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Fire preparedness is a burning issue

In ancient Greek and Roman tradition, fire was one of the four elements alongside earth, water and air that were used to explain the nature and complexity of matter. But irrespective of how it’s considered, fire, when it strikes, can devastate a business.

Scales of justice are rebalanced in favour of employees

A decision handed down by the Supreme Court at the end of July has changed the employment law landscape. A fees-based regime instituted by the government that was intended to reduce the number of claims brought by employees was ruled unlawful.

Set out to achieve a high standard

It is one of the most widely used quality standards across the world and can not only help you increase business efficiency but boost customer satisfaction and help your company eke out competitive advantage. The ISO 9001 will tell you, among other things, how to standardise that print order form, exactly who signed it off, and, oh happy days, precisely where you can find it.

EU’s new data regs will have to be matched

Come what may with the Brexit negotiations, the UK government is set to implement the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) less than a year from now, on 25 May 2018. GDPR applies to all organisations handling the data of EU citizens, regulating how this data is collected, used and shared.

Switch on to smart energy and dial down your bills

Brexit is on the horizon, costs of energy are rising following the fall in sterling and an increase in taxation, and it appears that the UK’s energy generators can only just meet energy demands. It’s not hard to see why firms should be keenly aware of the impact of energy usage on their bottom line.

The positive effects of being neutral

Opting to go for carbon neutrality as a corporate goal is not to be taken lightly, says BrunelPrint commercial print director John Tugman. There is nothing neutral about such a move, demanding a rigorous review of your print business to assess whether it makes sense and what form it takes.

The five pillars of sustainable production

Green credentials are no longer simply an attractive business bolt-on. Companies in all sectors demonstrating a commitment to reducing their environmental impact not only enjoy reduced costs, an enhanced reputation and a competitive advantage, but are taking important steps to ensure the longevity of their business.

Do print industry standards stand up to the test?

When discussing the merits or otherwise of ISO standards for printers with participants in the printing industry, you end up getting into quite a few conversations that conclude that these badges of honour can be a little like Schrodinger’s cat.

Are bioplastics the complete green package, after all?

Bioplastics have come a long way since they were first marketed more than quarter of a century ago. What once began as a niche product with a very limited scope of application has burgeoned into a range of materials with properties that can be utilised by a variety of markets.

Weighing up your options in the great green paper debate

Twenty years ago forests around the world were in crisis: more than 200 million hectares were lost between 1980 and 1995 in developing countries alone. In response to this alarming trend, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) – a global alliance of governments, NGOs and paper and timber industry representatives – was created in 1993.

Ensure you keep your staff out of the danger zone

On the whole, print has a reasonably good safety record. According to the Health and Safety Executive’s (HSE) annual statistics, the printing sector has a lower accident rate than associated industries such as paper and board production.

Trading fair

Treating other people fairly is one of the pillars of a civilised society and while business is about competition, it’s important that everyone plays by the rules.

10 steps to reduce your carbon footprint

Environmental scientists are often reluctant to broadcast specific global temperature changes, largely due to the natural ebb and flow of climate conditions, but when temperature data from February this year smashed a century of records scientists were quick to reveal their horror, labelling the new record a “shocker” and warning of a “climate emergency”.

Sunny outlook for adopters of solar power

It was not so much a problem as the opportunity that prompted us,” says Dale Deacon, who will save his business tens of thousands of pounds every year after seizing that opportunity.

Why waste is a wasted opportunity

In recent years waste management has become a multibillion-pound industry. And print businesses like those in every other industry, perhaps more so than many others with its inks, chemicals, metals and other print-related materials, have had to implement new processes both to meet environmental regulations and best practice guidelines, but increasingly as part of their carefully premeditated waste strategies aimed at driving down costs.

ESOS: benefit or burden?

When the government first floated the idea of the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) back in 2012, it did so with the strap line: ‘Helping UK enterprises improve profitability through better information on how to save energy’.

Have we binned our commitment to recycled paper?

Recycling is something we all do so naturally now that we barely stop to think about it. All of us have at least two bins in our driveways, if not three or four, and we are far more conscious of the need to reduce, reuse and recycle our waste than at any other time in human history.

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