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Will NIC reforms live up to the hype?

The government says 1.25m businesses and charities will see their National Insurance contributions (NICs) cut by up to £2,000 each when the new Employment Allowance is introduced next year. Business leaders have welcomed this, but how does it all stack up for printers?

Heidelberg slashes post-press offering

Back in June, Heidelberg chief Dr Gerold Linzbach didn’t beat around the bush when it came to telegraphing his intentions for parts of the group that were described as “less strategic”.

Printers say ill-considered pre-packs still need regulation

Pre-packs, and their more infamous relation, the phoenix, have been a feature of the print industry since the Enterprise Act 2002 made administration the dominant form of insolvency. As with many legislative reforms, the aim was noble but the consequences were not properly considered. So while the reforms were intended to create a 'rescue culture' to allow insolvent businesses - and the jobs they supported - to be saved wherever possible, the unintended consequence was the creation of a debt-dumping culture among directors of failed businesses.

Xerox bid could go any which way

Will they, or won’t they? As this issue of Printweek headed off to press, Xerox and HP were still locked in a tit-for-tat battle of words with HP refusing to engage in discussions.

Go green or go home 

Being sustainable is not only good business practice but increasingly a crucial requirement for many customers.

2016 and all that... November

No guesses as to which story dominated the news in 2016, the 20 most read stories on printweek.com for 2016 are all about Polestar. Nevertheless there was plenty else going on, not least of all Drupa...

Christmas comes early for bookworms

Christmas is coming – regardless of any protests that autumn has barely begun. The retail sector is revving up for the festive season already. For print, this means production will step up on all sorts of physical media.

High street reboot could benefit print

In his latest independent review of the high street published last month, former Wickes, Iceland and Booker chief executive Bill Grimsey said that UK town and city centres must be “repopulated and refashioned” as community hubs to survive and thrive.

Overcapacity woes can be overcome with forward planning

Sheetfed magazine specialist Pensord told PrintWeek last month that, as part of a future-proofing strategic investment, it was set to reduce its capacity by replacing two existing Heidelberg Speedmasters with a new ‘Push to Stop’ specified eight-colour XL 106.

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