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Me & My: Duplo PFi Blade

BCA Group in Enfield is a long-established family printing business that’s managed to adapt to changing times and fortunes for more than four decades. First set up in 1980 by Brian Cottee, it’s currently a two-person company owned and run by his son Mark who joined the business in 1984.

60 seconds with Imprint Digital 

Keith Sutherland started the firm that became Imprint Digital in 1972 when he was “thrown out of university for failing to do any work on my Masters’ degree”. This was because he was also organising a major campaign for a charity which needed a lot of printed material “so I leased a little Gestetner offset press. Once the campaign was over I had to take on commercial work just to pay the lease!”

The new face of recruitment

The adoption of technology is relentless, but businesses – and that technology – still need people. Whether it’s for management, the shop floor, accounts or deliveries, people make the world go around as much as money.

Reputation rescue

Reputations, like trust, are hard to earn and easy to lose. Threats to a reputation come in many forms – rivals making underhand allegations, activity by state-run organs and malevolence in elements of the press.

Me & my: Tekcel EXR

Upgrading its router has not only made H&H Reeds faster and more flexible, it has made the company a nicer place to work too.

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.

No jab, no job?

Just over a year ago, Covid-19 developed from a localised outbreak in a Chinese province to a global pandemic.

Q&A: Heather Davies, finance director, Fuller Davies

Heather retired in mid-April, having worked at Ipswich-based Fuller Davies since the firm’s inception some “35-plus years ago”. Her retirement plans include “spending special time with my three grandchildren”, quite possibly while listening to some classic ’70s pop.

Reward and prosper

Incentive programmes are common practice for improving performance, but how successful they are will depend on how much thought goes into their setup.

Me & my: Kolbus PE 312

With a heritage that stretches back 200 years, FLB Group puts quality first and found this machine matched all its KPIs.

Star product: Highcon Beam 2

Due to make a star appearance at Drupa 2020, the latest of Highcon’s laser-based B1 digital cutting and creasing machines features improved productivity and a more user-friendly interface.

All dressed up with somewhere to go

There’s a lot of tax law regarding work uniforms – not least of all, what exactly constitutes a uniform. If your staff wear one, you need to know where you stand.

Keeping it all running

While an older machine might still be the perfect tool for a particular job, they are more prone to breakdown, and finding parts will only get harder and harder.

60 seconds with Apprintable

Apprintable was conceived in spring 2015 when co-founder and managing director Peter Haddad noticed a “huge gap in the print market” while at university.

Busted: 10 myths in employment law

There is a lot of scope for confusion on the rights and obligations of employers, so Printweek asked two employment lawyers to list the five top misconceptions.

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