The National Business Calendar Awards embryonic days of 1963, Leslie Robinson, lecturer in design at the then North Western Polytechnic, London, together with Harold Lockwood; adopted an idea that a college exhibition would benefit their students in design and production studies. The Business Calendar exhibition was born. Their aim was to view the use of business calendars and encourage better design and production.
We still have impressive student entries with extremely high standards.
The Awards have been fortunate with design help from Tom Eckersley, who designed our logo and whose poster designs are now collectable.
We are grateful to the support of independent judges, acknowledged celebrity presenters’ with specific expertise and key figures in the industry.
The stock category was introduced in 1981, when the Awards recognised the important role of the printer/publisher for those who opted not to have a bespoke calendar.
Following the inclusion in 2007 of the retail calendar, the Awards continued to recognise the evolving market and in 2009 changed the name to National Calendar Awards.
Judging days are always a daunting task. The best calendars to a major national event; bring together the printers, designers, photographers, artists, publishers and the industry’s future ‘the student’.
National Calendar Awards continues in their aim to elevate the promotional calendar.