Adobe reiterates support for print industry

January 31, 2010 by  

Adobe, the major US software company and makers of Acrobat, recently closed down its Print Service Provider partner programme. This caused concern within the print industry over whether Adobe was really committed to the print and graphic arts industry – concerns that Adobe was quick to address.

Adobe UK’s John Cunningham stated that Adobe’s decision wasn’t in any way a sign that Adobe wasn’t committed to the print industry and the print market is of vital importance to Adobe.

Cunningham stated:

It’s really just that the official programme, which was created to help with the transition to InDesign, is no longer [Read more]

North Lanarkshire pupils prepare for job market

January 30, 2010 by  

Are you a North Lanarkshire firm, for example, a printing company in Coatbridge, looking to take on a new apprentice? Local schools do well in preparing pupils to enter the workplace. Many schools have made partnerships with businesses to give pupils a chance to experience the realities of employment and prepare for work experience.

A good example of school-business partnership is an event organised by Caldervale High School. Caldervale High recently held a ‘World of Work’ day which was designed to help their 14 to 15 year old pupils to learn about entering the workplace. A leading asset management company, Management Incentive Through Investment Equity (MITIE), helped put on the event.

MITIE are a highly successful company who have increased returns for [Read more]

Artic conditions affect roads in south Lanarkshire

January 29, 2010 by  

If you were one of the print businesses in South Lanarkshire, for example, a printing company in East Kilbride, who were affected by the recent adverse weather conditions it may be reassuring to know that the local council is planning to improve its stockpile of salt.

South Lanarkshire council experienced a shortage of salt supply when dealing with January’s heavy snow fall. Hundreds of roads and pavements remained covered in ice when the council’s efforts were hampered due to the lack of salt.

Some businesses and residents were not happy when they learned that only 24,000 tonnes of salt was [Read more]

Using Potters Bar station made easier for commuters

January 28, 2010 by  

It has sometimes been frustrating getting to work on time in Potters Bar when unforeseen problems occur on the rail network. Deadline based businesses, such as print companies in Potters Bar, can be highly inconvenienced if workers do not turn up for their shift on time.

Improvements were made to Potters Bar station in December 2008. Operators, First Capital Connect, in partnership with the local council made a big improvement to the station by building a new forecourt. The aim of the joint project was to make [Read more]

London style ‘Eye’ proposed for Leith waterfront

January 27, 2010 by  

There are many businesses around Leith, including print companies in Leith, who would welcome a boost to business. The city council announced in December 2009 that they were looking to build a spectacular London Eye-style Ferris wheel on Leith’s waterfront.

There has been a mixed reaction from local residents but business experts feel that the attraction is exactly what Leith needs. They believe that a spectacular focal point such as this will attract increased tourism and [Read more]

Ayrshire printers continue to make investments

January 26, 2010 by  

An Ayrshire printing company, Kestrel Press, which has been established for 36 years, has made a very positive start in 2010. The company have made a major capital investment in new printing machinery.

Kestrel operates a range of large printing equipment. They decided to replace an older machine with a new Konica Minolta BizHub C6501 Digital printing machine at a cost of more than £100,000.

Account manager Graeme Ferguson said:

“The new Konica Minolta provides the perfect fit along side our range of other larger printing equipment, giving us the complete range from one copy to millions. In particular, it will improve still [Read more]

Glasgow print firm closes doors

January 25, 2010 by  

A Glasgow print firm, specialist point of sale printer Clark Stephen, has ceased business after going into administration just before Christmas 2009.

Immediately after closure managing director, Frank Laurie, started a new business named CS Instore, which appears to offer a very similar service but is based on a print management model.

Ian McGregor, of Begbies Traynor, has been appointed as the administrator of the company last year, on the 23rd December. Three employees were immediately made redundant and the company reopened on January 4th to [Read more]

Printing company in Falkirk is back home

January 24, 2010 by  

Printing company Riley Dunn & Wilson now has a presence back in its original home, Falkirk. RDW is a family firm which was founded in 1909. It was originally named Dunn & Wilson, after the two apprentices who started the business.

The business grew steadily during its first fifty years and employed nearly 500 workers at its peak. In 1956 Dunn & Wilson of Falkirk acquired another print company in Huddersfield, Ben Riley & Co, that specialised in binding. They were even older than their own company. However, RDW were taken over in the 1980’s by Johnston Press. At this time the company had moved its head quarters down to Huddersfield.

Original family member, Charles Dunn, had worked for the business for 20 years in the 1970s and 80s until the takeover by [Read more]

More demand from publishers for digital short-run print

January 23, 2010 by  

In 2009 a printing company in Kings Lynn, MPG, acquired Biddles printers. Following the acquisition, MPG Books Group became the largest independent book manufacturer in the UK.

The company offers both litho and digital printing but they identified a gap between the two. They bolstered their mono capacity with the addition of an Océ VarioStream 9210 digital web press, which complemented their mono Nipson VaryPress. The facility allows the company to print on a wider range of stocks and substrates, which includes coated papers.

MPG Biddles had noticed a rise in demand for digitally printed short-run books and decided to add [Read more]

North West has good creative facility in Altrincham

January 22, 2010 by  

The North West region, particularly the Greater Manchester area, has an extensive selection of creative agencies. This is good for local print firms who do not operate their own in-house creative facility or who regularly receive print work from agencies. Some printing companies in Altrincham, for example, may find it beneficial to have a good creative agency in town.

Acrobat creative consultants have been in business since 1994 and operate out of premises at the Atlantic Business Centre in Altrincham. They describe themselves as “One of the North West’s most creative studios”. Agency partners Nik and Carole Say:

“We are not ashamed to offer a down to earth, friendly service to all our clients and know [Read more]

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