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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.

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.

Happiness: the greatest gift that we possess

A healthy bottom line isn’t everything. Another way of checking the health of your company is to study the faces of your staff, according to Baker Labels’ chief happiness officer Mandy Baker. Look after your staff and they will look after your business, she says.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

Taking the community to heart

Scarborough isnt at the end of the universe, but its pretty close, jokes Pindar group marketing director David Jesson. But his quip is a respectful one: over the past 130-odd years, as one of the seaside towns major employers, Pindar has done more than most to improve the areas quality of life and the prospects of its employees. The groups CSR activities a programme that extends to all 5,000 Pindar employees in sites across the world netted Pindar the Printing World BPIF Excellence Award last year.

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