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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.

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.

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?

Me & My: Kurz DM-Luxliner

The Foil Printing Co is seeing sales of foiled products continue to soar, both at home and abroad, as a result of this investment.

Access all areas

Lockdowns have accelerated the drive for more remotely accessed services such as diagnostics and even repair, a trend that looks set to grow post-pandemic.

60 seconds with Print Image Network

Managing director John Foster “took the plunge” and set up Print Image Network in June 2000. “Renting a very small unit in an old cotton mill; started selling print and mailing as a managed service… armed with nothing more than a pen, notepad and phone.”

Nettl branch speeds young racer into pole position

Still only 15, Max Dodds started out racing karts at the age of four and this summer marked his first season in the Ginetta Junior Championship, a proven feeder series for GT, Touring Cars, Formula 1, and other higher echelons of motor racing.

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.

Me & My: EFI Vutek FabriVu 340i

Like so many good ideas, Ottimo Digital began with a conversation over a pint in a pub. In 2009, Nick Lindwall and Lee Crew got together for a drink. They had known each other since college and were long-standing friends. Crew ran the in-house print department for a leading exhibition shell scheme provider, and Lindwall was running his own marketing and web design business.

Making a planned exit

Every privately held business will one day change hands. Whether through retirement, family circumstance or death, ownership will move on.

Me & My: BGM Elite DSR

Garage start-ups tend to be associated with the US – think Apple and Hewlett-Packard – but they’re not uncommon on this side of the Atlantic either. It’s surprising how many of the successful printers and manufacturers profiles by Printweek over the years trace their origins back to one person’s vision and hard work, setting up in a back room, a garage or, for the luxury of space, a railway arch.

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.

Turn challenge into opportunity

Coming up on 10 years this year in its current 370sqm Enfield facility, Print4UK was growing faster than ever, buying kit, bringing more services in-house, increasing turnover year-on-year and management was eyeing a move to a larger premises.

New life for old presses

For almost 20 years Letterpress Services has been refurbishing and converting letterpress machinery to high standards, then selling the presses to meet a steady demand for embellishment foiling and blocking, as well as the nostalgia market for letterpress stationery.

Killer app: Rankin passion project brought to life in print

Photographer Rankin was unable to capture his usual subject matter – people – in the early days of the pandemic. During lockdown he took a different artistic approach when he found himself drawn to the decaying flowers in his garden, which he shot like portraits to bring them to life. His aim was to capture the loneliness many have felt during the pandemic, with each image contrasting darkness and separation with a sense of strength or hope.

From slow burner to blast off

Often it takes a while for a new idea to take off in the market. Sometimes it never does take off, other times it’s a slow burner that seems to fizzle for years before suddenly blasting off when the time is right. Sheetfed B2 digital presses are a case in point. They have been shipping since 2012 but compared with the SRA3 digital press market, B2 choice remains limited and global sales have not been spectacular. Yet if the post-Covid market changes, so may their appeal.

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