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Covid-19: useful information for print businesses

UPDATED 3.7.2020: Printweek is here to help in any way we can during the coronavirus crisis. We've put a host of useful links and info in one place, and we’ll keep updating this article with new information as it becomes available.

Covid-19: Printweek matchmaking service

We’re sharing details here of UK printing companies with mothballed or spare capacity due to the virus crisis, and where this capacity could be used by others for the production of other essential or in-demand printed materials.

Strength in numbers

Britain in the 2020s is a radically different place compared to that of the 1970s and 1980s; strikes are few and far between. ONS data shows that the Winter of Discontent of 1979 saw 29.4m working days lost while the 1984 miners’ strike recorded 27.1m days lost. 2017’s 276,000 lost days barely counts in comparison.

60 seconds with Clinical Print Finishers

Clinical Print Finishers celebrates its 45th anniversary this month. “Our company began in 1975 and was founded by Alvin Brown  after he was made redundant from a local printer.

Q&A: Andrew Tutt, senior account manager, Aquatint

Andrew is 54 and is married with three boys: Nick, James and Sam. He’s been working in print for 37 years with his first job at a printing and typesetting company based in Clerkenwell Road, London, called Print Base.

PPM fabricates a fancy fake facade for an iconic edifice

On the north bank of the Thames, just east of Waterloo Bridge, the iconic Neoclassical facade of Somerset House is instantly recognisable. And while the Grade I listed building is currently undergoing some restoration work, the building has been adorned with an ultra-realistic building wrap that covers the scaffolding structures and construction work taking place underneath.

Best of British: Masters in media studies

Here at Printweek we had a bit of a debate about what ‘British’ actually means in manufacturing terms. There are quite a few firms with UK-based factories and workforces that develop their own products and manufacture them over here, but ownership lies abroad.

Me & My: DYSS X7-1624

Outsourcing usually works fine until the volume grows and you start to add up the costs. In a world of instant turnaround, it can add time to a job too.

20 under £20k

Print and print-related machinery comes in all shapes and sizes and while you might have to fork out millions for a full bells-and-whistles super-duper new press, there are plenty of smaller investments that you can make that will help your business succeed.

Combining new and traditional techniques

Surface Print lies in the small industrial village of Clayton-le-Moors just outside Accrington, Lancashire. Founded 30 years ago by John Watson, whose father and grandfather had both etched their careers in the wallpaper printing industry, the business now boasts a 70-strong workforce led by Watson’s children James and Abigail.

Grow your inner talent

A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” These are the words of Bob Proctor, the legendary American business coach, author and consultant. Proctor, who has worked with organisations and individuals around the globe, believes everyone should have a mentor to help them to unleash their inner talent.

One for the road

Cars and vans are often a necessity for businesses. But as the government taxes anything of value, it makes sense for firms to understand the rules regarding cars and vans. Simple slips or a lack of forethought can prove very costly in terms of tax – both for drivers and the business.

Me & My: Lynx Felix Combo

On the face of it, corrugated boxes and corrugated display units are pretty much the same thing. Both often need printing of some sort, then cutting, creasing, folding, and gluing to assemble them. However, the end uses are different and so are customers’ needs and expectations.

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