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After months of receiving entries, judging entries and organising the Awards Day the 26 June 2018 dawned gloriously and the Hall was soon buzzing with companies setting up their displays for the exhibition in the Court Room.  The Master circulated and presented representatives from each company with a Certificate of Innovation.  Everyone enjoyed getting out into the garden for the drinks reception which was followed by a delicious lunch and then followed the main event.  The announcements of the award winners, who were interrogated on their innovation by Liveryman and former BBC Business Correspondent Peter Day.  The Category Awards were made as follows.

Novel Manufacturing Technology category Parkside Flexibles for its Park 2 Nature, a range of compostable laminate structures to replace traditional plastic packaging  (L-R in the photo below: Nicholas Smith, Parkside's MD, the Master and Phil O'Driscoll, Parkside's Innovation Director). Click here to view video.

Parkside Award


Innovative Application of Digital Technologies: DoubleMe for LoopSpace, an application for the HoloLens mixed-reality headset (L-R in the photo below: Carl Smith, Director of the Learning Technology Research Centre at Ravensbourne University, the Master, Chris Szkoda, Application Developer,and James Marks, Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer). Click here to view video.



Creative Means of Communicating with Target Audiences: Bloomsbury Publishing Plc for the Bloomsbury Publishing Platform, enabling rapid and cost-effective online publishing (L-R in the photo below: Lizzie Hill, Junior Product Manager, the Master and Matt Kibble, Director of Product Management).  Click here to view video.



Novel Product Design: Sun Chemical Ltd for SunMotion, a low-cost digital display system that simulates motion L-R in the photo below: Nigel Caiger, Director Digital Technology, the Master and Pete Saunders, Global Business Director – Digital). Click here for video.



New Communication Programmes that Enhance Social, Educational and Community Development: Zeshan Qureshi Ltd for the Unofficial Guide to Medicine textbook series, a new model for crowd-sourced expert publications (Zeshan wasn't able to be at the ceremony but he has been to the Hall since and received his award from the Clerk - see photo below).

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The Innovator of the Year was the last announcement to be made and there was loud applause for the winners, Parkside Flexibles.  In the photo at the head of the page you can see, from left to right, Nicholas Smith, Parkside's MD, the Master and Phil O'Driscoll, Parkside's Innovation Director.

For the full 2018 Innovation Awards  brochure please click here. 

This event was sponsored by PICON, Mathys & Squire and Innovate UK (Knowledge Transfer Network) The pre-press production on the brochure was provided by the Mark Allen Group and it was printed by Hobbs the Printers.


The reports on Committee activities, etc which will be discussed at Common Hall can now be viewed in the Members Only Area. Please click here


The programme for the afternoon is:

Members of the Stationers' Company should take their seats in the hall at 5.15 pm. There will be tea and coffee in the Stock Room for any non-members.

Common Hall will start at 5.30 pm and end at 6.30 pm.

The Master's Installation  will be at 6.35 pm

The Master's installation Party will start at 6.45 pm.  Stationers can book tickets for the Master's Installation Party here.

At a ceremony at the Master and Wardens' Committee on 18 June 2018 the following (from L-R in the photo) were made Free of the Company:

Carol Miller - PR & Communications Consultant Carol Miller Media
Aron Priest - CEO and Co-Founder of Solo Press
Sir Robert Worcester KBE, DL - Founder of Ipsos MORI
Clive Message - Art & Logistics Manager of The Lancet Journals
Katherine Whitbourn - Freelance Writer and Editor

Members will be aware that at the end of the Richard Johnson Lunch the Master make presentations to high achieving Royal Marines.  Yesterday was no exception and the following awards were made:


The Cox Cup

The Cox Cup was first presented to the Royal Marine Corps by Past Master Peter Cox in 1991 and is awarded annually to the best student on the Combat Intelligence course this is a demanding 18 week course which trains all Royal Marines intelligence specialists. This year the Cox Cup was presented to to Lance Corporal Julian Cousins for his constant high standards and excellent work, and for achieving 


a Distinction. Since completing his training, Lance Corporal Cousins has been with 42 Commando Royal Marines in the Middle East and is preparing for a deployment to the Falkland Islands as a Spanish linguist.

The Stationers Trophy

The Stationers Trophy was first presented to the Royal Marine Corps by the Stationers’ Company in 1983 and is awarded each year to the top student on the Stores Accountants Class 3 course.This year the Stationers' Trophy was presented to Marine Aled Griffith who achieved a distinguished grade with a

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final average score of 91% over the five separate examinations.   Marine Griffith is currently employed at Royal Marines Poole.

The Hames Cup

The Hames Cup is a new award this year as the Royal Marines have asked us to separate the award for the best student on the Stores Accountants course from the award to the best student on the Clerks’ course. When a name for this award was being sought that of Peter Hames, former Clerk to the Company, came to mind as someone who has always cherished the relationship between this company and the Royal Marines and who epitomises excellence in clerking.  The first recipient of this award

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was Marine Lloyd Edwards who achieved an above 90% Distinguished score on this year’s Clerk Class 3 course. Since completing the course Marine Edwards has been able to put in to practice the operational lessons he has learnt by taking part on exercises on the landing ship, RFA Lyme Bay, and in Sennybridge in Wales.

In the main photo you can see the three winners and other members of the Royal Marines party present at the ceremony.  From left to right, Mne Aled Griffith, LCpl Julian Cousins, CSgt Jason Mills RM, Major Will Hale RM, the Master, WO1 Andy Crofts RM, WO2 Ben Brigs RM, Captain Darryl Foster RM, CSgt Darron Gould RM, Mne Barnaby Hodgkins, Mne Lloyd Edwards.  All photos taken by Lucie McCord.

St Bride’s Church was full for this year’s “Bubble Service” and, with one side of the church out of commission having been struck by lightning the previous week, the congregation was seated snugly!  However, it was a case of ‘service as usual’ with fabulous singing from the St Bride’s choir and a wonderful sermon, peppered with literary quotations, from the Right Reverend the Lord Harries of Pentregarth (the former Bishop of Oxford).  His theme was the usual Life is a Bubble and he challenged the congregation to consider what three responses they would make to the transience of life as a bubble – one minute there and the next disintegrated in a pop!

Lord Harries’s  three responses would be:

  • To live in the here-and-now and to be aware of the present and what we see and do in it.
  • To try to leave a mark on the world; some by achieving great things and others by perhaps bringing up children and grandchildren to live good and fruitful lives.
  • To be aware that what we do in life in the name of the Lord lasts for ever.

For the full text of Lord Harries's sermon click here.

Back at the Hall there was a wonderful lunch at which the Master presented Lord Harries with the traditional fee of ten shillings. 

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(Photos: Lucie McCord)

The Court meeting on 5 June 2018 started off a very busy day for the Stationers' Company.  The very first business of the day was a cloathing ceremony for Old Stationer Peter Winter.  Peter is seen here with his sponsor Court Assistant Tony Mash who also attended the Stationers' Company's School.

Stationers' Company's School

Stationers' Company's School


Stationers' Company's School

Liveryman John Rogers writes: 

After constantly checking the weather forecast during the preceding week in fear that our day at Epsom Racecourse would be prone to thunderstorms, we were blessed with a beautiful summer day. By special decree from HM Queen Victoria, the Household Cavalry Regiment has been granted an enclosure at Epsom for use on each Derby Day since 1857. Once again the Officers’ Mess of the Regiment hosted Ladies’ Day at their exclusive Household Division Enclosure on “The Hill” (virtually opposite the Finishing Line and Queen’s & Duchess’s Stands). A unique and uncrowded location a ticket cannot buy! 181 Stationers’ and their Guests attended and enjoyed the splendid location and the excellent buffet lunch in the spacious marquee. Trainer Aidan O’Brien won his seventh Oaks with Forever Together, ridden by his son Donnacha and hopefully our Members and Guests also enjoyed some success with their betting after all those discussions over which horse, which rider, which trainer. Ultimately, the day was a great success with our Members and Guests raising over £4,000 for our Foundation. So, a well deserved thank you goes to Martin Randall, our Court Assistant, for organising the day.


In the photo you can see, (from left to right)  Liveryman Dave Rosewell his wife Gina and Susan Rogers (wife of John).

On Thursday 17 May 2018 eleven Stationers and their four guests were given a talk on selected books from the archive of the Wallace Collection by curator Helen Jacobsen and cataloguer Helen Jones. Amongst many other items of interest there was an opportunity to examine two of the books on display which had their original vellum covers.  This wears wears better than leather the Stationers were told and a useful tip emerged! When purchasing rare books look out for the bindings that are often newer than the texts!  Conservators prefer to keep the original binding albeit in poor or fair condition rather than undertaking rebinding which loses authenticity. 

This was a very successful visit enjoyed by all and Freeman Rafael Pittman has written a more detailed account which will appear in the next issue of Stationers' News.  


At a Freedom Ceremony this morning, Monday, 21 May 2018 the Master made the following (from L-R in the photo) free of the Company.

Denis Williams, Managing Director, Haylesden Graphics;
Peter Benson, CEO Wilton Radio Limited, Ireland;
Charlotte Reather, Freelance Journalist & Writer;
Steve Robinson, General Manager UK and Ireland, Safescan;
Kevin Waller, Commercial Manager/Quantity Surveyor, Yuanda (UK) Co Ltd;
Ronald Aitken, Managing Director, OfficeTeam.

They are all itching to start their life within the Company and so please look out for them at events and welcome them in to the fold.

Court Assistant Michael Binyon OBE happens also to be a Past Master of the Leathersellers and he has brought to our attention an evening reception (champagne and canapés) and sale of work by Fine Cell Work.  This is an amazing organisation which goes into prisons to teach prisoners high-quality needlework which boosts their self-worth, instils self-discipline, fosters hope and encourages them to lead independent, crime-free lives. This is also an opportunity to visit the new Leathersellers' Hall.  To read more about Fine Cell Work please click here and to access booking details please click here to go through the the Members' Only area

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