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Why it pays to straighten up and fly right

Should a printer define itself by the equipment it uses or by its customers? Marketing theory would suggest the latter, but with the high prices and long pay-back times of presses there’s a risk you may find you fall into the former by default if you don’t keep an eye on the markets you serve and invest accordingly.

Don’t let the funding maze deter skills goals

When printing giant Polestar shut its doors for the last time earlier this year, it wasn’t just the trade for its various high-profile clients that rivals were clamouring over – its staff were in demand too.

Power to the people: why DIY may be the way to go

Back in 2010, Ron Davidson, managing director and founder of PM Solutions, wanted to install a wind turbine. An admirable desire to reduce his company’s environmental impact coincided with a generous government incentive to switch to renewable energy sources, so it seemed an ideal step to take.

Top tips: Optimise your online presence

If you have a website, not optimising it for search engines is simply not an option - you'll just be wasting money on hosting fees. Search engine optimisation (SEO) is the thing that gets your website on to page one of Google and other search engines, rather than page 21, and the difference that makes to your traffic is incalculable.

Review of the decade

As the curtain falls on the decade, the printing industry will be hoping that the next 10 years bring better fortune than the last. In a two-part look at events since the turn of the millennium, PrintWeek trawls the archive to revisit the stories that hit the headlines during one of the industry's most eventful periods

Grab your chance to bounce back

The fact that coronavirus should be a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic is irrelevant; it’s with us and has caused global carnage leaving governments around the world struggling to cope.

Techie tips to back up your presses

A printing business is a technology business, with many elements vital to its smooth operation – from fast networks and file storage systems, to security and e-commerce platforms. PrintWeek asked a raft of experts in these fields, as well as printers themselves, about how they’re dealing with these challenges, and what’s on the horizon to be aware of.

New territories

It can be brutal out there. Arguably, it’s never been tougher to thrive in the print sector. Low margins are the order of the day and some markets are being eroded by stiff competition from new media. Businesses in the print sector simply can’t afford to stand still.

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