Last night saw the last big Company event at the Hall before the close-down for summer works. The Court met at 4.00 pm and at 6.00 pm four new Liverymen were cloathed. They were, from left to right in the image Mahmoud Warriah, CEO of Linden Business Development, Paul and Serena Musgrove both of Corporate Member, Nectere, and Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director at the Telegraph Media Group. There are several married couples in the membership but this is the first time we can recall a married couple being cloathed at the same time and certainly it was the first (of many we hope) occurrence of our female Master cloathing a female "brother". Congratulations to them all.
As Co-Founder and Executive Chairman of Euromonitor Inc, Court Assistant Trevor Fenwick deserves our congratulations on the company coming top of a list of Britain's best employers for work-life balance. The
Our thanks to Krishan Thaper and Jed Camara who many of you will have spotted lugging cameras around at recent events. Their company, Future Productions Films Ltd, is responsible for the three professional video clips now to be found on the website not least of which is this one which covers the installation ceremonies after Common Hall on 7 July.
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!