Richard Mawson, managing director of CyanX, has been awarded the Freedom of the City of London in a ceremony at the Chamberlain's Court in the Guild Hall. The freedom is awarded to recognise significant contributions to business and public life.
Richard (above centre) was nominated for the honour by the Stationers’ Company.
This is not the first time CyanX's contribution to the industry has been recognised; in 2015 the company was honoured with the Innovation Excellence Award by the Stationers Company for its Eco-Seal brand of tamper evident aqueous coating.
‘It is a great honour to have this kind of recognition, not just personally but for the great strides CyanX has taken in recent years,’ said Richard.
‘We are always looking for innovative solutions, and as well as our niche pressroom products such as Eco-Seal, we have a growing portfolio of capital equipment.’
The latest product from CyanX making waves in the UK is the Australian made Trimatt range of modular finishing equipment, with dozens of applications, typically used to glue a card to a carrier and add personalisation.
Richard Mawson follows in the footsteps of BPIF chief executive Charles Jarrold, who was honoured as Freeman of The City Of London in February this year. He also follows in the footsteps of some less illustrious forebears. The Chamberlain's Court at the Guild Hall was historically used as a court where apprentices would be sent for trial. According to the Guild Hall deputy clerk Laura Miller, ‘over 90% of miscreant apprentices were from the printing trade. Many were politically active and fell foul of the authorities, but most simply liked a drink.’
Richard added, ‘No change there then!’
Richard, with his wife Debbie, at The Guild Hall.