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Date change costs calendar maker £200,000

Following the government’s announcement that next year’s early May bank holiday would be changed, a luxury calendar maker has said the change will cost £200,000.

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The last-minute date change has caused issues for calendar and diary producers

On June 8th, the UK Government announced it would be moving the date of the bank holiday in 2020 from Monday, May 4th to Friday, May 8th, to mark the 75th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day.

It is only the second time the early May bank holiday has been moved, but for calendar maker Allan & Bertram the change has put pressure on the business to change the already-printed calendars at short notice. 

As a result of the change, about 400,000 of its calendars will have to have the May page reprinted – a job the company says will cost £200,000.

Speaking to the BBC, managing director Andrew Bennett comments: “We were all saying: what are we going to do? We looked at a range of options, we thought about doing nothing, we thought about putting stickers on, but we manufacture the world’s finest calendars – we can’t send them out knowing that they’re wrong. We have no option; we have to change them.”

This could have been easily avoided if Greg Clark's office had carried out consultation with the appropriate organisations

Dave Wallis, managing director of the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), comments on the situation: “The movement of the date to allow more people to pay tribute is welcomed. However, these decisions need good consultation with all organisations that could be affected.

“Relevant trade associations like the BPIF should be the first point of call so that we can communicate changes with our members and advise on any anticipated implications.

“As a consequence of this action a number of members will lose money due to calendars and diaries for 2020 being printed already. It is my understanding that there is no opportunity for compensation. This could cause serious cash flow issues, and therefore other issues for those businesses affected.”

He concludes: “This could have been easily avoided if Greg Clark's office had carried out consultation with the appropriate organisations.”

Allan & Bertram has been producing promotional calendars for businesses from its Hertfordshire base for over 55 years and was recently awarded a three-year global license to produce calendars, diaries and notebooks for BMW.

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