The conference and workshop sessions at PrintWeekLive! will provide inspirational ideas, across a broad range of topics, that you can take back to your business.
Hear about the latest technologies and how they can be applied to your business, the latest business thinking, from people inside and outside of print, and how these new approaches can benefit your company,hear from buyers on where the market is headed and what they think are the key opportunities.
In short, sessions will Inspire! Innovate! Initiate!
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The innovation imperative
10:15 - 11:00
James Duckenfield, CEO, Hobs
With a solid background in driving innovation to deliver commercial success, few people are better placed than James to share hard-earned insights on why innovation is a necessity not a luxury. He’ll draw on his 20-plus years’ industry experience; which has included starting and then selling a technology business and being chief innovation officer for Xerox’s consulting and analytics businesses to, more recently, returning to the coalface by buying into and becoming CEO of one of the industry’s most innovative businesses, Hobs Group, to share powerful insights on how to put innovation at the centre of your business. In his inspirational session, James will cover off topics such as why innovation is imperative for the survival of your business and why there should be no sacred cows when it comes to driving change. He’ll also share statistics on what is happening to our industry, share examples of successful innovation, highlight how you can align your people and customers and share practical next steps to empower them and you to drive innovation at your business.
GDPR: Putting the power back into print
Patrick Headley, chief executive, Go Inspire
As CEO of one of the UK’s largest marketing services groups, offering the latest in strategy, data insight, print and direct mail innovation, Pat will share his thoughts on how the industry can embrace the imminent introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulations as an opportunity, rather than fear it as a threat. He’ll highlight the true value of physical mail in an on-line world and explain how you can turn the fear and confusion around GDPR to your business’s advantage. This session will give you the tools to create persuasive arguments to use with your stakeholders, whether you’re a printer or a print buyer. Go Inspire Group companies: GI Solutions, Eclipse, GI Insight, Eclipse 4DM, Go Inspire (previously Direct Link) and Paperplanes
Making your capital work for you
12:15 - 13:00
Mark O’Sullivan, partner, Grant Thornton UK
Mark specialises in helping businesses to identify and deliver a transformational cash release from working capital. He has experience of all major functions within a client’s company – not just finance – to build support for change initiatives, and to define and target optimal working capital levels. The result can often equate to at least 5% of turnover, often with more than 50% of the benefits delivered within 12 months. In this informative session Mark will share real life examples of how improving working capital can result in better business performance, and how the challenges can differ depending on the size of a company. He will highlight some top tips you can take back to your own business, as well as the warning signs you need to look out for. This session is a must for anyone who cares about the financial wellbeing of their business.
A panel discussion led by PrintWeek’s Jo Francis featuring young printing industry entrepreneurs, talking about their experiences and how they were inspired to get into print and the lessons they’ve learned.
The Solopress journey and the lessons learned
14:15 - 15:00
Aron Priest, co-founder and managing director, Solopress
Aron Priest will talk about his and the company’s journey from a one man, one press trade printing outfit to one of the of the UK’s leading online print innovators with sales of more that £20m - a journey that culminated in the business’s sale last year. He’ll talk about how he and his business partner decided when was the right time to sell and how they prepared it for a sale. Aron’s session will also mix inspiration and hard learned lessons in equal measure. He’ll cover topics from how technology supported the company’s evolution, the future of e-commerce and the importance of data in the running of all print businesses. He’ll talk about how data can provide valuable insights on the products that work for your business and those that don’t, how it can shape your marketing strategy, and how it can help identify new opportunities. Importantly, he’ll also share his experiences of some of the things that didn’t work and the lessons he learned.
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The changing role of print in a multichannel world
10:15 - 11:00
Charles Jarrold, chief executive, BPIF
As a former print business leader and current CEO of the BPIF, the industry’s leading trade body, Charles will discuss the direction of travel of the UK print sector and what that means for those of us in it. Using the BPIF’s quarterly research data, his engaging and thought-provoking presentation will look at some of the perceived and actual challenges facing the industry, from Brexit, unsustainable pricing and technological change but, even more importantly also the opportunities. He firmly believes that the industry is in the midst of one of the most exciting times in its history, but it’s not without its challenges. Many of those challenges, however, once viewed from a fresh perspective, could represent some of the industry’s most significant opportunities in the years ahead.
Planning to succeed
Paul Holohan, chief executive, Richmond Capital Partners
Synopsis: Planning ahead is vital when considering the sale of a business and there is much to consider from both a business and personal perspectives. And yet the harsh reality is that there is very little practical advice available on how to plan for the exit. Paul Holohan, founder and chief executive of print industry mergers and acquisitions specialist Richmond Capital Partners, will provide practical insight into this challenging subject. In his thought provoking session, Paul will cover topics from preparing for the sale process, spotting obstacles to a successful sale, valuing the business, and structuring the deal itself. Paul and his team have over 35 years’ experience in selling businesses spanning over 200 transactions – so it’s safe to say that they’ve seen it all. Paul will use his knowledge and experience to help you avoid the common mistakes and learn from the success stories. Regardless of whether you’re looking to sell your business now or in the future or looking to grow your business through M&A or are simply interested in learning about fiscal best practice, this informative session will help all print business owners to be better prepared to face the challenges and embrace the opportunities in our dynamic industry.
Become a partner, not a supplier
12:15 - 13:00
Michael Burman, managing director, FE Burman
There can’t be many print leaders that boast a career spanning more than 50 years that are still recognised as one of the industry’s foremost innovators. But Michael is one such leader. In his thought-provoking session he will explain how printers can and must become true partners of their clients, not simply suppliers. He’ll also passionately talk about why printers need to regain their position as trusted communications experts if the industry is survive and thrive and share how his business is constantly striving to achieve that status and how yours too can target that admirable goal.
The future of print
Apprentice Panel Discussion
It's National Apprenticeship Week. We hear from a panel of printing industry apprentices about their industry journey so far, and their aspirations for the future. Session to be chaired by leading industry figure who started their journey in print as an apprentice/trainee.
Session details to be announced shortly
A good place to network, and to listen and learn. The sessions and the conferences were all very good and well planned. Knowledge is power.Mike Haselton, Technical Manager, Sappi UK.
It's a great way of benchmarking and hearing what the rest of the industry is doing to innovate.Jean-Paul Wheater, Continuous Improvement Manager, Linney Group.
Well worth a visit to see the latest technology and hear from industry specialists about future trends.Lynton Buxton, Group Marketing Manager, The TALL Group of Companies.
Good opportunity to showcase exhibitors new products and to learn more about the industry direction. Go for the seminars if nothing else.Steve Taylor, Sales Manager, Domino UK Ltd.
Good convenient location with free parking! Smallish event so could plan effectively what and who I want to see and speak with. Great communications allowing planning in advance for the seminars and workshops.Geoff Harris, Print and Production Director, McCann.
Hugely relevant event for the industry. An excellent event with really high quality exhibitors and delegates.Tom Scott, Marketing Manager, UK Book Binders.
Great opportunity to learn more from industry experts within the seminar sessions with real world examples to utilise within your own business units.Lee Womack, CPS Specialist, Imagenet.
I believe it was a good first show for Print Week and there were some interesting items that personally kept me in touch with some of the new innovations in the industryJayne Treutlein, Client Services Manager, RR Donnelley.
Good range of suppliers and services on display. The size and range of the exhibition was ideal for our purposes, which was essentially a fact-finding mission. We spoke to knowledgeable people and sourced a range of new suppliers.Stuart Parton, Marketing Manager, Wakefield College.
The event provided a good mix of opportunity to meet new suppliers and learn about industry changes and forecasts, not too big and well focussedMark Plummer, Managing Director, PlatinumHPL.
People I know within the industry would benefit from the event next year.Timothy Mangles, Senior Reproductive Technician of Graphics, Summit Print.
Quality of speakers and attendees very high. A good opportunity to hear top industry operators talking about relevant issues.Tim Drake, Chairman, Print and Paper Think Tank
Invest the time & trouble to attend trade shows if you can - you'll always learn something.Jeff Clark, Director, Admiral Design and Print.
I got so much out of the workshops and conferences. Fantastic way to broaden your printing brain!Chris Marson, Quality and Innovation Manager, Webmart.
I think people should attend PrintWeekLive! to hear the stories and views of market leaders. I thought the event was very interesting and many of the presentations were by industry leading personnel who you might not always be able to hear talk.Robert Squires, Print Consultant, Pureprint.
There was something for everyone there.Ewa Evans, Print and Mail Specialist, Screwfix.
Workshops and conference talks were very good.Colm Downer, Director, Westside Press.
It was a successful inaugural event - the conference sessions were strong - there was a fresh feel to the approach on how to please the industry.Annie Hotton, PR Content Manager, Duomedia.
Good event for business.Bjorgvin Ragnarsson, General Manager, Haskolaprent.
I found it very informative and it would help a supplier we use to go and take a look and maybe give them a new lease of life to other ideas and avenues to their business.Jay Patel, Project Manager, Reynolds Press.
I thought the workshop element was excellent and will definitely attend other workshops. I will also try and attend a conference on future visits.Gavin Hay, Client Services, Xcaliba Ltd.
All the right contacts attend.Jane McKenna, Marketing Manager, Peter Contracts.
I found it positive overall and have never visited this venue before. Strong branding and compact venue. Easy to see everyone.Peter Swann, Digital Systems Sales Manager.
Excellent conferences and great to get a number of different views about the future of print, all under one roof.Peter Jolley, General Manager, Kern Ltd.
Interesting, and good variety of suppliers etc.Alison Davies, Senior Marketing Professional, Canon (UK) Ltd.
Worth it to keep in touch with new developments and equipment, and thinking at conferences.Michael Johnson, Partner, Print-Out.
As a first time exhibition I thought the whole show was good with scope to grow and improve in the future. The workshops were good and again have potential to be a great lure for people to get involved with. Overall an interesting concept that I would be happy to recommend.Carl Lawrence, Print Production Controller, Bauer Media.
It was very interesting to hear about work trends and demands in the print industry.Paul Stinson, Application Specialist, Papergraphics.
Its a good two day event that will benefit most businesses with a range of events and stands covering most aspects of the print industry.Richard Foale, Head of Digital, CPi Colour.
I had a good talk with various software vendors and follow-up meetings were arranged. Thank you very much for setting this all up.Andreas Schillinger, Managing Director, Dynamic Systems ID Ltd. t/as Lotus Labels.
Good to participate in a print related event like this - networking and understanding trends and latest ideas. It's a good opportunity to get up close and personal with exhibitors, and to take part in workshops and conference sessions which help gather ideas that could work in your business.Beth Bethell, IT Director, St Ives.
I found the event very interesting and wished I had set a side two days as opposed to half a day. I enjoyed the event and had some good meetings. I wish I had planned myself better and attended on both days and attended more of the workshops. I liked the set up and layout as it was a lot more intimate than other events I have attended. I think the workshops and conferences are important as I feel we should all be talking with each other and sharing ideas in order to move this industry forwards, in spite of all the hurdles we face.Fenton Smith, Managing Director, Boss Print Ltd.
Happy to support new events that keep print alive and kickingBarry Pearson, Project and Product Manager, Nitecrest.