Visual Media Conference 7 April 2020 – Book now!

Visual Media Conference 7 April 2020 – Book now!

Unique opportunity to learn more from drupa in advance of their event in June 2020!

The BPIF are delighted to bring you the 7th Visual Media Conference and Exhibition on 7 April 2020 at the Rose Bowl Leeds. The VMC is a free-to-attend one day event providing vivid insights into marketing and digital communications, vital to the printing and creative industries.

Organised together with CDI, a special interest group of the BPIF, this year the VMC theme ‘Fake it or make it’, addresses the falseness of news, abuse of data, Google stats, fake followers, greenwashing and importantly the obverse – trustworthiness and authenticity.

“It gets better and better every year.”

There is an extremely impressive line-up of national and international speakers at this year’s event, from companies such as Coca-Cola on branding, Communisis on Artificial Intelligence and HP on new printing technology, who will use powerful case studies and provide take-away practical ideas. All of this will be backed up with an exhibition including Virtual Reality, and a unique opportunity to learn what to expect from drupa at their global event in Düsseldorf in June 2020.

“It gets better and better every year. We’ve listened to what you told us you wanted, so be prepared for some surprises – illusions and facts!” Robert McClements, CDI President.

Places are limited, so make sure to book your place now to guarantee availability at


Our 2020 Print Futures Awards for rising stars are open for entries

Our 2020 Print Futures Awards for rising stars are open for entries

Supporting the next generation of industry talent.

Our 2020 Print Futures Awards giving people aged 18 to 30 the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £1,500 to support their personal and workplace development to progress in their careers in the UK printing, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphic arts sector are open for entries.

We want to hear from people working in UK print-related organisations looking to develop their practical and personal workplace skills, studying for sector-specific qualifications or those with clear plans in place to take their first step into the sector.

“We know the sector has some great rising stars.”

Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, says: “This year we’d like to hear from people, who are keen to develop their softer skills such as courses and training for presentation skills, problem solving, and leadership. These are often overlooked but can make a real difference to someone’s development.”

“We know the sector has some great rising stars and Print Futures is the perfect opportunity for companies to support them in their application and for the winners to be recognised for their achievements at our awards event at the House of Lords in July.”


Applicants need to be UK residents aged 18 to 30 at the time of application. They will need to have a clear plan of how a grant would help them develop their career and include details of the training they want to do, costs, and timings. The grants cannot be used to pay for employers’ own staff training costs. Applications are online here and close on 26 April 2020.

Interviews for shortlisted applicants will be held in May and June when they will have the opportunity to expand on their application and why an award would make a difference.


To find out more about the awards, please email 

You can read our FAQs here



We take a holistic approach to applications for support, taking time to look at all the factors in a particular case and how best to provide help. We do not work in isolation and value the relationships we have with like-minded organisations. Here are some of the specialist services that we might signpost to.


Apprentice 20

Apprentice 20

In recent years, the Stationers’ Company has initiated an annual Apprentice event. The objective is to raise awareness of apprenticeship opportunities and to link young people from across greater London with potential employers. Last year Apprentice 19 was held in the City of London’s Guildhall in association with the City of London Corporation. It was a great success with over 60 participating Companies (potential employers and providers) and 2,500 – 3000 students from across Greater London. This year Apprentice 20 will be again be in the glorious setting of the Guildhall and will be on 29 and 30 June 2020. The Stationers’ Company, The Lord Mayor and the City of London intend to give this event their very strongest level of support in 2020.

If you are an employer with an apprenticeship programme or a provider, we would be delighted to discuss your involvement. We expect at least as many students, if not more, over the course of the two days. There is no cost beyond staffing your stand and providing engaging materials. However, there is pressure on places and we would be most grateful if you would contact us as soon as possible if you wish to discuss your participation.

The hours will be 10.00 am – 3.30 pm and you can set up on Sunday evening or from 7.00 am on Monday morning. You will have power and Wi-Fi.  Apprentice 20 is aimed at years 10,11,12 and 13 although the 29th June will be post 16 only.

Some comments about Apprentice 19:

‘The feedback from my team was very positive. We are taking on 5 interns, 3 of which will take on an 18-month apprenticeship this year. The event served to promote these positions well. I can speak for the team in saying that it was an event we were proud to be part of.’

James Duckenfield, CEO, Hobs 3-D,

‘It was a great pleasure to be part of this amazing event and so pleased to see how many students were present.’ Anne Ashworth, Pearson Plc

Apprentice 19 was a fantastic event! Students were very engaged and interested in learning more about apprenticeships in professional services. It was great to see enthusiasm from all year groups.’

Katherine Holdstock, PwC Student Recruitment Manager

Apprentice 19  was very informative, as I was able to speak to a variety of people from different industries. I had previously not thought about a career in the printing industry, however, after seeing the vast range of jobs in the sector from design to engineering, I am now going to explore career options in print. Thank you for a wonderful experience.

18 year-old student

 It has opened my eyes to careers I had never considered.


Please contact:

Helen Esmonde

The Stationers’ Company

Past Master

Chair of Education Committee


Eileen’s Story

Eileen’s Story

One of Eileen’s first jobs when she left school at 15 in the 1950s was in Foyles Bookshop on Charing Cross Road. She lived in Camberwell at the time and had to catch three buses to and from work.

“I loved working at Foyles where I repaired damaged spines and covers on books that had been out on loan to customers,” Eileen says. “Our job was to make the books look like new, but there was no formal training. I remember meeting Christina Foyle, who gave us each a powder compact and lipstick for Christmas.”

When Eileen was 16, her sister’s boyfriend in the Navy introduced her to her future husband, Alan, by setting them up as pen friends. They got to know each other through their letters and met when he was on leave.

After her children started school, Eileen joined Pullman’s, working mainly on the Muller and Manifold machines in the Finishing Department. Her brother worked there as a printer and her husband too after he left the Navy, but Eileen and Alan were on opposite shifts.

“You couldn’t talk to anyone while you were working because of the noise from the big web machines,” Eileen says. “They weren’t so strict about health and safety and people sometimes worked without the guards down on the web machines.”

Eileen and Alan used to walk past one of the charity’s sheltered homes when it was being built and her husband picked out the flat that would suit them. It is where Eileen now lives.

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, accepts our 2020 Presidency

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg

John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg

We are pleased to announce that John Micklethwait, Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, has accepted our invitation to be our 2020 President.

John Micklethwait says: “The Printing Charity does a fantastic job looking after people of all ages  – with help ranging from financial assistance and sector-specific training initiatives to being a friendly voice at the end of the phone for people in challenging circumstances. It is a great honour to follow Lionel Barber as President, and I’m looking forward to being involved with our sector’s occupational charity this year.”

As Editor-in-Chief of Bloomberg, John Micklethwait oversees editorial content across all Bloomberg platforms including its news, newsletters, magazines, opinion, television, radio and digital properties as well as its research services including Bloomberg Intelligence.

Prior to joining Bloomberg in February 2015, he worked for The Economist for 28 years, becoming Editor-in-Chief in 2006. He began his career in banking at Chase Manhattan In London after studying history at Magdalen College, Oxford.

He is the co-author of six books, most recently The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State. In 2010, he was named Editors’ Editor by the British Society of Magazine Editors. He has been a trustee of the British Museum, a Pulitzer judge and he is on the Board of Overseers at the Columbia Journalism Review.

Neil Lovell, our Chief Executive, says: “We are pleased to have John Micklethwait as our President this year. His career spans traditional and digital media in a sector that is continuing to adapt to the impact of the digital revolution.”