Overmatter: Where there's merch, there's brass

Overmatter wonders whether any prescient printing industry folk have manufacturer merch worth thousands of pounds squirrelled away at the back of the wardrobe?

Pez (right) singing with No Thrills

Q&A: David Warwick, platemaker and stock controller, H&H Reeds

David, also known as ‘Pez’ is 61 and has worked H&H Reeds for 45 years – we reckon he must be print’s longest-serving punk!

Benham: whittler in the making

Rising star: Robyn Benham, creative designer, Coveris 

Robyn is 26, and has been working in the industry since 2021. Her focus at Coveris is on sustainable packaging.

Sim Imaging

Business inspection: Partnering with a franchise to enhance your business

Few, if any, businesses have survived the economic maelstrom of the last few years by sheer good luck.

Orchard Press: "We’re personable, flexible and approachable"

60 seconds with... Orchard Press

Orchard Press was established 36 years ago and was owned by the Rowley family for 27 years. In 2014, Jason Grubb was approached with an opportunity to buy the business.

UK's new data bill

Data protection: All change again

The UK’s data protection regime that came about following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and the subsequent new Data Protection Act (DPA), is around five years old...

Staying the right side of the law

Mind the (tax) gap

With the cost-of-living crisis placing financial pressures on all of us, many individuals and businesses are looking to develop new sources of income or maximise the income that they already receive.

Labour market shortages

Aged, but not out

The UK has managed to avoid recession for the moment even though it’s suffering an unpleasant bout of inflation.

Employee relationships

Striking at the heart of business

Strikes are in vogue and it seems that with every week comes either the threat or the call for strike action. The disputes of the last year or so are less than ideal, but the reality is that they’re...

GEW’s headquarters and production facility in Crawley, West Sussex

Lighting the way

We’ve built up quite a library of Best of British stories now, but Crawley- based UV lamp maker GEW (EC) might just claim the title of ‘most British’ to date.

Buyers' guide

Making connections: assessing the UK’s MIS landscape

Management information systems or MIS, is a fairly loose and fluid group of computerised financial, production and sales support tools.

Overmatter: miniature marvels

What have we here? Teeny tiny replicas of 8in floppy discs and a 1:12 scale model of an Epson RF 80 FT dot matrix printer, complete with punched computer paper. Remember them?

Webster: Dairy Milk fan

Q&A: Graham Webster Business development executive, Tradeprint

Graham has worked at Tradeprint for five years, and also plays part-time professional football for Montrose FC.

60 seconds with: King Print 

In a coronation year, what better than to feature King Print of Kingsbridge? The firm started life in 1992 as a print and copy shop “with the first colour copier in town”, and the following year added...

Patel: targeting traffic lights

Rising star: Jay Patel Senior digital press operator, Micropress 

Jay is 26 and started out as an apprentice at Micropress Printers in Reydon, Suffolk in September 2020.