Salford City Council Media City UK

December 31, 2009 by  

Funding has been secured to build a large 53,000ft Media Enterprise Centre (MEC) at Salford quays as part of its MediaCityUK development. The aim of the centre is to support and nurture new and existing media talent. The MEC is being financed by:

“£4.2 million from the European Regional Development Fund, £3.8 million from the NWDA and additional funding from Salford City Council”

The new centre will be able to offer a range of options to both individuals and businesses. There will be specialist training facilities, access to advisors from a range of agencies, access to the [Read more]

Health and safety event in Coatbridge

December 30, 2009 by  

Health and safety experts, Medway Safety, have organised an event which will take place on Wednesday 13th January 2010 at the HSS Supercentre in Coatbridge.

They call it the Silica Awareness Event which will be part of their Working Well Together series. The event is organised in conjunction with HSS Hire, who are providing a breakfast butty, as well as tea and coffee, for attendees.

The event deals with health and safety issues that will concern small companies, for example, typical small printing companies in Coatbridge.

The Health and Safety Executive will talk about Silica Awareness and issues like Working at Heights, Asbestos Awareness and Manual Handling. After the event, firms will be invited to enrol onto Medway’s contact list for future events.

Attendees will also be able to take away [Read more]

South Yorkshire Investment Fund

December 29, 2009 by  

The South Yorkshire Investment Fund is helping businesses in the region.

SYIF operate a Mentorbank scheme, which gives access to business mentoring and management support for participants. They offer support to small and medium sized firms. The Investment Fund offers what they describe as ‘seedcorn finance’, equity-linked investments and business loans. Financial support ranges from £15,000 to £2.5 million.

A printing company in Rotherham, Wright Printing Services, has just received £500,000, the first part of an investment programme to develop [Read more]

Unusual shareholder for Altrincham FC

December 29, 2009 by  

Altrincham is a very keen sporting town. Although the local Altrincham Football Club is a non league club it has a loyal following from its supporters. You will find supporters amongst many local businesses, ranging from small printing companies in Altrincham to large distribution companies in Alrincham. The club gained a new shareholder earlier this year, which came as something of a surprise to many fans.

Australia’s Cricket captain Ricky Ponting, who was somewhat controversial in the 2009 test series, now holds 500 shares in Altrincham FC. During the 2009 test series the Australians were driven around by Mr. Geoff Godwin, owner of the [Read more]

Worlds biggest recycled newsprint machine at Kings Lynn

December 28, 2009 by  

Palm Paper, a subsidiary of Germany-based Papierfabrik Palm, started production with the world’s biggest recycled machine in August 2009, which was three weeks ahead of schedule. According to MD Derek Harman they wanted to stabilise production and carry out further trials to check that such a large machine could maintain quality.

The machine will produce 400,000 tonnes of newsprint a year, for standard, flexo and heatset applications. This will all be produced using 100% selected recycled fibre. The machine is massive, having a width of over ten and a half metres. Derek Harman was hopeful that the consumption would stabilise by the end of the year, he said:

With the King’s Lynn plant, we have taken the view that [Read more]

Scottish Design Consultancy of the Year 2010

December 27, 2009 by  

A competition for the above accolade, which is run in conjunction with Eastern Exhibition and Display, will take place early in the New Year. There is not much time to register an entry. The deadline is 14th January.

The aim of the accolade is to identify companies which are performing best financially, who have high client ratings, have an excellent portfolio and who are rated as ‘formidable’ by their peers, such as other design companies and print companies.

Agencies are researched and the top agencies which fit the criteria are identified ‘as up and coming’. There is also an award for Managing Director of the Year. Agencies are judged on [Read more]

Company expansion based in Leith

December 27, 2009 by  

Earlier in the year Scottish print management firm SBP Creative Solutions (formerly known as Stress Buster Solutions) became a much larger company. They can now offer whole solutions for printing work after acquiring two other companies. SBP paid an undisclosed sum for Minds Eye Creative, a design firm, and Applecroft Print Management.

The company are now in a position to offer a much wider service to their clients. According to director Mike Hislop, this is the result of the greater buying power the expanded company now has. The new acquisitions have improved the whole operation. The print company now offers enhanced print management services, graphic design, press production, web design, creative artwork and [Read more]

East Kilbride police collar IT businessman

December 26, 2009 by  

Earlier this year a Glasgow business man, John Farrell, was questioned at East Kilbride police station. Police took three days to thoroughly search his premises, where they found what they described as a ‘money factory’.

Police found inkjet printers, a large quantity of specialist paper, gelatine solutions, various guillotines, foil strips and compress printing inks. They also found ‘a considerable quantity’ of Royal Bank of Scotland and Bank of Scotland £10 notes at various stages of completion and a quantity of printed sheets with front and back images of £20 notes.

Farrell’s IT Company had got into financial difficulties and he came up with an idea to print his way out of trouble. Unfortunately, he also involved his sons, Craig and Paul and a young employee, Gordon Grainger. When questioned, they both admitted to [Read more]

Digital is right for Wrexham print company

December 25, 2009 by  

A North Wales based printing company, Limpet Labels, was experiencing greater demand for shorter run lengths and on demand print. The printers in Wrexham have been established since 1992. They service the needs of a wide range of clients from different industries, including chemical, oil and hygiene industries.

Limpet Labels were never involved in digital printing but that has now changed. The print company decided that the time was right to include a digital facility in its print portfolio. They bought in a Xeikon 3000 printing machine, which they describe as: “an important piece of the jigsaw puzzle”.

Limpet’s managing director Lee Goode recognised the growing role that digital printing plays in the [Read more]

Falkirk print firm continues to benefit from investment

December 24, 2009 by  

Falkirk Book Binding specialist, Riley Dunn and Wilson (RDW), also with a site in Huddersfield, continue to benefit from their £65,000 investment in new machinery. The company made the investment a little over a year and a half ago.

The company had been using a 30 year old piece of kit which had gradually become far too worn out. RDW’s managing director Charles Dunn said at the time:

This is a big investment for us, but it was necessary. The machine we use at the moment had become too unreliable; we were still working with 7in Managing floppy disks.

It’s hard to imagine floppy disks still functioning in the new digital age. The production company dumped the [Read more]

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