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Q&A: Ian Doel, owner, Freelance Print Staff

Ian is 47 and has been in print since he was 16, starting off with a print apprenticeship. Of the industry he says: “I love it, so many great people.” He lives with his two children in Southsea and his hobbies include “anything active”.

Extraordinary measures for extraordinary events

Coronavirus is an extraordinary event. While some sectors have done well in the downturn – video conferencing, online retail and groceries to name but a few – print, in some sectors at least, has had its share of problems but is coping.

A question of necessity

The human body is an organic marvel, able to cope with so much. But Covid-19, as a new virus from which there is very little immunity, has wrought havoc. And not just on people, but on personal freedoms, businesses and economies. It has thrown governments into a state of flux and stalled so much growth.

Getting away from it all

Generous holiday entitlement is one of the most valuable rewards an employer can give and while the law demands a statutory minimum, many employees receive a contractual right to more. But despite the law being quite clear on the subject, and been clarified in recent years by test cases, employers still make plenty of mistakes in calculations of leave and pay.

Commission accomplished

Every commercial operation needs good salespeople if they are to sell their products, but while pay can be easier to set for some employees, it has been notoriously difficult to create a commission scheme for salespeople that works for employer and employee alike.

Modern man, modern fatherhood

A rose-tinted look back at early post war history, often through the medium of film and TV, shows that the demarcation of familial roles and responsibilities was generally quite distinct. Mother looked after the house and the children, father went out to work and brought home the bacon.

Strength in numbers

Britain in the 2020s is a radically different place compared to that of the 1970s and 1980s; strikes are few and far between. ONS data shows that the Winter of Discontent of 1979 saw 29.4m working days lost while the 1984 miners’ strike recorded 27.1m days lost. 2017’s 276,000 lost days barely counts in comparison.

60 seconds with Clinical Print Finishers

Clinical Print Finishers celebrates its 45th anniversary this month. “Our company began in 1975 and was founded by Alvin Brown  after he was made redundant from a local printer.

Q&A: Andrew Tutt, senior account manager, Aquatint

Andrew is 54 and is married with three boys: Nick, James and Sam. He’s been working in print for 37 years with his first job at a printing and typesetting company based in Clerkenwell Road, London, called Print Base.

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