Hark, the Herald! Printers Sing
Large numbers of printing industry employees and their loved ones gathered in central London on Tuesday night for Christmas carols and industry drinks to mark the start of the festive season.
Carols for Printers, which is the annual Christmas event of the BPIF, The Printing Charity, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers, the St Bride Foundation and Unite, was held at the historic location of St Bride's Church on Fleet Street, famous for its links to media and journalism.
Attendees enjoyed listening to Biblical readings of the nativity story by industry representatives, singing Christmas hymns together and hearing a mix of festive songs by the church's professional choir.
The carols were followed by a new addition to this annual event, Christmas Industry Drinks. Guests were treated to mulled wine and mince pies in the Bridewell Hall at St Bride Foundation, where many caught up with industry friends and acquaintances and soaked up the atmosphere of this ‘home of print', and saw where the BPIF London office is now based.
The event, which was free to attend, finished at around 9pm, and proved a fabulous start to the festive season.
This August our London office has been full of talk concerning beautiful books, primarily due to the stunning entries to the British Book Design and Production Awards that have been flooding in. The numerous entries to the awards seems to reflect the trend for the UK publishing industry.
The BPIF has produced a new one-page document summarising the latest developments regarding pulp, paper and board demand and prices. The official industry input and output price indices are also available to view.