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Scoring a line (of credit)

Bread, dough, moolah, dollar, cash – call it what you want – we all have a need and use for it. While the physical is clearly giving way to the digital, money as a medium of exchange, in whatever form, does still make the world go around.

Establishing a pied-à-terre

For any business, the decision to expand into a new region is one that needs a fair amount of research and questions answered before the wheels can be set in motion. What region? What’s the customer potential? What sort of presence is needed? Premises or no premises? New staff or relocate a team? What’s the budget? And so on…

Packaging Innovations: Broadening the debate

You can’t talk about packaging these days without being keenly aware that there is an impassioned and important debate about its impact – particularly plastic packaging – on the environment, and measures to reuse, reduce and remove it from the supply chain.

Milestones in inkjet

Of all the different print technologies currently in use, inkjet is probably the most interesting for its sheer versatility, working across documents and wide-format, labels and packaging and even 3D printing. The technology has evolved gradually over several decades and in this story we chart some of the major milestones.

Training tracks

Print business owners face a major dilemma. There is currently a significant skills shortage within the industry, which has a rapidly ageing workforce. There is also a lack of young people entering the sector to redress the balance. This combination of factors creates a conundrum for print business owners.

Best of British: A focus on innovation

Garage start-ups leading to greater things are legendary in the US tech sector – Hewlett-Packard in 1938 and Apple in 1976 are genuine examples – but tend to be rarer in the UK. However, one example of it happening for real is Focus Label Machinery, though maybe not with the same highs and lows as the US giants.

Charlesworth reproduces Insta’s capital hotspots in book form

An enduringly popular festive gift, book sales routinely go through the roof in the run-up to Christmas and publishers do their best to ensure that all tastes are catered for, even those that primarily live their life online and have little time for the printed word.

Wear your heart on your print

When February rolls around it means only one thing in the world of retail: shelves and rails filled with products covered in hearts and flowers.

Taming colour’s Wild West

Most wide-format printers are capable of producing a very wide colour gamut so that it’s relatively easy to print a pleasing image with vibrant colours that appear to be just what the client ordered. That said, most wide-format users are working with a wide variety of different media, each with their own characteristics, so it’s essential to use ICC profiles to put down the optimum amount of ink to ensure consistent output.

Copyright or wrong?

Ideas are the stuff of life for any business worth its salt. But of all the legal means of protecting ideas – trademark, patent and copyright – it’s the last which is so easy to breach, either deliberately or accidentally.

Keeping it in the family

They say that you can choose your friends but not your family. While that is true, there is no pre-ordained requirement to run a business with your family, and there might well be good reasons not to – and yet still plenty of people choose to.

Best of British: Purveyors of fantastic plastics

Brett Martin is a long-established specialist in plastics that are used around the world in a wide range of applications. Its sheet plastics division makes materials such as foamboard, PET and acrylics, are used in print-related applications in sign, display and related work.

60 seconds with Adverset

Adverset began life in 1989 as a design and advertising studio and was one of the first firms in the UK to embrace Apple. “Our first Mac was the original Mac Plus. At the time monitors only had black and white capability,” says managing director John Easby.

In sickness & in health

We as humans are prone to disease, illness and injury but thankfully we tend to recover. However, in the intervening time we leave others to pick up the pieces causing inconvenience for friends and family, and for businesses, staffing problems.

Q&A: Nick Wilson, commercial director, DG3/Leycol

Goalkeeping’s loss was print’s gain. Arsenal fan Nick is 32 and has spent 15 years in print. He was on Tottenham’s books as a kid, and then played semi-professional football subsequently while holding down the day job. Nick is married with two kids under the age of three, but still finds time for the odd round of golf.

How Charles Babbage invented computer printing

Sitting on an upper floor of the Science Museum in London are hulking metal examples of a Victorian mechanical computer age that never actually happened. These are the invention of Charles Babbage (1791-1871).

Me & my: Cron TP3632G+

Switching to processless plates has not only saved time and money for Isle of Wight printer Crossprint, but it keeps the pre-press operators happier too. They don’t have to wash the gunk out of chemical processors any more.

Me & my: Ricoh Pro C9210

At the beginning of this year Positive in Mitcham, south-west London, invested around £200,000 in three new major pieces of equipment.

Q&A: Derek Maskell, sales consultant, Interket

Derek is bowing out and retires this month after more than 50 years in the industry. He’s 73 and has been in print-related employment since 1966. He’s married to Donna with two children and three grandchildren, and his hobbies include following horse racing and enjoying regular holidays in southern Spain.

Keep it in the family

In 2004 the sales manager of the then named Bristol-based Baronial Labels, Paul Stokes, undertook a management buyout of the business along with his co-workers.

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