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Built to last

In the old days, printing machines were made to last. They were cleaved from solid chunks of metal and essentially built like brick outhouses. Despite technological advances making many of these old machines essentially obsolete, many UK printers still use older equipment on a daily basis to complete all manner of different tasks.

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.

PPM fabricates a fancy fake facade for an iconic edifice

On the north bank of the Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge, the iconic Neoclassical facade of Somerset House is instantly recognisable. And while the Grade I listed building is currently undergoing some restoration work, the building has been adorned with an ultra-realistic building wrap that covers the scaffolding structures and construction work taking place underneath.

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.

Establishing a pied-à-terre

For any business, the decision to expand into a new region is one that needs a fair amount of research and questions answered before the wheels can be set in motion. What region? What’s the customer potential? What sort of presence is needed? Premises or no premises? New staff or relocate a team? What’s the budget? And so on…

60 seconds with Adverset

Adverset began life in 1989 as a design and advertising studio and was one of the first firms in the UK to embrace Apple. “Our first Mac was the original Mac Plus. At the time monitors only had black and white capability,” says managing director John Easby.

In sickness & in health

We as humans are prone to disease, illness and injury but thankfully we tend to recover. However, in the intervening time we leave others to pick up the pieces causing inconvenience for friends and family, and for businesses, staffing problems.

Q&A: Derek Maskell, sales consultant, Interket

Derek is bowing out and retires this month after more than 50 years in the industry. He’s 73 and has been in print-related employment since 1966. He’s married to Donna with two children and three grandchildren, and his hobbies include following horse racing and enjoying regular holidays in southern Spain.

60 seconds with Windles Group

Bruce Podmore, Windles founder and managing director, started out printing in a shed in Aylesbury. Originally printing on a two-unit machine, his business grew quickly and in 1984 he joined forces with his late father.

60 seconds with Ignite Print

Ignite Print CEO Hickesh Mehta says that it’s “quite nostalgic thinking back to when Ignite Print first started out”. “We officially launched in 2010 as a small family business operating out of my parents’ garage.

60 seconds with Crescent Press

Founded in 1997, Crescent Press has built a reputation serving advertising agencies, creatives and print management firms across the UK. Initially a Birmingham-based litho printer, 2010 saw the company relocate to Solihull in the West Midlands.

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