'Build me a working lightsaber'

Rising star: Jack Pearson, sustainability manager, Bluetree Group

Jack is 30 and has been working at Bluetree Group since 2021.

'Printing felt pretty strange at the beginning'

Q&A: Monica Moody, sales manager, Minuteman Press Coventry

Monica says that she thinks being Italian helps with sales: “If you can understand my accent, but I have improved it since marrying an Englishman and living in this country since 1995.

‘Your first name in badges’

60 seconds with Badgemaster

Badgemaster was established in 1992 and now lays claim to being “the unrivalled leader in the UK’s staff name badge sector”.


Overmatter: the printing shoe

Overmatter loves a cool shoe. Heelys, for example, a work of genius. Light-up LED wellies – also a quite brilliant innovation. 

Merging successfully

Business inspection: Combining two teams for premium performance 

Perhaps it’s Carl Garnett’s successful side-line in motor racing that fuels his inability to sit still for long. 

Freedom of speech

Navigating the social media landscape

The perfect tool to push the boundaries of freedom of speech or the devil’s own work.

Driving change

Critical thinking

In On the Origin of Species Charles Darwin points out that it’s not the strongest or most intelligent of the species that survives, but the one that’s most adaptable to change.

Accessing EU markets

Euro stars: Continental drift

Brexit may have disappeared from the news headlines in recent months but that doesn’t negate the fact that it’s meant firms have had to adapt to continue to trade in what is a huge market on our...

Print Station

Killer app: Disc jockey printers stay vinyl-free for vegan eatery

Print Station has an unusual origin story. Starting off as a team of DJs rocking the kasbah at weddings and bar mitzvahs, the company of disc-spinners realised it could offer print as an additional...

Benford UV

Best of British: The genies of the lamp

Just as the UK has a cluster of inkjet developers which one way or another can trace their origins back to Cambridge University colleges, it also has a crop of innovative UV curing lamp makers whose...

Show review

Labelexpo Europe 2023: More than just labelling

Labelexpo Europe made a welcome return in Brussels in September, after the lockdown hiatus, with manufacturers taking a broader focus than purely labels.

Flagship toner press

Star product: Ricoh Pro C9500

Ricoh’s new flagship toner press, targeted at high-volume commercial print operations, boasts a new print engine and significant improvements to quality, speed, automation and media range.

'It’s a hungry machine'

Me & My: Morgana BM4050 bookletmaker with dual-bin feeder

In 2015, Peter Haddad started a print business called Apprintable from his garage.

Cloud-based print personalisation service

Star product: Antigro Designer

This is an online print personalisation service, aimed at the B2C market that enables customers to upload, edit and integrate their designs into a huge variety of printed products, such as giftware...

Best of British: Industrial inkjet’s wizards

Here’s another pioneering British developer that grew up in the inkjet hothouse around Cambridge.