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Internships can deliver much more than just the tea

From Monica Lewinsky and that infamous cigar, to the ongoing debate around cheap or even unpaid labour, the subject of internships can be controversial. There have been plenty of headlines in recent months about companies exploiting interns by paying them a pittance or nothing at all.

Strengthening the FSC chain could lose it valuable links

FSC – not, most would agree, the most popular acronym in print. The majority of printers of course wholeheartedly support the organisation’s ethos and are more than happy that the majority of papers they and their customers like to use now come with this sustainability stamp of approval.

The writing is on the wall for unsafe sign installations

It’s a situation so horrendous it hardly bears thinking about. Just over a year ago, a man was killed in Camden by a falling shop front hoarding. Without even taking into account the sizeable fines likely to be imposed should the sign installer be found culpable, such loss of life is of course every sign owner and sign installer’s worst nightmare.

Smart kit for eco-friendly operations

Talk of becoming more environmentally friendly and energy efficient can conjure up somewhat daunting images for printers. Becoming the proud owner of swathes of solar panels or a rolling wind farm all sounds great in theory, but won’t be within everyone’s budgets.

Ink makers pledge: you can have it all

The favourite phrase of mums everywhere: ‘you can’t have everything’. Or sometimes: ‘you can’t have your cake and eat it.’ Until recently this was also a favourite of wide-format kit vendors, in relation to ink choice.

Don't throw away your tax comeback

Deficits, cuts and public spending have been the defining topic of political discourse in post-crunch Britain, which means the subject of taxation is never far behind.

Timber regulations turn over a new leaf

That nothing even closely resembling the new EU Timber Regulations (EUTR) existed before they were launched in March, is kind of surprising. Most would probably have assumed that introducing illegally logged timber to the EU market had always been a criminal offence. But this wasn't the case.

Don't fall victim to workplace hazards

Red tape. Definitely something that features prominently on printers' top-five-things-to-grumble-about lists. And yet seemingly overly prescriptive government legislation is often there for good reason. And nowhere is this more the case than when it comes to health and safety.

UK employers need to get clued up on pension obligations

Retiring to the Costa Blanca, becoming a golf pro, turning a small back lawn into a veritable Kew Gardens. All visions that have for most people of late, begun to seem rather distant and ambitious thanks to austerity economics and talk of capping the state pension.

Learning to be a better people person

Say the words 'performance management' to a print boss and chances are you'll be greeted by a detailed account of exactly how they have ensured productivity on their latest treasured printing machine. What they probably won't be particularly knowledgeable about, or indeed particularly keen on, is this term's relevance to how they treat their staff.

Are you prepared for the new tax timetable?

Rather than allowing employers to submit annual PAYE accounts, like they used to, HMRC is about to demand that they upload details every time they pay someone, starting from this month's payday.

Environmental glossary

As everyone's favourite long-suffering frog once said: it's not easy being green. And Kermit doesn't even have to contend with the reams of red tape, bamboozling terms and minefield of accreditation acronyms that today's printer must battle with.

Improving the outlook for carbon reduction costs

Who wants to save money while also saving the planet? The answer, most would firmly agree, is everyone. And printers are certainly no exception. Which is why signing up to the BPIF's Climate Change Levy Reduction scheme, newly revised and ready for its next phase, seems at first glance to be something of a no-brainer.

Eco-packaging is not yesterday's news

When it comes to decisions made in the retail sector, the consumer is king. At the merest whiff of a change in trends, the whole supply chain gears itself to meet the shift.

Recycling is not easy, but it's always possible

When a supplier says a material is 'recyclable', verbally or through this being noted on the product's data sheet, two things will happen. Firstly, if the printer has been keeping abreast of the debate surrounding print waste disposal, they will, quite rightly and understandably, have pound signs flashing in their eyes.

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