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3 July 2015

The BPIF celebrate with the industry in Westminster

The 2 of July saw the BPIF host three highly attended events across the course of the day.

Proceedings began with the Graduation Ceremony of the BPIF Level 5 Graduate Management Programme which was conceived to be a dynamic mix of training, development and networking opportunities for employees within the industry. The day was a culmination of 180 learner's hard work across 2 years. Held at One Great George Street in London, fully gowned learners, their proud employers and guests, plus key supporters within the printing industry came together to celebrate learner's achievements. BPIF President Gerald White thanked all the employers for their support throughout the programme and told learners "my utmost praise goes to you, your dedication to balancing the demands of a foundation degree level qualification against the stress of the workplace and family commitments has been inspiring".

Following the Graduation, the 7th Annual General Meeting of the British Printing Industries Federation was held for members. The meeting was opened by Gerald White, President of the BPIF, who gave an overview of how print has fared over the past 12 months and how the BPIF has continued to play an important role in supporting the industry. Chief Executive, Charles Jarrold, then reviewed the BPIF's performance over the year, and spoke about the activities that are being undertaken to support members in the future.

After the AGM members and graduates moved on to the All-Party Parliamentary Print Group reception on the Terrace Pavilion at the House of Lords. The 220 guests were treated to drinks and canapés while admiring the fantastic views across the Thames. Over 30 MPs and Lords were in attendance and members made the most of this opportunity to network with them.

Charles Jarrold, BPIF Chief Executive addressed the audience, highlighting the scale, importance and vibrancy of print, as set out in the newly updated Facts and Figures document, and urged the government to read the BPIF Priorities for Print brochure, which sets out areas of concern where the government can help.

Finally Gerald White, BPIF President, had the honour of awarding John Roberts, Chairman of Roberts Mart, with the Outstanding Contribution to the UK Printing Industry Award. John Roberts who was in attendance with his family stated "I am delighted but also humbled to have been nominated for this achievement. However, I would like to say that this is very much a family award because if I hadn't had the support of my wife and family in keeping me going during the ups and downs of the trading cycle, I may have been tempted to retire many years ago."

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