Thursday, 10 Dec 2020 09:06 GMT

Friedheim's Bristow to continue as Picon chair

Industry trade association Picon has announced that Mark Bristow, managing director of Friedheim International, will continue as its chairman for another three years.

Bristow will remain in the role until at least June 2022 and continue to work on his core targets for the association.

This will include going out to meet more Picon members across the UK, with this part of the role having been restricted in 2020 due to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis.

“Picon has held almost all meetings online since the start of the Covid-19 crisis and it has certainly played an important communications and support role,” he says.

“One of my goals was to develop the business support opportunities and this year we introduced a Covid-19 Support Scheme that reimbursed members for some of the capital expenditure outlay involved in meeting new Covid-19 working practice standards.”

Other aims include maintaining and developing training initiatives and grant schemes, which he says have not been restrained by the pandemic

Picon has held almost all meetings online since the start of the Covid-19 crisis and it has certainly played an important communications and support role

This will focus around a new Work Experience Placement Scheme that will be introduced next year, through which Picon members can employ an 18- to 24-year-old for up to 12 weeks for a specific project.

Picon will reimburse the member the minimum wage for 25 hours a week plus the employer’s National Insurance.

Bristow will also encourage greater co-operation with other print and business organisations, as the industry continues its recovery from Covid-19 and the impending impact of Brexit.

“We also continue our focus on trying to deal with, and support members where we can, with the aftermath of what Brexit situation the government leaves us with,” Bristow says.

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