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E-Cigarettes and Alcohol

15 May 2013

E-Cigarettes and Alcohol

It is well established that smoking in the workplace is prohibited by law and that following this and wider smoking bans in society, many employees have sought to quit.

A relatively new method of kicking the habit is the 'E-cigarette'. This is not classed as 'smoking' as nothing is actually burned in the process, making them akin to nicotine inhalers with the addition of an inhalable water vapour through which the nicotine is delivered.

There is presently no legislation whatsoever to prevent an employee from using an E-cigarette in the workplace.

So does an employee have carte blanche to puff away on their E-cigarette all day?

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Queen's Speech: Employment Law Roundup

15 May 2013

This is by far the least popular speech the Queen makes each year, mostly down to the fact that most people are working while it takes place with no roast turkey, cracker or pudding in sight!

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Employee Shareholder Status: Final Result

15 May 2013

Following a great deal of debate and 'Parliamentary Ping-Pong', the House of Lords on 24 April 2013 finally approved legislation creating a new type of employment status: the 'employee shareholder', due to become law on an undetermined date this autumn.

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BPIF Launch Graduate Management Programme

BPIF Launch Graduate Management Programme

15 May 2013

The BPIF launched its Graduate Management Programme for professionals in print and media on the 30 of April at The Tower - A Guoman Hotel in London. 160 learners attended the day event which was deemed a success by all. Ellis Watson, CEO of DC Thomson & Co Ltd and motivational speaker, urged all learners to be ‘just that bit better and enthusiastic, dynamic and candid in the workplace’. Learners were introduced to their mentors and the programme was explained in detail.

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Hunts in Oxford focuses on clients by concentrating on it's employees and signing up for NVQ Level 5 Management Programme

Hunts in Oxford focuses on clients by concentrating on it's employees and signing up for NVQ Level 5 Management Programme

15 May 2013

Hunts in Oxford, is a marketing solutions business with its heritage in print and has an impressive strap line which reads "hunts paper and pixels". The strap line succinctly says so much about hunts - that they are a modern marketing business and printing company offering impressive quality print, more importantly they understand that print is just one channel of the communication mix that their client's require.

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Doing It The Tender Way

Doing It The Tender Way

12 May 2013

Successfully tendering for a contract is a dream for many companies. But it is also time consuming. Now BPIF can help you do it.

Every sales trainer will remind you that there are always two ways of increasing sales in your business: you can encourage existing customers to buy more, or you can search for new customers.

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Media Market Place a Success

Media Market Place a Success

12 May 2013

Virtual Reality became real at Media Market Place on the 26th of April at Elland Road.

The unique gathering captured the imagination of the full range of the supply chain in the Creative and Digital Industries.

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Training and Regional Growth Fund - RGF

10 May 2013

In last month's BPIF Regional e-news letter I discussed the increase in businesses I have met looking at new investment and over the past few weeks have been discussing the access to Regional Growth Fund (RGF) which provides funding to support:

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Order levels hold steady in Q1 - expectations for current quarter are more downbeat

Order levels hold steady in Q1 - expectations for current quarter are more downbeat

02 May 2013

Order levels were generally stable in the first quarter of this year and for the third quarter running, according to the latest BPIF Printing Outlook report published this week.

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North Print & Pack 2013 preview

North Print & Pack 2013 preview

23 April 2013

North Print & Pack 2013, which takes place from 14th to 16th May in Harrogate, will have the widest industry reach ever, with a range of new features and content that offers additional benefits for printers who attend the show. The extension of the long-established event to embrace printed packaging – leading to its rebranding as North Print & Pack 2013 – demonstrates how far the print sector is turning its attentions to packaging as a strand in its success strategy.

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Time to review your investment plans and options?

Time to review your investment plans and options?

22 April 2013

Technology led software solutions have provided some great options to differentiate a business’s offering and place 'Printing' businesses at the centre of data and graphics communications.

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Get closer to your niche market

Get closer to your niche market

22 April 2013

How specialist companies can share information to promote profitability

If you are a business operating in a specialist market or are differentiating your business, you will want to maximise its potential and maintain its momentum. Special Interest Groups (SIG's) are like-minded communities that are keen to ensure their interests are catered for and all relevant knowledge is available. SIG's do not erode your own competitive advantage but provide a forum for gaining relevant ideas and knowledge, leveraging the power of the BPIF to support your corner wherever required.

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Networking opportunities at the House of Lords

Networking opportunities at the House of Lords

22 April 2013

The All Party Parliamentary Print Group (APPPG) was established in 2001 and exists to provide a forum where the issues impacting the printing industry can be debated. It allows printers and politicians to network and share current concerns in a relaxed and informal environment.

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Landfill Tax - a ten-fold increase since it was introduced

17 April 2013

Landfill tax (LFT) rose by a further £8 from April this year, taking the tally from £64 per tonne to £72 per tonne — a ten-fold increase in 17 years. The lower rate for “inert” waste, (building fabric and excavated earth) remains unchanged, at £2.50 per tonne.

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Improving the outlook for carbon reduction costs

22 March 2013

Who wants to save money while also saving the planet? The answer, most would firmly agree, is everyone. And printers are certainly no exception. Which is why signing up to the BPIF's Climate Change Levy Reduction scheme, newly revised and ready for its next phase, seems at first glance to be something of a no-brainer.

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BPIF celebrates print apprentices on London Eye

BPIF celebrates print apprentices on London Eye

21 March 2013

This year the BPIF celebrated National Apprenticeship Week (11-15 March) by treating a group of industry apprentices with a trip on the capital's iconic 'Eye'.

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Budget brings some good news among the gloom

Budget brings some good news among the gloom

21 March 2013

With little room for manoeuvre available to him, the Chancellor has not been able to offer much cheer in this year’s Budget. There is still some good news to report though.

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The Executive Exchange has the potential to save members upto £10,000 on the cost of recruiting

The Executive Exchange has the potential to save members upto 10,000 on the cost of recruiting

21 March 2013

The BPIF's Executive Exchange is designed to support and showcase executives who are unemployed or working their notice and looking for work; and for employers who are looking to recruit quality individuals to join their team.

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Print-related charities join forces

20 March 2013

Eleven print-related charities – The Printing Charity, The Book Trade Charity (BTBS), GPM Charitable Trust, NABS, The Bishop Trust for past employees of Moore Paragon and Lamson Industries, Paper Industry Charitable Trust, The Bookbinders Charitable Society, The Journalists’ Charity, The Stationers’ Foundation, Unite the Union, and the National Union of Journalists Extra – have joined forces to help each other publicise their services to ensure they remain relevant to people in the industry sectors they represent.

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Printing.com to champion the Start-Up Loan Scheme

Printing.com to champion the Start-Up Loan Scheme

18 March 2013

Printing.com, the AIM listed online print company, has become one of the first private sector Delivery Partners for the Government’s Start-Up Loan scheme.

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