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Modern man, modern fatherhood

A rose-tinted look back at early post war history, often through the medium of film and TV, shows that the demarcation of familial roles and responsibilities was generally quite distinct. Mother looked after the house and the children, father went out to work and brought home the bacon.

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.

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.

The small matter of fraud

According to PwC’s 2018 Global Economic Crime and Fraud Survey, only 49% of global organisations said they’ve been a victim of fraud and economic crime. While some might question the percentage quoted, the natural question that follows is what about the other 51%? Have they really not suffered any fraud – at all?

60 seconds with Edward Thompson 

Edward Thompson started life way back in 1867, “the result of winning a bet on the horses”, and the firm grew rapidly in the 1960s on the back of the growth of commercial bingo.

Training tracks

Print business owners face a major dilemma. There is currently a significant skills shortage within the industry, which has a rapidly ageing workforce. There is also a lack of young people entering the sector to redress the balance. This combination of factors creates a conundrum for print business owners.

Keeping it in the family

They say that you can choose your friends but not your family. While that is true, there is no pre-ordained requirement to run a business with your family, and there might well be good reasons not to – and yet still plenty of people choose to.

60 seconds with Adverset

Adverset began life in 1989 as a design and advertising studio and was one of the first firms in the UK to embrace Apple. “Our first Mac was the original Mac Plus. At the time monitors only had black and white capability,” says managing director John Easby.

In sickness & in health

We as humans are prone to disease, illness and injury but thankfully we tend to recover. However, in the intervening time we leave others to pick up the pieces causing inconvenience for friends and family, and for businesses, staffing problems.

Q&A: Nick Wilson, commercial director, DG3/Leycol

Goalkeeping’s loss was print’s gain. Arsenal fan Nick is 32 and has spent 15 years in print. He was on Tottenham’s books as a kid, and then played semi-professional football subsequently while holding down the day job. Nick is married with two kids under the age of three, but still finds time for the odd round of golf.

Q&A: Derek Maskell, sales consultant, Interket

Derek is bowing out and retires this month after more than 50 years in the industry. He’s 73 and has been in print-related employment since 1966. He’s married to Donna with two children and three grandchildren, and his hobbies include following horse racing and enjoying regular holidays in southern Spain.

60 seconds with Windles Group

Bruce Podmore, Windles founder and managing director, started out printing in a shed in Aylesbury. Originally printing on a two-unit machine, his business grew quickly and in 1984 he joined forces with his late father.

60 seconds with Ignite Print

Ignite Print CEO Hickesh Mehta says that it’s “quite nostalgic thinking back to when Ignite Print first started out”. “We officially launched in 2010 as a small family business operating out of my parents’ garage.

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