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Given this is a milestone year for the Image Reports Widthwise project, we thought we’d use Fespa 2017 for a live debate on some of the key findings of the poll - which though UK based, no doubt touches upon topics and trends impacting PSPs in the sector across Europe and beyond. Here’s what our PSP panel had to say…

Rising insurance costs might tempt you to reduce your premiums by cutting cover, but then you risk being under-insured. Phil Cowell of IFM Select explains the options open to you.

Sabine K McNeill is a German computer scientist who used to diagnose software at CERN - the European Centre for Nuclear Research - in Geneva. In 1981 she came to London and is now forging strategic partnerships to develop her innovative software methods for re-visualising images. Here’s what she has to say about the concept she’s exploring. Could it dovetail with your offering?

Roland DG is transforming its business as sales of wide-format printers to mature markets - like signage - start to dip, and it recently announced a deal with Custom Gateway to provide an integrated ecommerce solution that will help it exploit the consumerisation of personalised digital print. Simon Wilcox has been briefed to look into the possibilities. So how does he see this playing out?

Online SEO success is only achievable when you understand what search engines need to find on your website in order to rank. Here Ian Bevis, director of Chameleon Web Services, explains all.

According to Ian Bevis of Chameleon Web Services, many business owners do not fully grasp that search engine optimisation is vital to ensuring their website is simple for both users - and search engine robots - to understand if they really want to make a mark. So should you consider improving your SEO?

Pixartprinting has become a content creation pioneer in the printing sector with its new project Berlin Lines. Will it move you to do something similar?

Blink’s website says its “aim from day one was to grow with the ever-changing landscape of print.” In line with that thinking the Lutterworth-based PSP - which offers digital large-format alongside litho and screen print and finishing services - has brought on board Neil Richardson as business development director. His background is not in print – so what is he expected to bring to the party?

Export success often depends on building and maintaining strong partnerships with overseas companies.

Matthew Grandage from export specialists Chamber International shares insights on how to do this, and avoid common pitfalls.

Can the new ProCo Spark initiative ignite communal educational and networking projects?

Founded in 1962, Fespa is a global federation of 37 national associations for the screenprinting, digital printing and textile printing communities. Its remit has been to organise exhibitions and conferences for these sectors and reinvest the profits back into print. But is that remit changing? I asked its CEO ahead Fespa 2017.

The secondhand market for large-format kit is now becoming substantial, so is it worth risking investment in a used machine? PDS International, which now shows a multitude of used large-format machines for sale on its website, provides an independent voice on the issue.

Yorkshire-based Leach has put together an innovations team to come up with possibilities that will slake its customers’ thirst for something a bit different

This time five years ago I interviewed your predecessor, the late Kathy Woodward, and asked if the BPIF would become more representative of the growing digital large-format sector. I think few would say that’s happened. What’s your view?