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Killer app: Aura is a van’s best friend for man’s best friend

The Manchester & Cheshire Dogs’ Home (M&CDH) surely does nothing but good – rescuing and finding new, loving owners for wayward, neglected pups and mutts. Its team certainly did not deserve to have their van stolen earlier this year. With their newly donated van lacking the panache it needed, it was time to fetch the positive power of print.

Killer app: St Austell prepares Eden guide for German influx

The Germans are coming. Specifically, they’re coming to the Eden Project, Cornwall, to enjoy the wondrous natural sights of the world’s largest indoor rainforest.

Business inspection: There’s no home like your own

Buying the factory it rented for the past 15 years has given Wallace Print security, stability and further scope for business expansion.

Accounting for more adventurous tastes

Historically report and accounts (R&A) brochures used to be drab affairs consisting of a cover bearing a company logo and little else, followed by numerous pages of impenetrable numbers. Colour was used sparingly. Images were virtually non-existent beyond the obligatory pic of a rather severe looking CEO.

Around the world in 8 prints

Print is constantly being challenged to push the boundaries of what’s possible to ensure that it maintains its key position in the marketing mix. As the following examples from the past 12 months show, printers worldwide are doing their bit to ensure the medium remains relevant.

Print buyers seek out their perfect partners

“It’s a lot like online dating,” said Kathy Sletten, print manager at Estée Lauder, at a recent ‘An Audience with the Print Buyers’ talk. She was referring, slightly bizarrely you might think, to the relationship between printer and print buyer.

Strategies for successfully adding wide-format services

If the chatter around the print industry is to be believed, commercial printers have spent the past few years flocking to wide-format in their droves. And why wouldn’t they?

'All you high flyers, ignore the cliff edge at your peril'

Bob Jenkins suddenly realised his head felt hot. Unusually hot. "It was not," he says "the sort of feeling you get with a normal headache. It was like imagining a saucepan full of simmering water, with a broken egg in it. The egg was my brain."

Purchasing the best of both: a guide to M&As

Acquisitions have a murky reputation, as we have all seen too many pre-pack administrations to feel at ease with the subject. Do it well, though, and merging with another firm could be your best move yet

Why you must give qualifications the third degree: print training interrogated

The last UK university print course closed in 2012. Many argue that on-the-job training is now the only answer, but others say this is costly and takes too much time. So, could there be another way?

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