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Building a viable business out of a Bedroom Project

When Ed Snelson ran a printed clothing business as part of a year-long Young Enterprise project at school it sparked the beginnings of an idea that years later would evolve to see the now 28-year old heading a £1.4m-turnover print business with a 16-strong workforce.

To hire the best put your consultants in the hot seat

With competition in print acute never has recruiting the right leaders been so important. Long gone are the days when firms could take the ‘warm body’ approach to hiring staff.

The career changers who took a liking to the print sector

Print’s dead right? That’s what some people insist on saying. Print volumes have shrunk significantly over the last decade or so and the market has undergone an unprecedented period of consolidation.

Pay heed to employees’ rights and aspirations

Whatever the Bible may say about the love of money being a “root of all kinds of evil”, as Paul wrote in his first letter to Timothy, there aren’t many of us who wouldn’t be happier with a little bit more.

Open your doors to find workers with the best fit

Aberystwyth’s location on the west Wales coast just beneath the Snowdonia National Park is a pretty remote spot, which can make finding staff with the right skill set a challenge.

Flexibility and timing are key to easy succession

When Terry Scanlon started his commercial print company, the day he finished work for good was not perhaps uppermost in his thoughts.

Hitting the big screen

Unless you’re a total movie geek, it’s highly unlikely that you will have heard of Ross MacDonald. However, it’s highly likely that you will have seen his work on both the big and the small screen.

Mental wellbeing is much more than all in the mind

While certain level of stress in our lives is important just to function, it was Reverend WJ Kennedy who, in 1856, as the Inspector of Schools for Lancashire and the Isle of Man, identified that “if you want any business done for you, you should ask a busy man”.

Ramping up social media in pursuit of the perfect post

For a sector that is frequently geared around promoting the services of other businesses, the print trade often struggles with selling itself.

Hire power: secure the right recruit for your business

They say that a business is only ever as good as its last sale. While that may be true, the reality is that a business is really only ever as good as the people it employs.

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