Tue, Feb

Antalis Academy will hold its first webinar on 2 March. Entitled ‘Three Practical Strategies To Increase Your Print Sales This Year’, the free session will take place 2.30 - 3.30pm, and will be run by keynote speaker Matthew Parker from Profitable Print Relationships - a consultancy that shows print companies the buyer’s view.

Taylor Bloxham Group is celebrating 80 years in business this year by announcing its highest ever turnover - in excess of £27m for the financial year ending September 2017 - and with CEO Robert Lockwood claiming: “Everything is in place to make 2018 our most profitable year yet.”

Newtech is running an evening session on Wednesday 28 February. It will open will open 6 - 9pm on that date, and then 9am - 4pm on 1 March.

Digital printer Probo has signed up as a conference and exhibition sponsor for the inaugural Pure Digital 2018 event (RAI, Amsterdam, 17-19 April)

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) national chairman Mike Cherry has responded to the latest Home Affairs Committee report on the implications of Brexit for the UK immigration system, by saying:“One in five small firms that employ staff has an EU worker on their books. By providing so little guidance on what the future looks like for these vital workers, the Government is making it that much harder for small firms to plan ahead.”

Quadient (formerly GMC Software) will hold its first ‘Service Provider Transformation Day’ webinar on Tuesday, 27 February. It aims to provide PSPs and business process outsourcers (BPOs) with information and insights on the key factors driving fundamental change in how businesses communicate and interact with customers, as well as the new challenges and new opportunities digital transformation brings.

OKI Europe is to showcase the ColorPainter series of wide-format printers and its Pro9 Envelope System a Newtech in 2018.

Mary Portas will deliver this year’s Sign and Digital UK show’s keynote address in keeping with its 2018 theme ‘Creativity Brought to Life’. Crowned “Mary Queen of Shops” by the UK media, the retail/branding expert will take part in a subsequent Q&A and tour the show floor on the opening day.

North-east based Simpson Group has undergone an MBO led by managing director Dean Williams. The acquisition sees the departure of chairman Mark Simpson, along with his brother and sister as minor shareholders. Current managing director Bill McNally, and finance director John Quinn will stay to lead the new management team through a period of transition. In August the new management team will take over, led by Williams supported by Mark Jerrard as commercial director, David Dowson as production director and Sarah Tishler as training and development director. David Darcy of Vistage International, who has over 20 years’ experience working with the previous and new management teams, will join as non-executive chairman.

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