Hello to all ACPME members and to our valued supporters.

While we’ve just turned the clocks back, I’m sure many of you are thinking the last thing you need is another hour of 2020. It’s certainly been a tough year for us all. Supporting our institutions has never been harder and we’re all bracing ourselves for the coming winter months, not knowing what challenges lie ahead.

Despite this, our ACPME Board have been delighted to hear of the great work our members, and our suppliers, across the UK have been doing – both from home and on return to the workplace. We want to celebrate the tremendous efforts you have all made by holding a Covid-19 Special ACPME Awards ceremony at our Creative Climates virtual event 10am–4:15pm, Tuesday 1st December 2020.

We’ve been working really hard to bring you a great day’s content through a professional online platform. If you haven’t already, REGISTER NOW and make sure you and your colleagues join us online from 10am.

There is something for all of you – covering design, photography, and print.

We’ve got first class speakers. There will be opportunities to engage with our suppliers and to hear their latest news, in addition to networking with both members and suppliers through break-out discussion’s sessions – covering topics around design, print and photography.

Your attendance is really important to us – not only is it a fantastic way to engage with your peers and our suppliers but it also supports the long-term future of ACPME.

Stay safe, enter the awards by Friday 13 November and see you at the Virtual Event.

Alison Freer, Chair of ACPME

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The categories:

  • Best in-house service support of the institution during Covid-19

  • Best team member who went above and beyond during Covid-19

  • Best engagement by a supplier during Covid-19

Please enter the awards. We want to hear your stories and acknowledge your hard work.


Our online meetings are going from strength-to-strength

Many of you have been participating in our regular online meetings. It’s great to see so many faces and to stay in touch.

If you haven’t joined it yet please request an MS Teams invitation. We’re stronger together.

Photography and videography meetings

ACPME photographers and videographers have been meeting fortnightly on Wednesdays from 11:00–12:30.  Stephen McCann has been chairing these discussions inviting guests from the BIPP and relevant suppliers – including some that have offered extended free trials of equipment.

If you’d like to be added to the MS Teams invitation, send Stephen an email


Managers’ only meetings

Difficult times mean difficult decisions. There’s a time for open forums, that include all staff, and a time for peer-to-peer discussions under ‘Chatham House’ rules.

If you’d like to talk ‘returns to work’ and ‘management strategy’, Lorna Mckanna-Maulkin will be chairing MS Teams discussions. If you’d like an invitation, email Lorna


Creatives’ meetings

Ideas are so often sparked over a coffee and tips arise from discussion. Martin Parker chairs discussions for our design community.

If you’d like to added to the MS Teams invitation, send Martin an email

Web-to-print meetings

Skyline users continue to meet online to discuss best practice and product develop. Lorna Mckanna-Maulkin has been chairing these discussions inviting Chris and his team from ePrint.

If you’d like to be added to the Skyline MS Teams meetings, email Lorna

Members with Digital Store Front web-to-print have recently been sharing invaluable knowledge on the email forum to save each other time and effort. There’s no point in inventing the wheel twice! Mark Udall has offered to chair an online DSF special interest group.

If you’d like to added to the MS Teams invitation, email Mark


Scottish members’ meetings

Members North of Hadrian’s Wall have been having regular regional chats throughout lockdown. Martin Parker chairs these discussions.

If you’d like to be added to the MS Teams invitation, send Martin an email

Regional champions

How well do you know your region? Well? Or not well enough?

We are looking for Regional champions to host semi regular regional virtual meetings as we continue to deal with Covid-19 and what it means for our work places and institutions.

Could you be a regional champion and host a meeting for your region? If so, email Darren at to help set you up.


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We want to help get your messages out and to share interesting posts with you. Follow us on all of our channels and engage with our posts.

There are updates about ACPME events, news from our suppliers, industry facts and figures, online and trade events, training webinars and tips, plus your posts.

We’d love to tell the world what you do and how well you do it.

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At a time when many of our staff have been furloughed, we thought it would be nice to celebrate some of our more unsung heroes. We know how pivotal and valued they are to our services. We want to recognise as many of them as possible and to hear their voices.

It’s currently hard to get pictures of staff in their usual working environment, but if you’d like to nominate one of your heroes please get in touch with

As well as appearing in Despatch, we’ll send you a high resolution PDF to print and display when back at base.

Remember you can also enter ‘Best team member who went above and beyond during Covid-19’ in our Awards. Entry deadline: Friday 13 November 2020


Find out more

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

Or feel free to contact members of our Board
Details here

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