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Safety Alert - Fatal Incident Involving Guillotine Blade

Safety Alert - Fatal Incident Involving Guillotine Blade

12 February 2014

On the 21st January 2014, 56 year old Alan Dinsdale, Director of Wickford-based screen printer A&S Print Services, died in the workplace, after an incident occurred during a Guillotine blade handling task. 

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Output levels at a six year high - Q1 to be quieter but confidence remains buoyant

Output levels at a six year high - Q1 to be quieter but confidence remains buoyant

07 February 2014

Confidence is clearly returning within the UK printing sector, according to the latest BPIF Printing Outlook survey.

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Marketing budgets set to rise in 2014

05 February 2014

Marketing budgets set to rise in 2014

Companies are expected to increase their marketing budgets this year according to the latest Bellwether Report.

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Pinstripe becomes the UK's first sheet fed B2 printer to be certified to BPIF ISO 12647-2

24 January 2014

Birmingham-based Pinstripe Print Group has set another landmark first, for both the West Midlands and the UK, by becoming the first wholly sheet fed B2 printer in the UK to be certified to the BPIF ISO 12647-2 Colour Quality Management Scheme.

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The Print Futures Awards Scheme grows yet again

The Print Futures Awards Scheme grows yet again

21 January 2014

Cash grants of up to £1,500 each available for young people aged 16 to 30 years to help pay for any costs associated with relevant education or training courses for a job in printing, publishing or graphic arts in the UK. Entries close Friday, 30 May 2014.

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Key reasons to visit Ipex 2014

21 January 2014

With just 10 weeks to go, Ipex 2014 (24-29 March) is shaping up to be the definitive international print event in 2014. As print and its role in the multi-channel marcomms industry continues to evolve, Ipex arrives at the perfect time to provide printers of all sizes with the key tools, knowledge and inspiration to ensure a profitable business now and in the future.  

 

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Energy brokers - who do they really work for?

Energy brokers - who do they really work for?

17 January 2014

The vast majority of energy broker services in the UK are conducted on a hidden commission basis. In these cases the broker receives hidden commission from the energy suppliers as opposed to being independent, impartial and acting in your best interests. Due to the nature and complexities of the markets, consumers need to call on energy experts to help them make better choices for their business. But consumers should insist upon full disclosure...

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How to take advantage of the market for digital printing

How to take advantage of the market for digital printing

10 January 2014

Are you interested to know how best to take advantage of the market for digital printing?

You can easily find out by participating in a very important market survey.

When you complete the survey you will receive: 

  • a FREE copy of the survey results for your industry segment
  • a £50 Amazon Gift Card

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The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 ACOP

20 November 2013

The revised Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992  and supporting guidance is now available since the consultation over its 'fit for purpose' review. The regulation and guidance cover a wide range of basic health, safety and welfare issues and apply to most workplaces (except those involving construction work on construction sites, those in or on a ship, or those below ground at a mine).

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Private companies masquerading as ACAS, warns barrister

19 November 2013

Colin Bourne a Mediator and Employment Law Barrister is warning via the social media web site LinkedIn of companies who when Googled appear to be linked with the employment service ACAS.

 

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Positive exchange between printers and parliamentarians at Westminster dinner

15 November 2013

A networking dinner hosted by the BPIF at the House of Commons last month enabled member representatives to discuss current industry concerns with parliamentarians from all three main parties.  

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Improvement in orders and output achieved - confidence high for a strong seasonal boost

Improvement in orders and output achieved - confidence high for a strong seasonal boost

31 October 2013

The third quarter lived up to UK printer expectations according to the results of the latest BPIF Printing Outlook survey. 

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Risk Assessments: Is it a minefield?

28 October 2013

What do you need to do to comply with current legislation?  You cannot eliminate all hazards and risks within the business, but the law requires you to protect as far as is ‘reasonably practicable’, this means that you need to take precautions up to the point where doing more would be judged as grossly disproportionate to the residual risk.

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How Much is Two Sides Worth to You?

18 October 2013

The role of Two Sides in the digital age has never been stronger. Tackling misleading environmental claims about print and paper and sharing its great environmental credentials to absolutely everybody in our reach is our fundamental aim.

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The Printing Charity unveils its 2014 newspaper-themed calendar

18 October 2013

The Printing Charity unveiled its 2014 newspaper-themed calendar on 3 October at the RKB Gallery in London. The calendar has been produced in collaboration with Earth Island Publishing and companies in the printing industry.

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BPIF Attend CBI Round-table on Pre-packs

14 October 2013

The CBI Round-table on Pre-packs on the 18th of September 2013 was chaired by Teresa Graham, CBE, who had been asked to conduct an independent review of this area by Vince Cable. The meeting was one of a series she will be holding with various stakeholders

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Polymer Banknotes - Bank of England Consultation

Polymer Banknotes - Bank of England Consultation

09 October 2013

The BPIF was recently invited to a private consultation on the possible introduction of polymer banknotes to the UK economy.

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Occupational road risk, are you managing it?

26 September 2013

It has been estimated that a third of all road traffic accidents involve someone who is at work. So the HSE are encouraging employers to provide better management of driving risks within the business. This is all about sensible management of occupational road risk and working closely with employees to ensure implementation.

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Making public sector procurement more accessible to SMEs -New Consultation Document

19 September 2013

In May this year the Prime Minister's advisor on enterprise and small business, Lord Young of Graffham, recommended developing a set of "single market" principles to be applied by all public bodies in their procurement

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Print and Mail companies will suffer if Royal Mail's plans to overhaul charges to its Postcode Address File (PAF) licence go ahead

19 September 2013

The Royal Mail believes that a simpler approach to licensing PAF is required to meet current and future needs. The proposal aims to incentivise take up and encourage greater use of PAF. However this proposal risks big price hikes for businesses that use PAF, such as for bulk mailing and address searches for online customer form filling.

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