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In July the Simpson Group took part in an event in Newcastle called STEMfest Net Zero, where local businesses were invited to engage with more than 3,000 young people from the region’s schools via fun, hands-on sessions relating to their industries and their Net Zero goals. It’s just one many initiatives the group is involved in as it plays its part in making print a more obvious career choice. Development director Sarah Tishler explains.

Are we going to see more ‘regional powerhouses’ as the print sector continues reshaping? We asked Jim Kerr, CEO of the newly founded Astra Group, about his decision to unite two of the UK’s leading digital and traditional signage businesses - and if it’s a move he thinks others will follow.

Last summer the US-based Sustainable Green Printing Partnership announced it was launching a pilot scheme extending its sustainability certification to the UK. So has it taken off?

At the end of 2021 Fespa UK Association announced a print waste reduction programme and called on PSPs to get involved. The response has been disappointing. So is all the hard work also going to go to waste?

In conjunction with the newly published Image Reports Widthwise survey 2022 we asked a number of manufacturers how the findings reflect what they’re seeing within their own companies and in the wider market - and how they are tackling key issues flagged up by the poll.

We hear an enormous amount from printer manufacturers about the opportunities afforded PSPs by textile printing. Yet, our Widthwise survey findings show relatively little exuberance in this sector when it comes to the oft forecast moneyspinner. So should you be having another look at textile print kit?

The 15th annual Image Reports Widthwise Report is being published alongside this issue and can be downloaded for free at: www.imagereportsmag.co.uk/widthwise . It’s a detailed read, incorporating data from 201 PSPs based here in the UK/Ireland to help you get a good grassroots feel for the landscape in which you now operate. Here are some of the key findings you can expect to be explored in the full report.

Can we get better any time soon at recovering used large-format print for recycling? MacroArt MD Michael Green tackles the questions of how realistic that is, and who is responsible for making it happen.

Manchester-based MediaCo has been ‘greening-up’ its operations for years and recently introduced a new carbon reduction programme called Ecosure that is supported by investment in two HP Latex 3600 printers and a HP Stitch S1000. So what is the company’s eco ethos?  Here’s what group operations director Stephen Arthur has to say.

Earlier this year British Business Investments announced an additional £15m commitment to Compass Business Finance, taking its total commitment to £30m - the intention being to increase the flow of funding for asset finance products into UK-based smaller businesses operating in the print, packaging and manufacturing sectors. So who is asking for the money, are they getting it, and is this conversation more, or less, likely to make you apply too?

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