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“Traffic light system” for persistent late payers welcomed… but Government needs to go further to protect SMEs

Will the new plans to name and shame late payers be enough to reduce the 50,000 small businesses that curently go down each year because of the industry-wide problem?

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Beware the “Lazarus Businesses” that will fool you into giving credit

Thousands of businesses go under each year… but only a tiny fraction of the people running them are disqualified. That allows them to set up again – which should ring alarm bells for anyone giving a “new company” credit…

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Why unpaid bills are every business’s Achilles heel… and how to avoid them

Every business owner will know that bad debts can bring down a company – and business debts are currently at their highest ever figure. That’s why taking action at the first sign of trouble could be vital to your future, says Ian Carrotte, founder of ICSM Credit.

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Government looks at late payments again… but will it be enough?

A recent announcement from the Government asking for feedback from businesses on how to tackle late payments has been given a “5/10” rating from one of the UK’s leading specialists in bad debt prevention.

 

 

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Warning to print businesses to “keep tabs” on their customers’ finances as company liquidations leap

Warning to print businesses to “keep tabs” on their customers’ finances as company liquidations leap

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The harder they come the harder they fall

Retailers who tasted the bitterness of insolvency in 2018

There seems no end to the number of High Street casualties this year with the likes of Maplins,  House of Fraser and Toys R Us all going to the wall or having to be drastically downsized or rescued.

 

 

 

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Top ten tips to make sure you remain solvent

Top ten tips to make sure you remain solvent

With a business climate in which major firms such as Carillion or House of Fraser have been hitting the rocks, there is only one policy to adopt if you are a supplier: tight credit control.

 

 

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Insolvency Service’s powers to be strengthened

Insolvency Service’s powers to be strengthened

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Bad debts: go bust or refinance and ensure business continues

The case of a printer who lost £10,000 when a customer failed to pay writes Harry Mottram

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Print firm that supplies Manchester United FC may collapse

One of the largest sheet fed and web offset printers in the country says they may call in the receivers writes Harry Mottram.

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Scandinavian raider set to seize Johnston Press

It seems impossible but Johnston Press, the mighty newspaper group and owner of titles across the country could collapse any day without a financial package to save it writes Harry Mottram.

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New local newspapers begin to spring up

Who would have thought there was a market for local news writes Harry Mottram. Clearly not Reach, Johnston Press and the like.

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10 ways to refinance your print business

Once you had to go cap in hand to the bank manager with a business spread sheet showing how you could develop your business with a loan.

 

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How William Caslon created a typeface and company still going 298 years later

There is a print industry supplier in St Albans whose history spans and in part defines the printing industry in the last three centuries.

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LIghts. dry ice and music herald the latest wide format press

By all accounts Agfa Graphics scaled down their presence at Fespa, and the reason appears to be they targeted a chunk of their marketing resources into this week’s open days. Or in their marketing speak, their Red Carpet Event at their factory in Antwerp in Belgium.

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Price rise in this metal is hitting printers

Net closes on 'dodgy' printer and his partner

For more than two years the notorious print farming duo known as the ‘Bonny and Clyde’ of the print industry by their victims have been taking money off self-publishers, designers and printers and not always supplying them with what they ordered.

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Battle for control of Xerox latest

Just when it appeared the battle for control of Xerox had squeezed out the last ounce of drama, a new drama is about to take place.

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Paper prices on the up

If things weren’t bad enough with inflation rising and a shrinking market, it now seems certain the printing industry will be hit by above inflation rises in paper.

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Finance for tax bills, cash flow problems and new kit

4Colour Finance help to keep the presses of the print industry rolling by providing financial support at crucial moments in a firm’s development.

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How a printing business dispute ended at the bottom of a river

The leading trade magazine and website Print Monthly have reported on a story that captured the headlines 100 years ago and is once again back in the news.

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Bitterness and betrayal in American envelope firm's slide

When print workers are made redundant it often leads to bitterness, especially if they feel an injustice has taken place. For instance they are assured their company is doing well one day but the following day the lights go out as the power supplier switches off the electricity. Or the bosses take huge pay-outs just before the company goes down leaving the workers with nothing.

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Print heritage preserved in the USA

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

In Massachusetts in the United States there is a project taking place to preserve the printing heritage of Worcester County by the Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

 

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Print Week Live 2018

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

Print Week stage their trade show in Coventry

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Packaging Innovations 2018 at the NEC

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

New ideas at the trade exhibition

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Print firm collapses over single debt

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

Print Week have reported on the collapse of Henna Press in Watford – a situation created by FT Solutions failing to pay on time according the publication’s website.

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About 4 Colour Finance

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

Traditional forms of business lending have been more difficult to obtain in recent years as bank lending criteria has significantly tightened. This has led to increased frustration, and in some cases hardship amongst progressive businesses throughout the UK.

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Questions over demise of publishing company

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

The trade publication Print Monthly magazine said there are questions to be answered over the London based book publisher Black Dog Publishing’s demise following the firm’s demise in January.

 

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Heidelberg to hold open house event in Brentford

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry


Heidelberg to hold open house event in Brentford at Heidelberg Graphic Equipment 69-76 High Street, Brentford, Middx TW8 OAA.

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PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

The exhibition and conference provides best-practice learning and practical, inspirational ideas visitors can take back to their businesses, and also enables printers and print buyers to improve their businesses through better use of technology by applying new ideas and methodologies.

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Adding trees to the Heartwood Forest

 

 

 

 

 

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

It’s Thursday 27th November 2017, 9:30am and the temperature is just touching 3˚C; it’s the morning after an incredibly stormy night. For most people today is ‘business as usual’, but that’s not the case for 150 of Premier’s customers and guests as they journey from across the country to the jewel, that is Heartwood Forest, hidden in the Hertfordshire countryside.

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Smithers Pira predicts global packaging market will hit $50bn by 2022

 

 

 

 

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

Research from Smithers Pira predicts the global packaging market will be worth $50bn by 2022.

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James Cropper: increase in pulp price

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRINTING INDUSTRY NEWS from 4 COLOUR FINANCE: Finance for the Print Industry

James Cropper gives profit warnings over pulp price increases

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