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.
The "Bumper" June Shout was made at the Waterloo Ball held at Stationers Hall
1st, Prize Geoffrey Baker
2nd, Prize C. T. Rivington
3rd, Prize Mrs Caroline Larken
4th, Prize Kevin Dewey
5th, Prize Nigel Tollit
Congratulations to Court Assistant, Robert Flather, Managing Director of Kolbus UK (left in the photo) , who has been elected Chairman of Picon. He succeeds Bob Usher, Managing Director of Apex Digital Graphics (right in the photo), who has completed his two-year term leading the Council of the UK association of print industry manufacturers and suppliers. Picon is one the Trade Associations with which the Stationers' Company had has long and good relations. It is very supportive on the membership front with not just its current CEO, Bettine Pellant, but her predecessor,Tim Webb, being Liverymen. Click here to read the full press release from Picon
Liveryman John Buffoni has issued an invitation to interested Stationers for a BPIF and CDi event on 31 July 2015 at 11.30 for 12.00 in celebration of Yorkshire Day. It will be held at the Digital Garage in Leeds and will feature Patrick Collister, Head of Design at Google NACE. He will be speaking on The New Rules of Communication and that will include an argument for the thought that digital need not mean the end of print. Interested Stationers should click here to go through to the Members Only part of the website to discover how to get their free ticket.
The deadline for nominations for the Young Stationers' Prize, which is awarded to someone who will generally be under 40, for exceptional accomplishment and promise in one of the trades of the Company, is 6 July. the longlist will be announced on the 7 July, the shortlist on 13 July, and the Prize winner at the Young Stationers' Annual Dinner on 20 July. Click here to access the full details including the list of judges.
With the Master and Wardens meeting at 10.00, the Awards and Committees lunch at 12.30 and an Industry Committee Meeting at 3.00 as well as all the preparations for the Waterloo Ball due to take place this Friday, Monday, 15 June was a very busy day at the Stationers' Company but it was good to start it off by welcoming three new Freemen. They are Dick van Baarlen, Managing Director of Safescan; Charles Fillingham, Deputy Head of the City of London School and Amy McKee, a Fine Books Editor with Gateway Publishing. It will be good to see them at events at the Hall in the near future.