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Extraordinary measures for extraordinary events

Coronavirus is an extraordinary event. While some sectors have done well in the downturn – video conferencing, online retail and groceries to name but a few – print, in some sectors at least, has had its share of problems but is coping.

A question of necessity

The human body is an organic marvel, able to cope with so much. But Covid-19, as a new virus from which there is very little immunity, has wrought havoc. And not just on people, but on personal freedoms, businesses and economies. It has thrown governments into a state of flux and stalled so much growth.

Getting away from it all

Generous holiday entitlement is one of the most valuable rewards an employer can give and while the law demands a statutory minimum, many employees receive a contractual right to more. But despite the law being quite clear on the subject, and been clarified in recent years by test cases, employers still make plenty of mistakes in calculations of leave and pay.

60 seconds with Trade Canvas Print

Trade Canvas Print began life in 2005 “a bit by accident”. Managing director Ben Fecci had a knee operation which didn’t go to plan, which meant he had a lot of time on his hands but limited mobility.

Being the boss in unprecedented times

When it’s very, very tough at the top. Part one of a two-part special feature where a variety of industry MDs and CEOs share their experiences of being a business leader during an unprecedented period of dramatic disruption.

Estimable estimators

In the late 1970s print estimators worked with the original spreadsheets, which were large sheets of paper with printed grids that were filled in by hand with written instructions and calculations.

Only connect: pulling all the pieces together

It is the nature of a management information system that it has to connect with various other systems within a printing business from all sorts of vendors and across disciplines, from pre-press to accounts and shipping.

Built to last

In the old days, printing machines were made to last. They were cleaved from solid chunks of metal and essentially built like brick outhouses. Despite technological advances making many of these old machines essentially obsolete, many UK printers still use older equipment on a daily basis to complete all manner of different tasks.

Business Inspection: Make a strong recovery

In the late noughties, Mark Gray was running a profitable Manchester print business producing educational material, but with the market flagging due to new technological capabilities in schools, Gray was on the lookout to join forces with another print entity in a bid to combine offers and diversify.

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.

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.

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