small_Geraldine_Allinson_with_KM_Logo_June_09Regional newspapers are adapting their businesses to fit changing technologies and the current climate, writes Geraldine Allinson.


Although other companies/sectors are competing hard and undeniably winning what used to be the traditional newspaper advertising revenues, today there would still appear to be no effective alternative for local communities to use in order to act as their voice on local issues.



KevinFitzgerald_print_Head__ShouldersKevin Fitzgerald, Chief Executive, The Copyright Licensing Agency Ltd writes that it is generally accepted that the creative industries make a valuable contribution to the GDP of the UK economy through the creation of innovative products and net export earnings.

In recent weeks, the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and Imperial College completed a study of the measures of UK investment in copyright related industries, which revealed that in 2009, the latest year for which government figures are published, it was actually worth £3.2 billion higher than the previous official data had recorded, at £5.1 billion.

david-pearsonLibraries have a future, writes David Pearson, but only if they adapt to changing readers.

The Stationers' Company embraces a broad church of trades relating to the world of books and newspapers and includes not only designers, publishers and manufacturers but also librarians.  Their world, like everyone else’s, has been transformed in recent decades by the changes of new technology and internet communications.  When Kindles are everywhere and printed book sales are falling, when information is freely available via Google and the world is on your iPad, do libraries have a future

Jane Bickerstaffe Consumer research on people’s attitudes to packaging, carried out for INCPEN over the years, shows that people have little or no perception of packaging - either good or bad – when they go shopping.

They have almost no understanding of its role or any appreciation of its environmental, social, economic, technical and aesthetic contribution to their everyday lives.

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