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Print buyers expectations and implementing standards to improve profitability - come hear the BPIF speak at Ipex

20 March 2014

Robert McClements, CEO CDi PrintYorkshire, will be chairing 'An Audience with the Print Buyers - Their Expectations and Challenges' on the 25 March 2015 at the World Print Summit. This session will provide printers with a better insight into what brands are now looking for from printers and the dos and don't of approaching them. It will examine the print buyers challenges and constraints when selecting a printer to work with and will discuss what they are looking for next.

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Unfair dismissal and prior warnings

17 March 2014

The use of warnings as a disciplinary tool by employers and the litigation that can sometimes result from this can be a rather confusing area of employment law. This may well be due to the historic alterations in the relevant law.

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UK reshoring to boost manufacturing

UK reshoring to boost manufacturing

11 March 2014

Reshoring work back to the UK could create between 100,000 and 200,000 extra jobs in industries such as textiles, advanced manufacturing and R&D, according to new research.

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The Printing Charity offers financial help to print workers affected by the recent floods

27 February 2014

The Printing Charity, a national charity for the printing, publishing, graphic arts and allied trades, is offering cash grants of up to £250 to help print workers and their families affected by the recent floods.

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The UK Printing Industry - Future Focus

The UK Printing Industry - Future Focus

18 February 2014

The BPIF has been commissioned by one of our Associate members - Neopost - to conduct research into the current challenges and future direction of the UK Printing Industry. This will highlight the debate on where it's going and identify options for developing business models that can capitalise on the changes in the marketplace.

As a thank you for your participation all submitted responses will be entered into a free prize draw* for:

  • an iPad mini
  • one of two 6-bottle cases of wine

* Terms and Conditions apply.

 

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Employment Status: Labels not everything

18 February 2014

In everyday life we generally seek to place labels on items which correspond simply to the function or description of those objects, for example in an office kitchen, the labelling of a tub of sugar so as to avoid the making of a round of cuppa's with salt in them.

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Call for pro-investment culture in UK manufacturing

17 February 2014

A new report published on 27 November last year, entitled Making Good, warns that UK manufacturing is being prevented from becoming 'wholly competitive' by a national industrial culture that discourages companies from investing in vital long-term business drivers such as skills development and technological innovation.

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Access to finance improving for printers

14 February 2014

Since the 2008 financial crisis there has been a significant tightening in credit conditions, with a dramatic reduction in bank lending to small firms. So, as the economy begins to recover, are there signs that access to finance may be improving for printers?

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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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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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