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Mon, May

The BAPC has launched a Ratings Scheme

The BAPC has launched a Ratings Scheme (for members and no-members) to help print companies get money back if they have been overpaying on their business rates. And it seems many have been as current business rates were set based on property values in 2003, well before the recent drop in prices. This means that those of you who think the rateable value of your premises is too high can appeal for a reduction - and a rate rebate.



Improved access to training via new Manufacturing Skills Alliance

Proskills has joined forces with four other related Sector Skills Councils (SSCs), Cogent, Improve, Semta and Skillsfast-UK, to form the Manufacturing Skills Alliance (MSA). The objective of the Alliance is to find common ground across the five manufacturing-related SSCs to unify and simplify the processes in which manufacturing employers can address skills shortages, access the right training support, and create opportunities for employers in their respective sectors to improve productivity and profitability through skills, allowing them to compete in the global economy.

Drytac launches liquid laminates for outdoor applications

Two new liquid laminate coatings have been added to Drytac's range. Both develop a tough exterior finish that is scratch and abrasion resistant and able to withstand the rigors of commercial vehicle cleaning using industrial chemicals.

UPM and SGS sign landmark agreement to ensure the origin of wood fibre

UPM and SGS have finalised a landmark agreement in which the origin of all UPM pulp and paper products will be ensured with a single, global system. For UPM's customers, the new multi-site certification means a major step towards a simple, standardised way to guarantee the origin of UPM products.

Cestrian takes UK's first Agfa M-Press Tiger

Cestrian Imaging has taken delivery of the UK's first Agfa M-Press Tiger launched at Fespa Digital in May. The Cheadle-based company expects the machine, supplied by Thieme KPX, to undertake work previously done using screen and litho methods.

Record turnover as ACT celebrates 15 years

Large-format print and display company ACT in Cardiff is celebrating a record turnover of ?1.32m million - an increase of 17% on the previous year - as it celebrates its 15th anniversary.

Equifax reports huge rise in businesses tracking customer and supplier status

Business information provider, Equifax, has seen the use of some of its business monitoring alerts increase 300% in the past year as companies try to stay up to date with the financial status of customers and suppliers in order to protect cashflow and safeguard against bad debt.

Grafix Direct re-launches at The Bigger Printing Company

Cheltenham-based large-format print company Grafix Direct has re-branded itself The Bigger Printing Company and is heavily marketing itself as a company that can print "anything, any size, any shape".

Easy to apply Visi/Frame

The long lasting and easy-to-apply Visi/Frame window display system is now available in the UK via distributor Proaction.

Oc? supports environmental research initiative Verdigris

Oc? has joined Verdigris, the not-for-profit print environmental research initiative, as a 'Founder' supporter. It joins Agfa, Canon Europe, Digital Dots, Drupa, Fujifilm, HP, Kodak, Unity Publishing, Ricoh and Screen in their support for the global project.

Gardners plans extra HP Scitex XP2300 investment

Following the success of its first HP Scitex XP2300 printer, Gardners is planning to invest in at least five more machines. The Cardiff-based company, which was one of the first in the world to install the 3.2m UV roll-to-roll printer, has seen massive productivity increases and slashed ink consumption with the printer which also allows Gardners to meet its objective of printing UV onto more environmentally friendly media than PVC.