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Can paper replace fantastic plastic?

We’re just a month and a half into 2018 and the packaging industry’s sustainability agenda has been firmly set for the forthcoming year – and indeed beyond.

Old-school schemes find favour with a new generation

Ink-stained apprentices were a feature of the printing trade for centuries. At least three US presidents – Thomas Jefferson, Warren Harding and Lyndon Johnson – worked as so-called ‘printer’s devils’ in their younger years. Other famous one-time devils include Benjamin Franklin and Mark Twain.

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.

Can ISO 15339 deliver on cross-process promise?

Colour is the lifeblood of any self-respecting printer. And so any opportunity to further assure all colour is exactly as it should be –particularly where the printer is dealing with highly sensitive brand-matching jobs – will hopefully be gratefully snapped up.

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.

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.

Grow a greener business from the ground up

After his vegetarian breakfast Gary Toomey mounts his bicycle and pedals the seven miles to his business. He’s new to this game. Not healthy, meat-free living, but launching a web-to-print firm.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Know your regulation

Catherine Wilson and Jamie Kunz, of ENDS Legal Compliance Manager, highlight some of the forthcoming legislation deadlines that printers need to familiarise themselves with

Innocent until proven guilty

When the national press gets its teeth into something, it rarely lets go and over the past few months, packaging has been one of its favourite targets for scorn. Newspapers such as the Daily Mail and, in particular, The Independent have been laying into packaging, claiming theres simply too much of it and it is having a disastrous impact on the environment. This sensationalist reporting seems to be having the desired effect a major problem for the packaging industry.

Make sure your people know where they stand

Employees not only form the core of a business, they are also one of the biggest fixed costs it will have. With access to the innermost corporate secrets and the ability to make or break a firm, having properly drafted contracts in place is critical to success – and survival.

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