The Premier Paper Group has agreed to sponsor free membership for all of its active customers to the benefits and resources of the Independent Print Industry Association (IPIA) trade association.
IPIA President Mike Roberts said: “The IPIA Council is both proud and excited by this generous initiative from Premier as it enables us to provide even more support to the industry as we face some of our most difficult challenges. No other trade association could have offered more business help and advice during the COVID-19 crisis than our team, and it’s been hugely appreciated.”
Premier Paper Marketing Director Dave Jones added: “During the pandemic, the IPIA was not only very proactive representing the print sector’s interests with government but also extremely efficient at providing timely information and guidance for its member community. We wanted to best support our customers’ return to work and decided that giving them a year’s free membership to IPIA’s Lite scheme would be of most value.”
At a time when many trade bodies are losing members, the IPIA has proved its relevance. Roberts reports that only a few members have been lost so far, which is what he would expect through usual business closures and mergers. He said his team has welcomed a few returning members and new ones over the past couple of months but the prospect of a substantial number of new members through the Premier offer is a clear endorsement of the IPIA’s valuable work and strategy during the pandemic.