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Is the digital skills gap holding print back?

Earlier this month the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) released its latest research into the UK’s Digital Economy, which highlighted the need for more digital and data skills among SMEs in the services and manufacturing sectors.

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.”

How well can UK printers fare in international markets?

As time ticks away on the Brexit clock, one of the few things we can be quite certain of is the high degree of uncertainty among businesses about a future outside the EU. Negotiations between Downing Street and Brussels sputter along and, depending on which newspaper you subscribe to, both are to blame for the failure to clarify the situation.

Can SMEs take on W2P’s big three?

For web-to-print giants Photobox, Truprint and Vistaprint, personalised print is their lifeblood, but it is a market that most commercial printers have either struggled to compete in or not entered at all.

2015 review: July

All the business news, from acquisitions to liquidations, investments to divestments, from a year in the industry.

EFI sets sights on global MIS takeover

It’s probably safe to assume that $790m (£515m)-turnover US company EFI has been after another UK MIS scalp for some time. Since acquiring compatriot Printcafe in 2003, itself a keen consolidator in the market in prior years, California-headquartered EFI has bought a further 13 MIS companies, in the US, Australia, Brazil, Germany, France and the Netherlands. It acquire the UK’s Technique three years ago, and has now swooped for Shuttleworth.

‘New’ 700 is logical launch for Langley

This month, Manroland Sheetfed passed perhaps the last significant milestone in its reinvention post its 2012 insolvency and acquisition by Langley Holdings: it launched a new press. Quite how ‘new’ a press is debatable given that this is the latest incarnation of the Roland 700 series, which had its debut way back at Drupa 1990, but more on that later.

Will new service assist print’s Davids against Goliath clients?

Among measures on the EU referendum, housing, trade unions and immigration announced in the Queen’s Speech at the end of last month nestled The Small Business Conciliation Service, a proposed independent arbiter of payment disputes between large and small businesses. Few details are yet available, as the government is holding a consultation first, but the idea is it will help small businesses get paid without unduly upsetting their clients.

2016 and all that... April

No guesses as to which story dominated the news in 2016, the 20 most read stories on printweek.com for 2016 are all about Polestar. Nevertheless there was plenty else going on, not least of all Drupa...

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