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It’s easy to be blase about the data you own, manage and process. Easy but possibly expensive. The regulators can name and shame you, fine you or freeze your systems and bring your business to a standstill. Here Walter Hale tries to help you not get caught in the traps.

Why pay to have someone do what you can do yourself? As the internet makes it increasingly easy to handle printer maintenance and spare part replacement in-house, that’s exactly what seems to be happening.

Earlier this year Icon won an award for its meshh technology that can turn static advertising into interactive experiences. So could it revolutionise the retail print space?

.. then get your act together on sustainability. Here’s why.

All PSPs need to continually invest in new technology to remain competitive. But there are ways and means to getting the best from your spend as Cestrian explains.

Given its early adopter status when it comes to digital fabric printing, it might come as little surprise to learn that Kent-based theatrical drapery company Prompt Side has become the first to buy an EFI Vutek FabriVu 340 textile printer.

So you have business insurance. But is your policy fit for purpose now you’ve diversified? Scott Williams of First Insurance Solutions highlights considerations that might have escaped your notice.

Chris Boyd-Leslie, head of creative development at Oasis Graphics, devotes his time to exploring new inkjet print possibilities. His work is starting to pay off. Here’s how.

Are you entering the packaging market? According to Smithers Pira, it will have become a routine application for the digital wide-format community by 2021.

Targets can be very helpful, of course, but directors too often encourage their people to commit to a number - say, annual revenue growth of 7% - even though the path to achieving it isn’t clear. This can lead companies to chase growth in too many directions.

SMP is working with a number of manufacturers to find water-based UV-curable inks for the billboard sector. It’s just one of a number of innovative moves being made by the company as Mark Turner, director of digital print, and sales director Nick Stagg explain.

In January we received news that the purchase of two Mimaki flatbeds from CMYUK had set SCG on a new path - that the new technical digital print capability had prompted the company to team up with photographic artist Richard Osbourne to provide bespoke glass installations for interiors. Can you remind us of the key points in that diversification?

The full Widthwise Report 2016 will be posted out with the next issue of Image Reports. But here’s a head’s up on the scope and main findings of this year’s poll of domestic large-format PSPs.