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Blue Max Banner sponsors new writing competition


competition to identify new writing talent in the UK is being sponsored by Blue Max Banner. The first Mane Chance writing competition

will invite entrants across four age categories: 10 years and under, 11-14 years, 15-18 years and 18+. In support of the competition, Blue Max

Banner has pledged to provide the schools of the three school-aged winners with £500 worth of Blue Max Banner sportswear, as well as £500 cash in prize money. Participants in each category will be required

to write a poem or short story about animals in no more than 1,500 words. The entries will then be judged by a panel

chaired by renowned author, poet, playwright and British Children’s Laureate, Michael Morpurgo OBE and will also include actress, Jenny Seagrove. Ms Seagrove is the founder of Mane Chance,

a Surrey-based sanctuary whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate old, abused and abandoned horses and ponies. The sanctuary also welcomes visits from schools, disabled groups and children with special needs. The writing competition is an initiative Ms

Seagrove has devised to help raise funds for the upkeep of the horses and ongoing work at the sanctuary through competition entry fees. The winners will have their compositions

read by Michael Morpurgo at a prize-giving event later in the year and will be published in a local Surrey magazine. Mary Fawcus, business development

director at Blue Max Banner said: “As the leading independent supplier of schoolwear, schools are a key element of our business and an initiative such as this aligns perfectly

Mary Fawcus holding a picture of Blue Max, with Jenny Seagrove

with our brands. Of course, Blue Max Banner’s heritage in horses has also been instrumental in spurring our participation in the initiative.” Deadline for entries into the competition is

Friday, July 10. n For more information visit

FESPA launches free technology guides for association members


s part of its commitment to education, FESPA has

launched two new sets of technical guides for members of its national associations. The guides cover Colour

Management and Pre- Production Data Management. More sets are being rolled out during the year. Each set includes an

introductory overview, two information specific guides, as well as a frequently asked questions document. Sean Holt, general

secretary, FESPA, said: “FESPA is always looking for new ways to add value for members of our associations. In this rapidly developing industry, we know it is time consuming for printers to stay up to date with developments, and costly to obtain vendor- neutral information. Our technology guides will


Environmental adds another to its list of

environmental and ethical certificates


co-friendly and recycled promotional gift company, Everything

Environmental, has added the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) to its long list of environmental and ethical certificates. In order to gain

certification Everything Environmental had to meet a series of strict guidelines and criteria. This certificate will sit alongside the Forest Stewardship Council accreditation the company has already achieved. Founder and

managing director of Everything Environmental, Evan Lewis, said: “We are continually looking at ways to not only better the ethical experience for the user but also ensure that we have the latest and most up to date certification in the marketplace. The PEFC is globally recognised that ensuring best practice in forest management. “Those receiving items with

Wooden Eco Pencils

the branding on can be 100 per cent sure that the products received are accredited to the highest standard.” As part of the agreement,

One of the guides

provide expert technical guidance on topics relevant to all wide format and speciality print businesses.”

Everything Environmental now offers PEFC certified items. Initially the company will be launching PEFC natural pencils, which are available with and without erasers. In the coming months a more

extensive range will become available.

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