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The Creative Retail Awards 2020 are now open for entries, with new categories for best shopfitting/fit-out, bar and restaurant design and omni-channel experience. There is also a new category specifically for retailers to vote for their favourite supplier.

Protect Safety Signs, a supplier of temporary traffic management signs to the emergency services sector, has installed two Océ Colorado 1640 printers.to double the efficiency of its production process and increase its print capacity.

US-based S-One Holdings Corporation has acquired the Digiprint Supplies brand from Big Fish, based in Belgium. The acquisition includes certain Big Fish assets, including personnel, customers and supplier contracts.

At the Printing United show in the US later this week, Color-Logic will introduce Touch7 Photo ECG, a tool that simplifies the use of extended colour gamut (ECG) in wide-format and digital presses.

RA Smart is inviting exhibition and display graphic producers, flag printers, signmakers and universities to HP Stitch demonstrations at open days at its Cheshire facility next month.

Caldera has announced Rip certification and support for the HP Stitch series of printers, having developed TextilePro printer drivers specifically for the range. The new workflow suite has been designed to enable fast, precise textile printing that will cut down on waste and error.

Tej Parikh, chief economist at the Institute of Directors, is calling on the Chancellor to use the Autumn Budget “to slash firms’ property tax bills and begin reforming the broken business rates system.” The move is in response to the latest official inflation figures, showing that the Consumer Price Index (CPI) remained at 1.7% in September. “With growth in pay packets continuing to outstrip inflation, households will have some support for spending in the months ahead,” he said. “Although inflation remains below target now, it is likely to pick up above 2% soon, particularly in the event of a Brexit deal which will help release some pent-up demand. “The inflation data is unlikely to significantly change the Bank of England’s calculations on interest rates, which remain firmly dependent on various Brexit scenarios. However, with current price growth still under target, MPC members may have extra confidence to lower the Bank rate in the event of a no deal. “For firms, September’s inflation figures are particularly important given the role they play in determining business rates increases for the year ahead. The business community is already facing a slew of rising cost pressures, so further inflation-indexed increases to their expenses are likely to bite harder, despite the relatively low rise. The Chancellor has a key opportunity in the Autumn Budget to slash firms’ property tax bills and begin reforming the broken business rates system.”

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