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The brains of your printing business

UK printers first started using management information systems (MIS) in the 1980s. At the time the software was pretty rudimentary, recalls Keith McMurtrie, managing director at Tharstern, who describes those early systems as “barely more than a calculator”.

Make finishing touches the first priority

It started with finishing. Commercial printer PCL Digital was looking to win customers by offering more services. Print was well balanced on supply and demand, so managing director Nick Westley-Smith took a post-press tilt. But this was to be no minor tinkering on the fringes of finishing.

Fishing a fresh opportunity from stormy waters

There was nothing pretty about the finish when floods all but annihilated Celloglas’ Leeds premises and every scrap of machinery in it. A lesser business might have succumbed, but multi-site Celloglas is one of the biggest names in decorative print finishing and used its business acumen to fish opportunity from the winter waters of disaster.

Spend smart and enhance your portfolio

Oriel Printing Company had high hopes for its new print-enhancement service offering UV-based polymer varnishing and spot foiling. It was to be, according to the business, the first trade Scodix provider in the UK.

Coping with your worst nightmare

Those images on Monday 28 December were horrifying, and remain unforgettable. Like most people, Chris Milner had been tuning into TV news channels over the Christmas period, gripped with cold fascination as the rising waters of flood-hit Britain made news headlines across the UK.

Harness the power of branding

Hunts chief executive Timon Colegrove had an epiphany, which led to a radical realignment of the business, in particular how it relates to clients.

Bringing post-press depts up to speed

There’s an apocryphal, but believable, story of an early Indigo press user sending a 100-copy job to a trade finisher, who duly phoned up the next day and said “Right, we’ve set up on the overs, can we have the real work now?”

Tinkerers in search of the eureka moment

Print’s best-known eureka moment came more than 550 years ago, when Johannes Gutenberg figured out a way to print books using moveable type and a press based on the sort of screw press used for making wine.

60-seconds with: The Finishing Touch

Lancashire’s The Finishing Touch is a relatively young company, having been set up in the summer of 2010 by managing director Lynn Russell and business partner Cath Maybin, who spotted an opportunity to offer a professional handwork service for all those fiddly finishing jobs machines simply cannot handle.

Interview: 'Whatever it takes to do the job well'

There probably aren't many people that would contemplate starting a business in the print industry at 21, but that's exactly what First 4 Print Finishing managing director David Nestor did. And, as if print generally wasn't tough enough, he decided to make his mark in perhaps the toughest sector of all: trade finishing.

Link the two tribes with better communication

The two worlds of the pre-press technician and the finisher are, considering they work for the same firm and are often just a few metres apart, pretty different. One's day-to-day existence revolves around Macs, colour calibration software and background tints, the other gets more hands-on with all manner of cutting, folding, stitching and gluing kit.

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