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To help celebrate the Tour De France 2014 as it cycled passed Brook International’s door in Yorkshire on its first two stages, the soft signage/banner fabric supplier provided material to create various land art images on surrounding countryside.

Clarity Software has integrated ‘best fit’ nested layouts into the quoting process in its MIS/CRM tools. By combining tailored estimating and optimised nesting into one joined-up procedure, users can cluster jobs and view the most efficient layout before submitting quotes to clients.

Signage and imaging company Astley has begun a search for young people as it undergoes a major review of its succession planning.

Palmer Publicity Services (PPS) is celebrating 25 years in business with a party on Friday 25 July. The Preston-based company is a second generation family business, formed by managing director Noel Palmer and his wife, Lesley Palmer, finance director. Their daughter Katie joined the company three years ago and became sales and marketing director earlier this year following university and working in London for D&G, gaining experience in marketing.

Falkirk-based Brooklyn Graphics has been instrumental to the look of the Kasabian set at this year’s Glastonbury music festival. The company has printed a bass drum skin for the indie-rock group as Darren Brooks, proprietor of Brooklyn Graphics explains: “I’ve been involved in the local music scene for years and through a contact in the percussion business, we were given the opportunity to show what we could do.”

New from Trilogiq is the modular Graphit banner system. Its composite aluminium and stainless-steel tubes can be assembled into banner frames and three-dimensional structures of various shapes or sizes and is reusable. The system is exclusively available in the UK from the Tube and Bracket Company.

Perfect Colours is taking to the road with its SureColor Roadshow in partnership with Epson.  The Epson SureColor SC-S30600, a 64in printer capable of printing at speeds up to 29.4m2/hr is a key feature and will be demonstrated live at each event.

Display Wizard has won a Roland DG RF-640 in the Sign and Digital UK 2014 prize draw. The original prize of a VersaArt RE-640 was upgraded by Roland following the recent launch of the VersaExpress RF-640, making Display Wizard one of the first users.

Stewart Signs is the first company in the UK to buy a 3.2m EFI Vutek GS3250LXr Pro roll-to-roll six-colour printer. The Eastleigh, Hampshire-based business's decision is a result of needing to upgrade its production capabilities to newer flexible ink technology and faster throughput while maintaining its 3M MCS warranty.

Pixartprinting is rolling out a new loyalty scheme called Starway. Through the new project, customers with high number or value orders will get exclusive perks and a dedicated customer care service (via UserHub) with guaranteed priority assistance.

The winners of the ninth annual PrintIt! competition have been announced, with Ellie Webster, a pupil from St Ives School, taking the Overall Winner slot. She said: “It was such an honour to be selected, there were so many great designs. This whole experience has opened my eyes to the print and paper industries as I would not have viewed them as a career choice until today.”

Jon Wright was unanimously elected Chairman of The Printing Charity for a second term at the charity's Annual General Meeting held on 24 June at Beaverbrook House, Bletchley, its sheltered home for retired printers.