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60 seconds with Diguru

Diguru started back in 2010 with the aim of delivering a diverse range of printing services, quickly, efficiently and to the highest quality. The firm’s focus was to offer three key services to clients, wide-format, digital printing and lithographic printing, all under one roof.

‘It’s about how you change and adapt’

Almost 10 years ago to the day, Bluetree managing director Adam Carnell and fellow director and founder James Kinsella set up their online print shop in a borrowed office with a bank of inkjets from PC World.

60 seconds with DXG Media

DXG Media was founded in 2001 by proprietor Duarte Goncalves. His aim was to create a premium print company with a customer-focused attitude.

When ROI matters direct mail delivers

In July, well before the peak autumn period, PrintWeek partnered with Konica Minolta to pull together some of the leading lights in direct mail and discuss some of the key challenges and opportunities in the sector.

60 seconds with Bluestar Print Finishers

Bluestar started in 1998 when MD Lee Harvey (pictured, right, with operator Ian Richardson) decided that after working as a manager for a few firms, he needed to do something more. “I approached a few printing companies and got their support and so Bluestar was born.”

60 seconds with… Ditto 4 Design

In 2002, Ron Fothergill was working in a Blues Brothers show. “Many of the acts we worked asked us to design their posters and leaflets. We saw an opportunity and started off running two machines in our dining room with finishing in the garage.” Ron’s long-suffering wife and partner Lindsay said “enough!” when a third machine appeared in the kitchen! The firm moved into more suitable premises where it continues to thrive.

Q&A: Chris Kingston Director, Fingerprints Design and We Fly Drones

You might recognise Chris from his recent appearance in illusionist Derren Brown’s Pushed to the Edge TV show, where we’re happy to report he refused to push a man off a building to his death. Phew! Chris is approaching the big 3-0 and has been in the print game for about 10 years.

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.

60-seconds with TT Litho

Established in 1975 by the Fogarty family, TT Litho Printers has been established for over 40 years and has a reputation for high quality service. Starting out in a shed in the late Tom Fogarty’s mother’s back garden, second generation director Lucy Fogarty has overseen the company’s recent acquisition of a new five-colour B2 Ryobi 765E and relocation to larger premises.

Part-timers provide full-time benefits

Many print businesses use temporary workers and there are many reasons for doing so. Seasonal peaks in demand, new clients or unexpected orders, cover for full-time staff absence, boosting capacity in the short term after a machine breakdown – these situations and more may drive the need to dip into the temporary talent pool.

60 seconds with Warwick Printing

It’s a double celebration for Warwick Printing Company, which is marking both its 70th anniversary and 30 years under the current ownership. The firm was established in 1946 by Moric Schwarz, a Czechoslovakian Jew who escaped to England during the Second World War. The bulk of its early work was for the thriving Midlands motor vehicle industry. In 1974, John Young joined the firm as general manager and in 1986 he bought the business in an MBO. The firm has a favourite colour – green – and is always keen to support local events. It is sponsoring the Leamington Spa Regency Run for the third year, with a team of 12 staff running and others providing teas and coffees at the end of the race.

Q&A: Francis Atterbury Partner, Hurtwood Press

Francis was, literally, born into the industry. Having swerved a potential career in house sales, he has worked in print for over 35 years and now heads up print and book production consultancy Hurtwood together with wife and business partner Jo Hilton.

Set your pay schemes to suit your sales strategy

For years the tried and trusted method print bosses used to motivate their sales staff was the ‘carrot and stick’ approach: the promise of cold hard cash if certain performance-related targets were hit during a set period of time was a great motivational tool for sales animals, who also knew they would be out the door if they failed.

60 seconds with Battlefield Printing Group

Battlefield Printing Group started out 25 years ago with a Multilith press in the company owner’s garage. It quickly became known as the ‘friendly print and copy shop’ and built a reputation in Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.

Unshackle your speed from your slowest process

Alex Rogo is a harried plant manager working ever more desperately to try to improve performance. His factory is rapidly heading for disaster. So is his marriage. He has 90 days to save his plant or it will be closed by corporate HQ, with hundreds of job losses. It takes a chance meeting with a colleague from his student days, Jonah, to help him see what needs to be done.

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