Wednesday, 16 May 2018 09:39 GMT

BPIF seeks entries for major industry awards

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) has called on members of the UK print industry members to consider putting their name forward for two of its most prestigious honours.

Entries for both the Victor Watson Trophy and Kathy Woodward Award close on June 8, and the BPIF is encouraging those interested in the awards to get in touch as soon as possible so as not to miss the deadline.

Now in its third year, the Victor Watson Trophy was named in memory of Victor Watson CBE, who, until his death, was president of Print Yorkshire, now known as Creative and Digital Industries (CDi).

The special award was launched to recognise the ‘Young Person of Outstanding Achievement’ in the UK print market and is open to anyone under the age of 31 at the time of the presentation.

The honour can go to anyone from within the printing supply chain—from journalism, through to all aspects of printing and allied trades such as: printing, publishing, manufacturing or operating presses, driving, cleaning, advertising, photography, graphic arts, making ink and recycling paper.

The Victor Watson Trophy is a fantastic way to celebrate their achievements—this recognition is so important and it's in your hands

Robert McClements, president of CDi, says: “The Victor Watson Trophy is a fantastic way to celebrate their achievements—this recognition is so important and it's in your hands.

“We have seen the emotional reaction of all who are nominated—for winners and those who are highly commended it's hard to capture their surprise that someone they respect has taken the time to say, “Well done, we really appreciate you”.”

Meanwhile, the Kathy Woodward Award £1,000 honour supports individuals in the print, packaging and graphic design industries to further their careers. The award was named in memory of Kathy Woodward, the much-loved former chief executive of the BPIF who passed away in 2014.

To take part, entrants must submit a 500-word proposal on why they think they deserve both the award and prize money, as well as how they would spend these funds to enhance their career prospects.

Louise Hope, who won the award last year, put the money towards her BPIF Level 2 Managers Course, comments: “I am very delighted and proud to have won the Kathy Woodward Award. It has been a privilege and an honour to be awarded this as Kathy Woodward was a great leader and someone who we all should hope to aspire to be like.”

It has been a privilege and an honour to be awarded this as Kathy Woodward was a great leader and someone who we all should hope to aspire to be like

Melanie Fox, artwork supervisor at Multi Packaging Solutions, won in 2016 and used the money to purchase of a new laptop in order to help her complete her studies with the BPIF.

Fox comments: “I feel extremely privileged to be recognised as a recipient of the BPIF Kathy Woodward Award, and would like to thank both my BPIF assessor Dominic Wing and my colleagues at the Multi Packaging Solutions Artwork Services department for their continued support and encouragement.”

Both awards represent a fantastic opportunity for industry members across the UK to not only win the respect of their colleagues and peers, but potentially further their career in the print and related industries, as well as enjoy a special awards ceremony to celebrate their achievements with the wider industry.

Previous winners of these and similar awards have gone on to progress in their print careers and now hold senior positions within the industry, demonstrating the value of getting involved.

For those interested in entering either of the awards this year, they are urged to contact Sophie Chater at the BPIF as soon as possible. All entries can be sent to Sophie via her email address—sophie.chater@bpif.org.uk—but must be sent over before the deadline of June 8.

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