The Steel Packaging Design Awards encourages design students to recognise the potential of steel as a packaging material. Winners will receive a yellow pencil award from British Design and Art Direction and two weeks’ work experience at design agency Jones Knowles Ritchie.

Contact: Rachel Faulkner or Caroline Wood on 0171-497 3001.

Searching for the best in UK innovation, technology and packaging design, the Institute of Packaging’s Starpack Awards scheme is still accepting entries. The deadline is 17 April.

Contact: Lynda Travis at the IOP on 01664 500055 for further information and entry packs.

A date for the diary, Pakex 98, will host over 1000 companies from Europe and the UK. The Design Village showcases marketing, design and other related agencies as they become more integral to the packaging industry. From 30 March until 3 April.

Contact: The visitor centre at

Venue: National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham B40 1NT.

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