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2016 and all that... January

No guesses as to which story dominated the news in 2016, the 20 most read stories on printweek.com for 2016 are all about Polestar. Nevertheless there was plenty else going on, not least of all Drupa...

Adspend falls but outlook is improving

The numerous benefits of print as an effective marketing tool hardly need repeating, yet a UK advertising market report published last month revealed that print advertising is continuing its slow decline while digital, online and mobile formats experienced record first-half spending.

Do UK card printers have more to offer than overseas rivals?

Going abroad for Christmas has become commonplace, and not just for holidays. Much of the printing of charity cards for the festive season takes place in the UK, but more and more customers are being lured further afield by the promise, not of sun, but of cheap labour and, in some cases, more competitive printing costs.

Will NIC reforms live up to the hype?

The government says 1.25m businesses and charities will see their National Insurance contributions (NICs) cut by up to £2,000 each when the new Employment Allowance is introduced next year. Business leaders have welcomed this, but how does it all stack up for printers?

Heidelberg slashes post-press offering

Back in June, Heidelberg chief Dr Gerold Linzbach didn’t beat around the bush when it came to telegraphing his intentions for parts of the group that were described as “less strategic”.

Printers say ill-considered pre-packs still need regulation

Pre-packs, and their more infamous relation, the phoenix, have been a feature of the print industry since the Enterprise Act 2002 made administration the dominant form of insolvency. As with many legislative reforms, the aim was noble but the consequences were not properly considered. So while the reforms were intended to create a 'rescue culture' to allow insolvent businesses - and the jobs they supported - to be saved wherever possible, the unintended consequence was the creation of a debt-dumping culture among directors of failed businesses.

Xerox bid could go any which way

Will they, or won’t they? As this issue of Printweek headed off to press, Xerox and HP were still locked in a tit-for-tat battle of words with HP refusing to engage in discussions.

Go green or go home 

Being sustainable is not only good business practice but increasingly a crucial requirement for many customers.

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