It is an undeniable fact that one of our Company's most important tasks must be to encourage young people to enter into one of our trades and, eventually, the Stationers' Company.
For the past year or so I have been privileged to see this happen at first hand, as a member of the Academic Awards committee responsible for the distribution of financial assistance to a wide variety of worthy youngsters.
It is always heartening and often quite humbling to meet the prospective recipients of The Stationers' Company Francis Matthew and Major Awards at the interviews that take place each spring.
These students truly represent the future of both our industries and our Company, so I am sure you will be pleased to learn that both are in remarkably safe hands.
Without the assistance the Stationers' is able to offer, many of these enthusiastic, talented and dedicated individuals would not be able to complete their education or pursue the postgraduate research which is such an essential stepping stone to their future.
Recently, the awards have enabled students to complete degrees in trade-related subjects ranging from journalism to packaging design.
Francis Matthew winners have used their awards to gain international experience in journalism, publishing and book conservation in countries such as the US, Spain and South Africa, to name but a few.
One postgraduate used her award to write, publish and distribute a range of early learning books to deprived communities in Africa, thus providing the fundamental understanding of English necessary to find a job.
Our awards also help recipients to find work themselves, such as the young woman who recently gained a full-time position in the antiquarian book conservation department at the British Library as a direct result of the Company's assistance.
We are certainly helping the next generation of Stationers' and we will continue to do so for as long as we are asked to contribute.
That is where you come in.
Whenever possible, help us by mentioning these awards to everyone you meet who might find them of use, or who may know someone who would be able to benefit from them and from their involvement with the Company. Details and application forms are on this web site at Scholarships Awards.
Graham Bond is Managing Director of Hemming Group Ltd, a family run business with over 100 years' publishing experience, and a Liveryman of the Stationers' Company. Graham has more than 30 years experience in consumer and business magazine publishing and event organising, gained both in the UK and overseas. He serves on the Stationers' Company Academic Awards Committee.