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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?

High street reboot could benefit print

In his latest independent review of the high street published last month, former Wickes, Iceland and Booker chief executive Bill Grimsey said that UK town and city centres must be “repopulated and refashioned” as community hubs to survive and thrive.

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.

Touching the future today

It was Drupa 4.0, we were touching the future, and from 10 o’clock onwards on day one the buzz from Düsseldorf’s Messe was palpable. “Drupaaaaa, is in town agaaaaain” blared round the 17 halls, and print enthusiasts from around 190 countries knew that once again they were home.

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.

Serial phoenixers give us all a bad rep

The print industry, like many others with room for consolidation, has a bustling M&A market, which in an ideal world would be characterised by honest, straightforward transactions where jobs are saved and credit lines secured.

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.

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.

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