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There is no Plan B

While some decry the concept of climate change, the reality – no matter what is happening – is that there is but one Earth and we have a duty to protect it as best as we can. There is, very simply, no Plan B.

Set out to achieve the highest standards

Since joining commercial printer Anglia Print in 2002, ardent eco campaigner John Popely has made it his mission to shape a business with as little negative environmental impact as possible.

Going greener: 10 top tips

There was a time during the last decade when carbon footprint reduction seemed to be the primary topic of conversation in the print industry, with recyclables, chemicals and shifts to new, greener machinery seeming to dominate industry discussion.

Packaging Innovations: Broadening the debate

You can’t talk about packaging these days without being keenly aware that there is an impassioned and important debate about its impact – particularly plastic packaging – on the environment, and measures to reuse, reduce and remove it from the supply chain.

Wear your heart on your print

When February rolls around it means only one thing in the world of retail: shelves and rails filled with products covered in hearts and flowers.

Paper tigers

These are changing times for pulp and paper makers. While mill and machinery closures across Europe and the UK have resulted in shrinking capacity, particularly for graphical paper grades, this has been offset by a shift in manufacturing focus.

Security gets tougher for online sales

Europe has, for some time, been worried about the problem of card fraud. As part of the fight back, a new process known as Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) made under the Revised Directive on Payment Services (PSD2) will be in place.

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.

Setting a higher standard for others to follow

One reason Imprint is good at exploiting business opportunities is because it never exploits people. The large-format company owned by Pureprint recently became a member of the ethical supplier register Sedex.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Everyone loves a good Christmas party and a well-planned corporate gathering can do wonders for morale. But as headlines have shown, employers are becoming increasingly alive to the risks they face from the simple act of trying to reward staff.

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.

What printers can do to recycle waste

The UK is the world’s fifth largest manufacturer of printed products, and while there aren’t any statistics to indicate the level of overall material consumption in the industry, it is probably safe to assume that it’s a significant amount. As such, it’s responsible for a correspondingly high volume of waste – and it’s only in recent times, over the last decade or so, that the majority of it has been recycled.

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.

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.

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