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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.

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.

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.

Printing in prison could help industry if properly placed

Four years ago I visited Maidstone prison - not at Her Majesty's pleasure, I hasten to add, but for a feature - and came away impressed by what they were trying to achieve. The print shop manager told me at the time that the goal wasn't necessarily to produce high-quality work, but to produce rehabilitated prisoners, equipped with the skills to become a productive member of society upon release.

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