UK trade associations align to shape post-Brexit policies for the UK print, media and graphic arts sector

Written by Colin Gillman on 13 February 2017.

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Seeing that the hullaballoo surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU looks set to continue indefinitely while our politicians squabble over the mess, there has probably never been a better time for our industry’s key trade associations to align with an agenda to shape post-Brexit policies for the UK print, media and graphic arts sector.

Together, the 11 trade association members of the Graphics Print and Media Alliance (GPMA) represent some 3,741 companies with an annual turnover of £15 billion, employing an estimated 106,000 people. 

The joining of these associations under one umbrella group representing the UK’s printing industry supply chain comes at a crucial time as the Government is consulting heavily with industry on both Brexit and Industrial Strategy. The GPMA is focused on feeding into relevant consultations including a recent submission to the Business, Energy and Industry Strategy’s Select Committee regarding the industry’s position on Industrial Strategy.

Tom Bowtell, the Chairman of the GPMA and the Chief Executive of the British Coatings Federation (BCF) says: “Trade Associations have a crucial role to play in promoting best practice, helping companies become more competitive and formulating effective public policy and delivery. Through the GPMA, we have tremendous potential to act as the co-ordinated voice of the graphics and print media supply chain when talking to Government and offer great value in terms of quickly disseminating messages about Government policy to our members. Productive engagement between associations and Government is vital for the policy making process, and has never been more important.”

Take a look at the newly created GPMA website below and support an association relevant to your sector of our industry.

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