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60 seconds with Print Plus UK

Print Plus UK started life some 30 years ago in a small warehouse in the picturesque Little Germany district of Bradford, printing single-colour takeaway menus and the like. Since then the business has expanded its offering considerably, and has further expansion in its sights.

The long march of Covid

There just seems to be no escape from Covid. For some, the viral grenade took the form of furlough, job loss, business turndown or failure. For many others, sadly, it meant hospitalisation and in the worst cases death.

Having flexible friends

There’s no question that Covid has altered society. It’s trampled on civil liberties, seen vaccines rolled out in double-quick time, spurred on the deployment of information technologies, and it’s reshaped economic landscapes, too.

Overmatter: A bunch of benches

Overmatter loves a good calendar. Countryfile, obviously. Perhaps something stylish involving lovely illustrations from Art Angels,  Angela Harding or depictions of beautiful manuscripts from The British Library.

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.

Q&A: Steve Mulcahy CEO Contact Originators

Age-wise, Steve says he is “not ready for a bus pass anytime soon!” He spent more than 30 years in the paper industry before buying in to Dukinfield-based Contact Originators a decade ago. He enjoys clay-pigeon shooting, fishing and golf and has two sons and four grandchildren: Henry, Lilly, James and Eliza.

Rising star: Callum Draycott Print operative, EDWPS

Callum has just racked up six months in print, having joined the industry in April this year. He’s 23 and completed a Level 3 extended diploma in Engineering Manufacturing at Derby College’s Roundhouse campus before taking up the Eight Days a Week Print Solutions role.

60 seconds with DecTek

DecTek was formed 18 years ago on a kitchen table. A printer, resin dome setup and a fax machine (remember those?) all financed on a couple of credit cards.

Q&A: John Ellis Managing director, The Mailshop 

John has just become the managing director of The Mailshop following a buy-in management buyout at the Nottinghamshire business. He started in print as an apprentice compositor at the age of 16 and has been in print and direct mail in one way or another for 33 years. He will reach the milestone age of 50 next year.

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.

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.

No jab, no job?

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

Q&A: Heather Davies, finance director, Fuller Davies

Heather retired in mid-April, having worked at Ipswich-based Fuller Davies since the firm’s inception some “35-plus years ago”. Her retirement plans include “spending special time with my three grandchildren”, quite possibly while listening to some classic ’70s pop.

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