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The new face of recruitment

The adoption of technology is relentless, but businesses – and that technology – still need people. Whether it’s for management, the shop floor, accounts or deliveries, people make the world go around as much as money.

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.

Grow your inner talent

A mentor is someone who sees more talent and ability within you, than you see in yourself, and helps bring it out of you.” These are the words of Bob Proctor, the legendary American business coach, author and consultant. Proctor, who has worked with organisations and individuals around the globe, believes everyone should have a mentor to help them to unleash their inner talent.

60 seconds with Adverset

Adverset began life in 1989 as a design and advertising studio and was one of the first firms in the UK to embrace Apple. “Our first Mac was the original Mac Plus. At the time monitors only had black and white capability,” says managing director John Easby.

In sickness & in health

We as humans are prone to disease, illness and injury but thankfully we tend to recover. However, in the intervening time we leave others to pick up the pieces causing inconvenience for friends and family, and for businesses, staffing problems.

Q&A: Derek Maskell, sales consultant, Interket

Derek is bowing out and retires this month after more than 50 years in the industry. He’s 73 and has been in print-related employment since 1966. He’s married to Donna with two children and three grandchildren, and his hobbies include following horse racing and enjoying regular holidays in southern Spain.

60 seconds with Windles Group

Bruce Podmore, Windles founder and managing director, started out printing in a shed in Aylesbury. Originally printing on a two-unit machine, his business grew quickly and in 1984 he joined forces with his late father.

60 seconds with Ignite Print

Ignite Print CEO Hickesh Mehta says that it’s “quite nostalgic thinking back to when Ignite Print first started out”. “We officially launched in 2010 as a small family business operating out of my parents’ garage.

60 seconds with Crescent Press

Founded in 1997, Crescent Press has built a reputation serving advertising agencies, creatives and print management firms across the UK. Initially a Birmingham-based litho printer, 2010 saw the company relocate to Solihull in the West Midlands.

Rising star: James Taylor Printer, Bell & Bain

James is 22 and started working in the industry just over three years ago, at Glasgow book and journal printer Bell & Bain. Earlier this year he won Apprentice of the Year at Print Scotland’s annual apprentice awards.

"It has been a long but very enjoyable journey”

Over the summer Precision Colour Printing managing director Alex Evans announced he would be standing down from his role in February next year, after a near 40-year career at the Telford web offset printer and its parent group.

Q&A: Andy Stevens, head of client services, VR Print

Andy has been in print for over 35 years. In that time he’s been agency side, worked in publishing, design, print management and is now back in manufacturing. He’s married with five boys and lives in the Kent countryside. “My passion is music and I play guitar in a local band, playing as often as possible,” he says

60 seconds with Aura Print

Aura Print began with director Liam Smith printing for local businesses from the basement of his home in 2007. Originally it was mainly flyers and business cards but the offering grew as more machinery was purchased.

60 seconds with Colour Connection

Starting out in 1982 as a small, family run print shop, managing director Richard Currie (pictured) says Colour Connection has been committed to providing a bespoke design and print service to organisations across the county for over three decades.

60 seconds with Future Print Leeds

Future Print Leeds evolved in January 2016 when managing director Tim Roberts and design director Rob Dawson decided to go it alone after the owner of the firm they previously worked at passed away. Roberts (pictured) says the firm has since gone from strength-to-strength.

‘It’s about how you change and adapt’

Almost 10 years ago to the day, Bluetree managing director Adam Carnell and fellow director and founder James Kinsella set up their online print shop in a borrowed office with a bank of inkjets from PC World.

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