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Beginning a beautiful relationship

In the current trading climate most printers spend more time fretting about retaining their existing customer base than focusing on winning new customers. However, it’s a harsh commercial reality that over time every business will experience some degree of customer churn.

Paper tigers

These are changing times for pulp and paper makers. While mill and machinery closures across Europe and the UK have resulted in shrinking capacity, particularly for graphical paper grades, this has been offset by a shift in manufacturing focus.

Great fakes

Fakes, forgeries and fabrications give printers a bad name and the fear of forgery was one of the reasons behind the 1637 Star Chamber Decree designed to prevent “abuses in printing seditious, treasonable and unlicensed books and pamphlets, printing and printing presses”.

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.

Printing in another dimension

Augmented reality – or AR, as most of us refer to it – is seeping into the print industry and changing the way we interact with brands and products.

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.

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.

Tax-savvy property management

There’s an oft used phrase among those in the accountancy profession: that no one should ‘let the tax tail wag the investment dog’, meaning, investment decisions shouldn’t be made solely for tax reasons.

Get happy

We have a problem with productivity in the UK. Quite simply, we’re not as productive as many other developed nations.

After you’ve gone

We enter the world with nothing and depart as we were born, leaving our earthly possessions behind. This harsh circle of life becomes grimmer for those left behind, especially where there is no will to determine how a deceased’s assets are to be distributed.

The future is up in the air

Cloud-based systems are changing the way printers work, allowing them to better serve changing customer demands and put resources and capital into more effective channels, as well as providing additional functionality.

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.

New territories

It can be brutal out there. Arguably, it’s never been tougher to thrive in the print sector. Low margins are the order of the day and some markets are being eroded by stiff competition from new media. Businesses in the print sector simply can’t afford to stand still.

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.

Concentrate on contracts to make debtors pay up

According to risk manager Atradius in its October 2018 Payment Practices Barometer, the UK has the highest proportion of overdue invoices in Europe at a staggering 48.7%. The next worst is France at 47.45% followed by Switzerland at 46.5%.

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