Charles Jarrold, Chief Executive of the BPIF was called upon to provide an assessment of the market and what lies ahead for 2023.
Despite industry turnover predicted to rise by 7.5% by next year, there are a number of concerns, namely inflation, access to labour, wage pressures, and energy costs. On the plus side, the BPIF are seeing a lot more collaboration within the industry and the joining up of supply chains. “The sector has had to cope with a lot,” said Charles. “But it’s enormously diverse and highly resilient.”
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in London in the early ‘90’s, Charles worked in the publishing industry prior to heading towards the family owned Jarrold Print business in 1998. Following the sale of Jarrold Print, he joined Poole based printer Southernprint in 2005, helping that business gain a reputation as a leading commercial print company. Southernprint was sold by its owner, regional newspaper group Newsquest in 2010, at which point Charles joined St Ives plc. He has also run his own business, partnering with a US print and design software business, developing on-line design and print applications.
Charles now heads up the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) the principal business support organisation representing the UK print, printed packaging and graphic communication industry.