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Court Assistant Carol Tullo has brought to our attention the contribution of Liveryman Doug Wills to a programme on BBC Radio 4 called Press for Diversity (click the link to listen).  It is a fascinating insight into diversity, or the lack of it, in our newsrooms and the effect that this has on the way in which stories are reported.  Doug features three times and some reference (not enough?) is made to the Evening Standard Media Diversity Bursary Scheme which the Stationers’ Company supports.

We are delighted also to have had an insight into this scheme from a participant, Safeeyah Kazi, which you can read by clicking here.

Liveryman Annie Hotton who chairs the Shine School Media Awards tells us that the Shine School Media Awards brochure which was produced by Freeman Richard Chapman’s Richard Chapman Studio has been nominated in two categories of the Earthisland ‘Solutions Awards 2017’.   If you would like to vote for the brochure you can do so here. The two categories are Solutions for the Environment and Solutions for Paper.

Liveryman Alistair Hill at Pureprint, also a staunch supporter of Shine for the last four years, supplied the print and finishing, with the generous support and donation of paper from Denmaur Independent Papers.

It is a beautiful brochure of which Shine and both designer and printer can be hugely proud.

Members will be interested to hear about, and possibly keen to support, Liveryman Steve Hilleard (in blue check shirt in photo above) and Liveryman Janet Bell (in green in the photo above and on the climb in  photo below) who will be taking part in the office products industry’s Climb of Life. 

Climb of Life J Bell snow

Steve says “Every year, around now, myself and a small but resilient group of colleagues at my company OPI prepare to do battle with the very worst of the British weather in the name of a good cause, namely fighting cancer which will affect one in every three of us in our lifetimes.

Climb of Life snow


On 3 November, Team OPI will once again join the office products industry’s Climb of Life in England’s Lake District where the group will attempt to climb 30 of the most difficult mountains in the country, most likely in awful conditions as this video from a past climb shows.

Why? Quite simply, we do this to raise much-needed funds for The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). As the third largest medical research organisation of its kind in the world, the ICR works with teams across the world to ensure the best treatments are developed to help as many cancer sufferers as possible. However, these discoveries take a lot of work and investment, and that’s where we can all make a difference.

For eight years, OPI has been proud to help our industry support ICR and, by raising more than £100,000 every year, we hope that we can continue to play a small part in helping develop life-saving treatments. 

But we haven’t beaten cancer yet so please will you consider supporting our efforts with a donation? Any amount is gratefully received and really does help us get through what is a very tough challenge.”  If you wish to support Team OPI you can do so here

The Master welcomed five new Freemen into the Company at this morning's Master and Wardens' meeting. They were (From L-R in the photo) Dr Francesca Albini a Freelance Author Translator and Editor, Dr Tiffani Angus a Lecturer in Publishing at Anglia Ruskin University, Henry Ruddock a Director at Ruddock Ltd, Charles Southey a Founder of Digital Results Ltd, and Stephen Godsell who is General Counsel and Company Secretary at Guardian Media Group Plc. We look forward to them joining in with Company life as soon as ever possible and to seeing them therefore at the Hall before long.

It is not really surprising given the nature of our constituencies but, when we received the recent press release from the BOSS Federation about the shortlist for their 2017 Awards, it was great to see so many Stationers and firms linked with Stationers on the list of shortlisted entries. 

Congratulations to Liveryman Darren Lloyd of United who are shortlisted for the Dealer Excellence Award (t/o over £5m), to Lead Associate Simon Drakeford and Liveryman Tim Crabtree for Office Power's nomination for the E-Business Award, to Corporate Members, Spicers, Nectere and VOW (part of Corporate Member EVO)  for being shortlisted for the Initiative of the Year, and to Liveryman Paul Phelan for The  Pilot Pen Company's nomination in the New Product of the Year - Consumer category shortlist. In the New Product of the year - Business category, Durable, whose MD is Freeman Sean Starkey, is shortlisted and they are shortlisted again in the Sustainable Leadership category.   Liveryman Ian Buckley is nominated for Professional of the Year and his Company, Corporate Member Prima Software is nominated for Service Provider of the Year while Corporate Member Nectere is nominated for Publication of the year.

Congratulations to them all and good luck for the Awards Evening itself which will take place on Thursday, 30 November 2017 at the Tower Guoman Hotel, London.

You can read the full press release here.

Sunday 17 September dawned a bit grey if the truth be told and the slow start to the day, we thought, could be attributed to that and the heightened level of security following the Parson's Green incident on the previous Friday.  

Phil Ellaway

The flow through from Reception, via the Crush Landing, the Stock Room, the Hall and the Court Room to the Garden was steady, however, and increased as the day progressed.  The Garden looked lovely

Reg Eccles Crush Landing

and visitors were grateful to have the chance to sit there over a cup of tea or coffee (provided by relays of willing helpers) and ponder what they had seen.

The merchandise stall did steady business selling books, Christmas cards and notelets.  Happily, it didn't rain but that meant not one umbrella was sold!  Those who timed their visit for the afternoon were able finish by popping in to see St Martin within Ludgate via the garden door..

While the rate of visitors did pick up over the course of the day and there seemed always to be a queue

Queue 2017

at the main door I think we were all amazed to find that the total number who had been to see the Hall (1480) had surpassed last year's total.

A huge thank you to all those people who volunteered their time and energy to help.  Our visitors were met with warmth plus facts about the Company and the Hall which led to so many of them commenting on how much they had enjoyed their time with us.

Members may be interested in reading about a few interesting facts about our stunning Livery Hall in an article written by the Hire Space team here

Members will be delighted to know that Stationers' Hall will again be opening its doors to take part in the city-wide celebration, Open House London.

Stationers' Hall will be open on Sunday, 17 September 2017 from 10am - 5pm (last admission 4.30pm).

St Martin within Ludgate Church will also be open on Sunday, 17 September 2017 from 1.30pm – 4.30pm. 


Members will be interested to read Rebecca Snow's piece on her work helping to pack up the Archive for storage while the new Archive is built.  Click here to read.  Rebecca is one the Company's Bursary Recipients and it is great to hear about her current work and of course to have had her help on this important project.

This event was well attended by members of the Stationers', Marketors' and Information Technologists' Companies and Stationer Phil Elder reports that it provided a multi-faceted insight into the issues of augmented reality.  The Master, in his opening comments (see photo above) stressed the importance of such Inter-Livery events before introducing the evening's speakers who were:

  • Omaid Hiwaizi of Blippar who gave an overview of the technology differentiating between virtual reality and augmented reality
  • Alex Baxevanis of Webcredible who provided an in depth presentation of a system developed for Dulux which allows users to visualise the redecoration of their home and 
  • Richard Morris of Bird & Bird who gave an overview of some of the many legal implications of an augmented world and suggested that most of the legal obstacles were surmountable. 

Liveryman James Duckenfield, Chairman of the Digital Media Group then invited questions from the floor. Over the usual buffet supper attendees were able to continue their discussions and visit the excellent demonstrations of the 'art' which were provided by Ravensbourne, Blippar (see photo below) and Hobs Studio.


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