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Baroness Dean: The Printing Charity is 'relevant but different'
Late November saw the 190th anniversary of the founding of the Printing Charity marked at a lunch at Stationers' Hall in the City of London attended by 180 guests from across the print and publishing industries.
Although relatively young compared to the industry it serves, the charity has seen considerable changes in its activities over that period: 'different but relevant', as 2017 charity president Baroness Dean of Thornton-le-Fylde put it in her address.
'I never forget that I had my time in this great industry born of the printed word. I'm proud of its role in our democracy and our institutions; and its relevance in keeping pace with a vastly changing world and providing the routes so often to those changes,' she commented.
In addition to highlighting the size and contribution of the printing industry to the UK economy - 116,000 employees, 8400 companies and £13.8 billion turnover -Baroness Dean and Printing Charity chairman Jon Wright reported a more than 40% increase in the number of cases where the charity had been able to help in the past year. Four of the Print Futures Awards winners were also present to show how the charity is relevant to all ages.