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The Printing Charity is calling for entries to the Print Futures Awards, which are grants of £1,500 to help people aged 18 to 30 years train for careers in printing, publishing, packaging and graphic arts or develop their existing roles in the industry. The closing date for applications is 30 April 2017.

HP has added a Cloud-based app called Signage Suite to its HP Applications Centre, where it sits alongside HP Wall Art.

Fespa 2017 in Hamburg, 8 - 12 May, will run with the marketing campaign theme ‘Dare to print Different’. The campaign is incorporates visuals of a robotic hand releasing a brilliant butterfly to reflect the critical role of technology in enabling creative print applications.

Signs Express (Newcastle) has opened its doors in Cramlington. It is owned by Adam Greaves, who has 20 years’ experience in fabrication and managerial roles for the heavy engineering industries. The new business will offer interior and exterior signs, displays, vehicle graphics, banners etc.

Roland DG is allowing users of various of its printers to upgrade to VersaWorks Dual Rip software free of charge.

The Digital Skills Festival - organised by independent digital trade association Manchester Digital - will take place in the city 14 - 17 February. The aim is to promote Manchester as a thriving digital hub and help the region’s businesses recruit and retain talent. In 2016 more than 1,200 students attended the event looking for opportunities in development, design, project management, digital marketing etc.

EFI has reported record fourth quarter revenue for the period ended 31 December 2016. Revenue was $266.7m, up 4% on the fourth quarter 2015. For the full year revenue was $992.1m, up 12% on 2015.

CPI has announced the start of a new project to address the manufacturing challenges and exploit the commercial opportunities afforded by the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) - a market predicted to be worth an estimated $253billion by 2021. The European Regional Development Fund has announced £2.6 million of funding for CPI to establish and run a new national technology centre in County Durham.

Xaar has appointed a new chief financial officer in the shape of Lily Liu. She takes over the role on 2 May, when she also becomes company secretary and a board director.