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06 April 2020

The protective facemask is the new look for print

Printers should spend time in lock down thinking about how their business may be changed by these unprecedented times.

Volumes of print are through the floor after an unprecedented plunge following the government's announcement of lock down restrictions across the UK for an indefinite period. Printers in retail, entertainment, hospitality and tourism have been especially badly hit, though a few have escaped. And in all likelihood much of this work will never return.

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03 April 2020

Stepping out of the dark into a brave new world

Gareth Ward ponders the shape of the print landscape on the other side of this pandemic.

We are in the middle of a pandemic, something that most of us thought we would never have to experience and that all of us wish we hadn’t.

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30 March 2020

Partnerships with brands in testing times

Partnership has been used to describe a relationship that reflects a shared commitment, but how many partnerships will endure the crisis?

The Book of Common Prayer, like the King James Bible, has bequeathed a richness to the English language that almost four centuries later remains core to the British culture. The vows in the wedding ceremony, spoken by each partner, declare their mutual commitment “in sickness and in health”. Marriage is both a legal binding and public commitment to partnership intended to endure in the difficult times as well as the good.

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23 March 2020

We are going to have to swallow the medicine

The crisis is upon us and nobody know where it will lead. What will not change is the value and strength of print.

At best the country is going to suffering a dozen very quiet, very dull weeks ahead. The worst does not bear thinking about as the health service tries to cope with the crisis caused by Covid-19. The struggle is to survive the business crisis that may be as dangerous to companies as the virus is to the vulnerable.

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