A much happier industry-related news 'spot' from Past Master Tom Hempenstall (also responsible for bringing the recent obituary of Victor Watson to our attention) who noticed, in the Sunday Times of 12 April 2015, that the Mark Allen Group with its 62 trade and consumer magazines and websites (including, of course, PrintWeek), under the aegis of Liveryman Mark Allen (seen in on the right of the photo in his Renter Warden's gown and with his fellow Renter Wardens from 2012-2013) was featured as a one of the ten "stalwarts that were pipped at the post" in the Profit Track 100. It would seem that the ten companies in this section are to be judged by a panel of very eminent businessmen and the best will receive a special award at the Profit Track 100 national awards dinner in June. Fingers crossed for Mark and his son Ben in that and our hearty congratulations at having got this far which is no mean achievement at all.
At the Master and Wardens meeting this morning the Master welcomed three new Freemen into the Company. They are, from left to right in the photo:
Stephen White, Non-Executive Director at Kogan Page, Warc Ltd and Infinite Ideas, Charles Hewitt, Managing Director, Pen & Sword Books Ltd, and Andrew Barker, Editor, ES Magazine (the weekly magazine of London's Evening Standard paper). Young Freddie Hewitt who came to watch with his Mother, must have been one of the youngest witnesses ever at a Freedom ceremony and we hope he enjoyed his day's sightseeing in London which was promised for immediately after the ceremony! Freeman Peter McKay, whose own Freedom ceremony had taken place at the New Members' evening in February, joined Messrs White and Barker on the trek to Guildhall to make their applications for Freedom of the City. All in all a great morning on the membership front!
After the Court meeting yesterday there was a cloathing ceremony for six new Liverymen. In the photo you can see from left to right: Mike Gee, MD, Denmaur Independent Papers Ltd; Jim Vaughan, MD, Graphic Dealers Ltd; John Logan. UK Sales & Marketing Manager,Turbon Europe GmbH; David Smallman, MD, Simply the Best Web Design Ltd; Andrew Brownsword, CBE DL, a company director with wide-ranging business interests but best known for having published the Forever Friends brand of greetings cards and Bob Findlay, Chairman of Leigh Academies Trust and former business publisher. They then attended the Court Dinner together with the new Liverymen from the cloathing ceremonies in December and February. The Master welcomed them all and proposed a toast to the new Liverymen and their guests to which Bob Findlay replied.
Today is Sir Clive Martin's 80th birthday and we send him greetings on his special day. Sir Clive Martin OBE TD DL became a Freeman of the Company in 1960 and served as Master in 1997-8. Meanwhile he was also serving the the wider community and in 1985 he was elected as Alderman to the City of London.
This is a fascinating exhibition at the British Museum which mixes mummies most ancient with technology most 21st century! By subjecting the mummies to ct scans the archaeologists have been
There will be a full write up of the Annual Lecture in due course so do look out for it but suffice to say for the moment that it was a great success. Sir David Arculus told the tale of his EMAP plc tiger-ride between 1972 and 2007 and successfully negotiated any