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Statement improves business support but lacks real reform

Much like the curate’s egg, George Osborne’s final Autumn Statement of this parliament contained good and bad news in fairly equal measure.

EAT overtime ruling may open door for more onerous regs

Earlier this month the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruled under the Working Time Regulations 1998 (WTR) that compulsory overtime should be factored in when firms calculate the amount of holiday pay employees are entitled to.

‘New’ 700 is logical launch for Langley

This month, Manroland Sheetfed passed perhaps the last significant milestone in its reinvention post its 2012 insolvency and acquisition by Langley Holdings: it launched a new press. Quite how ‘new’ a press is debatable given that this is the latest incarnation of the Roland 700 series, which had its debut way back at Drupa 1990, but more on that later.

Adding data analysis services is not just for the big players

Print businesses snapping up data analytics firms has become de rigueur in recent years, so it was no surprise when GI Solutions announced last month that it had acquired London-based Cognesia.

Web’s decline has a way to go yet

It’s a depressing list, and a depressingly long one. The list (below) featuring a roll-call of more than 25 web offset printers that have closed since the year 2000 includes some of the industry’s once-venerable names, and some of its once-biggest print sites.

Has Creditsafe put printers’ ratings at risk?

During the past month, a quiet crisis has been spreading across the print industry, sparked over the August bank holiday weekend by an upgrade to corporate credit report provider Creditsafe’s ratings model.

Timsons shape-shifts for digital future

Bespoke UK litho book press manufacturing came to an end this month when Kettering-based Timsons ceased production of its conventional book presses to concentrate on the manufacture of digital presses as it looks towards the future.

Ink price hike fears grow as manufacturers’ margins shrink

While there is generally a more buoyant mood in the industry at the moment, there is an increasingly insistent murmur that ink prices may be on the rise.

The UK will never be the same again, whatever the outcome

This Thursday, some 4m Scottish residents will head to the polling booths to answer a simple yes or no question: Should Scotland be an independent country?

Don’t write off DM yet, it’s getting smarter, not just smaller

On the face of it, last month’s annual Ofcom Communications Market Report would have made pretty grim reading for the print industry: volumes are down, direct mail spend is down and the CWU is issuing dire predictions about the future of the universal service.

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