In this issue of Inprint there's a clear focus around the snap election and the work the BPIF is doing to lobby Government on issues affecting your businesses, including the launch of our new UK Printing - The Facts and Figures document (pp14-15) and our Pledge for Print campaign (p12) to gather support for print from candidates hoping to be elected. We also report on our input to the Graphics and Print Media Alliance's (GPMA) response to Government's Green Paper on industrial strategy (p4).
Our HR Advisers focus on how to stop dismissals from backfiring (p6) and BPIF Legal explain the power of collective bargaining (p7). Chemical safety is the topic of interest on page 8 with specialist advice from our Health and Safety Advisers and they also talk you through the dangers that could be lurking within your water systems (p5).
Our Infact section reports a better than expected start to 2017 for printing and packaging on pages 10-11 (don't forget to respond to the Printing Outlook surveys when they land in your inbox), and we remind members to start preparing for the expiry of the current ISO 9001 and 14001 versions (pp16-17).
A current hot topic - we discuss how businesses that aren't compliant with the incoming General Data Protection Regulations could face fines of up to €20m (pp20-21).
On page 26 our BPIF Apprentice Council share what they got up to for National Apprenticeship Week and we're happy to announce that the BPIF are on the newly introduced Register of Approved Training Providers.
We look forward to seeing you at the ever-popular BPIF Members' Day at the St Bride Foundation on 4 July and the All-Party Parliamentary Print Group Reception at the House of Lords (p29). And finally, for all the book printers out there, don't forget to enter the 2017 British Book Design & Production Awards by 30 June!
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