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As a company specialising in all kinds of portable displays, including banner stands, exhibition stands and fabric displays, PrintDesigns knows a thing or two about how important offline marketing remains to companies and to consumers - despite the digital revolution. But co-founder Mark Thompson also expects more integration between the two as he outlines here.

For many a year Ipex was a ‘must-attend’ show for printers. But things change, and the last event at Excel in London in 2014 left many wondering if it had had its day. Organisers put their thinking caps on and came up with a plan to deliver a reinvigorated show back at the NEC in Birmingham this autumn. But is it enough? I asked event director Rob Fisher for his take…

When newly married Ed Currer and his wife wanted to decorate their home without causing any damage to walls, he had something of a Eureka moment, out of which was born West Sussex-based surface graphics company Vinyl Impression.

Roland DG is transforming its business as sales of wide-format printers to mature markets - like signage - start to dip, and it recently announced a deal with Custom Gateway to provide an integrated ecommerce solution that will help it exploit the consumerisation of personalised digital print. Simon Wilcox has been briefed to look into the possibilities. So how does he see this playing out?

Blink’s website says its “aim from day one was to grow with the ever-changing landscape of print.” In line with that thinking the Lutterworth-based PSP - which offers digital large-format alongside litho and screen print and finishing services - has brought on board Neil Richardson as business development director. His background is not in print – so what is he expected to bring to the party?

Founded in 1962, Fespa is a global federation of 37 national associations for the screenprinting, digital printing and textile printing communities. Its remit has been to organise exhibitions and conferences for these sectors and reinvest the profits back into print. But is that remit changing? I asked its CEO ahead Fespa 2017.

This time five years ago I interviewed your predecessor, the late Kathy Woodward, and asked if the BPIF would become more representative of the growing digital large-format sector. I think few would say that’s happened. What’s your view?

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