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PFI Group woes writ large in November’s most-read articles

The fallout from the challenges facing the PFI Group and the resulting impact on its various business dominated our listicle of November’s biggest news stories.

1 Lloyds takes 'precautionary step' over paper statements 5,586 clicks
Lloyds Bank has taken the unusual step of switching some customer to online statements because of unspecified issues with issuing normal paper statements – apparently connected to problems at its print supplier, Communisis.

2 PFI Group puts three Scottish sign ops into administration 4,879 clicks
Administrators have been appointed at acquisitive PFI Group’s Sign Plus business and its divisions Lofthus Signs and Jasmine.

3 Workers left in limbo at PFI subsidiary 4,568 clicks
Another PFI Group company has gone into administration, while the trading status of a separate subsidiary is unclear.

4 Employment tribunal finds in favour of former Futurama directors 4,173 clicks
Five former employees of PFI Group subsidiary Futurama have been awarded nearly £120,000 in total after a judge found they had been unfairly or wrongfully dismissed.

5 Leading marketing services group significantly extends payment terms 3,519 clicks
One of the UK’s biggest marketing services providers has extended its minimum supplier payment terms to 180 days full term.

6 Communisis in talks over potential sale 2,789 clicks
Communisis has confirmed it is in advanced talks with a number of potential buyers, as its US parent company enters Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in 14 months.

7 Service Graphics buys Cestrian Imaging 2,673 clicks
Service Graphics has snapped up the trade and assets of Cestrian Imaging, which had been part of the troubled PFI Group.

8 Duncan Print Group bought by acquisitive German group 1,780 clicks
Duncan Print Group has been acquired by European business Carton Group, for an undisclosed sum.

9 Forklift fatality results in £500k fine 1,689 clicks
A specialist supplier of barcoding technology has been fined £500,000 after a fatal forklift incident.

10 CCS names suppliers on major postal services contract 1,475 clicks
Crown Commercial Service (CCS) has awarded a Pan Government Collaborative Agreement in the form of a multi-supplier framework contract consisting of eight lots for various postal and related services.