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Osborne backs business but faltering growth needs action

While the coalition's efforts to tackle the tricky subject of welfare reform have been filling column inches ever since last month's Budget, the lack of significant debate on the more important task of helping business and getting the economy moving again is indicative of the fact that the chancellor probably did just enough in this department to avoid opprobrium.

Confused energy strategy is hobbling UK manufacturing

The recently published BIS report on future electricity costs for energy intensive industries (EIIs) only reinforces the view that many have held for some time - that current costs are higher here than in many of our global competitor nations and that this gap will only grow due to the implementation of a range of climate change measures here in the UK between 2013 and 2020.

State banks appeal to SMEs, but there are better options

The economist Adam Posen is a man that few printers will have heard of before this week. Known primarily for being the arch-dove on the Bank of England's nine member Monetary Policy Committee, Posen has long been advocating (loudly and in isolation) a further bout of quantitative easing.

June looks set to be the month of the hard sells

It's hard to imagine a combination of words that is likely to cause hearts in the web offset community to sink as fast as 'web-offset' and 'supersite' - except, perhaps for 'paper', 'price' and 'increases', of course.

M&A jump is evidence of recovery

Over the past few weeks there seems to have been an unprecedented spike in the amount of print M&A activity taking place and, believe it not, I’m not just talking about distressed sales or worse, the dreaded phoenixes.

Getting a patent is exciting, but there are plenty of risks

Having a patent is just like winning a fast-track to a roller coaster: you feel great walking past the queues waving your ticket, until you get on the ride, and then it is an unpredictable journey of highs and lows that can result in you crashing back down to earth with an almighty bump.

Autumn Statement fails to inspire print

This week's Autumn Statement has failed to 'wow' the print industry, despite the reduction in corporation tax, increase in capital allowances and scrapping of the 3p fuel duty hike.

Olympics: a double-edged sword for the print sector

With just seven days to go until the Olympics, the headlines have rightly focussed on the unmitigated disaster that is G4S's failure to fulfil its 284m contract to provide security for the London 2012 games. Meanwhile, for print the Olympics continues to be a double-edged sword.

Drupa to light way as print industry keeps advancing

At next year's Drupa, the industry's suppliers will announce, and possibly even deliver, many new or upgraded products that will give an insight into the direction that print will take in the future. Here are some of the key trends that will have an impact on what we see at next year's show:

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