Author Archives: Jo Francis


Missing out on an on-demand option

By Jo Francis August 05, 2008 - 04:00 // Comments

  Bond Street, London. Home to some of the capital's swankiest stores, frequented by WAGs, the well-off, and just occasionally me. My pilgrimages to this avenue of mammon mostly involve gazing in awe at expensive items from the pavement side of operations. Just occasionally, I do get to go inside a...


The biggest money pit in the world?

By Jo Francis July 30, 2008 - 05:00 // Comments

I’ve been wondering for a while now whether we have a rather peculiar claim to fame here on this small island. The subject of my conjecture is this: does John Madejski’s bankrolling of Goodhead Group (which includes Benhamgoodheadprint and Stones the Printers) represent the biggest investment in a printing...


Where are they now?

By Jo Francis July 29, 2008 - 04:00 // Comments

  A familiar name cropped up while I was reading about the pre-pack administration and subsequent sale (see, this stuff doesn’t just happen in print) of Patientline, the oft-vilified company behind those expensive bedside TV and phone terminals in NHS hospitals. Nick Winks was brought in to the company...


Tangential analysis

By Jo Francis July 24, 2008 - 03:00 // Comments

  Interested to peruse Tangent’s AGM statement this morning, which was by and large fairly upbeat before concluding with what amounted to a profits warning. While the company is seeing strong growth in its online and marketing services, the housing sales slump has seen its business in producing...


Whither West Ferry?

By Jo Francis July 23, 2008 - 08:00 // Comments

With the Telegraph Media Group (TMG) newspaper titles speeding their way to News International's new print site at Broxbourne somewhat sooner than originally anticipated, I wonder what the future holds for the newspaper printing plant that used to be hailed as the largest in Europe. While it may still...


If Heidelberg is the bell-wether for heavy metal print, it still rocks

By Jo Francis July 18, 2008 - 04:00 // Comments

If printing is a bellwether for the economy in general, is Heidelberg a bellwether for our industry? Last week's restructuring news from the press giant should have come as little surprise. The company pretty much telegraphed its intentions in the statement it made in early May, and the subsequent timing...


We're all doomed... or maybe not

By Jo Francis July 09, 2008 - 05:00 // Comments

  To the Houses of Parliament, for a debate entitled “the only future for print media is online” organised by The Debating Group, and sponsored by the International Advertising Association. I have a feeling of déjà vu at such events, as I seem to have been pitching up at them for well over a...

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