Baroness Dean visits Beaverbrook House, our sheltered home in Bletchley

Residents and staff welcomed Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde to Beaverbrook House, our sheltered home in Bletchley on 10 April.

Baroness Dean was visiting Beaverbrook House in her capacity as our President this year. Beaverbrook House is one of our two purpose-built, sheltered homes for people who have retired from the printing industry.

Baroness Dean, who was given a tour of the home’s facilities by Kathy Senior, our Home Manager at Beaverbrook House, said: “I’m delighted to be invited to visit Beaverbrook House, which is a lovely home. It’s like walking down memory lane today as I’ve got a connection with all of you through the printing industry and The Printing Charity.”

Over lunch residents enjoyed sharing their printing industry memories with Baroness Dean, who started her working life in the Trade Union movement and was subsequently elected General Secretary of the Society of Graphical and Allied Trades (SOGAT), the printing, publishing and paper trades union. She was created a life Peer in 1993 and a member of the Privy Council in 1998.

The Printing Charity hands website design brief to Nettl Cadets

Nettl Cadets with (left) Simon Tranter, trainer & (front right) Chris Lowe, Regional Director, Nettl

The Printing Charity has handed the design brief for its new website to the first intake of Cadets at Nettl’s recently opened Birmingham Academy for design graduates.

The nine Cadets are working on the charity’s design brief as part of their on-the-job coaching and real-world training at the Nettl Academy to help them launch their careers in the creative industry.

The final stage of the project will see the Cadets pitching their individual design mock-ups to The Printing Charity, which will invite one Cadet to design and build their new website. The Cadet will also receive a £1,500 Print Futures Award.

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: “We’re delighted to have Nettl’s support for this project, which it has kindly undertaken on a pro bono basis. The partnership reflects our ethos of helping young people where possible to gain practical work experience that will lead to employment. We’re looking forward to seeing how the Cadets interpret our design brief for simplicity.

“We’re also encouraging all the Cadets working on this project to apply for this year’s Print Futures Awards. These grants of £1,500 help people aged 18 to 30 years pay for relevant graphic arts, printing, publishing and packaging qualifications or courses to develop their workplace skills. Application forms are at and entries close 30 April.”

Chris Lowe, Regional Director of Nettl, says: “I believe the opportunity presented to the Nettl Cadets by The Printing Charity is vital to progress their learning and development. Most students don’t get the opportunity to work on live briefs for clients, let alone a live project that will actually go on to be used by The Printing Charity.

“All of the cadets have really thrown themselves into the project and have enjoyed working on delivering the aspects of telling The Printing Charity’s story via the website.

“Nettl Academy is aimed at helping graduates get a leg-up into the industry. Each year thousands of design students leave University trying to land just a few hundred jobs that are available each year. I believe teaming up with The Printing Charity is a great way of helping them to find their feet in this incredibly competitive job market.”