Welcome to the December’s ACPME Despatch. This issue focusses on the collection of images (scroll through the galleries below) to remind delegates and suppliers what a great day our recent ‘Creative Climates’ virtual event was.
We promised first class speakers. ✅
We promised we’d cover design, photography, and print. ✅
We promised opportunities to engage with suppliers. ✅
We promised networking with members in break-out discussions. ✅
Thank you for your attendance and contributions. We couldn’t have done it without you.
Alison Freer, Chair of ACPME

A recording of the event will be made available to all registrants in the New Year.

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This gallery shows a handful of screenshots from our professional speakers
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Professional speakers 

Professional speakers we’ve had at previous conferences and new faces covered ‘Positivity in a Pandemic’ (Billy Dixon, Professional speaker / Image consultant), ‘Positive thoughts for uncertain times’ (Chelsie Marshall, Scottish Association for Mental Health), ‘Looking Good in a Virtual World’ (Carol Hartfree, Imaging Specialist, Panasonic Lumix), ‘What’s Hot in Photoshop and Creative Cloud’ (Tony Harmer, The Work Smarter, Not Harder Dojo at Wizardry Ltd) and ‘Working in the new normal: Its life, Jim, but not as we know it’ (Tejal Fatania, Senior Fellow, University of Warwick).

From new skills in creative software, to presenting yourself better in online meetings, to silencing negative self-talk – we’re sure you took plenty away from these engaging talks.


This gallery shows a handful of screenshots from the Lightning Talks
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‘Getting Creative in a Crisis’ 

We heard Lightning Talks from four ACPME members of how they have adapted their services during the pandemic.

Dene Fletcher (University of Reading) explained how Creative and Print Services supported the university and contributed to safe ways of working across their campuses, demonstrating huge savings with in-house large format print and installation.

Andrew Brockbank (Oxford Brookes University) told us how Brookes Print grasped an opportunity to utilise its online shop (DSF) to create a stationery click & collect service following the closure of a store on their main campus.

Paul Bishop (Sheffield Hallam University) covered how his team managed to ensure that the Print Department was an integral part of the plans to reopen the campus after the first lockdown.

Helen Clarke (Loughborough University) told us how she diversified services, providing PPE provision, signage, processing almost double the normal of parcels per day – including contactless covid-secure 24 hr lockers, flexing job descriptions and taking the opportunity to rewrite business plans, draft strategies and propose an overhaul of their financial model to define long-term security.


This gallery shows the awards winners
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ACPME COVID-19 Special Awards 

These awards recognised achievements in adversity by whole teams, by individual members of staff and the amazing efforts our valued suppliers have made to support us during the global pandemic.

For more details see the Awards page.


This gallery shows discussion groups and social media activity

We think our first online conference went really well.
Bob Neubauer (Editor, In-plant Impressions) commented it was “better than many virtual conferences I’ve seen. The transition between recorded and live content was seamless, and it was great to have the chance to see and talk with others in the Zoom breakouts.” He wasted no time writing this article for his magazine.
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This gallery shows the screenshots of the sponsors talks
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The event main sponsors put on a great show

As well as chatting to members in their virtual booths, the event main sponsors presented during the day.

We enjoyed presentations from Printvision, Konica Minolta and Ricoh UK / Apex Supply Chain Technologies in the morning, then Xerox UK, HP, Kyocera and Canon UK after lunch.


Greg Cowper scooped the prize!

The randomly-selected prize winner was Greg Cowper of Heriot-Watt University.

We can’t wait to his results using this awesome bit of mirrorless technology.

SAVE THE DATE 23–26 May 2021

While this online event was fantastic, there’s nothing like meeting face-to-face. So, save the date and don’t throw away your Evening Dress. We’ll ensure it’s another event to remember and want to see you all there.

2021 ACPME Annual Conference: 23–26 May 2021, Belton Woods, Lincolnshire

Please note that the awards scheduled for 2020 will now be considered for 2021. The awards submission timescale will cover a two-year period from April 2019 – Friday 26 March 2021.

Find out more

To discuss membership, sponsorship opportunities or annual conference please contact 
Jennie Mort, ACPME Administrator: 01527 893675 | admin@acpme.ac.uk
Contact address: Seven Elms, Dark Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6HB

Or feel free to contact members of our Board
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