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60 seconds with Trade Canvas Print

Trade Canvas Print began life in 2005 “a bit by accident”. Managing director Ben Fecci had a knee operation which didn’t go to plan, which meant he had a lot of time on his hands but limited mobility.

Being the boss in unprecedented times

When it’s very, very tough at the top. Part one of a two-part special feature where a variety of industry MDs and CEOs share their experiences of being a business leader during an unprecedented period of dramatic disruption.

Estimable estimators

In the late 1970s print estimators worked with the original spreadsheets, which were large sheets of paper with printed grids that were filled in by hand with written instructions and calculations.

Only connect: pulling all the pieces together

It is the nature of a management information system that it has to connect with various other systems within a printing business from all sorts of vendors and across disciplines, from pre-press to accounts and shipping.

Built to last

In the old days, printing machines were made to last. They were cleaved from solid chunks of metal and essentially built like brick outhouses. Despite technological advances making many of these old machines essentially obsolete, many UK printers still use older equipment on a daily basis to complete all manner of different tasks.

Business Inspection: Make a strong recovery

In the late noughties, Mark Gray was running a profitable Manchester print business producing educational material, but with the market flagging due to new technological capabilities in schools, Gray was on the lookout to join forces with another print entity in a bid to combine offers and diversify.

Going greener: 10 top tips

There was a time during the last decade when carbon footprint reduction seemed to be the primary topic of conversation in the print industry, with recyclables, chemicals and shifts to new, greener machinery seeming to dominate industry discussion.

Commission accomplished

Every commercial operation needs good salespeople if they are to sell their products, but while pay can be easier to set for some employees, it has been notoriously difficult to create a commission scheme for salespeople that works for employer and employee alike.

Contract killers

Deals are done every minute of the day and every day of the week; some informal, others by written contract. Most are carried out seamlessly, but there are occasions where agreements fall apart leading to acrimony. It’s at times like this that contracts take centre stage to check on exactly what was agreed.

Coronavirus survival guide, part one: Contracts

As Covid-19 continues to force the world into isolation, Printweek examines three key issues for management and finds advice on how to mitigate the impact of coronavirus. Part one is on removing risk from contracts.

60 seconds with Apple Binding

Apple Binding was formed in 1994 by Kate and Jon Luke. As Kate explains: “We were always looking for a business opportunity. Jon was a commercial diver and I was a print rep. I needed to get a book Wire-O bound and I had to wait six weeks to get the book finished. I thought there may have been a hole in the market. So we did a little research, and decided to have a go.”

Lifesaver business apps

There is a huge range of apps available to help with running a company, but which ones will make a positive contribution to your business?

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