The IPIA is calling on printers to make more noise about the plight of print amid the pandemic. The call follows an item on Sky News on 14 October featuring Abbot Print MD and IPIA council member Alasdair Browne, whereby the point was made that print is going to be part of a wave of 4.5m redundancies unless the Government steps in.
IPIA general manager Brendan Perring said: “We will use this coverage as part of our ongoing efforts to lobby the Government for support. We would also ask printers to take control over their futures and put forward their case to the Government directly. We urge them to write to not just their MP, but also to The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to assist in this fight.
“In the first instance, please write to BEIS with as much detailed information as possible about the impact that Covid-19 and social restrictions have had on your finances, the redundancies you plan to make, and the viability of your business without specific support for the print industry. You can do this at email@example.com
“At the links below you will find a letter template and instructions on how you can identify and write to your MP - by both email and posted letter if at all possible please. Remember to provide your address at the top of the letter so it will be processed, and if you receive a reply please re-make the point that we need support for this issue aired on the floor of Parliament.”
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