There were only two people to make free of the Company this morning; Peter Blayney who wrote the two volume work The Stationers' Company and the Printers of London, 1501-1557 (click here to buy) and who had travelled all the way from Canada with his wife Leslie Thomson for the Freedom Ceremony and Pete Smith who is Marketing Manager at Xerox, a recently returned Corporate Member. They both plan to be very active members of the Company so do look out for them at events. Peter Blayney will be matching his research trips to the UK with events at the Hall and has managed to make this one cover his Freedom Ceremony and the Archive Evening next week (click here for details) and, since Xerox renewed their Corporate Membership, Pete Smith has been giving wholehearted support to events by coming and bringing lots of colleagues with him. It is good to know that he is now a member in his own right. In the photo you can see Pete Smith on the left and Peter Blayney on the right.
Last night the Company celebrated the granting of its royal charter in 1557 with its traditional Charter Dinner.The Hall was full and looking splendid as Nicholas Coleridge CBE, Managing Director of Condé Nast Britain and President of Condé Nast International, stood up to speak. Amongst other things he noted that the glossy magazine was here to stay for at least the next fifty years! Judging from the smiles in the small number of photos just in from Sophia Panteli,who does such a good job of covering our events (more will arrive and be uploaded shortly), a good time was had by all. In the first image you can see the Hall and the seated diners and in the second you can see, from left, Barry McIlheney of the PPA, Valerie Locks and Nicholas Coleridge CBE.
It was good to welcome Investec to the Hall on 23 April 2015 for one of their corporate events. They brought their very eye-catching corporate emblem with them causing quite a stir in the garden which, for this evening only was more Serengeti garden, than serene city-garden!
Rose Henry, one of our bursary winners has been covering the DMG roundtable events for Stationers' News and in the next issue you will be able to read her full report of the 'Amazon - Friend or Foe?' evening. Inevitably, she reports that, this simple question has many complicated answers! Many were keen to join the debate and the Hall was suitably full to hear an expert panel of Mike Shatzkin from The Idea Logical Company, Fionnuala Duggan, formerly CEO of CourseSmart and Michael Ross from Encyclopedia Britannica give their views. Liveryman Oliver Gadsby chaired the meeting. In the image you can see from left to right Michael, Fionnula, Mike and Oliver.
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.