A panel of four superb speakers presided over a gathering, which was at times fairly sombre, in Stationers' Hall last night and elaborated on the challenges mentioned in the title of the event. Not one of the speakers was totally despondent and they all injected humour and their passion for their market into what they had to say. Martin Wilde of Martin Wilde Associates, gave some great statistics from research carried out this summer and due to be published in the autumn. For example 45% of 400 B2B Office Product Buyers had all bought office products from Amazon! This in itself was cause for the one of the sombre moments. Simon Drakeford, CEO of Corporate Member Euroffice, followed on and emphasised that service was, and would continue to be, one of the things which attracted, kept or lost customers. Steve Bilton, CEO of FusionPLUS Data, a division of Evolution Software, said there was still room for the smaller independent dealers and Steve Haworth, Group Sales and Marketing Director from Corporate Member Evo, ended his fascinating presentation by urging everyone not to panic! From left to right in the image you can see, seated behind the table, Martin Wilde, Simon Drakeford, Steve Bilton, Steve Haworth, and Liveryman Gordon Christiansen who had organised the evening and Tony Mash, Chairman of the Industry Committee at the lectern.
The Master officiated at her first Freedom ceremony today and welcomed the following into the Company: (From L to R in the photo) John Livingston, Director of Don Ruffles Ltd, Dominic Vaughan, CEO of Hymns Ancient and Modern, Susan Ford, UK Representative for Sigel GMBH, Dr John Buchanan, a retired packaging expert and Luke Chapman,CEO of The Business Performance Group. We look forward to seeing them all at the Hall at events in the future.
Paul, who is a Partner at Goodman Derrick was listed as a Star Writer on intellectual property in the issue of The Lawyer dated 22 June where he wrote about the Intellectual Property Act of 2014. Paul has kindly agreed that we may reproduce the article as a Thought Piece and you can access it by clicking here.
Liveryman Christopher Leonard Morgan writes of the huge success of the event which is now in its fifth year and saw major and independent retailers including Paperchase, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Tesco and The Pen Shop getting involved in store, online and on social media with many running special promotions as the campaign has become a major sales opportunity for retailers. Click here to read the full press release. in 2016 Natinal Stationery Week will be 25 April – 1 May, with World Stationery Day on Wednesday 27 April.
Members who missed it might like to be aware that by clicking here the Radio 4 programme The Bottom Line, and in particular the edition entitled Newspapers - to pay or not to pay? can be heard again. Evan Davis and his guests John Ridding, Chief Executive of the Financial Times; Ashley Highfield, Chief Executive of the Johnson Press and Andrew Miller, out-going Chief Executive of the Guardian Media Group discuss this hot topic!
After the ceremonials last night, 7 July, the celebrations took their usual joyous turn (drinks in the garden) as Helen Esmonde was installed as Master although there was an extra frisson of excitement, obviously, as Helen is the first woman to be Master of the Company after a line of 612 men. We wish her well for her year as Master and commit to supporting her endeavours. It is going to be a year focused on education as that is the Master's especial interest but, as with every year, there will be all sorts of causes to which members can contribute their energy and from what Prof Tim Connell, Chairman of the Livery Committee, said at Common Hall, all sorts of Livery Committee events to enjoy - something for everyone was the mantra!
On 7 July 2015, if all goes well, we shall have a new Master! Items of Stationers' news in the month of June and the first few days of July each year feel as if they should be headed with the words Spoiler Alert as we tread the fine line between making great preparations for the installation, and not making assumptions about the election, of the new Master. It will not have escaped notice that the Master Elect this year is extra special and we are grateful to Liveryman Di Cresswell for organising a press conference to celebrate this great 'first' in the Company's history. It took place today at the Hall over a breakfast. The members of the press listened to the Master Elect's aims for the forthcoming year and were also briefed by the Clerk on the changes in the last five years and the ambitions of the Company for the next five. Several trade publications including QPP, PrintWeek, PJ and Print Business Magazine were represented and one national daily, The Times, all of whom will, we hope, cover the Company's activities in one way or another over the coming months. Several articles have already appeared and
Print7News made it a feature of their "newscast"! To view the newscast click the picture. Our thanks to Brendan Perring of Print7News for letting us use the video!
Fantastic news comes today from Court Assistant Martin Woodhead who reports that donations are still trickling in following the Master's Bike Ride and the subsequent barbecue. He anticipates that a minimum of £2500 will have been raised (and a huge amount of fun had) by the time all the Gift Aid is calculated and it is all going the the Educational Appeal. A superb effort from all the cyclists and chefs!
This ceremony followed a typically delicious lunch in Stationers' Hall and was introduced by Court Assistant Tony Mash who is Chairman of the Innovation Excellence Awards.
During the Awards presentations Peter Day, the BBC Business Correspondent, spoke with several of the recipients and posed searching questions about innovation and their businesses while the Master handed out awards to 11 Companies for their innovations. These were: Axillium Consulting Ltd, Clere Print & Design Limited, Parkside, Heidelberg UK, Earth Inks, Ultrachem, CyanX, Office Power, Imagine Publishing Ltd, The Copyright Hub and Foyles with White October. There was, however, just one overall Innovator of the Year 2015 award and this went to Sun Chemical seen in the photo above represented by Peter Saunders, Business Director at Sun Chemical. In due course a pdf of the brochure will be uploaded with all the details but for the moment you can click here and view all the photos taken by Sophia Panteli. We also hope to have a short video of highlights of the day on the website soon.
Seven Stationers' Warrants were issued yesterday to firms to use in relation to the submitted product. These warrants, which were presented by the Master at a ceremony in the Stock Room surrounded by an exhibition of the warranted items, will be valid for a year and were awarded to products from the following Companies:
Colop UK Limited for The Colop Printer
The Folio Society for The Letterpress Shakespeare
OfficeTeam for EcoTeam A4 White Recycled Laser Copier Paper
Prima Limited for Prima Cloud
Tombow Pen & Pencil GmbH for The Tombow Airpress Pen
Wiles Greenworld Limited for The Court Box
Victor Stationery for The Soft Touch Flexiback Book
In the photo by Sophia Panteli the recipients are seen in the garden with the Master and Upper Warden and more photos can be seen by clicking here.