Left side advert image
Right side advert image
Super banner advert image
Subscribe to Print Monthly's RSS feed

Enter your email address here to sign up for our weekly newsletter

Industry

Calls for further industry support

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) has called for further support for the print industry.

Article picture

The industry is still able to fill out the BPIF survey

The trade body has turned to Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, who is also the secretary of state for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the government to implement further support for the industry. In a letter to the Member of Parliament, the BPIF has listed some of the effects that the coronavirus has had in businesses within the print sector.

In the letter, the BPIF has called for clarification and more detail surrounding the definition of essential services. Current guidance says that print companies are indeed allowed to stay active, there is confusion meaning employers need further support to demonstrate this.

Another point that has been made is the flexibility of the Job Retention Scheme, with a particular focus on the furloughing of workers. The scheme has been well received, but there is concern it will not deliver as effectively as it could without adjustments.

The impact of coronavirus is huge on our industry, and direct government actions to support those businesses, and individuals, is of urgent priority

And finally, the BPIF has also called for the government to engage with those lenders taking part in the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS), to ensure that these lenders are interpreting the government’s intentions correctly.

Charles Jarrold, BPIF chief executive officer, comments: “The impact of coronavirus is huge on our industry, and direct government actions to support those businesses, and individuals, is of urgent priority. We know government are listening to UK industry, and we have welcomed the great intentions of support – but hope to receive further clarification and actions on points raised above as crucial to the survival of our industry.”

The BPIF’s Business Impact Survey can still be accessed here, but will be closed on Friday April 3rd: https://www.britishprint.com/industry-news/more/29005/page/2/coronavirus-business-impact-survey



If you have an interesting story or a view on this news, then please e-mail news@printmonthly.co.uk

Follow Genevieve on:
 Jo Golding's Twitter Profile
Print printer-friendly version Printable version Send to a friend Contact us

No comments found!  

Sign in:

Email 

or create your very own Print Monthly account  to join in with the conversation.