Welcome to the December / January edition of Inprint. This issue is brought to you in collaboration with Canon, so we would like to say a big thank you to the Canon team. We are delighted that after two e-editions, we are able to print this issue and put it back into your hands. When we started planning for this issue, little did we know that we would be put back into a second lockdown, but hopefully as this issue lands, the lockdown will be coming to an end, and we can safely meet with friends and family again.
As we approach the festive season, it’s important to acknowledge that it might be different this year. So as it gets colder and social distancing remains, we want to bring you some warmth and coziness through our front cover. The combination of Brexit and the COVID-19 pandemic means that our expert HR & Legal teams have had a wealth of legislation to digest and advise on. We are really proud of what our BPIF team as a whole has achieved during these unprecedented and challenging times, and have made it our priority to comprehend all of the Government’s communications, and translate them into actionable advice for you.
Our focus has been and will continue to be on ensuring that you feel supported. Despite being apart in distance, teams have pulled together more than ever. It’s been a very different way of working for many this year, so please take a look at one of our key articles around the emotional impact of physical distancing in the workplace. We also provide you with a helpline to support your business (p. 6).
We are truly grateful that we were able to continue to collaborate with our members and our partners to bring you events such as Future Focus Live (p. 20) and our Print Network Webinar Series. You can find out more about how our Marketing team are coping with COVID-19 on page 18.
We are proud to have such a broad and diverse membership, and as we move into the New Year, we will be looking to strengthen sector-focused activities with the development of communities of interest. You can read more on this on page 11. We will continue to support you in 2021 and be at the forefront when facing new challenges. We will continue to keep you up-to-date on Government advice and through our Printing Outlook report (page 24).
As we would usually be marking the start of the festive season with you at our annual Carols for Printers, we thought it was only right to reminisce on a magical event that will be missed this year, but will be back better than ever in 2021 (p. 29).
From all of us at the BPIF, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
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