The Independent Print Industries Association (IPIA) is set to tackle two trends at Autumn Conference: environmental sustainability and wellbeing at work.

The event will take place on 1 September at the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), and its theme will be ‘Print in Balance – Supporting People and our Planet’.

A supplier expo will run concurrently at the conference, which will show the latest media and technology. This aims to help delegates understand how they can increase their competitiveness by enriching the creative scope of their products and services.

Trend one: Sustainability

According to IPIA, the proposed government legislation, cultural changes and the shift in corporate social responsibility is set to impact the UK print industry.

For example, print buyers will require print service providers (PSP) to demonstrate their sustainability credentials. This, in turn, will drive PSP to require their material and technology suppliers to do the same.

It’s becoming ever more critical that print businesses and our entire supply chain understand what it really means to be sustainable,” says Brendan Perring, general manager of the IPIA.

Commenting on the conference, he added: “IPIA will seek to educate delegates and provide tangible tools to help them make informed decisions about how to reduce their carbon footprint, get ahead of impending government legislation and effect positive change within their organisation.”

Trend two: wellbeing

Due to the pandemic, there has been a cultural shift in how people see their work/life balance, what motivates them and what influences their productivity.

There has also been recruitment challenges. Individuals now consider a range of criteria in regards to their quality of life, and are not as focused on salaries.

In this session, speakers will explain how to create a healthy environment where workplace stress is reduced, productivity is increased, and employees feel valued and supported.

The conference talks will help educate delegates in how to improve the well-being and happiness of their teams, because a happy team is a more productive team,” adds Perring.

Source: Conference News

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