Welcome to the September/October e-edition of Inprint. During a continued challenging time where a sense of community is as important as ever, we dedicate the front cover of this issue to Print; in celebration of our sector and our community – to emphasise its significance.
On page 4, our CEO, Charles Jarrold, talks about what the industry has been up to since his last interview 3 months ago.
Training lies at the core of our strategy, and you can read about recent developments on both pages 12 and 20. It is also important that we educate people about the opportunities our industry affords. Many school leavers are pondering their options as they look to take their first steps on a career path, but far too few of them will consider the print industry as a viable option.
We are already aware of and understand the severe impact that COVID-19 has had on our industry, and on the economy as a whole, but our Printing Outlook report on page 24 gives you more of an insight into how we are coping as the rebuilding begins.
In our last issue, we mentioned the launch of our BPIF webinars (The Print Network Webinar Series), and are happy to report that these are going strong. Make sure you book in fortnightly and check page 19 to see what’s available and to register for future sessions. We have found new ways of collaborating, and it's been wonderful to share anecdotal tips and see a friendly face at 1pm on a Thursday.
For obvious reasons, we were unable to meet in person on the terrace at the House of Commons this year for our annual Members' Day, but we hope you have registered for our Future Focus event (page 19). This event is a truly collaborative effort with our partner organisations and we have had a huge amount of industry support across a range of sectors. Although it won’t feel the same, we hope we will have the chance to interact with even more of you online on 16 September.
Six months ago, BPIF set up a dedicated Coronavirus support hub on the member section of our website to support you with H&S, HR & Legal, Business & Research and Mental Health & Wellbeing. Please revisit the site to ensure your teams stay up-to-date. As we begin to return to work, Health & Safety in the workplace becomes more important than ever, so make sure you check out our interview with BPIF Head of Health and Safety, Mandy Robson, on page 17 about the consequences of not following Government guidelines.
If you would like a printed copy of our e-edition, please email [email protected] We look forward to sharing more with you virtually on the 16 September.
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