Winner of The Print Show voucher design competition announced

Melanie Edwards, who is studying BA (Hons) Graphic and Communication Design at Leeds University and was a 2015 Print Futures Awards winner, has won first prize in the competition run by The Printing Charity and Print Monthly to design a voucher to be used at The Print Show.
Paula Caffrey and Keir Mucklestone-Barnett, both winners of a Print Futures Award this year, were runners-up with their design entries.
Melanie Edwards says: “I’m surprised, excited and very grateful that The Printing Charity and Print Monthly selected my design as the winner of this competition. I have a passion for print and tactile handmade design so when I saw that the brief was to demonstrate ‘the beauty of print and how its tactile and tangible quality really can affect those who engage with it’, I knew I had to get involved!”
Entrants were invited to design a voucher for The Print Show, which celebrates the beauty and tactile quality of print and be functional, giving visitors access to ‘eat all you like’ at the Pick and Mix counter on Print Monthly’s stand. Every visitor to The Printers’ Bazaar zone on the first morning of The Print Show will receive a voucher.
Neil Lovell, Chief Executive and Secretary of The Printing Charity, says:  “I loved the fact that it was a real design brief and a way for The Printing Charity to help young talent gain practical work experience. The standard of entries was very high, so congratulations to Melanie, Paula and Keir.”

The Rt. Hon Lord Blunkett to speak at our Annual Luncheon

Press Release
17 August 2016
The Rt. Hon the Lord Blunkett is our guest speaker at our 189th Annual Luncheon on Thursday, 3 November 2016, at Stationers’ Hall, Ave Maria Lane, London.
Lord Blunkett says: “As The Printing Charity’s President for 2016, I attended the Print Futures Awards in July and am looking forward to the Annual Luncheon, which is a great networking event for people working in printing, publishing and packaging.”
He was awarded a peerage in 2015, taking the title of Lord Blunkett of Brightside and Hillsborough in the City of Sheffield. As well as supporting a wide range of charitable endeavours as trustee, Vice President and patron, he is a popular speaker, author and media contributor.
He was Member of Parliament for Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough from 1987 to 2015, and a member of Tony Blair’s Cabinet for eight years from 1997. He served as Secretary of State responsible for the Home Office and Education and Employment, and as Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
Educated at evening class and on day release from work, he entered the University of Sheffield as a mature student, graduating in 1972. In 2015 he took up a post as Professor of Politics in Practice at the University of Sheffield Department of Politics and became Chair of the Board of the University of Law, formerly the College of Law, in London.
A board member of the National Citizens Service Trust, Lord Blunkett has a long-standing interest in citizenship education and young people’s well-being.
Tickets for our Annual Luncheon cost £95 per person. To order tickets, email or book directly through Eventbrite

The Print Futures Awards continue to grow

Press Release
21 July 2016
The Print Futures Awards continue to grow with a record 88 applicants and 50 winners this year. The winners received their Awards at an event kindly hosted by the Rt Hon the Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde and organised by The Printing Charity at the House of Lords on 19 July.
This year’s winners are: Marc Aplin, Charlotte Baker, Fatima Banglawala, Sarah Bissell, Blake Brooks, Paula Caffrey, Louis Carden, Flora Carr, Dominic Cazaux, Amy Crampton, Lisa Davies, Marina De Salis, Myrto Dimitrakoulia, Jay Drennan, Janneke Earl, Fran Gordon, Kennedy Grainger, Gabriele Gudaityte, Esmé Hager-Eichhorn, Eric Hesselbo, Vanessa Hindshaw, Rose Howie, James Jessiman, Annika Jones, Szandra Kovacs, Naomi Lambert, Raonaid Levesley, Zara Markland, Gavin McHugh, Helena McNish, Aniesa Mirreh, Keir Mucklestone-Barnett, Caoimhe Mulgrew, Clare Mullooly, Alberto Negro, Michael O’Grady, Doris Panholzer, Daniel Pelly, Natasha Pilling, Sophie Raoufi, Damion Robinson, Pietro Sandri, Herwig Scherabon, Henry Seeley, George Taylor, Daniel Weatheritt, Katy Welsh, Shalyn Wilkins, Rebecca Willmott, and Loi Xuan Ly. For more information about the winners, please see
The Print Futures Awards are grants of £1,500 to help people aged between 16 and 30 years pay for training courses for a career in printing, publishing and packaging.
At the event, Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive and Secretary said: “We are proud of the Print Futures Awards and their continued growth. I believe that both the charity and the sector have more to do to encourage young talent.
“Networking and connections are vital. We are setting up an Alumni programme for this year’s and previous winners. The aim is to stay connected with them, introduce them to industry contacts and enable them to hear from leading thinkers in the sector.”
Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group and Vice President of The Printing Charity, said: “Printing and publishing are at the heart of the creative industry and we thank The Printing Charity for its work providing pathways for young people into these creative roles.”
The Print Futures Awards are sponsored by The Printing Charity, Unite the Union (GPM & IT Sector), the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), SAXOPRINT, St Bride Foundation, the Journalists’ Charity, John Crosfield Foundation, and The Book Trade Charity.

Queens Bindery Apprentice Scheme Launch

The Royal Collection Trust held a pre-launch reception at Windsor Castle for The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme on 21st June to thank supporters and partners of the scheme. 

During the reception The Queen joined the gathering and met some of the scheme’s supporters including our CEO Neil Lovell.

A fantastic day at the picnic in The Mall

Kathy Senior (left) and Margaret Duff

Our Home Managers, Kathy Senior and Margaret Duff, were two of the 10,000 people who braved the weather to attend the picnic in The Mall, the largest ever street party to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday and her patronage of over 600 charities and organisations, one of which is The Printing Charity.

Kathy says: “Despite the weather, it was a fantastic day and it was an honour to represent The Printing Charity at the Patron’s Lunch. I felt very emotional being there on the charity’s behalf.”

“You could feel the sense of occasion,” adds Margaret. “It was a very special day and the highlight, of course, was seeing the Queen and members of the Royal Family in The Mall.”

Residents at our two sheltered homes, Beaverbrook House and Southwood Court, also held celebrations and raised a glass to wish Her Majesty a very happy birthday.



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