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Print holds few 'secrets', so why not open up a little?

Last November, I was lucky enough to attend the inaugural Dscoop EMEA conference.

UK's revitalised high-street print ops should be lauded

What with this issue of PrintWeek being dedicated to the thousands of micro-businesses in the UK print industry, it's timely that this week we break the news of the rebirth of one of our most iconic high-street printing brands, Kall Kwik.

Gov't has finally taken heed but will it benefit printers?

Albert Einstein said that insanity was doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Given the slew of government-backed lending schemes that have been announced since 2010 I can't help wondering if Vince Cable has a sign on his wall that says: "You don't have to be crazy to work here, but it helps!"

Latest plan for SME growth is a standard gov't misfire

I don't think I'm alone in struggling to see the benefits of the latest government wheeze for growth among SMEs.

Flexible funding will be key to successful skills schemes

The sad fact is that if you're a 16-25 year-old looking to start a career in print with a practical course, your choices are pretty limited.

Looks like a case of B2 or be square at this year's Drupa

In case you missed the flurry of announcements, it seems Drupa will be the B2 digital show.

Tight budgets and a sector in a state of flux. Could a consultant be the answer?

Having moved from gainful employment in a print company to establishing a network of consultants around the world, I have been amazed at the dichotomy of opinion regarding this area of the sector.

How to stay lean and active in 2009

Well here we are at the new year, traditionally a time to look ahead positively and plan for a brighter, healthier future. Five-a-day, no ciggies, less booze, that sort of thing. One thing's for sure, diet or no diet, the UK printing industry will be somewhat slimmer in 2009. But will it be any healthier?

Print must avoid the commodity trap

While researching the history of print management for the recent Stationers' debate on the future of print procurement, I asked Astron founder David Mitchell, one of the pioneers of print management (or to give it his preferred name 'business process outsourcing') about the genesis of his firm and the sub-sequent development of the print management phenomenon. The roots of Astron lie in the last UK-wide recession in the early 1990s, and ultimately back to Black Wednesday more than 20 years ago.

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