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BPIF Funding Finder helps members search for funding and grants

BPIF Funding Finder helps members search for funding and grants

20 September 2012

Now available on BPIF website, the BPIF Funding Finder is an online search service that provides members with the opportunity to access information about funding, finance and grants across the whole spectrum of local, regional and national funding to support their business needs.

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New Digital Interest Group launched this month

New Digital Interest Group launched this month

20 September 2012

Open exclusively to all BPIF member printing companies with an interest in digital printing. The aim, it said, is to let them get to grips with change, in the form of new ideas and technologies. Its objectives are 'education leading to innovation resulting in profitable success via manageable internal change.'

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BPIF Excellence Awards- Winners Announced!

BPIF Excellence Awards- Winners Announced!

18 September 2012

The BPIF Excellence Award winners were announced at a spectacular awards ceremony hosted by the irrepressible Bobby Davro

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BPIF manages £1.1m plus bid award from the Employer Ownership Pilot Programme

13 September 2012


The British Printing Industries Federation is delighted to announce that a bid prepared in conjunction with Berforts Plc  representing the Eastern Regions of the BPIF has been successful  (subject to due diligence) in securing over £1m of funding for a new cross industry Degree Level Graduate Training and Development Programme.

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When is a 'pool' of one in a redundancy selection exercise reasonable?

03 September 2012

The danger of blithely assuming that a potentially redundant employee is in a "pool" of one is illustrated in the recent Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) case of  Wrexham Golf Co Ltd -v- Ingham.

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Can 'cheapness' be a selection criterion for redundancy?

03 September 2012

The answer may well be yes in respect to age discrimination cases says the EAT in their recent decision in HM Land Registry -v- Mrs S M Benson

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Heidelberg leads a team searching for a Gold winning apprentice

03 August 2012

The hunt is on to find young printing apprentices with the skills to secure the Gold in The Skills Show, organised by worldskillsuk.

Heidelberg is being supported by the BPIF, Sappi and X-Rite in the quest to ensure the graphic arts industry is well represented at this new showcase of vocational training which takes place at the NEC from 15 to 17 November.

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Murphy's Law in Action

03 August 2012

"Anything that can go wrong will go wrong". A well known engineering adage which is used to illustrate the need for any process to be built in a way that ensures the processor is fully engaged.

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Kathy Woodward buttonholes the Prime Minister

24 July 2012

When David Cameron recently visited Windrush Printers in Whitney to celebrate their 40th anniversary, he met with BPIF's chief executive, Kathy Woodward, who presented him with a Hortipack Thyme plant.

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BPIF Members Day 2012 highlights the federation's key achievements over the past year

BPIF Members Day 2012 highlights the federation's key achievements over the past year

18 July 2012

This year's event, held at Church House Conference Centre on 11 July, began with the CEO'S Conference where members enjoyed a number of engaging presentations from speakers. These included Mark Lawn, Canon UK & European Marketing Director, who presented Canon's Bigger Picture Report - the value of print to your customers, and Richard Gibson, who provided lots of food for thought during his interactive Leadership Workshop.

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Winners of the 2012 Print Futures Awards announced

Winners of the 2012 Print Futures Awards announced

17 July 2012

The eight winners of the 2012 Print Futures Awards, the annual scheme sponsored by Unite the Union, The Printing Charity and the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), were presented with their cheques at the All-Party Parliamentary Print Group's event at the House of Lords, London, on 11 July.

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In it to win it! - Olympic Associated Print Work Survey

17 July 2012

With the recent news of more Olympic souvenirs and merchandise being produced in China, and with the BPIF's continued interest in the number of opportunities provided to UK printers by London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games (LOCOG) the BPIF last week carried out a survey amongst our members to establish how many had bid for and won Olympic-related print work

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Government sets deadline for new companies to participate in the amended Climate Change Agreements

17 July 2012

The BPIF have been informed that new companies will have to register by August 17th in order to guarantee receiving the Climate Change Levy discount from April 2013. Existing scheme members do not need to reapply but will be automatically enrolled.

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"Consultant" transferred under TUPE

04 July 2012

Freedman gives us an example of the difference between a person being accepted as self-employed for the purposes of tax and national insurance but in fact being an employee.

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TUPE anoraks this way

04 July 2012

For sad TUPE anoraks, Landsorganisationen i Danmark v Ny Molle Kro and Daddy's Dance Hall are classic cases, where transfers of leases of a bar and nightclub respectively were found to be transfers of undertakings

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Union did not victimise member by refusing to continue representation

04 July 2012

Croad v UCU is a case  concerning a university lecturer with disabilities who sought help from her union to bring a disability discrimination claim against her employers. She became dissatisfied with how they were handling the matter for her and complained. They eventually withdrew from acting for her, for number of reasons, including that she had ignored their advice. She alleged that they had failed to make reasonable adjustments, and had victimised her.

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Plain packaging

Plain packaging

28 June 2012

The BPIF is currently preparing a written response to Department of Health proposals to introduce standardised tobacco packaging (sometimes referred to as ‘Plain packaging').

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Fuel duty increase deferred until next year

Fuel duty increase deferred until next year

28 June 2012

On 27 June the Chancellor announced the Government will delay, until 1 January 2013, the 3.02 pence per litre fuel duty rise scheduled for 1 August.

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The Help

20 June 2012

The case of Zarkasi v Anindita and anor (2012) UKEAT in which a race discrimination claim by an au pair who had entered the UK to work using falsified documents failed, because the unfavourable treatment related not to her race but to her lack of any right to live or work in the UK. 

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Use of PILON scuppers attempt to rely on Boston Deep Sea Fishing case

20 June 2012

Cavenagh v Williams Evans Ltd sheds light on the impact on a clause giving the option to make a payment in lieu of notice ("PILON") when an employer discovers gross misconduct after making a payment in lieu. Mr Cavanagh was managing director of the firm of gunsmiths, Williams Evans Ltd. A restructure meant that no managing director was needed.

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