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Just wondering if the Simpson Group’s investment in a Col-Tec Smart Collator heralds something big in terms of how large-format orientated PSPs handle finishing/packing/distribution. Will be interesting to see what this Spring’s trade shows bring to the sector’s attention in this regard! 

You’ve probably already had notice that the Image Reports’ annual Widthwise poll of large-format PSPs is now live. Please help us provide as precise and far reaching a report as possible from the data we collect by taking part. You can do so at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/H63WZWR.

Also, the upcoming Jan/Feb issue of Image Reports carries an interview with Fespa UK Association chief Peter Kiddell on the state of this sector’s training. Help put things right by connecting at: FESPA UK Association Print Training Needs Survey.

I’m liking what Leach Studio is doing with concepts for Bolton Museum – in terms of how it’s working with its client as much as the designs themselves. With an increasing amount of PSPs ‘evolving’ their pre-press departments into fully fledged design arms it would be interesting to hear from those of you that feel the move has changed the kind of relationship you have with your clients – and whether that’s helping you bring in more lucrative jobs by being involved earlier on in the design process.


“To affect change, we have to start with ourselves. With each new day, we have a chance to make better decisions, bigger strides, and more progress - personally and professionally.” That is a quote from the new book `Create Your Own Success Story` from business coach Dr Colin Thompson with a foreword by Dr Tim Watts, chairman of the Pertemps Group. What with New Year’s resolutions and all that, it might be worth a look-see.

This is my last enewsletter of 2016 so can I take the opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year. See you in 2017!

So the BPIF is moving to ‘the home of print’ at St Bride Foundation. I’m not convinced aligning itself so closely with the historical aspects of print is such a great move for an association representing an industry struggling to shrug off its antiquated image and attract young talent. Am I out of step on this?

I’m mentioning Heimtextil again because textile printing has come up in conversation with both PSPs and kit manufacturers during the course of this week – the common understanding being that while many in the large-format digital print sector are yet to go that route, 2017 is likely to be a significant turning point. With that in mind let me direct you to a couple of recent pieces in Image Reports – one on Heimtextil itself and the other a report from the annual Round Table, where textiles was a topic of debate among the print chiefs in attendance.

Will wide-format continue to be a money spinner as we look towards 2017? According to those print chiefs debating the state of the sector at the annual Image Reports Round Table the answer is ‘yes’ - but with caveats (see feature p14).

Hey! We have a new website here at Image Reports – click though (http://www.imagereportsmag.co.uk/) to have a look-see. The updated site makes it easier to navigate through news, features, blogs and all the other lovely add-ons we bring you like round tables, Widthwise, show previews…. Let me know what you think.

News of Data Image taking a Kongsberg C automated robotic production system makes me wonder how many more of you are looking at robotic systems as we head towards 2017. Have you the money, space and type of workload that would benefit from such an investment? A question for the upcoming Widthwise Survey methinks!

As a BAPC special missal succinctly outlined following the Autumn Statement, the National Living Wage will rise from £7.20hr to £7.50hr next April, and that same month the tax-free allowance will be raised from £11,000 to £11,500 (rising to £12,000 by 2020) and National Insurance contributions from employees and employers will be aligned at £157 per week. Insurance Premium Tax will rise from 10% to 12% from June next year, and Corporation Tax is slated to fall to 17% by 2020. What does all this mean for your business? Let me know.

Will you be visiting Heimtextil in the New Year? If so, drop me a line – I’m interested in talking to digital large-format orientated PSPs about textile print and how it might impact the sector in 2017.

Given the continual debate about what is meant by ‘industrial’ printing I’d be interested to know if you attended InPrint, and whether it gave you any insight as to how you might establish an industrial print service.

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