Following a ‘fantastic’ initial response and continued demand for its Waste Producers Academy Course, Fespa UK has announced the launch of the next stage in its academy project, the Supplier Course.

Available from 30 November 2023, and held in the Sustainability Training Room at Fespa UK’s HQ in South Yorkshire, the one-day courses are given by Jon Hutton, Fespa UK’s sustainability lead. They have been designed to either integrate a mixed group of businesses and provide them with the opportunity to network and share ideas, or are adapted specifically to focus on an individual supplier and their products.

Mr Hutton, a recognised figure, industry speaker and advocate for continual improvement of sustainability and the development of a circular economy, said, ‘With retail and consumer focus firmly fixed on the damaging environmental effects of manufacturing around the world, brand owners, print consumers, printers and suppliers are seeing the demand for being more environmentally aware.

‘Customers wanting to know the truth about the sustainability of supplier’s product’s is now high on the agenda, and the truth is often challenging, due to the complexity of graphics materials and the waste and recycling industries limitations. Forthcoming greenwashing regulations have added an extra layer to the whole topic of providing accurate information around the subject. This course will deliver answers to all these areas and give suppliers the confidence they need to address and navigate these subjects of their products and services,’ he added.

Suzi Ward, managing director of Fespa UK, said, ‘Suppliers are in a unique position to offer change; they have a responsibility, and now opportunity, to educate themselves and their customers in sustainability and best practices. We look at the lifecycle analysis of products with them to not only consider material options, but also waste and end-of-campaign. They will attain the knowledge to look at what the client currently has in place and confidently discuss environment impacts.’

The supplier course is relevant to business owners, managers and sales teams. It focuses on the four key product categories that are widely used throughout print, signage and graphics, looking at disposal options for paper and board, ridged plastic, flexible plastic and self-adhesive materials.

Courses will be delivered from 10am to 3pm and will include lunch and an opportunity to network and share ideas.