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Britain’s printing greats

Brits may not have been first off the mark in print, in comparison with some of our neighbours, but their contribution to the craft has nevertheless been great

Indecent proposal

Considering the impact of coronavirus, it seems that issues relating to sexual harassment in the workplace belong to a different time. But just because coronavirus is more pressing doesn’t mean that they’ve gone away – even with the likely absence of Christmas parties and associated perils this year.

Managing perfection

So much has been written about the art of management that an individual looking to improve their knowledge with a purchase from Amazon had better become a speed reader or know how to narrow a search down. With more 90,000 books on the topic it’s clear that some think they have knowledge to impart.

Q&A: Patrick Roberts, independent sales consultant

It’s been a landmark year for Patrick, who has spent a whopping 50 years in print. In 1970 he worked as a bench hand for Ward Printing and then became a production trainee at The Longman Group (now Pearson Educational).

You’re hired!

Lord Sugar and Donald Trump may have popularised the term ‘apprentice’ and ‘you’re fired’, but there’s much more to the concept. Implemented well, with of course, willing candidates, apprenticeships are a great entrée into the worlds of learning and work.

60 seconds with Cliftons

Cliftons managing director Tim Clifton started the trade print finishing business in 1998 with his father John. “I had been in repro for 10 years and was in Australia at the time when I received a phone call from him to say an opportunity to purchase a company had arisen and was I interested… beach or Tottenham? Silly me!”

Q&A: Ian Doel, owner, Freelance Print Staff

Ian is 47 and has been in print since he was 16, starting off with a print apprenticeship. Of the industry he says: “I love it, so many great people.” He lives with his two children in Southsea and his hobbies include “anything active”.

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.

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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