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Manufacturers get into the lending game

Before the economic meltdown, it was all too easy for printers to raise finance for investment in new equipment, recalls one print industry stalwart. "You simply filled out some forms, signed on the dotted line and the cash was there," he explains. "There was very little due diligence undertaken with no checking of accounts or order books and no real discussion around how the printer intended to use the new piece of kit."

Break the bank: convincing them to approve your loan

You've got to spend money to make money - or so the saying goes. And it certainly rings true in the print industry. If you don't put your money where the advancing technology is, you can expect to see your profits plummet. But with Bank of England statistics showing lending to SMEs is down 6% year-on-year, how can companies get their hands on the money they need to invest?

Beware 'Groupon groupies' taking off with your profits

Little Sally playing in the waves, a baby's first Christmas and Auntie Sheila getting married (again): all captured for prosperity in the glossy pages and perfect-bound gloss-finish hardcover of a photobook. And what's the price of preserving such cherished memories? A quick visit to the Groupon website, an hour or so of photo selection and online photobook creation and, crucially, just 6 of the customer's hard-earned cash.

Q&A: Malcolm Baker, senior sales manager, Precision Colour Printing

Malcolm Baker, senior sales manager at Precision Colour Printing, is married with three children. A keen motorsports and classic cars fan, he likes the sound of a big motor and a Big Bang. He's also been known to pull out all the stops to get a soggy women's glossy off his case and on press.

ATM in Daman inks high growth

Five years ago, Saill set up the first ink ATM in the country. Today, they distribute 150 tons of ink per month to 700 customers, as Ramu Ramanathan finds out.

Print at Your Doorstep in Thane

Mumbai Mudrak Sangh's (MMS) initiative "At Your Doorstep" was launched in Thane on 3 September 2010. 11 print CEOs from Thane attended the round table meeting which was chaired by Anand Limaye.

The extra mile...

Hertford Offset MD Peter Wilkerson's support for Isabel Hospice helped a budding illustrator achieve her dream...

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