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60-seconds with TT Litho

Established in 1975 by the Fogarty family, TT Litho Printers has been established for over 40 years and has a reputation for high quality service. Starting out in a shed in the late Tom Fogarty’s mother’s back garden, second generation director Lucy Fogarty has overseen the company’s recent acquisition of a new five-colour B2 Ryobi 765E and relocation to larger premises.

Part-timers provide full-time benefits

Many print businesses use temporary workers and there are many reasons for doing so. Seasonal peaks in demand, new clients or unexpected orders, cover for full-time staff absence, boosting capacity in the short term after a machine breakdown – these situations and more may drive the need to dip into the temporary talent pool.

60 seconds with Warwick Printing

It’s a double celebration for Warwick Printing Company, which is marking both its 70th anniversary and 30 years under the current ownership. The firm was established in 1946 by Moric Schwarz, a Czechoslovakian Jew who escaped to England during the Second World War. The bulk of its early work was for the thriving Midlands motor vehicle industry. In 1974, John Young joined the firm as general manager and in 1986 he bought the business in an MBO. The firm has a favourite colour – green – and is always keen to support local events. It is sponsoring the Leamington Spa Regency Run for the third year, with a team of 12 staff running and others providing teas and coffees at the end of the race.

Q&A: Francis Atterbury Partner, Hurtwood Press

Francis was, literally, born into the industry. Having swerved a potential career in house sales, he has worked in print for over 35 years and now heads up print and book production consultancy Hurtwood together with wife and business partner Jo Hilton.

Set your pay schemes to suit your sales strategy

For years the tried and trusted method print bosses used to motivate their sales staff was the ‘carrot and stick’ approach: the promise of cold hard cash if certain performance-related targets were hit during a set period of time was a great motivational tool for sales animals, who also knew they would be out the door if they failed.

60 seconds with Battlefield Printing Group

Battlefield Printing Group started out 25 years ago with a Multilith press in the company owner’s garage. It quickly became known as the ‘friendly print and copy shop’ and built a reputation in Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.

Unshackle your speed from your slowest process

Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try to improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has 90 days to save his plant or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a colleague from his student days, Jonah, to help him see what needs to be done.

60 seconds with Victoire Press

Victoire Press was formed in 1990 by Howard Seaber-Shinn and Tony Elliott, through an MBO of the Cambridgeshire County council print department. They moved it to Bar Hill, along with eight members of staff. 25 years on much has changed, but the Victoire team’s passion for print is just as strong

60 seconds with Hammond Bindery

Trade binding specialist Hammond Bindery was founded in 1976, and then acquired by long-established printer H Charlesworth & Co in the early 1980s.

Q&A: Daniel Reed Designer, The Cafeteria Studio

Sheffield-based Daniel specialises in design and typography, and his enthusiasm for all things print-related is such that outside of his day job he works on other projects and has created four new typefaces including Incido, which is made up entirely of straight lines (see daniel-reed.co.uk).

Staff perks can be mutually beneficial

While signs that the UK economy is beginning to demonstrate sustainable growth are clearly welcome, most printers are still too conscious of the need to control costs to welcome the idea of stumping up for additional employee benefits. Indeed, this was never an area the industry excelled in even before the economic downturn.

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