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Could more gov’t spending aid print?

In his speech at the Conservative conference last week, chancellor Philip Hammond said he plans to treat investment spending differently to day-to-day spending. He is aiming to plough more into infrastructure, technology and innovation and said it was “common sense” to invest in supporting growth and jobs.

UK businesses are under attack from high-tech scammers

When it targeted Speedscreen, Prime Group and Rapidity within the past few months, it was something none of the companies had heard of, yet the scam dubbed ‘CEO fraud’ now tops the list of fraud perpetrated against businesses, according to The National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

Marriages of convenience: mergers and acquisitions in print

There is a scene in the film version of Bret Easton Ellis’ gothic horror American Psycho where deranged executioner Patrick Bateman (played by Christian Bale) spouts to a club patron: “I’m into murders and executions mostly.” The patron mishears and her response is: “Do you like it? Most guys I know who are in mergers and acquisitions really don’t like it.”

Print reigns during royal revelries

Newspapers and magazines can’t resist a royal special and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II on 21 April was the perfect opportunity to go large, sometimes very large, on the subject of our longest reigning monarch.

Rival bidders weigh up Tangent’s value

Events at Tangent Communications were continuing to unfold as PrintWeek went to press, but despite the fluid situation one thing seems certain – one way or another there will be a new ownership structure at the embattled print and marketing services group before too long.

Can SMEs take on W2P’s big three?

For web-to-print giants Photobox, Truprint and Vistaprint, personalised print is their lifeblood, but it is a market that most commercial printers have either struggled to compete in or not entered at all.

Smith & Ouzman sets out to rebuild reputation

It was the call every company director, involved in exports, hopes never to get – in 2010 Smith & Ouzman (S&O) was informed it was under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) – an investigation which turned into a prosecution and, ultimately, a series of convictions.

Learning from Paperlinx’s toxic legacy

The collapse of the majority of Paperlinx’s UK operations has left a trail of destruction in its wake. But one of those whose business went under hopes lessons learned from the experience will ensure the success of his next business.

To the victors (and also to the runners up) go the spoils

Each year, the select few printers that win – and indeed even those who are shortlisted for – a PrintWeek Award have a similar story to tell: that any effort or expense that goes into entering the Awards is significantly outweighed by the rewards.

Cimpress seeks advantages of scale

When Cimpress hit the acquisition trail again last month, buying European rivals Exaprint and Druck.at, some may have dismissed it as an attempt to accelerate its EU growth.

Web’s decline has a way to go yet

It’s a depressing list, and a depressingly long one. The list (below) featuring a roll-call of more than 25 web offset printers that have closed since the year 2000 includes some of the industry’s once-venerable names, and some of its once-biggest print sites.

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