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De-energise yourself

This autumn’s energy crises have included rocketing gas prices and a broken cross-channel electricity cable. The inevitably higher electricity prices will be concentrating print factory owners’ minds even if they don’t notice what will be said at COP26. Addressing the global climate crisis is a noble long-term goal, but higher energy bills need paying today.

Killing off bad customer service

A tough print market, exacerbated by the Covid pandemic, means that keeping your clients happy – and coming back for more – is more important then ever.

Breaking up can be hard to do

When the time has come to move on, those in leased premises need to take extra care that they fulfill the terms of their contract or risk having to pay hefty fees.

Terminating cyber attacks

With more people working from home than ever before, the threat from malicious hackers has increased exponentially, so how do you protect your business?

Disagreeable directors

If a company falls out with one of its directors, what can it do? It’s likely to depend on the specific circumstances but there are a number of ways to resolve the situation.

Spend and save

It’s not often that the government puts in place a programme that is both welcomed and little criticised, but that’s exactly what the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, did on Budget Day in March.

Risky business

Some consider the law an ass, justifiably so in certain situations. But nevertheless, it’s there in a liberal democracy for the benefit of all. And a good example of this is health and safety law.

The new face of recruitment

The adoption of technology is relentless, but businesses – and that technology – still need people. Whether it’s for management, the shop floor, accounts or deliveries, people make the world go around as much as money.

Reputation rescue

Reputations, like trust, are hard to earn and easy to lose. Threats to a reputation come in many forms – rivals making underhand allegations, activity by state-run organs and malevolence in elements of the press.

Clarity is key when it comes to driving change

Celebrating 50 years of operation this year, Southend-based Formara Print & Marketing has, incredibly, come through the past 12 months unscathed. Stronger even. But over the past two decades the road for the SME print firm has at times been pretty bumpy and its success is a testament to the leadership and focus of managing director Phil Wilce and his team.

No jab, no job?

Just over a year ago, Covid-19 developed from a localised outbreak in a Chinese province to a global pandemic.

Reward and prosper

Incentive programmes are common practice for improving performance, but how successful they are will depend on how much thought goes into their setup.

All dressed up with somewhere to go

There’s a lot of tax law regarding work uniforms – not least of all, what exactly constitutes a uniform. If your staff wear one, you need to know where you stand.

Busted: 10 myths in employment law

There is a lot of scope for confusion on the rights and obligations of employers, so Printweek asked two employment lawyers to list the five top misconceptions.

Managing perfection

So much has been written about the art of management that an individual looking to improve their knowledge with a purchase from Amazon had better become a speed reader or know how to narrow a search down. With more 90,000 books on the topic it’s clear that some think they have knowledge to impart.

Being the boss in unprecedented times, part 2

Part two of our special feature asking industry MDs and CEOs to share their experiences of being a business leader in unprecedented times and their strategies for handling the Covid crisis, both professionally and personally.

Foul play

The tales of espionage conjured up by John le Carré are without doubt fiction based on fact. But in the real world, businesses and their owners have been seeking to gain the upper hand over rivals for eons. It’s just that modern technology has made the process so much simpler.

Claw back what’s rightfully yours

We’re in trying times and firms looking to drag in what they’re owed are struggling. If getting paid in normal times was tricky print is now having to up its game just to stand still.

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