Newspaper Industry in London

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
John Biggs
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Given the announcement that newspaper printing will be ceasing at both Wapping (News International) and the Isle of Dogs (Westferry Printers) do you have concerns for the future of this sector of the London economy and the future employment opportunities for those who would have entered the print business? Are you making any representations on this matter?


Answer for Newspaper Industry in London

Answer for Newspaper Industry in London

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The LDA and Gateway to London have been in touch with Westferry Printers. Westferry have indicated, that whilst they are downsizing, they are not exiting Isle of Dogs and will continue printing contracts with, among others, the Daily Telegraph. The LDA are working to ensure that opportunities for the up-skilling and re-training of employees affected are available to the Westferry workforce. Jobcentre Plus have offered similar support. LDA have also invited the company to apply for any appropriate help that LDA or its partners may be able to provide. In addition, there are three initiatives currently funded through LDA's Production Industries group that are supporting SMEs in print. These are designed to make better use of innovative methods to increase productivity and improve competitiveness, and to provide a support to employees within the sector. The British Print Industry Federation's (BPIF) CEO is due to meet with Bill Wenman of Westferry Printers for a meeting to discuss ways the impact from this downsizing can be minimised.