Good for business

You would be crazy not to!

Running a successful independent design and print business is not the easiest thing in the world to achieve. In the past, many would-be print entrepreneurs started by joining a franchise, but with the collapse of the Prontaprint and Kall Kwik franchise networks in 2011, choices in this area are severely limited. As a result of this, a group of experienced and successful former franchisees formed the UK Design & Print Network (UKDPN). UKDPN now comprises over sixty member businesses and now included members who do not have a franchise background.

Benefits of membership

Apart from the incredibly helpful on-line forum used to share ideas, best practice and provide assistance to each other the UKDPN group have worked hard to:

• Negotiate some great pricing deals in relation to the running of a design & print business
• Run an annual conference to help learn & share ideas
• Run events including product seminar days to help understand new ways of growing your business
• Provide a forum for help, advice and knowledge. Ask a question and someone on the forum will have the answer.

Last year we have run two training courses for members on AdWords and Cross Media which are also free of charge to attend (Birmingham location) and an annual conference at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire. However apart from the paper and equipment deals that the purchasing team have negotiated as a bench mark for all our companies the biggest benefit is from the knowledge sharing. An example of this was when one member was purchasing a Xerox J75. Knowledge shared on the forum ensured that the member had the click price lowered by 0.3p fixed for 3 years plus a lower capitol purchase price. That deal alone would never have been achieved without being a member and will save him nearly £10K over the 4-5 year ownership. This is just one area where the collective wisdom of the members would help a good deal to be achieved.

As an example of how this has worked for the 2014/15 members there has been an offer on a trial pack of the new Multiloft paper which can be bought from Premier Paper at cost price (100 sheets) and on top of that on presenting your invoice to UKDPN there is an additional £65 rebate sent back which is from sponsorship funds.

What does all this cost?

Just £100.00 per year - but you can try it out for nothing!

Apply for a trial account (free for 3 months and no obligation) to check out the UKDPN forum to see if membership works for you. You would not have access to any of the members deals during the trial period.

To be honest anyone who is in our business (B3 / Digital / large Format / Design) would be crazy not to as the annual cost of £100 per annum is usually saved within a month or two. The criteria for being a member is simple and straightforward.

Please contact me on 07971 820 990 or
[email protected]

I would be pleased to answer any questions that you may have.
 
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A free six year warranty from Apple?

The screen of my Mk1 iPad failed recently. Apple’s guarantee is twelve months and my iPad is over three years old, but I decided to take into the local Apple Store to see what could be done, half expecting to told to buy a new one.
It seems that Apple have their own interpretation of UK consumer law, because although my iPad was not covered under Apple’s warranty, they gave me a new one free of charge! The staff in the Apple Store call this “The six year rule”, and it applies to any Apple hardware. The process (including deleting the data from my old iPad) took about ten minutes - no quibbles.
There seemed to be two factors that influenced their decision. I originally bought my iPad from the store that I took it back to, and my iPad did not look “knocked about”.
So if you have a Mac, Apple monitor, iPhone or iPad that has failed, but is in “good condition” - and is up to six years old - take it back!
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When is giving paper away good for business?

Special stocks - give them away!

One of the uglier characteristics of many of the print businesses that I visit is the section of the stock room that contains customers special order stocks. These are stocks that the printer would never normally carry, but at some time or other has ordered for a specific customer’s job.

The temptation (of course) is to print the job, then put any left over stock on the shelf thinking “I’ll sell that to someone else”, and (also of course) you almost never do.

Hopefully, the customer will be paying for all the stock that was ordered anyway. So instead of cluttering up the stock room with odds and ends that will never be sold - why not do this…

Offer the customer a deal that will use all of the stock. This is only common sense, and will enhance you reputation with the customer.

Or - If the order was for letterheads, offer the customer a deal on compliment slips printed at the same time.

Or - Offer the customer a quantity of plain continuation sheets for “free”!

Or - Offer the customer some “free” jotter pads - or anything else you can think of - made from the surplus stock.

Any of the above could be offered at little or no cost to you. Doing so would certainly help to improve your relationship with the customer…

…and just think of the space you’d save!
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