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Print Futures Awards 2018 its biggest yet

The Printing Charity held its biggest ever 2018 Print Futures Awards last week, where the inspirational charity rewarded talented young people with money to support their careers in printing, paper, packaging, publishing and graphic arts.

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The Print Futures Awards give 18 to 30 year olds the chance to win up to £1,500 to further their burgeoning careers in the print industry

302 people applied for the awards this year across the UK, 94 were interviewed and there were 91 winners - its largest number yet. Women dominated the awards with 70 percent of the winners being female.

Lord Black of Brentwood, president emeritus of The Printing Charity, kicked off the event, held at the House of Lords, with a speech that paid tribute to one renowned woman.

He said: “For many years these awards were hosted by my wonderful colleague Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde. Brenda died suddenly earlier this year and we all feel her loss terribly. She was an icon of the printing industry and her name is synonymous with printing. She was an energetic, visionary champion of young people and a huge supporter of The Printing Charity. She’ll be missed by so many.”

After the room raised a glass to Brenda, Lord Black highlighted the extraordinary talent of the young people present, saying: “People of talent, ambition and enthusiasm who have committed to life-long learning will always flourish in this new world of media. This is why the Print Futures Awards are so important.”

People of talent, ambition and enthusiasm who have committed to life-long learning will always flourish in this new world of media

Neil Lovell, The Printing Charity’s chief executive, also addressed the room, thanking everyone who makes the awards possible. He also said: “We often hear around the sector people talking about the need to bring young people in and the young people here represent so many different parts of this wonderful sector. They are either working in industry already or have a really clear view of where they want to go.”

It is clear the charity is doing everything it can to support and sustain the print industry, with 326 awards given out since they started and a growing alumni group to continue the support.

Sponsors of the event included well known names in the industry such as Saxoprint, which printed the event’s brochure, The Book Trade Charity and Unite the union. The event is also supported by the BPIF, the Journalists’ Charity and St Bride Foundation.

Congratulations to all of the winners – from journalists to typesetters to designers and much more – we look forward to seeing your successes in the future.

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