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Taking the community to heart

Scarborough isnt at the end of the universe, but its pretty close, jokes Pindar group marketing director David Jesson. But his quip is a respectful one: over the past 130-odd years, as one of the seaside towns major employers, Pindar has done more than...

Pastures new yield improved prospects

While many firms located on the site of the Olympic Park resented their need to relocate to make way for facilities for the 2012 games, Park Communications seized it as an opportunity. The firms old factory at Lea Mill, next to the A12, was pushing its limits and didnt support the firms plans.

Going up in your clients estimation

Darren Briers has a problem with estimating. Hes fixed the problems that his own business, Northampton-based B2 printer Avalon, had in that area. But he believes the situation it faced before implementing a Brightblue estimating system are the rule in the industry rather than the exception.

Firms realise double vision

Buckingham Colour Quest (BCQ) started with a bang literally. The blast at the Buncefield oil storage depot in Hertfordshire, to be precise, in 2005. The damage this inflicted on B2 litho and digital print manufacturer Colour Quest, in nearby Hemel Hempstead, resulted in an ascent for the business that owner Tyrone Spence could hardly have expected.

Strategies to deliver the creative stuff

If there are two things printers notoriously lack, and dont often do anything to improve, its their management and marketing skills. Fortunately for HPM Creative Solutions (or Hillprint as it used to be known) directors Richard Mortimer and Peter Groves had enough experience to know that the knowledge they lacked could be gained in two ways: first, training, and second, by calling in external help.

No need to book

When Rod Willett returned to academic book specialist Biddles as managing director in 2004, he knew he was facing a challenge. His first priority was to turn the failing company around, but how could he ensure Biddles remained competitive with its low-cost overseas rivals?

Win-win working

There is nothing pretentious about HSW Print. The 6m-turnover general commercial printer is reckoned by its managing directors, Malcolm and David Hackman, to be a common-or-garden, bog-standard general jobbing printer. We do work at a price that suits our customers, and weve got a thousand rivals.

Reel cost benefits

Spiralling paper prices have forced many printers to find new ways to cut costs in their supply chain and, with the web printers muscling in its sheetfed work, Banbury-based Stones the Printers is no exception.

Full service included

When printer Henry Burt joined forces with Newnorth in 1976 the former had been in operation for more than 100 years. The firm had a solid foundation, but also, perhaps, a rather old-fashioned business approach.

Better print from better people

While printers are accustomed to the idea that they must constantly invest in order to survive, they are less amenable to the idea that a thriving print operation cant rely on technology alone. Print may be served by technology but its driven by people,...

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