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Business Inspection: Make a strong recovery

In the late noughties, Mark Gray was running a profitable Manchester print business producing educational material, but with the market flagging due to new technological capabilities in schools, Gray was on the lookout to join forces with another print entity in a bid to combine offers and diversify.

Going greener: 10 top tips

There was a time during the last decade when carbon footprint reduction seemed to be the primary topic of conversation in the print industry, with recyclables, chemicals and shifts to new, greener machinery seeming to dominate industry discussion.

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.

Contract killers

Deals are done every minute of the day and every day of the week; some informal, others by written contract. Most are carried out seamlessly, but there are occasions where agreements fall apart leading to acrimony. It’s at times like this that contracts take centre stage to check on exactly what was agreed.

Coronavirus survival guide, part one: Contracts

As Covid-19 continues to force the world into isolation, Printweek examines three key issues for management and finds advice on how to mitigate the impact of coronavirus. Part one is on removing risk from contracts.

Lifesaver business apps

There is a huge range of apps available to help with running a company, but which ones will make a positive contribution to your business?

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.

Covid-19: useful information for print businesses

UPDATED 17.8.2020: Printweek is here to help in any way we can during the coronavirus crisis. We've put a host of useful links and info in one place, and we’ll keep updating this article with new information as it becomes available.

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.

Grow your inner talent

A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” These are the words of Bob Proctor, the legendary American business coach, author and consultant. Proctor, who has worked with organisations and individuals around the globe, believes everyone should have a mentor to help them to unleash their inner talent.

One for the road

Cars and vans are often a necessity for businesses. But as the government taxes anything of value, it makes sense for firms to understand the rules regarding cars and vans. Simple slips or a lack of forethought can prove very costly in terms of tax – both for drivers and the business.

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