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Apprenticeships for growth

When the management of Worcestershire-based Blue Print Direct Mail set its eyes on a new period of growth for the business, nearly six years ago, it was to form part of a bigger picture.

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.

Combining new and traditional techniques

Surface Print lies in the small industrial village of Clayton-le-Moors just outside Accrington, Lancashire. Founded 30 years ago by John Watson, whose father and grandfather had both etched their careers in the wallpaper printing industry, the business now boasts a 70-strong workforce led by Watson’s children James and Abigail.

Keep it in the family

In 2004 the sales manager of the then named Bristol-based Baronial Labels, Paul Stokes, undertook a management buyout of the business along with his co-workers.

Prepare the ground for a smooth handover

In June this year global packaging business, VPK Packaging Group announced the appointment of a new group managing director for its UK-based corrugated division, Rigid Containers.

An app-titude for learning

If you are not invested in personal learning and development, then we probably aren’t the right company for you. That’s what I always say to people who are hoping to work with us,” states Fastsigns UK managing director, John Davies.

Building a viable business out of a Bedroom Project

When Ed Snelson ran a printed clothing business as part of a year-long Young Enterprise project at school it sparked the beginnings of an idea that years later would evolve to see the now 28-year old heading a £1.4m-turnover print business with a 16-strong workforce.

Perfect planning is required for upscale projects

Little did the team at Preston-based Lustalux know that when a call came in from architect consultancy C4 Projects in 2015, a simple query about window film would be scaled into a complex and multi-faceted project that would go on to positively impact the lives of thousands of children.

Two become one: bringing teams together

Resource had already taken the organic route to growth through smart investment and operational excellence. So the next logical step was to seek an acquisition that would allow the company to diversify its business model and provide scope for future opportunity and growth.

Time, effort and dedication leads to excellence

It was almost off the scale. DCB Group recently scored 96% in the BPIF’s Seal of Excellence following extensive checks that culminated in not one but three seals of excellence – in health and safety, the environment and human resources – for this year alone.

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