27 FEBRUARY 2020
It is always good to catch up with what our bursary recipients are doing as they move forward with their careers.
One of our former bursary recipients, Freeman Chris Szkoda. You will remember Chris brought the Double Me technology to the Hall to demonstrate. He is now part of PlayLa.bZ as Co-Founder/ Co-Director/ SpecOpZ. They are showcasing their technology “GenieMo DIY Multi-dimensional & Motion Arts Tinkering” at the Tate Modern exhibition called Uni-to-Unicorns https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/tate-exchange/workshop/uni-unicorns from 3rd to 8th March. Everyone is welcome to visit. It is only a short walk from Stationers' Hall across the Milennium Bridge to Tate Modern.
25 FEBRUARY 2020
Past Master John Norton's bequest was remembered, as ever, with a service in St Faith’s Chapel, St Paul's Cathedral followed by Cakes and Ale back at the Hall.
In age old tradition the Company, headed by its Court of Assistants, Master and Wardens, processed across to St Paul’s for the Annual John Norton service. The Reverend Dr Sam Wells, Vicar of St Martin-in-the-Fields, preached and the choir of Stationers’ Crown Woods Academy enahnced the musical parts of the service as well as singing the anthems Ave Verum (Elgar) and Dona Nobis Pacem (Anon).
Then it was back to the Hall for the feasting for which Past Master John Norton’s bequest originally provided. Now that this celebration has moved to Shrove Tuesday the offering of cold cuts, cheeses, hotcross buns, fruit and ale of course(!) also includes pancakes.
Before formally closing the event the Master presented Reverend Wells with a framed ten shilling note (the original amount
that the preacher at the service was paid) and he gave the Clerk 'the thirteenth bun' to ensure that he too was well fed!
It was good to see old friends and new and especially to welcome widows of deceased members. Our thanks go to the Almoner, Peter Allan, for organising for them to attend.
24 FEBRUARY 2020
At the Master and Wardens’ Committee this morning the Master brought seven new members into the Company.
They were (from L- R in the photo):
Julia Cole – retired from HP Graphics,
Andy Simpson - Business Development Director, Printforce UK,
Bob Usher – Retired Director, Apex Digital Graphics Ltd,
Katherine Sykes – MD, Marland Sykes ,
Michael Healy - Executive Director, International Relations, Copyright Clearance Center,
David Amor - Chairman First Move Direct Marketing and
Edmund King MBE – retired from the British Library.
We look forward to seeing all these new Freeman at events in the near future.
20 FEBRUARY 2020
Office, Hall and Catering Staff undertake Fire Warden and Heavy Lifting Training
Members of the office team were joined by Hall staff and colleagues from C H & Co in undertaking two important courses today; Fire Warden training and Heavy Lifting!
These may not be the most exciting courses ever attended BUT they are vital in keeping staff, members, guests and other visitors safe at the Hall. In the image above you can see Fabiano Tessitore and Anais Niang wielding extinguishers.
20 FEBRUARY 2020
It was a little early but the LivCom's VE Day celebration was wholehearted and joyous!
With sirens blaring, search-lights sweeping the Hall and bunting fluttering the celebration began and attendees, some in vintage dress, heard the Clerk bring to life Winston Churchill’s VE Day address. Much singing, comedy and delicious food ensued. The menus were provided by the Evening Standard and replicated stories from Tuesday, 8 May 1945.
There will be fuller coverage in Stationers’ News but certainly congratulations are due to all those involved in the organisation of such a wonderful evening.
12 FEBRUARY 2020
The BOSS Leaders of the Future annual conference will be held on Thursday, 26 March 2020 at Stationers’ Hall. It will be spsonsored by Durable, Fellowes and SPOT and will have as its theme Disrupt or be disrupted,
You can read the full press release here but it is great to see such a fascinating list of speakers including several with Stationer connections! The speakers are:
Mark Shayler, Founder Ape & Founding Partner – The Do Lecturers This is Ape
Nicky Pattinson, Sales & Communications Expert
Steve Hilleard, Chief Executive Officer, Office Products International (OPI)
Steve Horne, Chief Executive Officer, SPOT Group
Tom Dickinson, Sales Director, OSI Ltd and
Simon Drakeford, CEO, EO Group
11 FEBRUARY 2020
The annual gathering at Stationers' Hall of the Trade Associations linked tothe communications and content industry took place yesterday.
Representatives of 17 Trade Associations had booked to attend the annual TA Winter event and only two were unable to attend thanks to Storm Ciara!
Liveryman Tim Webb the TA Liaison for the Stationers' Company welcomed attendees who also included Stationers whose work for the Company brings them into Contact with the TAs. In all some 20 attendees met in the Stock Room to hear the speaker Eric Van Der Kleij of Frontier Network and his two associates Martyn Walker of Agility Scienes and Zoe Ryan of Novum Insights tackle the topic of Blockchain. It was extremely helpful to have Eric explain clearly what Blockchain is and how it might work and then to hear from Martyn and Zoe about their experiences of how it is already working out there in the world. There were lots of questions, some from enthusiasts and others from those who were slightly doubtful but all were answered with clarity.
The session on Blockchain was followed by a drinks reception and lunch at which the Master welcomed the TAs and over which delegates were able to network. They discussed matters of common interest and over coffee there was an open question session. Of course Brexit reared its head once again but overall delgates revealed a desire to somehow accept that we are where we are and that their job is to enable their members to perceive the opportunities, no matter how tricky, and rise to the challenge of tackling them successfully.
In the photo you can see (from L-R) Court Assistant Jill Jones (Chairman of the Stationers' Innovation Excellence Awards), Meryl Halls of the Booksellers Association, Martyn Walker of Agility SCiences, Anais Bellemans of British Printing Industries Federation and BOSS Federation, Zoe Ryan of Novum Insights, Amanda Fergusson of the Greeting Card Association, Freeman Wayne Sime of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, Court Assistant Carol Tullo OBE (Chairman of the Industry Committee), Eric Van Der Kleij of Fontier Network, Dave Park of the British Coatings Federation, Liveryman Tim Webb (CTA Liaison) Steve Whitley of British Educational Suppliers Association, Marian Stefani of the Independent Print Industries Association, Dick Searle of the Packaging Federation, Liveryman Bettine Pellant of Printing Confederation, Freeman Debbie Waldron-Hoines of European Flexographic Industry Association, Owen Meredith of the Professional Publishers Associaton, David Newell OBE of the News Media Association, Tony Kenton of the British Assocation for Print and Communication, Freeman Richard Little of Jenton, David Harrison of the Processing and Packaging Machinery Association and the Clerk.
11 FEBRUARY 2020
Debates are held by the London Press Club in association with the Stationers’ Company each February and last night saw the latest in a series which up to now has focused on equal opportunity and pay for women journalists, and the battle for survival of freedom of the press. Last night's topic was Rediscovering the Lost Generation.
Chaired by Samantha Simmonds (a BBC journalist and news presenter and third from left in the photo below) ) an impressive panel of Vicky Frost (Editor of Future London ), Nic Newman (Reuters Institute Director ), Yara Silver (Group Head of Social Media for Reach plc's national titles, Daily Mirror, Daily Star, Daily Express and OK! Magazine), Paul Clarkson (Group Managing Editor of the Sun), and Abbianca Makoni (an Editorial Apprentice with the Press Association and the Evening Standard/Independent) tackled how to re-engage with Generation Z given recent research conducted by the
Reuters Institute which identified that those under the age of 35 spent just two minutes a day looking at current affairs, compared to 22 minutes every week for over 35s.
Another of the Evening Standard apprentices, Ted Hennessy, attended and covered the event in an article which appeared in the Evening Standard online (click to read) and we hope to have greater coverage in Stationers' News in due course but the panel felt that older people felt that to be 'au courant' with the news was a sort of duty while younger people found it a chore and they just wanted quick easy access so were inclined not to serach out a "news room" but to hit Snapchat and Instagram!
10 FEBRUARY 2020
Liveryman Robert McClements and Darren Shepherd of BPIF have provided a summary of this important event which featured a stand devoted to opportunities in our industries. The Company supports the event and it is the Northern Stationers who represent us at it.
This was the 2nd year we have attended, in collaboration with BPIF, and a lot was learned from last year.
Support on the day was provided by – the Stationers, Communisis, Heidelberg, CyanX and BPIF. Smurfitt Kappa provided the stands free of charge (arranged by Freeman Debbie Waldron-Hoines) and Hart & Clough, Falconer and Olympus provided additional samples.
The fair organisers reported that there were 6123 Student attendees, and 114 Exhibitors.
It was an absolute solid four and a half hours of constant discussion with students and parents. The students seemed very engaged and clearly understood apprenticeships. Some had ideas of the roles they wanted, others were seeking inspiration.
Estimates of the number of people who visited the stand range from 350-400 students and parents. They engaged in conversation about the opportunities available and were helped with information on the industry. Engineering, administration and digital opportunities were the most popular in terms of student numbers and some 19 students were postive enough to leave their names for further contact.
The idea of having a single stand, talking about the Print Industry rather than branding the parties involved worked much better.
The stand, which was one of the most visually appealing at the fair was about 10 people deep at times, and the students were pointing at the stand as they walked towards it as they could see the offer over everyone’s heads.
All in all it was a great success and it is encouraging to know that so many youngsters are seriously interested in working in the industry.
In the image you can see from L-R: Freeman Debbie Waldron-Hoines, Piers Carr of Heidelberg, Freeman Richard Mawson and Liveryman Robert McClements
6 FEBRUARY 2020
News of Apprentice 20 comes in National Apprenticeship Week 2020 which is taking place from 3 to 9 February
Apprentice 20 is the third of these annual events and will once again take place at Guildhall in the City of London. It will be at the core of the city of Londons programme for apprenticeships. Past Maser Helen Esmonde is once again driving things forward from the Stationers' point of view and today she issued a press release which you can read here.
21 JANUARY 2020
The story of east London's print industry over the past 100 years
20 JANUARY 2020
Members will be interested to know that once again we have a team taking part in the Inter-Livery Skiing Championships from 22-24 January. With c 160 other liverymen and freemen from around 35 other Companies the slopes of Morzine, Portes du Soleil, France.