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Celebrating an exceptional career

It seems as if Steve Wehrle was destined to work for the Radio Times. His father worked for the corporation at various outposts, and his mother was a BBC secretary.

Nanography inches towards launch

"Benny has solved two of the fundamental problems of digital print, but he has created two more. Let’s see. It will take at least two years to solve.” These were the prescient words spoken at Drupa 2012 by a senior executive at one of the industry’s major equipment manufacturers.

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.

Kathy’s legacy lives on

The death of the BPIF chief executive left the industry bereft of one of its most persuasive and positive voices and much saddened by the loss.

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?

Results bear out a radical restructure

It is 2009 and St Ives' chief executive Patrick Martell, who joined the group as an apprentice in 1980, is giving his first major interview since taking the reins in April of the worst year in the company's history.

UK apprenticeships set for shake-up

Last month, the National Apprenticeship Service announced that up to 20,000 apprenticeships were available on its system, while the latest statistics from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) show that over half a million people started an apprenticeship in the last academic year.

Business must adapt to the reality of an ageing workforce

Office for National Statistics figures published this month show that our workforce is most definitely ageing. In fact this year, in the period between February and April, the number of people in employment in the UK who were over 65 broke the 1m mark for the first time.

Replenishing the printing staff stock

If you believe recent statistics, there are few printers under 48 years old currently manning the UK's presses. A worrying statistic seeing as the current state of print-related apprenticeships within the UK can only be described as woeful, with just 300 across a workforce of 150,000.

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