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Business Planning

When nothing much is changing, finding better ways to do what we’ve always done is good enough. But our industry isn’t simply changing — it is being redefined, restructured and customer demands are reshaping our services and products. This makes it essential that you plan ahead and no longer use the excuse of being too busy not to plan and improve. There are a lot of ways to add value in our industry and they all require careful planning, whether it’s becoming the most efficient, lowest cost provider in a commodity market to creating marketing programmes that integrate print and variable-digital content. Without a clear well implemented plan companies continually react to circumstances and trends beyond their control. We must all change the culture in our business so we proactively make things happen, creating positive change, because in the future good planning will be the defining factor between success and failure.

 

 
 
Business Planning – why bother and what is involved?

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Business Planning – why bother and what is involved?
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When nothing much is changing, finding better ways to do what we’ve always done is good enough. But our industry isn’t simply changing — it is being redefined, restructured and customer demands are reshaping our services and products. This makes it essential that you plan ahead and no longer use the excuse of being too busy not to plan and improve. There are a lot of ways to add value in our industry and they all require careful planning, whether it’s becoming the most efficient, lowest cost provider in a commodity market to creating marketing programmes that integrate print and variable-digital content. Without a clear well implemented plan companies continually react to circumstances and trends beyond their control. We must all change the culture in our business so we proactively make things happen, creating positive change, because in the future good planning will be the defining factor between success and failure.

 


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Business Planning tool kit Part 3 - Finance and implementation

Part 1 was designed to help a management team agree on both their overall strategic aims and their current state in as objective a manner as...

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Business Planning – The tool kit Part Two - Devising the future state

This tool kit is designed to make the process of drawing up a simple business plan as easy as possible for a small printer. This tool kit is to...

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Identifying a sustainable competitive edge

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Business Planning Tool Kit Part One – Current State and Vision

This tool kit is designed to make the process of drawing up a simple business plan as easy as possible for a small printer. It will assume that...

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Business Planning – why bother and what is involved?

Prokom members are typically small to medium sized print service providers in the commercial or CRD/Inplant markets. They face a very...

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Signs of Success

There are so many factors that underpin commercial success in any printing business whether it be offset, digital or cross media focussed, that...

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It’s Tough at the top

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The right stuff – why some teams make it and others don’t

So far in this business planning journey, I have described the process by which any team can put together an effective business plan with modest...

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Making it stick - why good plans fail

Why do so many good plans fail? In one statement – it is a lack of discipline. Having said that let us look some of the key variables that make...

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Commercial printer to close

That perfect storm of the global recession and the shift to digital communications has undermined the financial performance of many commercial...

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Creating a vision and the four perspectives

This article is to explain the importance of having a clear vision for the business and consequent strategic aims. And then to tackle the...

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Time to change

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Change – What do we want to be when we grow up

I've just spent the day at a clients production facility, where we discussed the future of offset, flexo and the impact of digital inkjet...

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Driving with your rear view mirror

Recovery from economic downturn used to widen our margin for error. Not anymore, any sign of complacency, any thoughts that we have it all...

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