Chime communications’ company icon has undergone the rigorous assessment required to become BS OHSAS 18001 certified. What about you?
Dr Colin Thompson has a string of letters after his name and has over 30 years experience as a managing director in various companies where he’s gained experience of increasing sales and profit, rebranding and mergers/takeovers.
He’s now widely recognised as the managing partner at business development company Cavendish, though he’s also a visiting professor and mentor at Coventry University and sits on various boards. So what can we learn from this business coach, keynote speaker and author? Lesley Simpson, editor of Image Reports, speaks to Dr Colin Thompson in this Talking Point interview.
A written contract of employment helps establish what you and your employees each expect of the other. Phil Thompson, head of BPIF business, runs through the drafting process.
Employers are required by law to provide employees with a document setting out the main terms of their employment within two months of their employment starting. In putting together a contract you, as an employer, need to think carefully about any special conditions (e.g. an employee’s promise not to work for someone in direct competition) and whether these should be in the actual contract. The contract itself can include express and implied terms). A good example of the latter is the implied term of mutual trust and confidence.
We are looking for companies who are nurturing industry talent to feature in Image Reports
We work in such a creative and innovative industry, but we have a problem...It isn't considered sexy!
If we're going to make this an attractive career proposition for the hottest talent out there and prevent ourselves from stagnating we need to do something about it.
Are you proactively attracting new talent?
In response to this, Image Reports have launched the Turning On The Talent campaign: a search to find wide-format digital print companies proactively working to attract new talent into our sector.
We want to feature your company
In each issue throughout 2014, Image Reports will focus on one of 10 chosen companies with illuminating and illustrative stories to tell. These companies will demonstrate how they are helping to push the envelope in terms of identifying, recruiting, training, retaining and enthusing new talent.
What are we looking for?
To be considered for selection your company must match the below criteria:
This sounds like my company, how do we take part?
The successful companies will be notified and the Editor will conduct interviews for a series of Turning on the Talent features that will appear in Image Reports throughout 2014.
Paul Schwartfeger and Simon Griffin from design firm Etre explain how you could be losing out by not optimising your website for the colour-blind.
“Not a chance” according to print management specialist Graham Reed, a founding member of the Print Tribe, part ofglobal consultancy firm PrintFuture. Yet it does need careful consideration as he explains.
Hopefully the headline got your attention: it should. What really concerns me about ‘our’ industry is the emerging trend that when a new technology comes about that has even the remotest association with images on a substrate, it is going to be the saviour of the printing industry. Take Web-to-print (W2P); more than half of organisations that have bought W2P systems across the globe have not implemented them so that they bring a profitable outcome to their organisation. So why is cross media going to be any different?
Phil Thompson, head of BPIF Business, talks us through independent colour quality certification based on ISO12647 and 9001.
The BPIF has developed a UK Certification scheme for ISO12647, knowing that as with quality and environmental standards, buyers expect independent auditing and certification from UKAS accredited certification bodies. In response to such customer demands, a growing number of UK printing companies are now working towards the ISO12647 standard which is specific for colour quality.
According to InfoTrends’ ‘Transforming Textile Printing’ report published at the start of this year, the global textile industry is worth approximately $1 trillion. While the digital textile printing market is tiny in comparison to the entire textile industry, it is growing rapidly from a global perspective. So are you in on the action?
Jos Bastiaans, director of Netherlands-based textile print specialist Print Unlimited, has been involved in digital textile printing since it was merely an idea. He worked as a development and software engineer at Océ Netherlands before joining Stork, where he was part of team that developed the first inkjet plotter for textiles back in 1989. During the 1990s Stork set up a commission printing operation, which in 1999 became Print Unlimited. When this operation was hived off in a management buyout at the end of 2003, Bastiaans led the executive team responsible. And there he’s been ever since, so what he doesn’t know about textile printing isn’t worth knowing! Here are his thoughts…
Phil Thompson, head of BPIF Business, looks at health and safety compliance.
Results from recent research show that health and safety is the third biggest source of small firms' compliance expenditure, after tax matters and employment law. But the real cost is not just financial; at seven hours a month it is the second largest consumer of time after employment law. And companies are now spending more on external specialists to help them cope.