GASAA to help printers deal with disasters thanks to grant funding

The trade association is organising a series of 'Spotlight Sessions' across the country next February and March looking at 'Continuity Planning in Print'.

The free informal sessions are being paid for by grant funding from Federal Government's Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

The workshops are supported by the Enterprise Connect programme, which is a government initiative worth $50m a year that provides support to Australian SMEs.

Securing the grant funding follows the impact that flood and bushfire events have had on businesses in recent years.

GASAA executive officer Garry Knespal said: "We are delighted to receive the support of the federal government through Enterprise Connect, and to work with industry partners to bring this 'grass roots' industry engagement to multiple venues early next year.

"All businesses, large and small, need not only to plan for success, but also what to do should natural, economic or personal disaster strike."

Knespal said he would take the "Tony Jones" role at the 13 seminars, which are being modelled on ABC current affairs program, Q&A.

The informal seminars will be held across the country and will also have input from other industry partners, including the Printing Industries Association of Australia.

The initiative follows the three Spotlight Sessions that GASAA organised last year.

He told ProPrint: "They wouldn't have given [the grant funding] to us unless we had some runs on the board and shown we had some experience with these kinds of events."

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