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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.

Towards the end of 2014 Callprint said it intended to double turnover to £25m in two years, and in particular was looking to acquire companies with large-format print and project management capability


Walter Hale takes a look at ad figures and works out what it adds up to for the print community.

Advertising is one of the great bellwethers of business confidence. So it’s reassuring to see that, despite the collective hysteria that has sparked a rollercoaster ride on the world’s stock markets at the start of this year, the world’s leading ad agency Dentsu Aegis is confident that, in 2016, advertising spend will grow globally by 4.7% - and 5.5% in the UK.

Tim Andrews, managing director of award winning, large scale signage company Hollywood Monster, explains what he considers the perfect formula for finding, hiring and maintaining new style ‘sales’ people.

As more PSPs move into the textile print, Northern Flags is looking to grow business by going the other way – by moving into the more ‘traditional’ large-format print spaces.

If print for interiors is an area of interest for your company you’ll want to hear what Alberto Masserdotti said at the Fespa Global Summit ahead of the upcoming Printeriors showcase and conference.

Should we make confidence our guide as we consider the economic landscape in which we’ll be working this year. Walter Hale provides an overview. 

Brace yourselves: 2016 will not be as smooth as predictions of a 2.4% growth in UK GDP might suggest. An EasyJet/YouGov survey of small businesses in December 2015 found that only 56% of respondents thought their company would grow this year. And very few expected to expand their business by 10% or more.

Matic Media Services knows how to make money from Web-to-print. Having established PhotoArtWarehouse.co.uk in 2010 and WooWooNails.com in 2012, the Lanarkshire-based large-format PSP has now formed NextDayPosters.co.uk. I asked MD Richard McCombe about the company’s online development capability and strategy.

This month we kick off a series of ‘Innovators’ features with a look at how Mal McGowan is putting his company’s motto into practice.

Hazel Jacques, director at asset finance specialist Academy Leasing, considers the different funding options available to PSPs kicking off 2016 in expansion mode.

Gavin Wall, a solicitor and licensed conveyancer, and director and the lead commercial property lawyer in Conveyancing Expert, helps you navigate business premises leasehold pitfalls when moving location.