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Fespa has set out 'Eight Steps to Innovation' to encourage wide-format entrepreneurs to embrace innovation more actively as part of their strategy for future growth. Ahead of June's 'innovation' themed Fespa Munich, sales and marketing director Marcus Timson has warned that: "Innovation can be intimidating for entrepreneurs, especially when they are steering their businesses out of an economic downturn, with the inevitable focus on efficiency and cost- and cash- management that brings."

The seed has been sown

According to industry surveys this print sector is well aware that it needs to be more proactive and innovative in finding new business. In 2010 will businesses start to reap the benefits of the hard work ploughed in during 2009?


Digital Imaging Services is making money from its creativity and project management as much as from print by producing stunning visual campaigns, such as this enormous brickwork vinyl and metal 'graffiti'.

Tackling climate change

We're not talking about the environment - but the new business climate. Given that we now operate in what's been described as a 'new normal', what can we expect to face in terms of finance and investment challenges in 2010, and what can we do about them? BPIF director of corporate affairs, Andrew Brown, gives his view.

Five print chiefs and OgilvyOne's head of offline production sat down together to explore the issues surrounding its slow take-up and potential growth. Here's their take on the matter.

Go Future Gazing

at Sign and Digital UK, where the UK wide-format industry does business.

The UK's premier sign making and digital printing event returns to the Birmingham NEC on the 13th, 14th and 15th April 2010.

Arizona is coming up roses for Oc?

Oc?'s latest addition might look similar to other Arizona models but it yields several differences. Sophie Matthews-Paul investigates

The key to vehicle wrapping

Vehicle graphics are increasing in popularity both as a method of decoration and also to protect the bodywork beneath. Sophie Matthews-Paul explains how it's carried out.

In at the finish

Sophie Matthews-Paul looks at some of the finishing techniques which improve workflow and guarantee perfect end results.

Epson Stylus Pro 9700

This month Sophie Matthews-Paul visits Colourgen in Maidenhead where she puts the Epson Stylus Pro 9700 through its paces as an option for quick and easy production of full-colour posters and displays

What lies ahead

Forewarned is forearmed, which is why environmental consultant Clare Taylor updates you on the energy and waste control changes planned for this spring.

Becoming virtual visitors

As show season advances toward us, print industry consultant Malcolm McReath asks whether we really need to trudge miles to physically attend these events, or whether online virtual visiting is becoming a more attractive proposition.

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