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Coping with your worst nightmare

Those images on Monday 28 December were horrifying, and remain unforgettable. Like most people, Chris Milner had been tuning into TV news channels over the Christmas period, gripped with cold fascination as the rising waters of flood-hit Britain made news headlines across the UK.

Skills still make an impression

It’s apt that halfway through his interview with PrintWeek Patrick Roe spots an old Field-Marshall tractor trundling past his office window. Once a farm staple in the 1940s, these days such machines are a rare sight.

The flexible friends who do a grand job

"I contacted these guys about some varsity jackets,” reads one client testimonial on the Custom Planet website. “They responded within the hour. I made payment on a Friday for 25 embroidered jackets and had them at my house by the following Thursday, which to my eyes is amazing.”

Building a viable business out of a Bedroom Project

When Ed Snelson ran a printed clothing business as part of a year-long Young Enterprise project at school it sparked the beginnings of an idea that years later would evolve to see the now 28-year old heading a £1.4m-turnover print business with a 16-strong workforce.

Business inspection: United we stand

Finding ‘the one’ can be tough. Digital tools like Tinder make casual hook-ups easy, however if you want a more deep and meaningful relationship, it’s often someone in your circle of friends that proves to be the perfect match. It’s less about sparks flying and more about a shared sensibility that can grow into something strong and long lasting.

Prepare the ground for a smooth handover

In June this year global packaging business, VPK Packaging Group announced the appointment of a new group managing director for its UK-based corrugated division, Rigid Containers.

How SMEs can help build a better world

In any given year, one in four people in the UK will experience a mental health problem, according to the Mental Health Foundation, something which the organisation flags up on 10 October each year, World Mental Health Day, to raise awareness and mobilise support.

Invest in your workforce of tomorrow

The managing director of KCS Print welcomed chancellor George Osborne’s recent boost for apprentices: a new levy to help large businesses spearhead a drive to increase numbers of apprentices. With Terrye Teverson, Osborne has found someone already in the driving seat.

Making a big splash in the local pond

A relatively simple way to both engage with potential clients and draw positive attention to a company is one that many business owners overlook. Getting involved with, and putting something back into, the local community on a regular basis can deliver rich rewards and help a small local firm to stand out from the crowd.

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