We extend our reach and impact

Our Chairman, Jon Wright, announced at our 192nd Annual General Meeting on 21 May at St Bride Foundation, London, that we helped 1,737 people in 2018, an increase of 34 per cent on the previous year.

Reporting on our positive year in growing our reach and impact in our welfare and education work, Jon Wright said 832 people were helped through our education initiatives, including 91 Print Futures Awards winners; and 197 people facing redundancy in 13 companies received practical back to work support.

In his round-up of the charity’s activities, Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, gave an update on improvements to our two sheltered home schemes for people who have retired from the sector and extending our annual Print Futures Awards programme.

He also shared the positive results from our latest survey asking beneficiaries receiving regular financial support what our help means to them. There was an 81 per cent response rate, with 94 per cent saying that the charity offers a good level of service; 87 per cent feel happier about the future; 62 per cent are able to go out more; and 90 per cent now worry less about buying food, while 87 per cent worry less about switching on their electricity and heating.

This year’s guest speaker was Lauren Powell, a 2018 Print Futures Award winner and trainee account executive at Adare SEC, the Integrated Communications Provider, which she joined on a three-year customer service apprenticeship. She spoke engagingly about why she chose an apprenticeship, enjoying hers so much that she completed it in just 12 months. Learning in a real life environment has opened up opportunities she might not have had if she had followed a different career path.

Jon Wright and Steve Sibbald were re-elected at the AGM as The Printing Charity’s Chairman and Deputy Chairman respectively.

Final call for entries to the 2019 Print Futures Awards

Final call for entries to the 2019 Print Futures Awards

The Printing Charity is making a final call for entries to this year’s Print Futures Awards, which are grants of up to £1,500 open to UK residents aged 18 to 30 years, supporting workplace skills and routes into employment in the UK printing, paper, packaging, publishing, and graphic arts sector.

The charity wants to hear from the sector’s rising stars: apprentices and those studying for NVQs in UK print-related organisations; people already working in UK print-related organisations looking to develop their workplace skills; and those completing a recognised UK qualification and intending to take their first print-related role in the sector in 2019.

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: “We have had some great applications already and each year we do a shout-out before the closing date to remind people that there’s still time to apply. It’s an easy online application, asking people to show us a clear plan with costings of how a grant will help them progress in their career.

“Things we will consider supporting are post education internships; relevant training courses; professional accreditation; and kit and equipment where applicants can demonstrate they are beneficial to their studies, training, and development.”

The closing date for applications is midnight on 29 April 2019. To apply online, please see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk/print-futures-awards/

A panel of judges from across the sector will interview shortlisted applicants in London in early June and the winners will be presented with their Awards at a special event in London in July.

BPIF Call for Entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2019

BPIF Call for Entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2019

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association are calling for entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards 2019.

These are the only industry awards to promote and celebrate the excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry. All books published between 1 July 2018 and 28 June 2019 are eligible for entry in this year’s awards.

There are 18 categories that reflect the many various forms books can take including;
Brand/Series Identity
Lifestyle Illustrated
Limited Edition & Fine Binding
Self-Published Books
Educational Books
Digitally Printed Books
Scholarly, Academic & Reference Books
Exhibition Catalogues
Children’s Trade Ages 0 – 8 Years
Photographic Books
Children’s Trade Ages 9 – 16 Years
Art and Architecture Monographs
Best Jacket/Cover Design
Graphic Novels
Best Student Book
Trade Illustrated
Best British Book

There is also a category for aspiring students to enter their work, with the chance to win a cheque for £500 as well as a short internship with a leading designer, publisher or printer.

Industry experts from the areas of design, publishing and production will judge the entries and stamp the book that outshines the rest with the title of ‘Book of the Year’.

The deadline for book entries is Friday 28 June 2019. The awards will be presented at a dazzling ceremony on 21 November at the iconic Landmark Hotel in London.

For further details on the awards and entries please go to www.britishbookawards.org or contact Anaïs Bellemans at the BPIF on 020 7915 8320 or anais.bellemans@bpif.org.uk.

Annual General Meeting 2019



TUESDAY 21st MAY 2019 


Please join us at our AGM from 2.30 p.m. The meeting will commence promptly at 3 p.m.

We will be joined by guest speaker, Lauren Powell, Trainee Account Executive at Adare SEC and a 2018 Print Futures Award winner.  Lauren will be sharing an insight into her role as a customer service apprentice.

If you would like further information about the AGM, please email lucy@theprintingcharity.org.uk or call her directly on 01293 649367.


Sponsorship announced for the 2019 Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards

The Stationers’ Company is pleased to announce that Mathys & Squire and Picon are continuing their sponsorship of the Innovation Excellence Awards that celebrate the design of novel products, services, and business processes across Stationers’ diverse sectors.

Alan MacDougall, Partner at Mathys & Squire, says: “For the third year running Mathys & Squire are pleased to support the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards. As one of Europe’s most highly regarded intellectual property firms, we are passionate about innovation, entrepreneurial spirit, and seeing businesses succeed. It has been good to see the three of these coming readily to the fore in all sectors of the communications and content industries and showcased through this Awards programme. We are looking forward to seeing the 2019 entries.”

Bettine Pellant, CEO of trade association, Picon, says: “Picon is delighted to continue its sponsorship of the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards. Our organisation is brimming with innovative suppliers to the graphics arts industry and so it is appropriate for us to support awards that encourage and recognise the results of effective R&D. Only by developing ground-breaking and practical solutions can those in the communications sector continue to evolve – which we do and at a cracking pace! Picon members have been winners of the Innovation Excellence Awards in past years and I hope very much we will see some of their names among the finalists again this year.”

Chairman of the Stationers’ Company Innovation Excellence Awards, Jill Jones, says: “These Awards are a terrific opportunity for both for-profit and non-profit organisations to publicise their examples of innovation and creativity that have a financial or social impact.”

Entries close at 6 p.m. on 5 April 2019.

See here for details and an application form. Winners will be announced at an Awards luncheon and exhibition of selected entries at Stationers’ Hall, London, on 25 June 2019.


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