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SME’s urged firms to prepare for January VAT rise

The Forum of Private Business is warning firms that the January VAT rise could leave them with a new year headache if they fail to prepare properly. All VAT registered traders will be affected by the increase, which will see VAT rise from its current 17.5% rate to 20% at midnight on 4 January. In theory, the change is relatively simple. However, the FPB is warning smaller firms that things can easily get complicated when put into practice.

Icon:MEI brings Aviva’s Big Picture campaign to life

Icon:MEI, the event production arm of branding specialist Icon, has been instrumental in the design and implementation of Aviva’s ‘The Big Picture’ campaign which involves wrapping and projecting a selection of customers’ images onto major buildings in cities around the world.

Service Graphics set for relocation to Chessington

St Ives Group’s large-format print division Service Graphics will relocate to a 46,000 sq ft site in Chessington in January to service London and the south of England. It will also offer support to the other Service Graphics sites in Glasgow, Skelmersdale, Nottingham, Kent and Salisbury, as well as the other St Ives divisions. In the future, the enhancement of the large-format graphics services may also be offered across the entire St Ives client base.

Pyramid Visuals helps break World Record

Pyramid Visuals has produced a World Record breaking 22m x 22m banner for Greenpeace. The digital print of a 3D anamorphic artwork by renowned American artist Kurt Wenner was unfurled outside the European Commission headquarters in Brussels this month to help focus attention on an EU-wide objection towards genetically modified crops.

Tech 8 brings music to your ears

Tech 8 is giving away a free iPod Shuffle 2GB, which will automatically be added to your shopping basket when the value of your spare part order goes over £150. The company is also giving away an iPod Touch 8GB with orders of selected items made by Thursday 23 December.

Changes to small business rate relief could have sting in the tail warns FPB

The Forum of Private Business and property specialist LeaseholdersUnited are warning that changes heralded as making Small Business Rate Relief (SBRR) apply automatically could instead lead to councils scrapping the tax break altogether. 

BAF Graphics dresses Selfridges Christmas windows

BAF Graphics has dressed the Christmas windows of iconic department store Selfridges. In the London and Manchester stores, all back windows have been clad in Dufaylite, which has been directly digitally printed with the Christmas theme designs using BAF’s Rho 600. In addition, and also using the same Dufaylite printed boards, props such as open-sided, back-lit buildings and Christmas trees have been made to enhance the display. The Birmingham store portrayed Christmas in a slightly different way, using the same theme, but printed onto self-adhesive vinyl in order to wrap both of their 30m long main street level windows.

Pantone announces Colour Palette of the Month

Pantone has announced Focal Points as the Colour Palette of the Month. Focal Points is a palette of the warm advancing shades of muskmelon, clay and burnt coral combined with aurora red, purples and wine. The palette also includes fashionable Honeysuckle which is the Pantone Colour of the Year 2011.

Infigo Software to propel expansion of Infigo Web2Print

Infigo Software (ISL) has been established as an independent company to propel adoption of the Infigo Web2print suite of products and is currently looking for new resellers. 

Simpson Group buys HP Scitex FB7500

The Simpson Group has bought a HP Scitex FB7500 printer to offer a short-run, high-quality, quick turnaround digital service POP/POS applications.

Inca appoints customer support director

Inca Digital has appointed Paul Massey director of customer support. Based at Inca's Cambridge, UK, headquarters, Massey - who has over 20 years' experience in senior customer and technical support roles, most recently as national support manager for Technotrans – will head up the company's growing network of global technical support engineers who provide first line technical support in the field as well as third line support for international distributors. 

InfoTrends releases workflow forecast

InfoTrends has released a global forecast for the print production workflow software market for 2009 - 2014. While this market, like many others, experienced a notable drop as a result of the recent economic downturn, InfoTrends believes that it is beginning to recover and will experience sustained growth through the next several years, at an average yearly rate of just over 5%.

dotgain.org to hold marketing seminars

BPIF run dotgain.org is organising two seminars on marketing for 2011. One will be held in London on 1 March and the other in Cambridge on 26 June. The announcement follows the first annual dotgain.org conference entitled ‘Fast Forward to the Future,’ at which BPIF chief executive Michael Johnson informed delegates that recent European research had shown that there clearly was a lack of understanding by printers of their customers.

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