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Undervalued properties preventing bank lending to small firms

The Forum of Private Business is warning that banks are often under-valuing properties when considering them as security for business loans, the result being that SMEs are either forced to stomach unfairly high interest rates on credit – or are denied loans altogether.

Look beyond what you already know at Mactac Open Week

The forthcoming Mactac Open Week aims to “encourage people to look beyond what they already know” with new products and applications. The ‘space’ themed event, which will take place the week starting 27 September at Mactac's offices in Northampton, will host live demonstrations on ‘how to’ and ‘where to’ use new Mactac products, with hands on instructions for those who want it. Attendance is by invitation only so if you wish to go along contact your local Mactac distributor or call Mactac UK on 01604 644697.  

Take a closer look

Hove-based Budgeprint is no stranger to vehicle wraps having produced them for some of the biggest and highest profile fleets but company’s recent work for specialist banker Investec is really turning heads.

Metamark gets new MD

Metamark has appointed Paul Hewitt as managing director with the intention of freeing up previous MD Mike Stuart to concentrate on development strategies alongside chairman Mark Bateson.

IGS launches Elements Finance

IGS UK has announced Elements Finance, an integrated finance package for those looking to buy its Elements range of environmentally friendly printers, software, inks and materials. Underwritten by an industry financing specialist, a package can be tailored to your needs via a variety of leasing, purchasing or contract hire options. Elements Finance is tailored to enable you to buy an entire solution with payment terms that means the system pays for itself with the income and cost savings it generates.

Economical way to change huge graphics regularly

Fairfield Displays and Lighting has brought out an easy-to-use electronic banner changing system designed to be used with ceiling heights up to 14m. At the click of the remote control the Eco-graphic system can bring down graphics up to 4m wide x 14m in length. The banner slides off a rail and a new one can be loaded by a single person in a few minutes.

Amazon OSL adds two new products to its outdoor POS portfolio

Amazon OSL has added two new products to its outdoor POS media range from Sihl diatec group, PolySol roll-up film 180 satin and PolySol pop-up film 310 satin. Both products are suitable for hot and cold lamination and Diatec maintain that due to the gray backside on each film the opacity reaches up to 99.9 percent.

Lax security and payment complexity leaves small firms stung by online payment fraud

Insufficient security checks and the complexity involved in taking online payments are leaving small firms exposed to payment processing fraud, the Forum of Private Business is warning. In order to prevent losses by spotting potential fraudulent activities early the Forum’s adviser on merchant services, Richard Bradley of Accept Cards, is urging businesses offering online payment services to put in place regular processes scrutinising orders using statistical information provided by online payment providers.

Metrix ganging software improved

LithoTechnics Metrix 2010 is now available. A number of new features have been added to the ganging software which dynamically determines the most efficient, cost-effective job imposition by applying its logic of optimum print practices to a database of your printers, finishing equipment and stocks.

Lean times ahead for skills funding from Government but Proskills UK close to winning the lion’s share

Proskills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for the Process and Manufacturing sector, has reached the final stage of the Joint Investment Programme and is close to securing £3.7m in skills funding for its industries which includes print. Over 80 companies involving potentially 12,000 learners in the process and manufacturing sector responded to Proskills’ request for interest in the Joint Investment Programme, and have been included in the bid.

Sign and Digital to sell Roland printers in Ireland

Roland UK has appointed Sign and Digital as a premium partner to distribute its full range of LFP printers in Ireland. The development also sees Albert Quealy move from Roland DG to Sign and Digital to head up this new division which will offer sales, service, training and installation across the entire Roland range of machines.

24 percent growth in Colortrac SmartLF large format scanner sales

Colortrac has achieved record unit sales, revenue and profit in the financial year ending 30 April 2010. Not including new business from OEM agreements, worldwide unit sales of Colortrac brand SmartLF large format scanners increased by 24% over the previous year.  Colortrac’s consolidated result (unaudited) shows that group revenues increased by 42% to £7.3 million, with a corresponding increase in pre-tax profits of 66%.

BAPC announces special guest speaker for 2010 conference

A key speaker at the 2010 BAPC conference will be Geoff Burch, often described as the alternative business guru. Burch is a regular contributor and presenter on TV and radio and was also the star of the hit BBC business show All Over the Shop which focussed on helping small businesses survive and thrive.

HP sponsors Brighton Photo Biennial

HP has become a partner and sponsor of the Brighton Photo Biennial 2010 (2 October - 14 November) and as such will provide use of HP Designjet Z3200 printers, inks and media, and an HP DreamColor monitor and advanced profiling solution for the production of this year’s festival exhibits.

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