The Printing Charity funds Designer Bookbinders’ Transferring Design initiative promoting the craft of bookbinding

The Printing Charity is funding Designer Bookbinders’ new initiative, Transferring Design, to help promote bookbinding and bookbinding tuition. The initiative’s aim is to increase the number of students taking up the craft and entering the profession.

Jeanette Koch, Trustee and Honorary Fellow of Designer Bookbinders, says: “With the closure of the last few full-time bookbinding courses in the UK, the number of students training in art and design with the skills to become a professional bookbinder has declined. As we cannot expect students to come to us, we must go out and inspire them!”

The initiative launched in April as a pilot scheme at colleges and universities already offering printing, design, illustration, and 3D studies with professionals from Designer Bookbinders invited to run one-day, show-and-tell sessions to introduce students to the craft.

The first four pilot sessions run by binders Tom McEwan at Glasgow School of Art, Mark Cockram at Lincoln College of Art and Design, Hannah Brown at Bath Spa University, and Kate Holland at the University of the West of England in Bristol, were so successful they are to be followed up with tailor-made workshops on bespoke subjects requested by the students. A further introductory session is also planned in London.

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, says: “This is a great initiative to introduce heritage skills to a new generation to help preserve the craft of bookbinding and fits well with our other support for bookbinding with The Queen’s Bindery Apprenticeship Scheme and our education and partnerships work supporting sector-specific training and routes into employment.”

Print Futures Awards winners celebrate their success

Print Futures Awards winners celebrate their success

A record 93 winners were presented with their Print Futures Awards on 24 July at a reception at the House of Lords kindly hosted by Lord Black of Brentwood, Deputy Chairman of the Telegraph Media Group and President Emeritus of The Printing Charity.

This year marks ten years of the Print Futures Awards, building on a previous scheme set up in 2003 and is now the largest single awards scheme for people aged 18 to 30 years in the UK printing, paper, packaging, publishing, and graphic arts sector.

At the event, reflecting on an industry he has been involved in for 25 years, Lord Black of Brentwood said: “In some ways this is the worst of times with the huge pressures of commercial and structural change in our industry as we feel the full impact of the digital revolution, but in so many other ways this is the best of times for young people like you joining the industry. The opportunities are literally endless for those with the skills, energy, and determination to succeed, not least through a commitment to lifelong learning. These Awards are important because they celebrate those opportunities and your successful start to what I hope and know will be long and distinguished careers.

“This year we had 248 applications from across the country and a fantastic range of skills. For the first time the judging process went to Leeds, reflecting the number of applications from the north. It’s also great news for our industry that we had so many applications from women, almost two-to-one.”

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive, said: “These Awards have grown exponentially in the last few years. We’re thrilled to help you find new routes, undertake extra training, and develop your careers. We have a lot of new faces and companies involved this year so my call is to please pass on the message to encourage more organisations to get involved.”

Please see for more information about this year’s winners: Philippa Adams, Christie Anderson, Connell Angus, Rebecca Baird, Joe Barraclough, Chloe Barrett, Elizabeth Beck, Leanne Bishop, Samuel Bloore, Charlotte Brady, Hena Bryan, Joe Burn, Nathan Burton, Sophie Chuter, Katie Claydon, Jem Collins, Charlotte Crouch, Chloe Daly, Connor Daniels, Aoife Datta, Katharine Dick, Clare Diston, Louise Docherty, Florence Eckersley, Percie Edgeker, Bradley Ellicock, Amy Elrington, Sian Elvin, Rebecca Field, Lauren Forrester, Katie Fox, Bobby Goodall, Nina Hakovirta, Declan Hannigan, Connor Hansford, Jasmin Hardy, Emily Harlow, Shannon Harrison, Lee Hollen, Alice Horne, Laura Illand, Ammara Isa, Sam Johnson, Srishti Kadu, Jessica Kirk, Sophie Lacey, Christopher Langford, Naomi Larsson, Mia Leonard, Sean Ling, Rachel Littlewood, Karina Maduro, George May, Sophie Miles, Kimberley Mogg, Kasim Mohammed, Robert Moss, Aleesha Nandhra, William Neal, Archie Nicholls, Jamie Norman, Kirsty Osborne, Tenelle Ottley-Matthew, Abigail Proctor, Emma Riley, Rory Science, Rohail Sheikh, Karla Sinclair, Molly Skinner, Brett Smith, Emily Smith, Hannah Snetsinger, Gillian Stewart, Adrianna Stypik, Vera Sugar, Jakub Szlufik, Sian Taylor, Jess Timperley, Imogen Tomlinson, Cory Topping, Zoe Turner, Helen Tyas, Jay Ullah, Klara Vith, Luke Wade, Amanda Waters, Marc Weal, Shaikyla White, Connor  Wigham, Gemma Willars, Megan Winter-Barker, Matthew Young, and Adeeba Zahoor.

New look for BPIF as they celebrate print at Members’ Day

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Held on Tuesday 9 July, BPIF Members’ Day proved to be an informative and inspiring celebration of print as the BPIF launched its fresh new look to members, while hosting their lively morning conference and AGM before providing members and MPs the opportunity to network at the House of Commons.

Warmly received by members, the BPIF’s new branding was revealed alongside a beautiful 2018/19 Annual Review and new Facts and Figures document, to reflect the federation’s vision to invigorate a modern, progressive print industry. The branding, which can now be seen on the BPIF website, features clean-cut lines to mirror the clear, best-in-class thinking the organisation seeks to embody for the benefit of the industry.

BPIF Chief Executive Charles Jarrold said of the rebrand, “Since November we have been working on our vision as an organisation and ensuring that our brand image reflects what the BPIF is; a modern, membership based, business services association. I am delighted to share this with you today. It provides a modern presence with a nod to our heritage that aligns with our mission to be a thriving trade association, inspiring those around us to see opportunities for growth.”Members also enjoyed attending a morning conference, which was led by Kevin Green, the former Chief Executive of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation and also HR Director at Royal Mail. Full of practical advice on how businesses can address positive opportunities in people management, it was followed by the BPIF AGM, which included BPIF President Darren Coxon and Chief Executive Charles Jarrold reviewing the BPIF’s key achievements over the past year.

Darren Coxon commented, “Being President is an honour and a privilege. Not for the pay because there isn’t any. Not for the extra work it brings nor the commitment it requires, but for the opportunity to give a bit back and help shape the future of our industry.”

The All-Party Parliamentary Print Group Reception formed the final part of the day, which took place on the terraces at the House of Commons. Hosted by Stephen Metcalfe MP, Charles Jarrold and Louisa Bull of Unite offered attendees insightful thoughts on the current and future state of the printing industry.

The Reception also provided a chance to celebrate some of the talent and hard work that is poured into the printing industry. Andrew Pearson of Graphic Packaging International was presented with the Kathy Woodward Award for Learning, while children’s books illustrator Lewis Houghton was awarded the Victor Watson Trophy. Chad Noble of Communisis and Fiona Fawcett, founder of Plewsy, an eco-friendly hand-illustrated paper goods and homeware company, were both Highly Commended. Finally, Charles Jarrold, presented the Outstanding Contribution Award to ProCo CEO Jon Bailey.

Charles stated, “As always, it’s an honour and a privilege to celebrate the commitment and dedication so many of my peers have made to our industry. My thanks go to all of our members, staff and MPs, on what I feel has been a very successful Members’ Day.”

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

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 or contact Anaïs Bellemans at the BPIF on 020 7915 8320 or

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