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In this issue, we look at the Government’s attempts to curb late payment, which threatens the cash flow if not the survival of many companies. Britain's 350 largest quoted Companies have been warned that they will be ‘named and shamed’ if they do not sign up to the voluntary Prompt Payment Code.
This issue features the winners of the 2012 BPIF Excellence Awards, which attracted an extremely high calibre of entries. The winners were announced on 13 September at a spectacular awards ceremony hosted by the irrepressible Bobby Davro and featuring entertainment from Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova from BBC 1’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. You’ll also find all the British Book Design and Production Award winners. Congratulations to all those awarded.
As a supplement to this month's Inprint, you will have received a Training and Development Inprint Xtra, which looks closely at the theory and practice of getting the best out of your staff. We explore the benefits that skills analysis can bring to any company, and examine the theory of learning, from Kolb's Learning Cycle to the learning styles that have been developed over the years. There's an explanation of how perception can mean the difference between rejection of training and enthusiasm for it, and an examination of the concept of responsible training, with a breakdown of what you should and shouldn't do. We also look at training the trainer, including a rundown of the criteria for effective feedback. Finally, we demystify apprenticeship frameworks.
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Inside this months copy of Inprint magazine, we explore the important area of exports by looking at the findings of a recent report published by the CBI in conjunction with Ernst & Young. The report is called ‘Winning Overseas: boosting business export performance’ and offers practical advice for printers interested in selling themselves abroad. Elsewhere in the magazine, there’s a roundup of BPIF’s recent lobbying, advice on how to get a better deal when renewing insurance policies, and a look at Cross Media publications. We also look at the BPIF Seal of Business Excellence and the first printer in the country to achieve it.
Operations Management Suppliment - Operations in Focus
Also available this month is an Operations Management Inprint Xtra. This supplement explores a number of related topics, including how some companies have gone about benchmarking themselves against ‘best in class’, the evolution of continuous performance improvement methodologies (with an overview of Six Sigma and Lean), the role of standards in maintaining efficient processes, and the three big issues of managing paper, equipment and people. We will also look at the whole question of implementation planning, including new work flow systems, new presses, and integrating a new customer account.
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We take a long hard look at what the government has been doing to help business. There have been some good signs, such as the money that will shortly be available for apprentices and through the Regional Growth Fund. Ministers have also agreed to look again at the issue of late payers. That's something many of them have promised to do in the past, with mixed results, but at least this means the issue is still at the top of the agenda, where it should be.
But we are still waiting to see what the true outcome of the changes to public procurement policy are, and in this issue we look in detail at what they might mean.
HR Supplement - There’s always time for strategy
Even in the harshest economic climates, says Chief Executive of the BPIF Kathy Woodward, you need time to sit back and look at where your business is going.
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It's always good to wrap up the year with an issue that shows the fantastic work many of you out there are doing. And that is certainly something we can do when talking about this year's British Book Design and Production Awards.
MAKE THEM SMILE
Kay Smith on why customer service training is vital
Make it Simple
Kathy Woodward spells out what she plans to do
What a time that was - Michael Johnson looks back at his ten years at the top
Crossing the divide
High performing people.
Engaging employee talent for business success.
Best practice, creative thinking and innovation.
PrintYorkshire is doing a great job in its region.
The human league.
A wealth of regionally based expertise.
Improving the flow.
Howard Smith and Sun Chemical.
Benchmark performance and enhanced profitability.