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IPIA celebrates community spirit after tough year

The Independent Print Industries Association (IPIA) has revealed a 5% rise in membership despite a challenging year.

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The IPIA has reported a rise in member numbers

According to IPIA chairman, Graeme Smith, the uncertainty and worries caused by the unfolding pandemic has seen people need trade associations more than ever.

“No one knew where to go or what to do at the start of the pandemic, but we very quickly established a direct conduit with the Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

“We continue to hold weekly scheduled calls with them to relay members’ perspectives on anything from business restrictions to Brexit and sustainability.”

According to Smith, the IPIA acted as a reliable source for members as well as being a voice for the industry when dealing with policy development and liaising with the government.

The sense of community our members have shown has amazed me, as has their willingness to collaborate and share best practice

Smith adds: “While we sadly lost some members who ceased trading because of the economic impact of Covid-19, I believe the fact that we have this credibility and punch well above our weight is one of the key reasons we’ve continued to grow and attract a new group of businesses to membership.”

During the pandemic whilst many businesses have been working remotely, the IPIA has been hosting a series of virtual ‘Big Breakfast’ events which saw members come together to network.

The association is now planning to host its first in-person event since Covid-19 on December 2nd at the Crowne Plaza in Stratford Upon Avon.

Smith says: “The sense of community our members have shown has amazed me, as has their willingness to collaborate and share best practice. It has been an isolating year for many, and members have not only drawn comfort knowing they’re not on their own but have also been inspired by how others have death with certain pain points or pivoted their businesses.”

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn.

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