We all need support sometimes

We all need support sometimes

How are you? It’s a simple question, but so important to ask and to take the time to listen carefully to the answer. Our Head of Welfare and Wellbeing, Debbie Beck talks about checking in on others and how The Printing Charity is here to listen and support anyone in need of help.

Our mental health is just as important as our physical health and it’s great that this is more widely recognised. Since Covid-19 I feel we have all become more self-aware of our own mental health and of the mental health of those around us. 

One of the most difficult parts of my role is hearing about people’s challenges and how they are struggling as a result. However, like the rest of the team, it is rewarding to hear from people that our support has made a difference to their lives. We try to provide people with the tools to help themselves and, if appropriate, encourage them to get back into work, even if it is to a different industry, and give some financial support while they do this. This is because working and establishing a routine make people feel valued which has a huge impact on wellbeing.  

How the Printing Charity support people

There is a range of ways the Printing Charity supports people. We have grants for white goods such as fridges and cookers, or for furniture such as a new bed or sofa. We can give  short-term financial support, to help someone with their living expenses while they recover from illness or while seeking employment. During COVID-19 we introduced a new emergency grant which releases funds quickly and is available to people who wouldn’t usually qualify for our support.  We can also contribute towards the cost of care or for therapeutic services whilst receiving care. 

The Welfare and Wellbeing team supports those that have a financial need, but we recognise that giving a grant won’t solve everything. As part of our service, we signpost people to other organisations including debt management, gambling and addiction, which are all things that impact on wellbeing.  

Another way of offering support is by referring beneficiaries to our free, confidential helpline for advice and emotional support.  This can be practical advice from CAB trained advisers or counselling from BACP trained counsellors.  

Who is eligible for support?

People often think they won’t be eligible because they have left the industry or are retired but that isn’t the case. We help people with a print history of at least three years and that doesn’t have to be current or consecutive. We will also consider helping if the print connection was through immediate family such as a parent or adult child.  For people with a shorter print history, we may not be able to offer financial support, but they will still be eligible to use our helpline, even if they need help on their first day in the industry.

Asking for help isn’t easy, and now more than ever it’s vital that we ask our friends and family how they are, and really listen to the answer. A lot of people will say they’re fine but, if you’re not convinced, ask again. It’s okay to ask twice.

If you are connected to our industry and need support, speak to our Welfare and Wellbeing team.

47 new Rising Stars announced

47 new Rising Stars announced

We are excited to announce that 47 rising stars are celebrating receiving grants of up to £1,500 each to invest in their personal and professional career development.

This year we rebranded our annual awards as the Rising Star Awards to better reflect our multifaceted sector. There were 133 applications in total, and of those, 47 were awarded a prize. 

This year’s Rising Stars are working in a wide range of roles including apprentice engineer, commissioning editor and creative marketing manager. Geographically, the furthest South winner is from the Isle of Wight and the furthest North is from Carnoustie in Scotland.

Our Chief Executive, Neil Lovell, is proud to see such strong applications adding; “These young people represent some of the very best talent right now and we know they will all go far in their chosen field. It’s particularly heartening to be able to share their success at a time when we are all looking to a more positive future”.

Recipients will use their grants to undertake a variety of courses to build core and practical skills, boost soft skills, develop leadership and management skills, or receive specialist coaching.  

The charity will invite all of the stars to a virtual celebration later in June and to join its growing alumni group set up to help them stay connected to other young talent in the sector.

Find out more about the awards and the winners in each sector.

2021 Rising Stars seeking career coaching

2021 Rising Stars seeking career coaching

These stars have really chosen to invest in themselves and are all looking to further their personal development plans with the help of an expert mentor or coach. Our support will enable them to receive tailored career coaching and guidance sessions, helping to map out the direction in which they wish their careers to take them and the skills they need to develop to get there.

Charlotte Crampton

Charlotte Crampton

Whilst at university, Charlotte created her own graphic design and photography company, working for high end clients such as Hugo Boss and Tommy Hilfiger. After a year working at Amazon, she took an opportunity at ArtSytems, developing an excellent relationship with her mentor and moving up through the ranks, eventually leading their resell channels. Now at R A Smart Large Format, Charlotte aims to develop her business skills to set up her own business, with a primary focus on introducing young women to the print industry.

Arnas Ceckauskas

Arnas Ceckauskas

Arnas has enjoyed every day of work since starting at Paul Turners Sign Writers in 2013, beginning as a print finisher/graphic designer, following in his Grandfather’s footsteps. Now an experienced service engineer with Agfa, he holds a rare skill set of in-depth knowledge and practical ability, on top of the ability to operate and diagnose printers. His next step is becoming a team leader, and he will be undertaking a Leadership Career Coaching Programme, with the goal of managing a highly efficient team.

Vicky Joss

Vicky Joss

Working as Marketing Manager at Head of Zeus, Vicky’s work focuses on creating communities and championing commercial fiction across a range of subjects. During lockdown she started Gingerbread Book Reviews, blogging about her favourite books, building relationships with influencers and other bloggers, and sharing a passion for the romance genre. In the future, she intends to combine her creativity with data driven decisions, putting her ahead of the curve and an asset to a larger marketing team.

2021 Rising Stars in leadership & management

2021 Rising Stars in leadership & management

These stars all have a shared vision of becoming the leaders of the future, managing people, and guiding their organisations to success. They will undertake various leadership and management training courses to solidify skills such as critical thinking, problem solving, and process improvement, all of which are crucial to such high level roles. This training will help them to become inspired leaders and propel them to the next level in their careers.

Hannah Reynard

Hannah Reynard

With a background in Sports Studies, Hannah was recruited into the Print Industry as an Account Manager. Relocating to Dorset in 2016, she joined a print management company working with clients such as Specsavers and Euronics, where she developed her passion for production. Now working for Amberley Labels, Hannah is back doing what she loves as Account Manager for Estee Lauder. She is focused on Team Leader and Mental Health in the Workplace training to encourage wellbeing and efficiency in the business.

Nicola Chaddock

Nicola Chaddock

Since graduating with a first-class degree in Marketing, Nicola has worked with leading retailers including Poundland, Aldi, and Pets at Home, always growing her passion for print. Now POS Project Manager for Paragon Customer Communications, her fascination for print is still strong and she particularly loves the creative aspects. Nicola’s next step is taking on CIM courses, with a goal to one day of becoming a leading Chartered Marketer within print.

Jake Steels

Jake Steels

With a degree in Business Management, Jacob’s natural career was marketing. However, his first job as a Production Planner changed his path as he fell in love with print. Now an Account Manager at Webmart, he has successfully combined his passions for print and marketing, knowing that he is helping people with his work. Jake sees himself as an Account Director at Webmart within five years, and will be completing an ILM Level 3 Certificate Leadership & Management course with ICS Learn.

Greg Fitzgerald

Greg Fitzgerald

Whilst studying Law, Greg worked part time for Bell & Bain Ltd, and was invited to stay on full time after graduating. He is passionate about continuous education, as well as reading for pleasure, and now works with the very books he once used as study aids. Determined and ambitious, Greg’s goal is to train for Director level, and he is starting this with a Diploma in Strategic Management at the Distance Learning College.

 

Kira Latham

Kira Latham

Kira began her career in Print excited by the ways in which the industry evolves. She has now worked at Bluetree for over five years, starting out as Account Executive and now she’s Head of Client Services, working with three Team Leaders. Kira is passionate about making a difference and getting the opportunity to help her clients and other businesses grow. Now, she is looking to take her management and leadership skills to the next level, continuing to be an integral part of Bluetree’s growth.

Paisley Woods

Paisley Woods

Creativity has always been one of Paisley’s strengths, and with a talent for design she knew a career in the print industry would give her the potential to show this. Beginning as Trainee Seamstress for Northern Flag, she is now a Production Supervisor with extensive knowledge about print, and all the machines and products Northern Flag produces. Paisley is now focused on completing a leadership and management course with the aim of becoming a Production Manager.

Samuel Price

Samuel Price

Starting his career as an estimator in the building industry, an advert for an estimator role at Platinum Print caught Sam’s eye. Since starting in 2018, he has been promoted to Supervisor and now Sales Office Manager, managing a team of five. This experience broadened his horizons and he loves that print keeps him thinking as he enjoys the intricate jobs that come his way. Sam would now like to become the most proficient manager he can be, expanding his team even further.

2021 Rising Stars in publishing developing soft skills

2021 Rising Stars in publishing developing soft skills

Although working in a variety of different roles, a passion for books is something all these stars have in common as they forge their careers in publishing. Now looking to take elements of their soft skills to the next level, they will all take on specialist training courses covering topics such as negotiation, people management, and equality, diversity, and inclusion. With our support, they’ll gain industry recognised training which will help them to advance their publishing careers.

Emily Roe

Emily Roe

Finishing her Masters as the top in her year, Emily was encouraged to stay in academia, but decided it wasn’t for her. An advertisement for an internship at The National Trust caught her eye, and everything fell into place. Working her way up to Editor, she loves bringing people together with a shared creative vision. Passionate about inclusivity, Emily looks to further her career with a course in diversity and inclusion training, leading to more senior positions in future.

Joanne Butlin

Joanne Butlin

Joanne holds an MSc in Publishing Design, graduating with distinction. Beginning as an intern, she is now Production & Design Assistant at Fairlight Books, with a passion for illustration and cover designs, particularly in children’s literature.  Aside from her current role, her proudest achievement is her major project, Don’t Worry, Lovely, a children’s book aimed at breaking down communication barriers during emotionally stressful times, which she looks to publish in the next five years.

Marianne Tatepo

Marianne Tatepo

Marianne holds a BA in Comparative Literature & Film from KCL and MA in Publishing from UCL. She has over six years of editorial experience with Penguin Random House and HarperCollins among others. In 2020, she joined Ebury’s Lifestyle hub, and founded publishing community Black Agents & Editors’ Group (BAE), which curated the first guest-edited issue of The Bookseller. Her long-term goal is to be in a senior editorial role, and she is now beginning training through the Publishing Training Centre.

Shannon Kneis

Shannon Kneis

Shannon began her career in academic publishing, combining her love for books with her passion for accessible sociology. She has now been Associate Commissioning Editor at Bristol University Press/Policy Press for four years, working with authors who once lectured her! She hopes to further her work in equality and diversity initiatives and sees herself in a people management role in the future.

Holly Domney

Holly Domney

Holly never gets tired of being right at the start of a book’s journey, and publishing has allowed her to do something both meaningful and creative with her career. Describing herself as “ruthlessly” optimistic and cheerful, Holly has worked her way up to Editor with Head of Zeus and is now taking courses to strengthen her negotiation and people management skills to put her in good stead for becoming an Editorial Director in future.

2021 Rising Stars developing core marketing skills

2021 Rising Stars developing core marketing skills

Whether within print or publishing, these stars have pursued a specialism in marketing, promoting their products and services to a wider audience and representing their brands. They will undertake Chartered Institute of Marketing or similar training to solidify their skills and propel them to the next stages of their careers.

Gracia Scott

Gracia Scott

Gracia loves working in the inkjet print industry, sharing a great passion and hardworking ethos with others. As Marketing Assistant for Meteor Inkjet Ltd, she continues to be fascinated by Inkjet applications, and not just those using ink on paper, but new emerging markets from 3D printing to decorating products. She is also keen on helping her customers minimise their environmental impact. Gracia will now study with the CIM, embarking on a marketing diploma to learn about the impact of the digital revolution, and strengthening her data analytic skills. 

Rachael Hunt

Rachael Hunt

Rachael has had a varied career in marketing, from interning in New York City, to progressing within an agency environment for the past five years, where she was awarded Lincolnshire’s Young Business Person of the Year. Now the Creative Marketing Manager at Visual Print and Design, she is passionate about growing her expertise as a print marketer. Rachael will now complete a Mini MBA Marketing course to strengthen her knowledge and take her skills to the next level. 

Sophie Jackson

Sophie Jackson

A self-confessed organisational fan, Sophie has always preferred putting pen to paper and admired beautiful pieces of print. As Marketing and Communications Strategist at Tharstern, she holds responsibility for the business marketing as well as planning events and handling PR. The role is perfect for her, combining her passions for print and social engagement. She now looks to undertake a Level 6 Diploma in Digital Marketing to become an expert in her role and take on more responsibility. 

Lucy Pullen

Lucy Pullen

Always a passionate reader, Lucy is fascinated by the history of publishing, and excited by the way it has endeared. Starting her career at a local arts centre, she is now Marketing Executive at the Geological Society in Bath, working on a huge breadth of geology subjects. She looks forward to becoming a member of the CIM, and working more closely with her passion for books and marketing in the future. 

Hannah Sothcott

Hannah Sothcott

Books have been a strong driving force for Hannah, from school book fairs and library visits, eventually leading her to graduating with a BA Hons in English Literature. She now works for Medina Publishing, creating real world change through her marketing. She is focused on publishing and representing marginalised voices, and is an avid reader and promoter of women’s fiction. Hannah aims to develop and strengthen her work through courses at the PTC, looking towards a senior marketing role.