The IPIA will continue to try and stimulate the UK print economy by hosting a series of networking events and special initiatives across 2022.

The first such event will take place on 20 May at Gaucho, an Argentinian steak restaurant in Birmingham. The IPIA hopes that representatives from across the print industry, agencies, suppliers, printers, print buyers and end users will be among the attendees.

‘The IPIA Spring Networking lunch is always a big draw for members and non-members alike, a chance to explore collaborations and increase print volumes,’ said the organisation’s marketing and events manager, Sharron Mahony.

‘It’s a relaxed atmosphere where people get to connect with familiar and new faces, spark creative conversations and build new relationships and business. Our role, as hosts, is to provide an informal environment where our consummate networkers can flourish and, having secured exclusive use of the intimate and understated Gaucho restaurant, we’re confident of a very well-attended and productive event.’

The full IPIA events programme traditionally consists of ten events per year and, though it will continue to host its virtual Big Breakfast networking events, the industry body says it is ‘thrilled’ to also be back putting on in-person meetings.

The IPIA Spring Networking lunch will take place on Friday 20 May at Gaucho in Birmingham. Its will open with welcome drinks at 12pm, followed by a four course lunch which will run between 1 and 3.30pm. Guests will be moved in between courses to different tables to provide networking opportunities.