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BPIF rebrands and calls for renewal

Eyes were on the future at the BPIF’s annual general meeting, which took place in London on Tuesday 9 July as part of its yearly members’ day. The main focus of the all-day event, held at the St Bride Foundation, was the future sustainability and profitability of the sector.

Is the future of your business in the hands of your staff?

Employee ownership schemes, which take the form of trusts, share programmes and co-operative structures, are not common in the UK.

Setting pay levels for fairness, dignity and productivity

By the time you read this, the UK’s National Living Wage will have risen from £7.83 per hour to £8.21 per hour, honouring a pledge made by chancellor Philip Hammond in his Autumn Budget.

Women at work – the push for gender diversity in print

Emily Faithfull was the daughter of a vicar in the middle of the 19th century. Inspired by her friend Bessie Parks, she trained as a printer and typesetter during a time of booming industrial growth for Britain.

Responsible businesses will engage the next generation

Millennials are an elusive demographic for recruiting printers – the sector is rich in experience but poor in new entrants, with its invaluable skilled workers reaching retirement age and taking with them the vital capabilities of their trades. Youngsters don’t seem to be interested in replacing them.

Apprenticeship Levy under fire for failing businesses

More than a year has passed since the Apprenticeship Levy was launched last April and many feel that it is not working as intended.

Should print businesses call time on zero-hours contracts?

You don’t always know what the year might throw your way. For printers, demand is often seasonal. Periods of plenty can be followed by pockets of drought.

Can membership declines be halted?

Figures from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) provided to the BBC earlier this month revealed that trade union membership levels have dropped sharply in recent times, particularly among young people.

Pay gap figures should prompt printers to walk the walk

Print has long been a man’s game. It doesn’t take a master statistician to deduce from visitor demographics at print trade shows or a walk across a press hall floor that the vast majority of those in the industry are men.

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.

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