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How is the print industry supporting the hardest to help?

Many of us have been told to ‘man up’ or ‘get a grip’ at some point in our careers – but the days when they were the stock response to someone suffering from mental illness are, thankfully, by and large gone.

Skills still make an impression

It’s apt that halfway through his interview with PrintWeek Patrick Roe spots an old Field-Marshall tractor trundling past his office window. Once a farm staple in the 1940s, these days such machines are a rare sight.

Plucking out the right people is harder than it looks

Finding good-quality staff members is time-consuming and it can be a costly process. You may have to wade through dozens of covering letters and CVs from applicants, many of whom don’t fit the requirements of the post, to find a suitable candidate.

Scales of justice are rebalanced in favour of employees

A decision handed down by the Supreme Court at the end of July has changed the employment law landscape. A fees-based regime instituted by the government that was intended to reduce the number of claims brought by employees was ruled unlawful.

Bob’s your uncle... and also finance director on weekdays

While the idea of working with relatives might not appeal to everyone, family-run firms continue to thrive in the print landscape, with many among the industry’s most successful names.

Q&A: Joel Sampson, sales manager, Resource

Yorkshire Tea aficionado Joel is 36 and has worked in the industry for the past 14 years, most recently as sales manager at Leeds-based Resource. He is married to Victoria (pictured) and they have two little girls: Hattie who’s one, and Elsie, three. When not running around at work or after his girls, Joel enjoys… running! And golf.

Recruiting the right talent for future growth

Last month Thames Card Technology (TCT) launched the UK’s first contactless loyalty card programme for Tesco.

Humble beginnings are no barrier for print’s high flyers

Apprenticeships are back in vogue, and understandably so. The advent of tuition fees has caused young people considering whether or not to study for a degree to reassess their options, and who can blame them? An apprenticeship, and the opportunity to earn while learning, can compare favourably to studying for an expensive degree that’s no guarantee of a glittering career.

Government scraps tribunal fees

The government will be scrapping tribunal fees and reimbursing claimants up to £32m after losing a Supreme Court battle against the union Unison, which ruled that the fees are unlawful.

Latest industry age statistics don’t tell the whole story

The average age of a print industry worker has fallen, according to new data sourced by the BPIF. Previously estimated at 48, the organisation has analysed the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics – obtained via a Freedom of Information request as the data is not generally published – and revealed that the average has now dropped to around 43.

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