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The Best Print Industry Events Of 2017

21 Mar

Every now and then, they actually let us out of the North West Digital office and we get to go on a jolly somewhere, and a good conference or event is the perfect thing; after all, it’s still work, but it’s the fun kind of work! But each week it seems like there is another ‘must attend’ event popping up and, if you tried to attend them all, you would struggle to get any work done! 


Whilst it’s undeniable that some industry events can be both very informative and incredibly useful for the purposes of networking, inspiring new ideas, education and meeting new supplier’s, others can end up being just one long boring sales pitch from the few companies that are involved. So, to help you to filter out the wheat from the chaff, we’ve had a look through all the various print industry events coming up in 2017 and have chosen the 3 best events that you really should be attending this year.


So read on to find out more.


  1. The Print Show: Telford International Centre, 11th – 13th October 2017


The UK is one of the world’s leading producers of printed products and, because of this, the annual Print Show is not just another corporate day out but rather a celebration of the industry as a whole. The Print Show event aims to both entertain and educate those who attend on the history and culture of print, as well as exploring up-and-coming innovations and insights into the future of this vibrant business sector.


In 2016, The Print Show introduced the Printer’s Bazaar, which proved so popular that it will be back again in 2017, giving visitors the chance to browse 6 different ‘shops’ relating to branding, 3D printing, textile, stickers, promo printing and vehicle wraps. As well as showing examples of products, the Printer’s Bazaar will also include live training and discussions with experts and will give visitors the opportunity to see how they can diversify their printing products and perhaps increase their marketing effectiveness.


For those looking to get hands-on with the history of printing, you can take part in the Traditional Print Masterclass, which will be running throughout The Print Show. Visitors will learn all about how printing was done hundreds of years ago from experts in letterpress, intaglio printing, iron hand pressers, master bookbinders, paper-makers and modern foiling specialists.


If you are interested in the latest technological advancements that can help you with your printing needs, then there will be various software training and business seminars running throughout the event too. Here you can learn about the newest computer programs on offer and listen to both celebrity speakers and industry experts to boot.


Finally, if all that walking around and listening has you worn out, then the show boasts its very own pub for you to relax in and maybe squeeze in a bit of networking over a pint, glass of wine or tasty food. After all, meeting people face-to-face is what events like this are all about, so what better place to do that then down the pub?


To find out more you can visit the Print Show website.


  1. Print Week Awards 2017: Grosvenor House Hotel, London, 16th October 2017


If a chance to rub shoulders with the best and brightest of the print industry is more your thing, then why not take time out of your busy schedule for a trip to the big smoke? In addition to squeezing in some sightseeing while you’re there (London Eye anyone?), you could also attend the biggest party in the print industry’s calendar; the Print Week Awards!


And as it’s such a big deal, this event is usually hosted by a well-known comedian – previous years have been hosted by Dara O’Briain and Jimmy Carr – so you know it’s not going to be your usual stuffy business event and, with a bit of luck, should even be a good laugh. Plus, The Print Awards usually attracts a mixture of buyers of print products and print businesses, meaning it’s also an excellent place to schmooze, put faces to the names of people you may already know and make some great new connections.


On arrival at the super-swanky bash, you’ll be greeted with a glass of champagne and treated to a fabulous three course meal. As the evening progresses, you can cheer for the winners (and the losers) on the night as they are given their awards and enjoy some high-quality entertainment, which also includes live music and an after-show party into the bargain. All you have to do is try not to be THAT person…you know who we mean!


If you would like to enter the awards, then you need to have your entries in by the 30th June 2017, with samples submitted by 14th July 2017. The short list for the awards will be released in September. To enter or book your tickets, you can follow this link to the Print Week Awards website.


  1. IPEX Showcase: Birmingham, 31st October – 3rd November 2017


The IPEX Showcase is one of the longest running events in the world, with its beginnings going all the way back to the 1800s and the very start of the print industry. Gathering the very best in innovation, technology and print solutions, the IPEX Showcase is most definitely not one you’ll want to miss, and with around 20,000 visitors and more than 400 exhibitors, there really is everything you could ever need all under one roof.


Attending the IPEX really is your chance to network with hundreds of industry professionals, as well as getting to see how the new technologies are going to improve the industry and, more importantly, how they can help you and your business too. Plus, you can learn all about the latest research and print industry trends, and perhaps even get some inspiration from the exhibits you’ll see and the people you’ll speak to. And of course, you’ll still be able to do all the usual stuff, such as make new connections and meet potential customers and suppliers; in fact, with so many people attending and taking part, you’ll be spoilt for choice.


What’s more, at this year’s event, visitors will get to enjoy creations by the students from the London College of Fashion, including a Blade Runner themed fashion catwalk event, comprising clothing created and designed on different printed materials. There will also be an output display gallery, showcasing print samples that have been designed and printed by students and apprentices, and alongside these will be a program of workshops, panel discussions and keynote speeches from experts in the print industry.


As part of its driving force, the IPEX Showcase is also interested in bringing the best and brightest students into the industry and has a dedicated future skills zone and theatre, where they aim to show the varied career opportunities that are available within the print industry, as well as educating businesses on how to attract and keep the best young talent and how to take on apprentices.


Why not take a look at the website to find out more about the IPEX Showcase 2017?


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So there you have it, the top three print industry events that you really should attending in 2017; if you’ve got even the slightest interest in the print industry, then these are the ones you don’t want to be missing.


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Rachel Weinhold

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