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Top marks: how printers can be five-star performers

Everybody makes mistakes, but for a market where margins are already supermodel slim, even the smallest of errors can have a big impact on profitability.

Build sustainable growth with a tighter focus

The direct mail sector, like much of the printing industry, can’t claim to have had the easiest of times in recent years.

Avoid bungs or risk going down the plughole

Bribery is a global issue and one the UK generally fares well in combatting.

The brains of your printing business

UK printers first started using management information systems (MIS) in the 1980s. At the time the software was pretty rudimentary, recalls Keith McMurtrie, managing director at Tharstern, who describes those early systems as “barely more than a calculator”.

PDF 2.0: Scene-setter, not a game-changer

After 10 years in the making, it looks like PDF 2.0 will finally reach real world users in the next year or so. Since the 1990s PDF has been the dominant format used to deliver document files for printing.

New leadership sets out targets for growth

Signs Express rates itself the largest sign company in the UK and Ireland, with more centres than any other business in the industry.

Understand your own value and clients’ needs

It’s a familiar refrain. The customer tells you they consider their suppliers to be ‘partners’. Yet when it comes to the crunch, their priority appears to be screwing you down in price to get the job done for the lowest possible cost.

Cool heads keep sector calm under pressure

In the world of report and accounts production, R&A could just as well stand for ‘reliable and accurate’ as that’s exactly what printers who operate in this space need to be.

Agile printers can make the world their oyster

This is the fourth industrial revolution, says Andy Cork from his hyper-connected printing operation. As such its engine room is powered neither by manufacturing nor automation, but silent software – connecting, analysing, optimising. “And that is very powerful,” he says.

Sparkling moments in print’s history

The UK printing industry’s favourite magazine launched in 1958 as The Litho Printer and, via a number of different guises, has for the past six decades covered every technological development; every merger; every brilliant start-up and every sad demise; and the careers of every ‘diamond geezer’ in the industry (as well as a few dodgy ones).

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