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How big of an issue is printing onto green substrates within your firm these days? And have you made a conscious effort to improve your overall ‘green’ credentials to meet customer demand? OK, I know, you’ve probably already answered these questions as part of the 2020 Widthwisw Survey (if you haven’t done it yet, please be quick and head over to https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/NJQNCG9), but I don’t have that data yet and given the ‘buzz’ around the topic - finally! - I’d love to know if you noticed a marked change in client attitudes and are making strategic changes to make your own business more sustainable? Let me know - you may even end up in the Widthwise Report…always looking for trailblazers.

Will be interesting to see how the coronavirus impacts European trade shows this year. Have you changed your mind about attending

What’s the most novel substrate/surface you’ve printed directly onto with your digital inkjet technology? I’m looking for the whacky and wonderful in the wake of Agfa’s partnership with TFL to develop a solution to decorate leather. I’ve heard of straw, cotton wool, ice….

Are you at Euroshop 2020? I’ve spoken with a few PSPs that had intended to go the monster retail trade fair, but that have cancelled plans for various reasons. Is it a ‘must attend’ event for your company? If so, I’d love to hear why. Perhaps it’s because you see the future - as with the interactive dynamic lightboxes launched by the ABS Group. Nice that! Anyone doing anything similar here in the UK?

Quick question: when does a customer - or a supplier for that matter - become your ‘partner’? One assumes ‘partner’ means there’s more to the relationship than an exchange of money, but it seems to have become general marketing parlance for anyone in your supply chain. Being a ‘partner’ once meant something special. Has that lustre been worn away?

So Imageco’s Nathan Swinson-Bullough has joined the Fespa UK Association board. Hopefully he’ll make sector representative noises about how the association can best represent and support large-format PSPs - I know from a recent meeting with its president Nicole Spencer that she wants more print companies to be more vocal about the issues impacting business today. You’ll be able to read more about that in the Talking Point interview in the upcoming issue of Image Reports - about to land on desks any day now so keep your eye open.

Right, I’m looking for disruptors - those of you who consider your company to be changing things up to meet the demands of a new decade in post-Brexit Britain. Perhaps you’re doing something outside the box in regards to marketing, recruitment/training, the environment, your service offering etc… If you think you’re flying in the face of convention and would be happy for me to shine the spotlight on your strategising in this year’s Widthwise Report please get in touch. P.S. The 2020 Widthwise poll is still live at: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/VBZZCYS

So, has life as you know it changed much since we left the EU? If it has - or you think it’s about to - and you’re up for a conversation on the topic please get in touch. Much appreciated.

What do you think this week’s distribution announcements by OKI and Canon say about kit manufacturers’ changing strategic objectives, and how do you think their thinking is likely to impact the ‘established’ graphic arts sector here in the UK?

The story in this newsletter regarding DIS opening its doors to trade work on the back of enlarged capacity has my little grey cells working - how does trade work compare with work from ‘direct’ customers in terms of profitability? Is it merely about keeping the presses rolling?

The announcement that the Department for Transport and Office for Low Emission Vehicles is set to double funding to £10m for residential electric vehicle chargepoints has me wondering about the wider use of electric transport and its adoption within this sector. Have you switched yet?

… about conferences like the one being launched by Fespa UK/Vism? What’s not to like about the opportunity to have some thinking space on how to do better business, while networking at the same time. Yet so often conferences get sidelined. Why? What would make you attend a one day ‘business boost’ event?

Apparently today is National Nothing Day - an ‘un-event’ proposed in 1972 by columnist Harold Pullman Coffin and observed annually on January 16 (in the US anyway) since 1973 – the intention being that you take time out and just have a think. Thought I’d give you something to think about…

New decade, new leadership - that seems to be ‘the thing’ this January considering all the new appointments we’ve been witnessing. Is this new era prompting you to look afresh at your company’s strategic direction and leadership?

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