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Good cover can save you from a titanic disaster

Selling physical product is generally an easy process. A customer wants an item, buys it and walks out of the store holding their purchase, their need satiated. But insurance can be a different proposition entirely being an intangible that in most cases is expensive and (hopefully) rarely used.

Happiness: the greatest gift that we possess

A healthy bottom line isn’t everything. Another way of checking the health of your company is to study the faces of your staff, according to Baker Labels’ chief happiness officer Mandy Baker. Look after your staff and they will look after your business, she says.

How do you ensure that the numbers add up?

In God we trust, all others pay cash. It’s a famous saying first used by The Philadelphia Inquirer in 1877 and it makes a very valid point – how can a business ensure that it’s going to get paid?

Print is learning the tricks of the trade

It feels as though we’ve argued about Brexit until we’re all blue in the face.

Keep your bright ideas safe under lock and key

When it comes to protecting what a business owns it’s easy to think of the physical – premises, equipment, stock and vehicles.

Kin + Carta restructures core business

The former St Ives group has written off nearly £19m related to the disposals of its printing businesses, a figure that was dwarfed by a further £49.6m of write-downs and acquisition costs related to its continuing marketing operations.

Understand your own value and clients’ needs

It’s a familiar refrain. The customer tells you they consider their suppliers to be ‘partners’. Yet when it comes to the crunch, their priority appears to be screwing you down in price to get the job done for the lowest possible cost.

‘It’s so much fun to be in a dream team’

At one time, printers were his customers. Now, after spending many years working at industry equipment manufacturers, Konica Minolta Marketing Services global chief executive Yves Rogivue finds himself at the helm of a business that is itself a huge purchaser of print, dealing with thousands of printers globally.

Boardroom responsibilities need to be taken seriously

Everyone loves a title. Whether it’s self-aggrandisement, public recognition of good work done, or as a function of a role, titles are everywhere. But while some titles are honorific, others, such as that of company director, carry duties and obligations that are backed by legal sanction. And for good reason too.

Add to your hat collection to help you get ahead

Diversification: is it a buzz word we’ve become obsessed with or an unnecessary evil if a print business is to thrive beyond 2018?

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