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M&A jump is evidence of recovery

Over the past few weeks there seems to have been an unprecedented spike in the amount of print M&A activity taking place and, believe it not, I’m not just talking about distressed sales or worse, the dreaded phoenixes.

Building alliances to better businesses

In the past month, financial experts have been talking up the benefits of strategic alliances for the print industry. In the spirit of our new ruling coalition, it is thought that a collaboration of mutual interest, where both participants have an equal say and work together for mutual benefit, could bring much-needed advantages to print companies at a time when competition is fiercer than ever.

M&A reflects exciting opportunities

As highlighted in this issue’s briefing pages, it seems that there has been something of a summer growth-spurt of M&A activity across the printing industry.

Fortune may be found in a nice niche

In this issue’s interview, Rapidity boss Paul Manning talks about some of the lessons he’s learned in his career, and one in particular really struck a chord: how do you go about recognising the next big opportunity.

Youthful drive can still conquer print

This issue’s interview features Aron Priest, who, along with business partner Andy Smith, is co-founder of Solopress, which, until very recently was one of the UK’s largest, independent online print businesses.

Business as usual, despite upheavals

Compared with the momentous events of late, the past couple of weeks have been fairly tame – all that seems to have happened is that we now have a new Prime Minister. Boring.

How. Can. It. Be. Christmas?

Where did 2017 go? Looking through our review of the year, it most definitely happened – and while it might not have been a vintage year for print, it was certainly an eventful one.

Who will be print’s flag-bearer?

Despite it being more than a year since its demise, if you put the word Polestar in a PrintWeek headline then it’s still guaranteed to be one of the most read stories.

Proof positive of print’s innovation

Following our usual summer hiatus in print and this issue’s resulting catch-up on the industry’s comings and goings, you could be forgiven for thinking that the past few weeks have been pretty painful for print.

Deep change is required to become an integrated communications provider

Andrew Tribute's article 'To survive, print firms need to become integrated communications providers' (PrintWeek, 10 September 2010) is correct in its central point but fails to mention that to succeed in the transition to providing integrated communications, print companies need to embark on a broad cultural shift which will change the very essence of each company.

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