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Celebrate our industry’s creativity, innovation and choice at Sign & Digital UK 2016

Celebrate our industry’s creativity, innovation and choice at Sign & Digital UK 2016

‘Creativity, Innovation and Choice’ is this year’s theme for the country’s leading trade exhibition for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry - Sign & Digital UK. We...

QPS goes large with Longier for Sign & Digital UK

QPS goes large with Longier for Sign & Digital UK

Quality Print Services (QPS) says it has booked its largest ever floor space for Sign and Digital UK 2016."We've already booked our stand space for Sign UK 2016: an eye-watering...

Roland DG to offer something ‘a bit different’ at this year’s Sign & Digital UK

Roland DG to offer something ‘a bit different’ at this year’s Sign & Digital UK

If you are looking for something a bit different at Sign & Digital UK 2016 this year, why not pop along to the Roland DG stand, H30, and enter into...

Visitor registration for Sign & Digital UK 2016 is now open

Visitor registration for Sign & Digital UK 2016 is now open

Sign & Digital UK has announced that visitor registration for the 2016 show is now open and visitors wishing to attend can pre-register for free entry online here.The 2016 show...

Sign & Digital UK announce new show features for 2016

Sign & Digital UK announce new show features for 2016

Sign & Digital UK, the country’s only dedicated trade exhibition for the sign making, display solutions and digital printing industry, has today announced new show features for 2016.A schedule of...

Hardware

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Mutoh adds to the X-Factor with two new X series printers

Mutoh adds to the X-Factor with two new X series printers

Mutoh says it has commenced shipping of its new single head 54” (1.37 m) wide ValueJet 1324X and dual head 102” (2.6 m) wide ValueJet 2638X.These ValueJet X series printers...

Roland announce special conversion deal for customers upgrading to Eco-Sol Max 3 inks

Roland announce special conversion deal for customers upgrading to Eco-Sol Max 3 inks

To promote the launch of its new generation Eco-Sol Max 3 ink, Roland DG has announced a special conversion deal to existing Roland DG customers when they upgrade to Eco-Sol...

PhotoBox invests in five new generation Epson SC-S60600 printers

PhotoBox invests in five new generation Epson SC-S60600 printers

One of Europe’s leading B2C personalised photo based printing companies - PhotoBox - has invested in five of the latest new generation Epson SureColor 64” wide format printers. The company...

printMAX offers one year’s supply of free ink with specific Roland printers

printMAX offers one year’s supply of free ink with specific Roland printers

printMAX says that now is the ideal time to invest in a new Roland Soljet Pro 4 XR 640 or XF 640 printer in order to qualify for one year’s...

Latest launch from Epson looks set to be significantly superior to its successor

Latest launch from Epson looks set to be significantly superior to its successor

Hot on the heels of its latest wide format print product innovation, Epson has announced the forthcoming launch of the latest addition to the SureColor SC-P series line-up, the 64-inch...

Wideformat

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Modern domestic kitchens benefit from a touch of glass

Modern domestic kitchens benefit from a touch of glass

Glass splashbacks for the kitchen industry are all the rage these days, and while there are many companies offering bespoke glass fitting and colour matching services, one company, Southern Counties Glass, has taken these products to the next level by...

Make a saving on a Mimaki with Hybrid Services

Make a saving on a Mimaki with Hybrid Services

Hybrid Services has announced a raft of new UK price points and promotions across a range of wide format printers including key solvent and LED UV products from Mimaki.Until the end of March 2016 Hybrid Services is offering the Mimaki...

Agfa Graphics prints World Heritage Japanese temple doors

Agfa Graphics prints World Heritage Japanese temple doors

The Byōdō-in is a Buddhist temple near Kyoto, Japan, which is registered as Japanese National Treasure and World Heritage Site. It appears on the backside of the Japanese 10 yen coin. Its most famous part, and the only remaining original...

Mimaki announces 2016 exhibition schedule for January 2016

Mimaki announces 2016 exhibition schedule for January 2016

Mimaki has a full show schedule planned for January 2016. The company will be exhibiting at no less than three major trade shows, each focusing on its own specific field of interest, the first of which is Heimtextil, the largest...

Mimaki CJV300-160 helps Lustalux to expand its product portfolio

Mimaki CJV300-160 helps Lustalux to expand its product portfolio

As part of its ongoing expansion plans and in response to increased demand for wide format print, Preston-based window film and commercial graphics company Lustalux has recently added a Mimaki CJV300-160 printer/cutter – supplied by authorised Mimaki reseller Granthams -...

Textile Printing

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UTACK textile media made easy for ABC

UTACK textile media made easy for ABC

ABC Imaging is meeting an increasing demand for temporary wall, floor and window graphics by using CMYUK’s removable and repositionable UTACK textile media including the Multisurface option.The company specialised in reprographic services for architects and construction companies when it was...

New Mimaki sublimation spot colours add value to fashion and sportswear

New Mimaki sublimation spot colours add value to fashion and sportswear

Mimaki says it has added Light Black to its portfolio of high-performance sublimation inks following the recent release of neon yellow and pink fluorescent inks available in two litre ink packs, all of which are ideal for low-volume, high-quality use...

Mimaki to acquire Italian digital textile machinery company La Meccanica

Mimaki to acquire Italian digital textile machinery company La Meccanica

It would appear that Italian digital textile printing machinery companies have become a much sought after acquisition following EFI’s purchase of the Bergamo based Reggiani Macchine last year, and now the Japanese inkjet giant Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd. has snapped...

Hybrid Services announce new super-wide textile sublimation printer from Mimaki

Hybrid Services announce new super-wide textile sublimation printer from Mimaki

The increase in demand for bespoke and short run interior textiles – be it for furnishings, décor or display graphics – is showing no sign of abating. This is why Mimaki is set to launch a 3.2-m wide, roll-to-roll, dedicated...

Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets the Hollywood Monster treatment

Star Wars: The Force Awakens gets the Hollywood Monster treatment

Hollywood Monster has played a part in the launch of the latest Star Wars movie – Star Wars: The Force Awakens by creating blockbusting 15m x 4m textile wall graphic for Cineworld in the heart of Birmingham.The graphic was printed...

Materials

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Versatile new film range from 3M aims to offer sign makers a ‘one-stop’ choice

Versatile new film range from 3M aims to offer sign makers a ‘one-stop’ choice

3M’s new Envision Print Film 48 range looks set to become a ‘one-stop’ choice for sign-makers looking to for a versatile all round non-PVC intermediate film that is suitable for an extensive array of applications, including indoor and outdoor signage;...

PPB launch proBOND printable aluminium composite materials

PPB launch proBOND printable aluminium composite materials

PPB Ltd has launched a range of proBOND printable aluminium composite materials for high quality signage projects.proBOND Premium is suitable for all signage and fabrication applications. With a 2x durable Polyester paint on all colours, proBOND Premium comes with a...

Soyang Europe’s UK football roadshow fixtures confirmed

Soyang Europe’s UK football roadshow fixtures confirmed

Soyang Europe is to host a series of regional roadshows held at top football clubs around the UK, alongside its exhibition partners – Ultima Displays and I-Sub. The first event, scheduled for 27th January 2016, will be held at Manchester...

Antalis launches Coala and Graham & Brown digital wallcoverings range

Antalis launches Coala and Graham & Brown digital wallcoverings range

Antalis UK has launched an exclusive range of digital wallcoverings made by Graham & Brown and the company’s own range of Coala products.The company says Coala and Graham & Brown Wallcoverings are ideal for transforming any interior; from homes, offices,...

Soyang Europe set to showcase the increasing appeal of printable flooring at Domotex 2016

Soyang Europe set to showcase the increasing appeal of printable flooring at Domotex 2016

With printable flooring growing apace, Soyang Europe – one of the chief innovators in this fast moving sector – is to show a range of value-adding printable flooring substrates at premier European flooring exhibition, Domotex, in January.Soyang Europe managing director,...

Finishing World

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Zünd UK launches Prep Center workflow software in the UK

Zünd UK launches Prep Center workflow software in the UK

Users of Zünd digital cutting tables will find this new Prep Center workflow software capable of achieving all types of printing and cutting layers – including routing, creasing, kiss-cutting, V-cutting and engraving – at very high speeds. Cut times can also be estimated due to integration with Zünd’s Cut Center...

Bubble Free Applicator goes down well in Bath

Bubble Free Applicator goes down well in Bath

South West based Freestyle Designs has invested in a Bubble Free Applicator from Josero to relive pressure on the finishing department.Freestyle Designs provides a wide variety of services from vehicle signage and commercial signage to garment printing, banners and much more. Over the years the company has invested in a...

Elephant adds Matrix pneumatic laminator from Vivid to its finishing operation

Elephant adds Matrix pneumatic laminator from Vivid to its finishing operation

Elephant Print and Display has added to its finishing capacity with the installation of a new Matrix 370P pneumatic laminator from Vivid Laminating Systems, replacing a non-pneumatic model of the machine which Elephant had used for the last three years.The company says the new machine is quicker than the previous...

Second Zünd G3 digital cutting system proves its worth for John E Wright

Second Zünd G3 digital cutting system proves its worth for John E Wright

Large format display print specialist John E Wright has invested in its second Zünd G3 digital cutting system, this time for its Hull operation. The firm installed a G3 system into its Nottingham operation in 2014.The company says the new Hull installation will significantly speed up and increase finishing operations...

Are you making the most of your existing technology?

Are you making the most of your existing technology?

Companies are looking to maximise returns from their investments, obviously. Doing so isn’t just a benefit for the company though; it’s also possibly a big benefit to the client. Despite the drive for returns on investments, when it comes to print technology, it can be easy to rush into making...

Wrapping World

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Mimaki Vehicle Wrap Lab puts motorsports wrapping on track at Oxford Brookes

Mimaki Vehicle Wrap Lab puts motorsports wrapping on track at Oxford Brookes

As part of its increasing commitment to supporting young people in print, Hybrid Services has created the Mimaki Vehicle Wrap Lab (MVWL) at the country’s foremost motorsport engineering education establishment - Oxford Brookes University - supplying a Mimaki wide format printer,...

New high gloss premium PVC vinyl for fleet graphic applications from Hexis

New high gloss premium PVC vinyl for fleet graphic applications from Hexis

Hexis UK has announced the immediate availability of V200WG1, a high opacity conformable gloss PVC print film that is ideal for fleet graphics. Able to resist low and high temperatures, and high humidity conditions, it can be wet or dry...

Register now for the European Wrap Masters at FESPA Digital 2016

Register now for the European Wrap Masters at FESPA Digital 2016

FESPA’s World Wrap Masters - in collaboration with partners Avery Dennison and Mimaki – is all set where wrappers will battle it out head to head to take the last place in the World Wrap Masters Series Final.The World Wrap...

Banger and smash

Banger and smash

When Esign Media’s team of 3M Approved Vehicle Wrappers were challenged by managing director Zak Pickering to come up with a wrap design project using 3M IJ180Cv3 (supplied by William Smith) for one of the firms company cars, he hadn’t...

ORAFOL decorated commercial 757 makes Antarctic landing history

ORAFOL decorated commercial 757 makes Antarctic landing history

An ORAFOL decorated Boeing 757 recently created history by being the first commercial passenger airliner to land on a blue-ice runway in Antarctica. The aim was to research the potential for utilising conventional passenger planes for the blue-ice landings instead...

Business

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Antalis UK expands its workshops for printers programme

Antalis UK expands its workshops for printers programme

Last year Antalis UK ran an excellent series of very successful, and highly useful, workshops for printers looking to expand their knowledge of new applications and opportunities. This year the company has expanded the programme to include 12 workshops, with...

Ricoh America to acquire direct to garment manufacturer AnaJet

Ricoh America to acquire direct to garment manufacturer AnaJet

Ricoh Printing Systems America, Inc. is to acquire Southern California based direct to garment (DTG) printing machinery manufacturer AnaJet. Founded in 2006, AnaJet was one of the first companies in the world to mass produce DTG printers. Today, the company...

Mercator Institute for China Studies says China’s stock markets are broken

Mercator Institute for China Studies says China’s stock markets are broken

2016 is a trading year that has started off with a major judder in China’s stock market. Trading has been repeatedly interrupted after share prices dropped by seven per cent last week. The market’s new automatic protection mechanism was then...

Papergraphics and CWE Solutions come together to form wide format industry supergroup

Papergraphics and CWE Solutions come together to form wide format industry supergroup

Two of the wide format printing industry’s principal suppliers have ‘joined forces’ in a bid to become one of the UK’s largest providers of wide format digital print solutions.Chessington-based CWE Solutions and Crawley based Papergraphics have completed an agreement for...

Callprint acquires digital and screen display printer Link 88

Callprint acquires digital and screen display printer Link 88

Callprint has acquired the business operations of Leeds-based display printer Link 88. Callprint has also taken on all six members of the current Link 88 staff, and the business will continue to run uninterrupted and service its clients as it...

Technology

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Onyx announces support for new gen Epson SC-S printers

Onyx announces support for new gen Epson SC-S printers

Onyx Graphics has announced full support for the recently launched Epson SureColor SC-S printers, through its ONYX 12 wide-format print software.ONYX software takes full advantage of the SC-S80600 printers’ unique capabilities, including support for 9/10 colour printing, using CMYKLcLmLk plus...

Markzware release MarkzTools2

Markzware release MarkzTools2

MarkzTools2 is the new technology from Markzware that provides users with the ability to batch convert InDesign files into IDML files, the ability to create low resolution image previews, so users do not have to look at grey tinted place...

ColourLinx enables all output devices to print to the same standard at Harcourt

ColourLinx enables all output devices to print to the same standard at Harcourt

Harcourt Colour Printers, Swansea, employs the now increasingly typical complex mix of flat bed, wide format, toner-based digital and offset litho print production equipment. Finding a way to standardise and match colour across all devises had proved challenging, until the...

KL Druck steps up to Onyx 12

KL Druck steps up to Onyx 12

German large format printing specialist KL Druck is one of the first companies in the world to upgrade to Onyx 12, launched earlier this month. The new Onyx 12 software delivers faster RIP performance, a simplified user interface and advanced...

Safford announces new developments in MIS as company partners with Esko

Safford announces new developments in MIS as company partners with Esko

MIS vendor Shuttleworth Business Systems says it is working in partnership with Esko to provide time saving solutions for its customers. The partnership allows Shuttleworth users to save administration time by passing job specification details directly from the Shuttleworth MIS...

Latex Printing

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HP pushes forward with HP Latex 300 series by adding Spandex to the mix

HP pushes forward with HP Latex 300 series by adding Spandex to the mix

HP has continued it aggressive targeting of the graphics market with its 300 series Latex printers with Spandex announcing the addition of the 300 series of printers to its product portfolio, closing the circle on a full range of ink...

HP Latex 370 lives up to the spec that’s listed for Access360’s Dave Pimlott

HP Latex 370 lives up to the spec that’s listed for Access360’s Dave Pimlott

Essex-based, a specialist exhibition, experiential marketing and interiors company, has invested in an HP Latex 370 from City and West End Solutions. Access360’s main focus is on interior decoration for large corporates, supplying individual companies and chains across the UK...

UV/LED Printing

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Potts Print moves into wide format with Acuity double from Fujifilm

Potts Print moves into wide format with Acuity double from Fujifilm

Northumberland based Potts Print, a highly-regarded litho printer with a proud history in the North East spanning nearly a century and a half, recently expanded into wide format digital printing and has since installed two Fujifilm Acuity machines – an...

Johannesburg printer goes first with Truepress Jet W3200UV HS

Johannesburg printer goes first with Truepress Jet W3200UV HS

Tali Digital has installed the first Screen Truepress Jet W3200UV HS wide format printer in South Africa, supplied by Ipex Machinery. The printer allows the company to expand into new market applications by printing on oversized Perspex sheets and corrugated...

EFI VUTEk double for Cestrian Imaging

EFI VUTEk double for Cestrian Imaging

Cestrian Imaging is one of the first companies worldwide to have invested in the EFI VUTEk HSr Pro, a dedicated UV roll-to-roll inkjet press designed for high volume production output. EFI says the VUTEk HSr Pro is ideal for fleet/vehicle...

Anapurna M2500i cuts production times in half at Mark Latchford

Anapurna M2500i cuts production times in half at Mark Latchford

Mark Latchford Screen and Digital Print says it has reduced its production times by at least 50% following the installation of a new Agfa Anapurna M2500i from i-Sub Digital.Founded by Mark Latchford in Cheltenham 34 years ago, the business has...

VUTEk GS3250Pro boosts turnaround times for Aztec

VUTEk GS3250Pro boosts turnaround times for Aztec

With increasing customer demand for ever faster turnaround times, Leeds based sign and display specialist Aztec decided to replace its three and a half year old VUTEk QS3220 with a new 225sqmh VUTEk GS3250 Pro to keep up with demand.As company...

Peter Davidson

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It’s hard in hardware

It’s hard in hardware

Apart from their undying desire to be the biggest shifter of large format metal I have struggled to understand the strategy and direction of most of the manufacturers in our market. I fully appreciate that every manufacturer wants to be...

Do I look big in this?

Do I look big in this?

I read on a regular basis both private and corporate views on the size of UK print and graphic markets. What I don’t understand is where these supposedly qualified statistics come from as from past experience the figures seem to...

The Encad Technicolor Tongue Club

The Encad Technicolor Tongue Club

Recently someone said something that triggered memories of when I first got involved in the wide format inkjet market. I cut my teeth in the market with Encad Inc., and I probably lost a few on the way as well. I...

Misplacements

Misplacements

I recently attended a “planning for business growth” seminar organised by our bank. It was full of the usual sound bites and acronyms however it did give me the opportunity to speak to other likeminded SMEs.One of the early questions...

Fespa Cologne – something current, new and surreal for everyone

Fespa Cologne – something current, new and surreal for everyone

This year’s FESPA 2015 show in Cologne proved to be most refreshing. Upon arrival at the airport I boarded the free transfer bus to the Messe, and when we arrived I was pleasantly surprised to be given a very comprehensive...

Printing World

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Pixartprinting sets up shop in America

Pixartprinting sets up shop in America

European web to print giant Pixartprinting is to expand into the United States with Pixartprinting North America with logistical and commercial offices in Boston.The Italian firm grew by 30% last year and aims to grow even more in 2016 through...

KJB invests in Ricoh double for productivity growth

KJB invests in Ricoh double for productivity growth

Staffordshire based design, litho and digital printing and distribution company KJB has increased its digital printing capacity with the addition of two Ricoh engines - the Ricoh Pro C7100X and the Ricoh Pro C9100. The firm recently removed a Xerox...

Impressed pleased with its Jet Press 720S digital press

Impressed pleased with its Jet Press 720S digital press

Impressed Druk en Print, based near Rotterdam in The Netherlands, has invested in a Fujifilm Jet Press 720S B2 inkjet digital press to improve the profitability of its short run print. The move sees the company remove one of its...

Ricoh scores twice as Lola Print swaps supplier and kicks Konica Minolta into touch

Ricoh scores twice as Lola Print swaps supplier and kicks Konica Minolta into touch

Berkshire based Lola Print has hoofed out its cut sheet Konica Minolta printers in favour of a couple of new Ricoh machines, notably the 90ppm Ricoh Pro C7100 (above) that supports media up to 360gsm, and its fifth colour station...

Northern showroom for MGI at Printers Superstore

Northern showroom for MGI at Printers Superstore

Leeds based Printers Superstore is set to become the northern showroom for MGI digital presses, with a Meteor DP8700 XL+ installed and running alongside a Hans Gronhi GH525 offset press.The Meteor DP8700XL+ digital press delivers 4,260 four colour A4 pages...

Outdoor Display

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Immersion Zone at St Pancras station takes flight with Mexican butterflies

Immersion Zone at St Pancras station takes flight with Mexican butterflies

The Mexico Tourism Board recently took over the Immersion Zone at St Pancras International Station as part of a major tourism push.Planned and booked with JCDecaux Direct Sales and Creative Solutions team, the campaign transformed the high-footfall St Pancras Immersion...

New QuickStand LED edge-lit POS display available from William Smith

New QuickStand LED edge-lit POS display available from William Smith

William Smith has added a new edge-lit POS display system to its product portfolio that offers an alternative to traditional pop-up systems. QuickStand, first seen at FESPA 2015, features LED technology that allows individual illumination of each display panel, making...

JCDecaux set for London digital bus shelter domination in 2016

JCDecaux set for London digital bus shelter domination in 2016

JCDecaux is set to take over the world’s largest bus shelter advertising concession from 1st January 2016 where it will commence building out a network of 1,000 digital bus shelter screens in London.Known as The London Digital Network or LDN,...

Octink helps London Air Ambulance HQ with window appeal

Octink helps London Air Ambulance HQ with window appeal

Display print specialist Octink has recently worked with London’s Air Ambulance to transform its headquarters near Bank as it campaigns for Londoners to donate towards a second emergency medical helicopter for the city.Designed by Octink’s in-house creative team, the eye-catching...

Tata adds sauce to Heathrow Express fleet with train wrap campaign

Tata adds sauce to Heathrow Express fleet with train wrap campaign

Tata Communications is fronting an OOH campaign that will see the company wrap Heathrow Express’s entire fleet of trains. The designs of the train wraps and advertising executions feature bold, colourful photography and facts and statistics about Tata Communications’ capabilities,...

Industrial Printing

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CPI acquires digital prototyping assets of CIT Technology Limited

CPI acquires digital prototyping assets of CIT Technology Limited

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has recently acquired the digital prototyping assets of CIT Technology Limited and its associated licences and know-how. Going forward the technology will be available from CPI under the name of Inkjet Flex.CPI says its...

Mimaki UJF just the ticket for industrial applications at Verotec

Mimaki UJF just the ticket for industrial applications at Verotec

An A2 format Mimaki UJF-6042 UV curing LED digital inkjet printer has proved invaluable to electronics packaging specialist Verotec who is now able to offer ultra-high resolution 1800 x 1800 dpi digital printing in up to 65536 individual colours as...

CPI enhance printed electronics capability

CPI enhance printed electronics capability

The Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) has partnered with NovaCentrix to install a specialist system designed for the high speed photonic curing of printed electronics inks.Photonic curing has become a critical process in the manufacture of printed electronics products as...

Ricoh launch 3D printer

Ricoh launch 3D printer

Ricoh has announced the release of its first 3D Printer – the Ricoh AM S5500P – a high-end 3D printer offering PA6 and PP materials support which are commonly used in the automotive manufacturing industry.The company says its printer is...

InPrint 2015 industrial printing show hailed a success

InPrint 2015 industrial printing show hailed a success

A total of 3,400 visitors from 68 countries came to the Munich Trade Fair Centre to learn about cutting-edge technology, components and services for speciality, screen, digital, inkjet and 3D from some 150 exhibitors at the InPrint show. In addition...

Labels & Packaging

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Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press takes Charapak into new markets

Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press takes Charapak into new markets

Derbyshire based Charapak is one of the UK’s market leaders in the design and manufacture of specialist corrugated packaging. The company has recently diversified into the labelling sector following an investment in Domino’s N610i digital ink jet label press. This...

Business rockets after labels firm installs Domino digital label press

Business rockets after labels firm installs Domino digital label press

Reel Appeal, a Lancashire-based business specialising in the printing of self-adhesive labels and the manufacture of leaflet and booklet labels, has successfully increased its sales thanks to the installation of Domino’s N600i digital colour label press. Over an 18 month...

Belgian brewer adds direct to bottle augmented reality labels using Agfa ink tech

Belgian brewer adds direct to bottle augmented reality labels using Agfa ink tech

A system of printing direct to PET bottles has led Belgium based brewer Martens, based in Bocholt, to produce a range of beers with an interactive augmented reality label linked to a popular Belgium TV show. The direct print technology...

Food for thought as Mimaki package provides learning experience for students

Food for thought as Mimaki package provides learning experience for students

The Food Technology and Packaging Centre of the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE’s) Loughry Campus is facilitating a unique learning experience for its students with the assistance of its newly acquired Mimaki CF2 flatbed cutter and JV300-160...

Mimaki works with ESKO to deliver cost effective short run packaging solution

Mimaki works with ESKO to deliver cost effective short run packaging solution

Mimaki is working with ESKO to simplify digital packaging production for companies that produce packaging samples and mock-ups, as well as small packing runs and personalised packaged goods.Packaging converters, commercial printers and design firms are experiencing a growing demand for...

Environment

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VinylPlus makes ongoing progress with PVC sustainability

VinylPlus makes ongoing progress with PVC sustainability

Over the past 15 years, PVC has undergone a remarkable transformation from being a much-maligned plastic material to playing an important role in addressing climate change and establishing a circular economy.Today the vinyl industry is seen as a role model...

Nordic Ecolabel awarded to large numbers of Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV inks

Nordic Ecolabel awarded to large numbers of Fujifilm’s Uvijet UV inks

A large number of inks within the Fujifilm Uvijet UV range for wide format print applications have been awarded the Nordic Ecolabel certification. The Nordic Ecolabel is a well-established and internationally recognised environmental labelling scheme that contributes to sustainable consumption...

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

PVC free film printed with Mutoh UMS inks gains Indoor Air Comfort Certificate

Eurofins - an independent organisation for Volatile Organic Chemical (VOC) product emission testing – has awarded Mutoh and Grafityp an Indoor Air Comfort Certificate (IAC) for the Grafityp Ecological non-PVC self-adhesive film (GEF-ES) printed with Mutoh Universal Mild Solvent (UMS)...

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Free biodegradable gloves for World Environment Day

Globus is helping companies in the UK and Ireland to protect and preserve the environment for World Environment Day  on 5 June 2015 with a free trial pair of biodegradable nitrile grip gloves.The United Nations’ ‘World Environment Day’ is promoted...

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki awarded Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks

Mimaki has been awarded the Greenguard Gold Certification for its inks thereby making the inks entirely suitable for a wide range of applications, including those in schools, healthcare or similarly sensitive environments.Greenguard Certification requires stringent emissions criteria to be met...

Colin_013There is much controversy as to whether a business plan adds value or not. A lot of people observe high performing ventures that do not have one and conclude, why bother to plan?  It raises an important issue for many businesses, particularly those in the early stages of growth: is it worthwhile putting together a business plan at all? In the joint research that I have carried out with Stuart Fraser and Francis Greene of Warwick Business School, we have sought to answer this question.

Do business plans add value? At one level, the results of our research could be interpreted to mean that business planning looks like a bad thing, since we confirmed that a lot of high performing ventures select not to write business plans.

Certainly business planning doesn’t come free – it is a time consuming exercise and any business has to weigh up the value that is generated from spending time writing a business plan versus simply going out there and trying to sell. This can be particularly beneficial when a venture is launching a product or service in a very uncertain market, where even after carrying out plenty of analysis, uncertainty still remains.

However, what we found was that business plans do indeed add a lot of value to the businesses that choose to write them, including high quality ventures, and these effects are quite dramatic. Growth in the venture is increased by a factor of around 30% as a result of writing business plans. This benefit cannot be ignored. But particularly it is the quality of the business planning process which counts, and this article will look at what singles out a successful business plan. Therefore here are some key questions based on 20 years’ experience of working with new ventures. The key component of success is not simply having a business plan, it is what type of business plan that you have.

What is the uniqueness of the business proposition?
If we take the fact that most businesses fail within five years of start up, and yet virtually every business plan has at least five years of financial projections, it tells you that a surviving or high performing business must be unique. So one of the key things therefore is that a business plan must identify what feature is going to distinguish it from most businesses which we know will fail. It must deliver this knock-out punch right from the start; ideally in the executive summary.

Is it a purely desk based plan?
A major turn-off in assessing the strength of a business plan is where it becomes apparent that the business plan has been written by somebody who has remained behind a computer for the entire exercise. The business plan must be based on a real feel for the business, not just a set of figures produced from the desk top. Business plans really need to give an insight into the lead entrepreneurs and it is not good if it serves to show that the founders have not ventured out to try to sell to customers.

How realistic are the assumptions underlying the financial projections?
People often mistakenly think those who make judgments about business plans will be impressed by lots of analysis and financial acrobatics. Much more pertinent and what people really focus in on are not the formulae, but the assumptions behind the formulae. For example, are the projected volumes of sales realistic? Are there other businesses like this one that have delivered similar sales? Are the costs accurate? The key lesson we have drawn from our research is that much depends on what you are writing the business plan for and insight into the context of your business.

Is the business plan static or dynamic?
There is a misleading false debate around two distinct approaches; a very rigid sort of plan, where people can predict the future with great accuracy versus a no plan approach which involves getting out to the market and starting to trade, assessing the information gained and adapting the business as a result. The truth is that the best business plans involve both approaches and adapt when the facts emerge differently than anticipated.

In summary
The essence of business planning is how you approach the task. It is not either to plan or not. The best business plans take both the information gathering and the formal plan approaches together. Ultimately a plan is not so much about trying to predict the future with pinpoint accuracy; it is a plan about how to be adaptable, how to sustain the business and how to develop it towards exploiting the target market opportunity. The success of the business plan is also down to the people who work in/and with the business to make the business plan work. In other words; excellent planning, and with the `right` people, will ultimately bring success.

Colin Thompson

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