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Calendar firm counts the cost after Government moves May bank holiday

  • Click below to watch a video report by ITV News Anglia's Serena Sandhu

A calendar company in Essex says revenue is down after the Government announced a May bank holiday was going to be moved next year.

Around two million calendars are produced by Rose Calendars in Colchester every year but bosses say they've been caught out by the announcement.

Swapping the May 2020 pages is having to be done by hand. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Next year's bank holiday set for Monday 4 May is now changing to Friday 8 May to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

With hundreds of thousands of calendars already printed there's more than £100,000 in lost revenue

Credit: ITV News Anglia

"In 2010 to celebrate Queen's Jubilee year in 2012 the announcement was made 2 years early now we have less than 11 months and notification should've been made much earlier in the year."

– Micheal Rose, MD, Rose Calendars
Extra staff have been recruited to deal with the backlog. Credit: ITV News Anglia

The move has led the company to employ extra temporary staff as the process of swapping the May 2020 pages can not be done by machinery- instead it's a painstaking process that has to be done individually by hand.