Bettine Pellant, CEO, PICON and Liveryman of the Stationers' Company outlines the relationship between PICON and the Company and how each benefits the other.
While the Stationers’ Company has its roots in history, it has worked very hard over the years to ensure that, unlike many other Livery companies, it remains very relevant to the evolving print industry. One way it does this is by maintaining close links with the industry’s trade associations. One of these is PICON which represents the suppliers to the printing industry in the UK and has had close links with the Stationers’ Company for many years. There is a nice and natural synergy between the two on many levels. Whilst I am CEO of PICON, I am also very proud to be a Liveryman, so too is past PICON Executive Director Tim Webb who is a familiar face to many in the Company.
PICON is just one of several print industry trade associations that come together to support the Stationers’ Company’s events and awards. It provides a natural, neutral and historical hub for us all, bringing us together to meet, network and exchange ideas. One such event is the Winter Trade Association Meeting and Lunch on 22nd January when a number of trade associations will meet to discuss a variety of topics and listen to guest speaker Lord Triesman, a Labour Lord and recent Liveryman, talk about what we might expect from any change to a Labour Government should an election be called any time soon! This is a key event in the Stationers’ calendar which not only facilitates the variety of print industry trade associations to network and discuss matters in confidence, but also provides a valuable forum to update Stationers’ on what is happening in various areas of the industry.
PICON also supports the Shine School Media Awards and the Innovation Excellence Awards. Last year the PICON Shine Award for Best Business Strategy was won by St Paul’s Girls’ School for their school newspaper The Marble which turned a loss into a £1000 profit in just one year. The Innovation Excellence Awards recognise and celebrate innovation and the key role that our industries play in the UK economy. Tim Webb is on this year’s judging panel and the winners will be announced at an event on 26th June.
For PICON, the special link we have with the Stationers’ Company allows us to appreciate the past and celebrate the future.