for poorer people, City politics and even a brush with fraud and forgery were all ingredients stirred into the tale by family member Sir Christopher Waterlow (pictured). However, the company eventually succumbed to industrial change in the 20th century, not helped by eventual ownership by Robert Maxwell .

Five Waterlows have been Masters of the Stationers' Company and the family has also provided a few Lord Mayors of the City of London. Sir Sydney Waterlow, who occupied both roles, donated the land for Waterlow Park in north London.

The idea for an annual history lecture grew out of 3 lectures held at Guildhall Library in 2017, feedback from which indicated that people would like to know more about the lives and careers of leading Stationers.

Clerk William Alden noted that the lecture took place in our guild church, St Martin-within-Ludgate, as a test for potential use when the Hall is refurbished.

Liveryman Claire Scott organised and chaired the event, which also included displays of stamps printed by the company and historical documents.

Members interested in a programme of superb piano music played by two young award winning pianists, David Soo and Zhu Sun,  may like to log in to the Members' Only area of this website and click here for details of the Glass Sellers' Annual Concert on  Wednesday, 9th October 2019.  It will be held at the Grosvenor Chapel Mayfair.

Members will want to check out the details of two events coming up at St Bride’s in the next couple of months.  The first is entitled “ John Southward: Adventures in 19th Century Print and Journalism”  and the second is “Inside St Bride”.  The full details for both these events can be found on the Members’ Notice Board.  Please log in as a member and click here to be taken through to the relevant page.



This first Ragged Music Festival will be presented in the boys’ school room in the historic setting of Dr Barnardo’s largest ragged school on the weekend of 13, 14 and 15 September.  Members interested in this event should login to the Members' Only area of the website and click here.

Herts-based, brand-led business growth agency, Focus7, is one of 100 employers nationwide being recognised by Defence Minister Ben Wallace for their outstanding support for the Armed Forces community, by being awarded an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award . They will be presented with their awards on 12 November 2019 at the National Army Museum in London.

The 100 winners have been recognised for their long-term commitment to the Armed Forces, with companies from the public and private sector achieving the top grade. Each has signed the Armed Forces Covenant and, where possible, engages with the Career Transition Partnership (CTP) to promote the recruitment of service leavers as well as honouring individual pledges of support.

This brings to 228 the number of companies to have received this award, the highest badge of honour available to those that employ and support those who serve, veterans, and their families. Amongst the winners are many leading businesses, 23 Local Authorities and 13 NHS Hospitals and Trusts.

There are less than 30 SMEs, with Focus7, formed in 2015 by 3 Liverymen of the Stationers Company, Office Products Industry stalwarts Vida Barr-Jones, David Langdown and Army veteran Leona Barr-Jones, joining the elite group.

The three founders are all from military families, with the British Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force all well represented. Needless to say, they have committed their business to supporting the Armed Forces community and to encouraging others to do similarly. They have supported numerous initiatives including leading the design of a campaign to promote Armed Forces Week to businesses in East Anglia.

In partnership with East Anglia Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, 3000 local businesses received emails about Armed Forces Week with a link to a bespoke microsite. The microsite included key timings, links to the Armed Forces Day site, the Armed Forces Covenant site, the Ministry of Defence Employer Recognition Scheme page, the Defence Discount Service site and the Career Transition Partnership. As part of a joined-up campaign, they also designed a series of posters for employers, reservists and cadet volunteers to be placed in offices, reserve centres and cadet buildings.

Focus 7 has a full and detailed Armed Forces and Reservist HR Policy in place, which guarantees they will offer interviews for the armed force community and offer apprenticeships and intern roles to the local cadet forces. Chief Operating Officer, Leona Barr-Jones is the Commandant of the Essex Cadet Force and they also act as Armed Forces champions for Hertfordshire Chamber, Institute of Directors East and various business leader associations.

Leona commented, "I am hugely honoured and delighted that all of the hard work that the Focus7 team puts in to supporting the Armed Forces Community, has been recognised with an Employer Recognition Scheme Gold Award from the MoD.  A Gold Award is the highest badge of honour to be awarded to any business that Supports Our Forces and we want to encourage other businesses to go the extra mile with their support for our Veterans, Reservists, Military Spouses and Cadet Forces Adult Volunteers and Cadets who give up so much for our country and society." 

Please do take the time to click through to the Queen's Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme page on this website and read the latest blog from the scheme.  This one is written by first year apprentice, Andreas Maroulis and features expert Martin Frost MBE who is the only full time book fore-edge painter left in the UK.

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