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Clarity is key when it comes to driving change

Celebrating 50 years of operation this year, Southend-based Formara Print & Marketing has, incredibly, come through the past 12 months unscathed. Stronger even. But over the past two decades the road for the SME print firm has at times been pretty bumpy and its success is a testament to the leadership and focus of managing director Phil Wilce and his team.

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.

Keep it in the family

In 2004 the sales manager of the then named Bristol-based Baronial Labels, Paul Stokes, undertook a management buyout of the business along with his co-workers.

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.

Two become one: bringing teams together

Resource had already taken the organic route to growth through smart investment and operational excellence. So the next logical step was to seek an acquisition that would allow the company to diversify its business model and provide scope for future opportunity and growth.

Time, effort and dedication leads to excellence

It was almost off the scale. DCB Group recently scored 96% in the BPIF’s Seal of Excellence following extensive checks that culminated in not one but three seals of excellence – in health and safety, the environment and human resources – for this year alone.

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.

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.

Acquiring a new outfit to produce new outfits

It was the right time for Keith Boyce. And it was the right place for his latest takeover target. The print managing director wanted to buy a business to expand the capabilities of one of the UK’s most successful companies in the Minuteman Press franchise.

Agile printers can make the world their oyster

This is the fourth industrial revolution, says Andy Cork from his hyper-connected printing operation. As such its engine room is powered neither by manufacturing nor automation, but silent software – connecting, analysing, optimising. “And that is very powerful,” he says.

Snatch success from the jaws of failure

His first response was stark: “Oh my god, what are we going to do?” Claremon managing director John Conroy had just been told his neighbouring print company, Wheelden Print, had gone out of business.

‘Exploding’ sales flagged up need for more space

Iain Clasper-Cotte took the urgent call at 5.30pm. And less than 24 hours later his relieved client took delivery of the job: high-definition tension fabrics for 30 shops. This was just one of eight urgent orders in a single day last week from major clients of Northern Flags.

Better control of downtime ups productivity

When Adam Walker joined Precision Colour Printing (PCP) as head of operations three years ago, the company was busy and successful, but aware that its maintenance practices were not serving it as well as they might.

Make printing easy for your customers

No clutter. No pop-ups. No up-sells. No cross-sells. No information overload. Back in December web-to-print business Printed Easy went live with a new-look customer-focused website that said ‘no’ to all those things, and many more of those annoying web ticks.

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