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HappyPrinting UK offers PM a new job

Oxford-based HappyPrinting UK has sent a tongue-in-cheek job advert to the House of Commons as Boris Johnson’s time as UK prime minister comes to an end.

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The giant postcard not only sends a humorous message, but it demonstrates the capabilities of the Oxford-based print company

Founded in 2017, HappyPrinting was launched with a vision of making print ordering a happy experience. Part of the global network of HappyPrinting, HappyPrinting UK’s local production in Oxford is managed by commercial and wide-format printer DigiPress.

Steve Jackson, director of DigiPress explains that the idea behind the postcard-themed job advert was inspired the moment Johnson lost his job almost two weeks ago.

“Given his experience in a number of fields, we thought it would be perfectly acceptable for us to approach him with a job offer. What’s the worst that could happen – he ignores us? We reasoned that once he’s no longer PM, he becomes just another statistic in the job market, joining all the others who are looking for work, leaving him open to job offers from anybody who cares to send him one.

“And yes, there is a tongue-in-cheek element involved in our offer as we wanted to add a touch of humour to our quest in order to show that we’re not your average run-of-the-mill printing firm.”


The 1.5m x 1m postcard was printed on 5mm forex using a Durst printer and cut on a Zund

News of the prime minister’s resignation was met with a number of memes and jokes on social media with many mocking the government’s employment campaign during the pandemic which encouraged those in the arts and creative industries to retrain.

Back in 2020, UK chancellor Rishi Sunak was met with uproar from the public when he encouraged workers and businesses in the music and arts communities to “find ways to adapt and adjust”.

One advert which showed an image of a ballet dancer with the text: “Fatima’s next job could be in cyber. (She just doesn’t know it yet)”, was scrapped after the culture secretary described it as “crass”.

Alongside sending a light-hearted message to the PM, the postcard by HappyPrinting UK also acts as a way to advertise what work the printing company can produce. 

If you have any news, please email carys@linkpublishing.co.uk or join in with the conversation on Twitter and LinkedIn. 

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