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APCOM Folio Magazine

Posted by Anthony on Tuesday, June 27th, 2017
27
Jun
2017
Welcome to ‘folio’ magazine, the refreshed APCOM magazine. It has been several years since we last updated the design and we have worked hard to ensure we retain the best of the old magazine with new articles, in an easy to read new format. We believe that printing is a powerful medium, so we will continue to send a copy of the magazine to all members, and of course, we have always made the magazine available on-line, and this will not change. Please share the link from the website apcom.org.uk to all your staff and colleagues who are interested. As a former designer, I am really excited to… Read more

APCOM Remuneration Survey 2017

Posted by Anthony on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017
07
Jun
2017
One of the most useful and popular APCOM bench-marking tools is our remuneration survey.   How do your pay rates and charge out rates compare? How does your unit compare to others? What range of services do you offer, and what services are other units delivering? Perhaps more than ever this is really useful data, best of all is that it’s available to all APCOM members FREE of charge. However, in the interest of fairness the full results are only distributed to those who take part in the exercise. So please don’t miss out, please take a few minutes to complete the attached document and r… Read more

MMU Print Tech Day Friday 31st March

Posted by Anthony on Thursday, March 9th, 2017
09
Mar
2017
Hosted by:Manchester Metropolitan University Print Services9.30am – 5pm Friday 31 March 2017Location: Print Services, John Dalton Shed, Chester Street, Manchester M1 5GD The difference is a smarter way of working Insights into new and exciting 2D & 3D print technologies, and their introduction into HE institutions. Plus selective supplier exhibition. New and emerging technologies, such as 3D printers and storefronts, are flooding the HE creative and print marketplace. It’s an exciting time to be involved in print, but as Manchester Metropolitan knows the hard way, there’s far more to … Read more

Christmas

Posted by Anthony on Sunday, December 18th, 2016
18
Dec
2016
  A Christmas Message As we rapidly approach Christmas, I would like to take the opportunity to wish our members and sponsors a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are all working hard trying to get the last rush of work finished for the chance of catching up with both family and friends at Christmas. It is sometimes difficult to take time out and wind down when we are in a production environment but it is always nice to say a big thank you to the staff, colleagues and customers who have worked hard and supported us all year. It was a very nice break to enjoy a Carol Service on T… Read more

APCOM@Antalis

Posted by Anthony on Monday, August 8th, 2016
08
Aug
2016
APCOM@Antalis – Members Only Event Antalis have teamed up with APCOM, as one of our platinum sponsors, to put on a very special event solely for APCOM members. On Tuesday 8th November, Antalis will throw open its doors for the day and invite you for a behind the scenes glimpse of everything they have to offer. This includes a tour of the enormous Antalis warehouse and an introduction to their renowned Antalis Digital Academy. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided. The event takes place at Antalis’ Headquarters in Coalville, Leicestershire. As ever with these events, spaces… Read more

APCOM Remuneration Survey 2016

Posted by Anthony on Monday, May 9th, 2016
09
May
2016
One of the most useful and popular APCOM benchmarking tools is our remuneration survey. Get a FREE 32GB memory card when you reply!   How do your pay rates and charge out rates compare? How does your unit compare to others? What range of services do you offer, and what services are other units delivering? Perhaps more than ever this is really useful data, best of all is that it’s available to all APCOM members FREE of charge. However, in the interest of fairness the full results are only distributed to those who take part in the exercise. So please don’t miss out, please take a few min… Read more

APCOM & KONICA MINOLTA INNOVATION DAY

Posted by Anthony on Monday, March 21st, 2016
21
Mar
2016
   APCOM & KONICA MINOLTA INNOVATION DAY APCOM have teamed up with platinum sponsors Konica Minolta to deliver an exciting workshop focussing on innovation. The workshop is, only for APCOM members and delivered free of charge. The event takes place Thursday 26th May at Konica Minolta’s Nottinghamshire showroom. The challenge has been to try and condense as much in what will be a packed day. With that in mind, topics to be covered include; hardware and software solutions and how to make the most of what you already have – ably supported by EFi, Duplo and Morgana a peek at Augme… Read more

Apcom Awards 2016

Posted by Anthony on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
24
Feb
2016
APCOM - Awards 2016 Don't miss the deadline - 1st August 2016 " The APCOM awards allow us to demonstrate quality, credibility and consistency to our customers which gives them confidence in our ability to deliver their requirements. They look great in the cabinet too!..." City and County of Swansea   It is simple to enter...    Hopefully by now, you will all be aware of the APCOM Conference and Awards, being  held at Wroxall Abbey, Warwickshire on the 20th-22nd September! Well, believe it or not, it is less than 5 months away before the closing date for your entries into the Awards, so st… Read more

The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive steps down

Posted by Anthony on Monday, February 1st, 2016
01
Feb
2016
Press Release : 29 January 2016 Stephen Gilbert, The Printing Charity’s Chief Executive steps down After 12 years Stephen Gilbert, the Charity’s Chief Executive and Secretary, is taking early retirement. The Trustees would like to thank him for his drive and vision that have transformed a little-known organisation into a vibrant, national charity. During his time as Chief Executive, he developed a new strategic direction for the Charity, which saw the Charity relaunched in 2010 as The Printing Charity and the granting of a second Supplemental Royal Charter in 2014. The latter is a lasting… Read more

Sharp – New APCOM Platinum Sponsors 2016

Posted by Anthony on Friday, January 15th, 2016
15
Jan
2016
  APCOM are pleased to announce that Sharp Business Systems UK have signed up for Platinum sponsorship with APCOM for 2016. Sharp is one to the world’s leading manufacturers in the electronics industry and one the best known brands within the print industry. Graham Lowe added “I recently had the opportunity to visit Sharp at their UK base and was excited about the new developments that Sharp are bringing to the pro print arena. We are delighted to have the opportunity to work closely with David Harrison and his team in the year ahead” Sharp’s sponsorship represents the company’s first ass… Read more

Print Week Power 100 2015

Posted by Anthony on Monday, January 11th, 2016
11
Jan
2016
APCOM President, Michael Jacques enters the Print Week Power 100 list for 2015 Mike is the third APCOM President to be recognised in the Print Week Power 100 list of the most influential people in print. Following closely in the footsteps of past Presidents Graham Lowe and Anthony Evans. Past President Graham said. “recognition in the Power 100 represents a coup for APCOM and symbolizes APCOM’s stature within the print industry. Whereas the list is dominated by commercial print I am delighted that APCOM is flying the flag for the public sector and our contribution to print is being recognise… Read more

Free Membership

Posted by Anthony on Sunday, January 10th, 2016
10
Jan
2016
Public Sector organisations can Apply for Free membership here. At this year’s AGM a motion to introduce free membership to all APCOM members for 2017 was passed. The idea of removing the membership subscription has been considered and debated by the Executive Committee for some time, however it was felt the timing was right to move this forward. Why are we doing this? For APCOM to survive we need a strong active membership. With the ever increasing budgetary constraints experienced by member authorities, the issue of membership fees has become a barrier to membership. Indeed we have lost… Read more

Remuneration Survey 2014-15

Posted by Anthony on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
15
Apr
2015
One of the most useful and popular APCOM benchmarking tools is our remuneration survey. How do your pay rates and charge out rates compare? How does your unit compare to others? What range of services do you offer, and what services are other units delivering? Perhaps more than ever this is really useful data, best of all is that it’s available to all APCOM members FREE of charge. However, in the interest of fairness the full results are only distributed to those who take part in the exercise. So please don’t miss out, please take a few minutes to complete the attached document and return t… Read more

The Real Print & Finishing Open House

Posted by Anthony on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
25
Feb
2015
Time for a reality check? IFS and Apex are teaming up for a three-day open house on 10th, 11th and 12th March in Hemel Hempstead, showing real world solutions and producing real customer work in real time. We’ve got unique and market-leading technology in every department which really can make higher quality, productivity and profitability a reality. We're giving you the opportunity to produce your own print samples, live - so whether you wish to bring a regular job to see if we can improve upon your current production method, or test a new process to expand into a new market, we're ready.… Read more

DUPLO ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW FOR THE NORTH

Posted by Anthony on Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
25
Feb
2015
DUPLO ANNOUNCES NEW SHOW FOR THE NORTH  Duplo has unveiled first details of a new event in the north to show how customers can create added value and increased revenue through the latest applications and innovations. The print finishing systems pioneer has announced that ’Northern Lights’ will be held at The Lowry, part of a magnificent waterside location in the redeveloped Salford Quays, Manchester, from 10-11 March 2015. Duplo will be demonstrating how its continual investment in its business with next-generation products, service and support create integrated solutions and a sustainabl… Read more

APCOM Annual Report 2013-14

Posted by Anthony on Wednesday, December 17th, 2014
17
Dec
2014
The APCOM Annual Report is available to members from the resources section of the web site www.apcom.org.uk/membership/resources/minutes/ It contains financial reports for the year 2013 and AGM minutes and statements Read more

Print week power 100 List 2014

Posted by Anthony on Sunday, November 9th, 2014
09
Nov
2014
APCOM President, Graham Lowe re-enters the Print Week Power 100 list for 2014 It’s perhaps fitting that in APCOM’s anniversary year President Graham Lowe has re-entered the Print Week Power 100 at number 86. Members may recall that former President Anthony Evans made the list in 2011 followed by Graham in 2012. Graham however is keen to point out that this should be seen as a collective achievement made possible by the dedicated work of the Executive Committee and APCOM members. Graham said. “recognition in the Power 100 represents a coup for APCOM and symbolizes APCOM’s stature within the … Read more

APCOM Conference, Training and Network Pictures 2014

Posted by Anthony on Sunday, November 9th, 2014
09
Nov
2014
Pictures from the 2014 APCOM Conference are available in the gallery. www.apcom.org.uk/gallery/ If you were there, this will bring back some great memories. If you were unable to attend, take a look at what went on and book your place for next year! Read more

Print Heritage Partner

Posted by John on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
02
Jul
2014
  APCOM Continues Moving Forward and Joins St Bride Foundation as a Print Heritage Partner. For five centuries, Fleet Street has been at the epicentre of world communication and discourse, ever since Caxton’s assistant Wynkyn de Worde, set up his business there.  The only part of this glorious world remaining in Fleet Street is St Bride Foundation, one of the hidden gems of London, housing the biggest archive and history of printing from Caxton to the computer and beyond. The secrets housed in the Foundation continue to be unveiled and discovered by those working in the printing, design and… Read more

APCOM Workshop - Marketing for Printers

Posted by Anthony on Wednesday, March 12th, 2014
12
Mar
2014
APCOM Workshop - Marketing for Printers Monday 12th May 2014 – Canon offices, Warrington, WA3 7QH   In partnership with Canon, APCOM members are invited to a FREE APCOM workshop focussing on MARKETING FOR PRINTERS. This is a full day workshop aimed at anyone who is selling print and is looking generate new business as well as develop the existing internal customer base. The workshop assumes little or no experience in marketing and will provide an excellent forum for the exchange of ideas and experiences. Full details of the workshop are attached; however places are limited so make sure t… Read more

New Paper Framework RM1078 - Now Live

Posted by Anthony on Thursday, February 13th, 2014
13
Feb
2014
Crown Commercial Service is pleased to advise that the new WPS Printing and Specialist Paper Framework is now live and full details may be viewed on their website : http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/contracts/rm1078   Guidance notes, pricing information and further documentation (OJEU, Ts & Cs etc) can be viewed via the above link. For further information please contact: Martina CorrinCategory Specialist Print & PaperOffice SolutionsCrown Commercial Service 9th Floor, The Capital, Old Hall Street, Liverpool L3 9PP Direct dial: 0151 672 2214  Customer Service Desk: 0345 410 2222 … Read more

Our 35th Anniversary

Posted by Anthony on Monday, February 10th, 2014
10
Feb
2014
2014 is a very special year for APCOM as we celebrate our 35th anniversary. The association began life in 1979 known as AIMS – The Association of Inplant Managers. A lot has happened to us  since 1979 and we will be marking the occasion in a number of way throughout the year. Keep a look out via the website and the magazine. We are also planning something very special at this year’s conference – so make sure  book up nice and early and don’t miss out!! Read more

2014 Membership Renewal News

Posted by Anthony on Monday, February 10th, 2014
10
Feb
2014
2014 membership renewal forms have now been issued and should be with members. Remember that membership runs from 1st January to 31st December, and if you have not yet paid, then your fees are now overdue. Please return your completed form and remember to give us a purchase order number.  If you need any help please get in touch with us. Remember too, that your membership fee entitles you to have up to three of colleagues as secondary members for free.  We have kept the membership fee at £100, so with three additional secondary members, that equates to £25 which is exceptional value for money… Read more

APCOM Awards 2014 News

Posted by Anthony on Monday, February 10th, 2014
10
Feb
2014
It’s never too early to start planning towards our prestigious APCOM awards. Last year the bar was raised as the judges commented that the overall standard was the best ever. The award submission deadline is 1st August 2014, which may seem a long way away, however it will soon creep up on you , so start planning NOW!. What we know from previous winners is that planning for the awards gives you a much better chance of coming out on top….so make a start today! Read more

W2P Event 18th July Stafford

Posted by John on Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
25
Jun
2013
We are pleased to confirm that APCOM and E-Print will be hosting a dedicated Web-2-Print seminar on the 18th July in Stafford. Full details will be sent to members and made available on the web site. Please email info@apcom.org.uk to reserve your place. Read more

Conference Awards Forms Available

Posted by John on Monday, May 27th, 2013
27
May
2013
The APCOM annual conference has moved to a new late summer slot. This means you should have loads of high quality work you simply can't wait to nominate for a prestigious awards. Only work completed between 30th March 2012 and 31st July 2013 is eligible for entry. Thats 16 months of work you have to choose from, we are expecting a bumber batch of nominations this year. You can find more details of the conference, awards entry forms and booking for here Read more

Power 100

Posted by John on Wednesday, May 1st, 2013
01
May
2013
APCOM President, Graham Lowe has entered the Print Week Power 100 list this year.   Graham said, 'I make no bones about this but to say I feel a wee bit embarrassed as there are far more deserving individuals within APCOM than me. However it’s not about individuals, this is all about recognition for APCOM, what gone before and what we have to face moving forward. Thank you to Mark and Anthony for making this happen.'      Read more

Web To Print

Posted by John on Thursday, May 16th, 2013
16
May
2013
John Price i.e. me, is looking for members who would like to work on a project to offer web-2-print services for their clients. Our initial focus is on schools but the technology can work with any client. The idea is to use an externally hosted service to provide the web portals that can be accessed by your clients. There is the potential to share products and services between members. What works for a school in Wigan will work for any school. Honest we don't have any products with Pies on them :) Working together in these difficult times is what APCOM is all about. If you would like to join… Read more

New Web Site Launched

Posted by John on Wednesday, May 15th, 2013
15
May
2013
Our trusty old web site has gone and we have a new style and functional web site in its place. For those technical folks its built on a Concrete5 platform that offers CMS functionality to allow the Exec to maintain the content far easier than before. We have used an external contractor, Twisted Creative, to build the web site and get it operational. They will also manage hosting and technical support. This is just the start and we need you, the members to help shape the future direction of the web site. Our first priority was to get a stable and functional web site that we could manage. It … Read more