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We must ensure Kathy’s legacy lives on

The passing of Kathy Woodward is a massive blow for the industry, not just in terms of her role as chief executive at the BPIF, but also in terms of the impact she had on so many individuals at a personal level.

Sunnier Outlook brings seasonal cheer

Summer, ahem, is here and the good news is that this isn’t the only reason the printing industry can afford indulge in some seasonal cheer.

Speak out, because it’s good to talk

As Bob Hoskins used to say in BT’s advertising campaign of the early 1990s: ‘It’s good to talk.’

No lack of innovation at the recent Innovationdays event

Call them publishing or graphic arts; it was these latest applications to come within the remit of continuous-feed inkjet printing that dominated Hunkeler Innovationdays (HID). Historically, HID has been all about printing bills, statements and high-volume direct mail; undemanding printing of text and limited graphics.

Things have started to get better and not before time

The Holt review into access to and delivery of apprenticeships in the UK aims to identify the issues that are discouraging businesses - particularly SMEs - from recruiting new blood in this way.

Trade shows still play a vital role in investment decisions

HP's decision not to exhibit at Ipex 2014 came as a surprise to the industry and, naturally, we're disappointed. The move goes against the trend we're seeing among other key digital players in the sector: 70% of the 100,000sqm floor space for Ipex 2014...

Printing in prison could help industry if properly placed

Four years ago I visited Maidstone prison - not at Her Majesty's pleasure, I hasten to add, but for a feature - and came away impressed by what they were trying to achieve. The print shop manager told me at the time that the goal wasn't necessarily to produce high-quality work, but to produce rehabilitated prisoners, equipped with the skills to become a productive member of society upon release.

Choice will bring savings and innovative services

Independent research and the Hooper reports into the postal market commissioned by the government have concluded that competition has already had a positive impact for most postal users. Simply by offering choice and the potential for cost savings, it has helped to keep companies using mail and helped to slow the decline in mail volumes. It has also forced Royal Mail to become more customer focused and has led to major reviews of its product range and pricing policies.

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