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Labour manifesto promises rates cut for small business

The Labour Party has promised to "cut and then freeze business rates for over 1.5m smaller business properties" in its manifesto, which was launched yesterday ahead of next month's general election.

Smurfit Kappa facing second strike at Northampton facility

Unite has announced an escalation in its industrial dispute with Smurfit Kappa over the dismissal of two union stewards at the group's Northampton corrugated packaging facility.

DS Smith to get first HP T1100 Colour Inkjet Web Press

DS Smith is set to become the world's first user of the HP T1100 wide-web digital preprint engine for the corrugated packaging industry.

Unite threatens packaging firm with strike action over sacked staff

Unite has announced a two-day strike at the Northampton plant of one of the world's largest paper-based packaging groups following the dismissal of two of the union's stewards.

GF Smith launches Paper Smith webshop

GF Smith has launched an online shop that will enable consumers to order any product from its range of premium papers with no minimum order volume.

Government brings forward plain cigarette packaging vote

A parliamentary vote on the introduction of plain packaging for cigarettes and other tobacco products has been bumped up and will now take place before the general election.

Constantia Flexibles sold to Wendel Group

France-based investment company Wendel Group has announced the acquisition of a majority interest in the €1.6bn turnover global packaging business Constantia Flexibles.

Mercian Labels merges with subsidiary AC Labels

Mercian Labels has announced the merger of its subsidiary AC Labels into its main business, with effect from the new year.

RPC Group buys Promens in €386m deal

RPC, the UK-based plastic packaging supplier, has announced the €386m (£306m) acquisition of Iceland-based Promens Group.

Heidelberg launches first packaging post-press products since Masterwork deal

Heidelberg unveiled a new die-cutter and two new additions to its Diana folder-gluer range at its two-day Packaging Days open house in Wiesloch-Walldorf this week.

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