Following action from the Graphics and Print Media Alliance (GPMA) – which saw all 15 of its members back a joint statement to Government that praised its work to support business while proposing a means-tested 'disaster relief' fund be set up to support thousands of print businesses facing closure by the end of the year – it has received a confidence building formal response.

We need to keep a social distance – strange terminology, as being 'social' is getting close to each other. We are working via Zoom, Skype and other platforms, meaning we don't get to talk and gossip around the coffee machine anymore. All the essentials we experience as human beings at work are taken away by something we can't see, smell or feel. That is really creepy. 

For long-time Minuteman Press franchise owners Paul and Sharon Rayner, the COVID-19 pandemic is unlike anything they have experienced in their 18 years of business ownership. Paul says, “We started just after the dot-com financial downturn in 2002 and we survived the 2008 financial debacle, but we had never experienced anything like COVID-19 - our business was basically shut down overnight. Our decision to be strong financially with our savings will be the most important reason our business will be fine. We have been able to retain all of our employees at just a couple of hours less per week.”

Regency Design, the specialist print business, has appointed Dominic Riley, former Chairman of The Morgan Motor Company and a passionate supporter of British manufacturing, to help take the business to the next stage of growth as companies plan for a post-pandemic resurgence.

Kernow Coatings, leading manufacturer of OEM certified printable digital synthetic papers, has launched a scratch resistant coating developed for ultimate hygiene of sneeze guards, splash guards and dividers. The product is aimed at the retail and healthcare industries to provide an easy to apply solution which is resistant to harsh cleaning chemicals that are necessary to kill viruses such as coronavirus.

Neenah expands its wide format portfolio to address significant market demand for safe signage solutions by offering new, innovative solutions with conVerd Board® Wipe Clean™ and DigiScape® FootPrint™.

Out of an abundance of caution for employees, customers, prospects and partners, Electronics For Imaging, Inc. has canceled its planned exhibit at the drupa 2021 tradeshow taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany, next April.

Protecting customers and staff has just got easier with the introduction of SafeTouch antimicrobial film.

COVID-19 has drastically changed the perception of hygiene and cleanliness, spurring interest in antimicrobial coatings, according to a new report from Lux Research. These coatings previously struggled to find widespread adoption due to difficulties in quantifying their impact on human health, but the pandemic has drawn attention to them as an important safety measure. In its new report, “Antimicrobial Coatings at the Front Line of COVID-19,” Lux Research outlines key challenges and opportunities for coatings, additives, and materials innovation and how they will impact several major industries.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, local business owners like Pam and Bill Joles of the International Minute Press printing franchise in Gastonia have worked harder than ever to adapt and serve their communities. Pam says, “We have always been right here and we remain in service to our local business and community every day, all day.”

As COVID-19 cancelled in-person events, sign & graphics companies were forced to develop new revenue streams in order to stay afloat. Colorwave Graphics was able to expand their business through a quick and seamless transition to producing personal protective equipment (PPE) by leveraging the Gerber MCT Cutter. Colorwave was able to develop signage for social distancing, sneeze guards and even a temporary hospital bed made from 100% recyclable material. Additionally, the versatile solution empowers the Illinois-based signage producer to greatly improve their speed and throughput, enabling them to cut 2-up gang banners in just 20 seconds, which normally would have taken 40 hours manually.

The third and final session Mimaki Live webinar on Thursday, August 27, will focus on the impact of COVID-19 on the Industrial and Manufacturing sector. Discover unique opportunities with UV and 3D print technologies as our guest speakers share their first-hand experiences of dealing with the crisis!

Lee Taylor served in the Royal Navy for 23 years and has now owned his Minuteman Press franchise in Newport, Wales for 6 years. When COVID-19 hit, Lee immediately went to work to bring his community together with a free initiative called Bounce Back Newport, part of Bounce Back UK By Minuteman Press International. Lee shares his tips for success during the pandemic and positive feedback from clients.

FASTSIGNS International, Inc., franchisor of FASTSIGNS®, the leading sign, graphics and visual communications franchise, today announced strong growth year-to-date in 2020 including the signing of 16 new franchise agreements, 12 of which the brand signed since March 1, to develop locations in new markets like Aurora, Illinois, Panama City, Florida and the Toronto area. FASTSIGNS also celebrated the opening of 20 new centers this year with 16 new centers opened since March 1.

Screen has turned necessity into a virtue, making its new Truepress Jet L350UV SAI label printer available for remote demonstrations from its Technology Centre in Amstelveen.

Infigo Software explores how Web-To-Print can revolutionize the way printers operate their businesses and what they can learn from e-commerce giants, such as Amazon.

With COVID-19, communities and businesses had to adjust and adapt to the “new normal.” International Minute Press printing franchise owners Tracie and Glenn Hansen are helping people in Flagstaff, Arizona celebrate milestones, stay safe, and get back to business.

Between the Lockdown period of May to the end of July, CMYUK has experienced a 30 per cent upsurge in sales for its ESKO digital cutting tables.

Digital out of home delivers work that is noticed and remembered across the world.

A new global business survey commissioned by Xerox Holdings Corporation (NYSE: XRX) shows an estimated 82% of the workforce in respondents’ organizations will have returned to the workplace in 12-18 months’ time, on average. In preparation for a return, companies are investing in new resources to support a hybrid remote / in-office workforce, with 56% increasing technology budgets and 34% planning to speed their digital transformation as a result of COVID-19.

Over the past few months, Signs Express have had the privilege of supporting essential businesses including the NHS, supermarkets, and pharmacies through what has been an exceptionally challenging time for all.

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