The number of people we have helped is up by 44 per cent

Guest speaker, Georgia Irving, paper making apprentice at Iggesund Paperboard Ltd, and Neil Lovell at our 190th AGM

Our Chairman, Jon Wright, announced at our 190th Annual General Meeting on 13 June at St Bride Foundation, London, that we helped 1,646 people in 2016, an increase of 44 per cent from 2015.

The figure included 496 people helped through welfare grants; 98 residents in our two sheltered homes for retired people; 537 young people through our education work; 439 people with CV and job search training; and 76 through charity partnerships.

Jon Wright said: “The charity meets a very real need and we are committed to extending our reach through our welfare and education work, as well as building stronger industry links. Being accessible underpins all our initiatives to increase the number of people we help in a meaningful way year-on-year.”

At the AGM Jon Wright and Steve Sibbald were elected as our Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively for a fifth term, Pauline Blake, Internal Audit Director at FT Limited, was elected as our Honorary Treasurer, and the appointments of Brett Lawrence and Peter Coley as trustees were confirmed.

Guest speaker at the event, Georgia Irving, who is currently in the first year of a paper making apprenticeship at Iggesund Paperboard Ltd, shared insights into her apprenticeship with guests, who included the Rt Hon the Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde, our President, and people from the printing, publishing and packaging industries.

Three MA students at the London College of Communication, Linlin Pan, Szuyun Chang and Yinyu Chen, designed our 190th Annual Report. The project was part of our education work giving young people joining the industry practical experience of a real design brief.

Annual General Meeting


The 190th Annual General Meeting of The Printing Charity will take place on

Tuesday 13th June 2017

From 3.30pm

To be held at St Bride Foundation, Bride Lane, Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 8EQ




Registered as a Charity in England & Wales No. 208882

The Printing Charity sponsors BBD&PA Best Student Book Award

The Printing Charity is sponsoring this year’s Best Student Book Award, one of the categories in the British Book Design and Production Awards organised by the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) in association with Oxford Brookes University, The Bookseller, The Publishers Association and BookMachine.

The Best Student Book Award is open to anyone studying in full- or part-time education on a recognised publishing, printing or design-based course in the UK and Ireland. The winner will receive a cheque for £500, a trophy at the awards evening on 16 November, and work experience with a designer, publisher or printer. The category is free to enter and the deadline for entries is 30 June 2017. For details and application forms see

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: “We’re delighted to support this award. Our initiatives for young people and new talent entering the industry are a growing part of our work. Last year our education activities and partnerships helped 537 young people and we aim to increase this through growing existing and new industry partnerships in future.”

Charles Jarrold, Chief Executive of the British Printing Industries Federation, says: “The UK books industry is a vibrant place, so I expect that we will again see some wonderful entries in this category highlighting both the capabilities of the students coming into our industry, and the unique ability of books to showcase these. With all that The Printing Charity does to support young people in our sector, their support for this award is immensely appreciated.”