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Demand for a freeze on new small business laws until General Election

The Forum of Private Businesses (FPB) is calling for a freeze in new business legislation to allow the Government to re-assess the burden of red tape. The proposed moratorium would last until the General Election.

Paul French takes over at Robert Horne

The new managing director of Robert Horne is Paul French who has been the divisional director of the Sign & Display division for the last three years. Previous roles within the industry include the managing directorship of Spandex UK.

Durst becomes Innovation Partner for Fespa 2010

Durst has become the first Innovation Partner for the Fespa 2010, the theme of which is 'Catch the New Wave of Innovation'.

B&P Graphics appointed UK/Ireland distributor for DYSS

DYSS (Dae Young Systems), the Korean supplier of UV direct-to-media printers and cutter/router tables has appointed B&P Graphic Supplies as its UK and Ireland distributor. B&P, in association sub-distributor Sun Chemical, will sell the Apollo range of UV combination and flatbed printers and the X7 range of cutter/routers.

Free colour management training

Quark has joined forces with Pantone to deliver a free half-day colour management training programme. The course will cover:?

- How best to set up QuarkXPress 8 for accurate colour management

- How to use Pantone PMS and Goe Libraries with QuarkXPress 8

- How to convert Pantone colours to CMYK

- The setting up and testing of monitors to ISO standards

- How to proof with and without a Rip to international ISO standards.

HumanEyes 3D offer

Positive Focus is offering cut-price Producer 3D software from HumanEyes Technologies to help more printers get into the growing lenticular market. Discounts of around a third apply across a whole range of software, training and installation packages.

Agfa :M-Press Tiger bought by imageData

Yorkshire based imageData Group has bought an Agfa :M-Press Tiger for its Howden site where it will be installed later this year.

Agfa Graphics buys Gandi Innovations assets

Agfa Graphics has reached an agreement to acquire most of the assets of troubled Gandi Innovations LLC's North American operations and the shares of its principal foreign subsidiaries. The acquisition, which is subject to regulatory and court approval, seals the fate of Gandi Innovations which has been operating under CCAA protection in Canada and?

Chapter 15 in the USA since May this year. Agfa has not disclosed how much it is paying for the Gandi assets, though in a statement the company said the transaction "will have no major impact on Agfa's financial debt."

Canon to buy Oc?

Canon is stumping up 730 million euros to buy Oc? "to create the overall number one presence in the printing industry". In a joint statement the companies said that Canon intends to offer 8.60 euros per share for Oc?'s outstanding shares. Oc?'s management and supervisory boards support the offer and will recommend it to shareholders and key stakeholders have already agreed to the move.

Ipex bookings surge reflects support

With exhibitors at Ipex 2010 having now booked over 55,000m2 of floorspace and pre-registrations close to 6,000, event director Trevor Crawford said: "Economic times may be uncertain but the global print industry is once again demonstrating its commitment to Ipex."

Spandex Open House dates

Free seminars and workshops will be the focus of the next Spandex Open House which takes place on 26 and 27 November at the company's Bristol base.

Andesign installs Seiko II ColorPainter V-64S?

Andesign has bought a Seiko II ColorPainter V-64S to replace its five-year-old ColorPainter 64S. Director Andy Williams said: "We selected the ColorPainter V-64S because it provided a more environmentally friendly printing solution, as well as being a faster and technologically more advanced machine. We have always been really happy with our previous ColorPainter and selecting this machine was an easy choice for us. Since installing the V-64S it has delivered everything we expected and are confident we made an excellent decision."

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