Paper Appreciation Course March 2024

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Organised by Focal Strength, the next ‘Paper Appreciation Course’ takes place at The Paper Trail, Frogmore Paper Mill, Fourdrinier Way, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Herts HP3 9RY on Wednesday 13th March 2024. The Course Lecturer will again be Don Turner.

The course is unique in that it focuses on the benefits that paper and its attributes bring to the end-uses. So, whilst they discuss the many elements of paper production, at each stage they describe what that part of the process does for the paper, for example, formation, opacity, thickness, stiffness, and so on.

“We teach papermaking from the consumers’ angle.”

The key objective of the course is not to produce budding papermakers, but for the delegates to better understand the attributes of the various grades of paper and what they bring to the end products.

This one-day course is ideal for employees who would not normally have the chance to visit a fully working paper mill but have worked within the paper merchanting, printing or associated industries for any length of time.

Two Sides members are eligible for 10% off their tickets! On the booking form at the discount line, enter TWOSIDES10


  • Introduction
    – Paper, the flat stuff – some practical tests that illustrate paper’s versatility.
    – The marketplace – UK consumption figures by broad sectors.
    – What does the end product require?
    – A description of the attributes necessary in the paper to meet end-use needs.
  • Papermaking
    – The principles and requirements.
    – The types of furnish.
    – The technical qualities these various furnishes impart to the end product.
    – Coating and finish.
  • Environmental Issues
    – A comprehensive listing of all certification schemes and associations.
  • Practical Elements
    – Carrying out simple tests.
    – Investigating problems.
    – Visiting a working paper mill.
  • Estimating
    – The considerations and formulae.


Through experience, Don Turner has become an advocate for good learning and development practice. He enjoys working with organisations to achieve greater understanding, and relish watching people grow, through one-to-one development or group training. Don can see how it can drive business and the people within it to achieve results in line with organisations strategic objectives. His clients tell him that, he’s pragmatic, down-to-earth with excellent engagement skills. Don enjoys working with people at all organisational and academic levels. He’s currently working for professional services, not-for-profit clients and offers a full learning and development consultancy, from conducting a training needs analysis, through to design, personal delivery and evaluation. He gives advice and training on all aspects of the employment cycle as well as helping the self-employed and business owners to deliver on strategic objectives. Don was Head of Strategic Business Development for PaperlinX UK between 2009 and 2013, prior to that he was Training Manager at Howard Smith Paper between 2007 and 2009 and before that he was National Technical Services Manager for The Paper Company between 1999 and 2007.

Download the full information sheet below to learn more about the day and fill in the booking form to book your place. 

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