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Selecting the correct Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) are essential to any business but putting them in place can be easier said than done. For example, often a lot of money is spent on management information systems (MIS) to support the production process; however, it is often the case that capturing the correct information to enable accurate analysis is often a lot harder than is expected.

The phrase “rubbish in – rubbish out” is quoted on numerous occasions, so how do you ensure that the data generated is useful and relevant? What can you do to make sure that the generation of KPI’s will have the desired effect? How can they be produced effectively with the minimum of effort and how will you get your employees to buy into the whole idea?

Money, money, money…and how to get your hands on it more easily via print finance specialists.

With so many print companies diversifying into new and/or changed markets, the question has got to be asked: how valid are customer surveys and are they worth undertaking?

Insolvency group KSA provides tactical advice to those thinking of expanding by buying a troubled business at a knock down price.

What can we learn from Apple’s late, lamented genius Steve Jobs? After his death, many eulogisers – like Eric Jackson and Gene Marks at Forbes magazine – quoted his famous address at Stanford University in 2005, as did Megan McArdle in The Atlantic (http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/10/follow-your-bliss-sort-of/246350/) when she rebuked him for advising students to “follow their bliss” – i.e. pursue their dreams. Good advice if you are the next Steve Jobs, McArdle noted tartly, but most people aren’t.

Learn a thing or two about boosting sales and beating your competitors from Jerry Della Femina, author of the book ‘Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor’ that inspired the TV series Mad Men.

Both business continuity and disaster recovery should be an integral part of business continuity management (BCM). Understandably, focus is often placed upon preventative actions, planning and testing but then any documentation, often written as a necessary chore to satisfy insurance companies, is filed away and hence, in many cases, provides no real benefit to the business - if anything, giving false comfort.

So are there reasons why you should be concerned about BCM and if so, what are the key stages that form part of any BCM?

Should you get involved in textile print and will iT boost business? Here’s what some already involved in the process have to say about its impact on their operations.

Could Hollywood Monster’s links with design students bring a new energy and focus to large-format print?

Dispute resolution is becoming an increasing problem for print companies. Here, Philip Thompson, head of BPIF Business, explains what you can do to prevent problems from arising, and how to manage them once they have.

Get yourself noticed via this DIY guide to how to make your business known from the Forum of Small Business.

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