All the biggest stories from the past 12 months.


Henry Stone had less than £1,000 in the bank when it went bust, and left behind a total shortfall of almost £3.5m… Print Scotland used its third annual Scottish Print Apprentice of the Year Awards to issue a rallying call to the region’s print businesses to embrace apprenticeships… Leeds-based z-folded card manufacturer Alpha Card acquired German specialist print agency Card Media as part of a strategy to accelerate growth… Bell & Bain was in the final phase of acquiring 80-year-old Glasgow printer 21 Colour, with plans to grow the business and nurture its “cracking workforce”… Print and marketing company Rethink CMYK, Garnett Dickinson’s former digital operation GD Digital, went into administration… Sheetfed magazine specialist Pensord was investing over £3.3m in highly automated kit as it set out a future-proofing strategy at the business centred on profitable capacity… Johnston Press confirmed it was in discussions that could see it offload its pension scheme to the Pension Protection Fund via a Regulated Apportionment Arrangement… Callprint director Ben Moss led an MBO at Callprint’s Jupiter Visual Communications together with the firm’s managing director David Snaith and set an ambitious target of doubling the size of the £3m-turnover business in 12 months… DS Smith was set to acquire packaging group Europac in a £1.45bn deal… Solopress owner Onlineprinters was said to be gearing up to float the group later in the year… Efforts were being made to sell Sunline Direct Mail as a going concern after the firm’s owner CEPS filed a notice of intention to appoint an administrator. Later in the month, however, the company was put into administration after no buyer emerged… Personalisation giant Photobox Group revealed its new-look £20m London HQ on the site of a former Daily Mirror printworks… Independent German paper mill Feldmuehle Uetersen confirmed that it had been acquired, with more than 95% of jobs saved, Berlin-based private equity firm Beteiligungsgesellschaft Kairos Industries… Abbey Marketing Communications and Smart Technology Cards have collaborated in order to acquire £2m-turnover plastic card manufacturer Brydian Cards and create a “complete package” in plastic card production… Cornwall-based B1 printer Four Way Print and its Devon-based B2 subsidiary Blue Sky Design & Print were sold to industry outsider, business consultant John Freeman, after director Stephen Shaw decided the time was right to retire… Reach’s near-£200m acquisition of Northern & Shell’s publishing assets was approved by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport… Grafenia reported rising operating losses of £1.1m, up 11%, despite sales jumping 40% to £14.63m in its 2017/18 results…


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