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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.

Former franchisees rebuild family ties after independence

Kall Kwik and Prontaprint used to be two of the biggest names in the UK high-street print market. At their peak, the two businesses ran a combined total of around 550 outlets in towns up and down the UK.

The printer’s view of Brexit: two years on, six months out

In the small hours of 24 June 2016, seemingly almost a lifetime ago, David Dimbleby made an announcement to a stunned nation: “At 20 minutes to five, we can now say, the decision taken in 1975 by this country to join the Common Market has been reversed by this referendum to leave the EU.”

So long, St Ives

What was at one time without doubt the UK printing industry’s most-admired business is now not a printer at all.

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.

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.

Are we doing enough for the future of the industry?

National Apprenticeship Week begins as this issue hits readers’ desks, but its focus probably says more about our aspirations than the situation on the ground. The government has pledged to create 3 million new positions by 2020, but its efforts don’t seem to be having much of an impact.

How can print benefit from the booming creative industries?

In a recently published review commissioned by the government and headed up by ITV chairman Sir Peter Bazalgette [see boxout], the wide variety of disciplines that make up the creative industries and their contribution to the UK economy was put to task.

It’s grim down south following premises revaluation

There were always going to be winners and losers when, following the recent revaluation, the new business rates bills started to land on doormats in April.

How can print ensure the next generation is well trained?

All industries need to maintain a steady flow of new entrants, progressing through training to more skilled positions. But it can be hard to ensure, and particularly so when the ability to attract top-quality trainees is stymied by an unfair negative portrayal of said industry.

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