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Killer app: H&H Reeds plays a blinder and nets top Carlisle FC programme

Saturday 3 October was a momentous day for fans of EFL League Two clubs Carlisle United FC and Barrow AFC, marking the first time the teams had met since 1964. A suitably special programme was required for the long-awaited Cumbrian derby and Carlisle United turned to longstanding printer H&H Reeds to assist.

Apprenticeships for growth

When the management of Worcestershire-based Blue Print Direct Mail set its eyes on a new period of growth for the business, nearly six years ago, it was to form part of a bigger picture.

Being the boss in unprecedented times, part 2

Part two of our special feature asking industry MDs and CEOs to share their experiences of being a business leader in unprecedented times and their strategies for handling the Covid crisis, both professionally and personally.

Foul play

The tales of espionage conjured up by John le Carré are without doubt fiction based on fact. But in the real world, businesses and their owners have been seeking to gain the upper hand over rivals for eons. It’s just that modern technology has made the process so much simpler.

The revenge of the engineers

At the Drupa of 20 years ago a new British finishing manufacturer appeared on the Océ stand, seemingly out of nowhere, demonstrating a new concept of saddle stitching inline with Océ’s VarioStream continuous-feed digital presses.

Claw back what’s rightfully yours

We’re in trying times and firms looking to drag in what they’re owed are struggling. If getting paid in normal times was tricky print is now having to up its game just to stand still.

Secondhand in big demand

Since the last recession secondhand equipment has become a popular option for many printers. Buying secondhand minimises investment risks and enables printers to buy kit at a price that might otherwise have been outside their financial reach.

Overmatter: cut-out companions

Could 2020 be the year of the ‘sit-ee’? We’ve seen empty football stadiums populated with cut-outs of supporters while fans are forced to stay away from games, is the dinner table next?

Me & my: Agfa Anapurna H2500i LED

In a normal year Southend-based Solopress would be churning out between 2,000 to 3,000 orders per day, depending on seasonality. These orders could be anything from 100,000 leaflets, a single roller banner or 100 business cards.

60 seconds with Cliftons

Cliftons managing director Tim Clifton started the trade print finishing business in 1998 with his father John. “I had been in repro for 10 years and was in Australia at the time when I received a phone call from him to say an opportunity to purchase a company had arisen and was I interested… beach or Tottenham? Silly me!”

Print powers through

It can be difficult to find things to celebrate in the current climate, but the Power of Print conference is celebrating its 10th birthday with this year’s event – and it really is a celebration. Print’s power will be more important than ever, in the coming months, in helping economies around the world recover from the effects of the pandemic.

Set out to achieve the highest standards

Since joining commercial printer Anglia Print in 2002, ardent eco campaigner John Popely has made it his mission to shape a business with as little negative environmental impact as possible.

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.

Mercian delivers a natural solution for eco brewer

Hobsons Brewery’s very own wind turbine, Windy Wendy, powers around a third of its requirements while solar panels and other technologies, plus the use of locally sourced ingredients and suppliers wherever they can, enable the brewery to perform as sustainably as possible.

Q&A: Ian Doel, owner, Freelance Print Staff

Ian is 47 and has been in print since he was 16, starting off with a print apprenticeship. Of the industry he says: “I love it, so many great people.” He lives with his two children in Southsea and his hobbies include “anything active”.

Extraordinary measures for extraordinary events

Coronavirus is an extraordinary event. While some sectors have done well in the downturn – video conferencing, online retail and groceries to name but a few – print, in some sectors at least, has had its share of problems but is coping.

A question of necessity

The human body is an organic marvel, able to cope with so much. But Covid-19, as a new virus from which there is very little immunity, has wrought havoc. And not just on people, but on personal freedoms, businesses and economies. It has thrown governments into a state of flux and stalled so much growth.

Getting away from it all

Generous holiday entitlement is one of the most valuable rewards an employer can give and while the law demands a statutory minimum, many employees receive a contractual right to more. But despite the law being quite clear on the subject, and been clarified in recent years by test cases, employers still make plenty of mistakes in calculations of leave and pay.

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