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Charles Jarrold will take on the mantle of BPIF CEO on 5 January 2015. He takes up the position following the death of former CEO Kathy Woodward in the summer. 

When business partners Marcelle and Terry Woods first opened the doors of Kall Kwik in Chiswick High Road they never imagined that 30 years later they would be celebrating three decades of trading. 

Sign Plus in Dalgety Bay has been awarded two Ministry of Defence contracts with a combined value in excess of £5m for the manufacture and supply of Marine flags, ensigns, pennants, signs and labels. The contracts were won on price via a tendering process involving 13 competitor companies and will require Sign Plus to take on more staff.

Signbox has collaborated with interior designer Resonate Interiors on the refurbishment of the commercial reception area at the Paternoster House office complex near St Paul’s in London. Managing agent Savills commissioned the job on behalf of Paternoster House’s owner, Commerzbank. 

Free visitor registration for Sign and Digital UK 2015 is now open at www.signanddigitaluk.com. Show organisers have also confirmed that it is expanding the floor plan for the third time this year.

Mimaki is Gold Sponsor of the European Digital Textile Conference at Heimtextil in Germany in January, where Mike Horsten, general manager marketing EMEA at Mimaki Europe, will speak on ‘Why the home textile sector will switch to digital’. The talk will take place at Hall 4 on 15 January at 12:25 pm.

Industrial Inkjet (IIJ) has doubled the size of its manufacturing base in Cambridgeshire following a 50% sales growth and increase in staff from 25 to 40 this year. Further recruitment is currently taking place and IIJ is also ramping up its R&D, where a six-figure investment has been made in test and manufacturing systems in the past month, as well as adding in a mezzanine floor to its UK headquarters.

A few months ago Mida Sign Services decided to invest in a flatbed cutter to expand the range of services they could offer. They spent a great deal of time researching the market and considered a variety of options.

SAi has bundled its PixelBlaster print-to-finish production software with the Dip-Tech AR18000 digital ceramic in-glass printer, officially recognised by Guinness World Records under the category of ‘largest digital flatbed printer’ at 18m in length and capable of printing a single pane of glass with a total area of up to 64m2.

Online print specialist Pixartprinting has created the Pixartprinting Project to cater specifically for small businesses, retail chains and agencies seeking customisable, themed point-of-sale and location displays. ‘Land of Ice’ themed products are already available on the company website and will shortly be joined by three more lines: Forest Walk, inspired by the magic of the woods; Christmas Carol, for an emotion-filled Yuletide; and Fantasy Tales.

Cestrian has launched outdoor advertising product Railingwraps by using its own railings as a showcase. The company has created two 75m images outside its own headquarters in Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. The railing wrap reveals two separate Christmas themed illustrations when viewed from different angles. From one, the team has integrated a Royal Mail post box located next to the railings to create a 3D scene entitled ‘Santa’s post box’ – in which the big man himself can be spotted collecting letters. 

Under the motto of 'touch the future’, Drupa 2016 will focus more heavily on future-oriented technologies such as printed electronics, 3D printing and inkjet printing for industrial applications. 

Small businesses will benefit from measures announced in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement according to the BPIF. “While tight public finances have clearly left the Chancellor with limited scope this autumn, we are pleased that a number of targeted measures to help smaller firms have been introduced covering lending, business rates, tax credits and infrastructure investment,” said membership director Dale Wallis.