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GPMA urges print-focused disaster relief fund

The Graphics and Print Media Alliance (GPMA) has called on the government to introduce a means-tested disaster relief grant fund for the UK print industry, in order to support businesses negatively impacted by the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

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GPMA counts the like of the IPIA, BPIF, Picon and the BAPC among its members

Writing to Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, and Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Alok Sharma, the GPMA is pushing for sector-specific support for print as the Covid-19 crisis continues.
 
The GPMA, a body of trade associations that supports commercial print, warns more than 3,000 businesses could go into insolvency by Christmas if the sector does not receive a specific support package.

The organisation adds that a further 3,000 print business are under threat in the next six months should support not arrive.

All 15 members of the GPMA, including the IPIA, BPIF, Picon and the BAPC, have backed the call.

The commercial and retail print sectors are facing a breakdown of supply chain integrity and the loss of thousands of businesses if they do not receive targeted assistance

In a joint statement, IPIA chairman Graeme Smith, BPIF chief executive Charles Jarrold, Picon chief executive Bettine Pellant and BAPC chairman Brendan Perring say the UK graphics and print media industry is facing its greatest challenge.

“In particular, the commercial and retail print sectors are facing a breakdown of supply chain integrity and the loss of thousands of businesses if they do not receive targeted assistance.

“We are supportive of, and grateful for, all the work HM Treasury and BEIS have done over the last six months to protect livelihoods and jobs in our industry. Our focus now is to secure a means-tested disaster relief fund for the sector, so all that good work is not undone.

“We are working closely with BEIS to provide its print industry support team with the data and analysis needed to assist policy development and we are hopeful that this support will be forthcoming.”

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