Notorious print broker

The net appears to have finally closed on the notorious print broker Neill Malcolm Stuart John and his partner Clare Hunnisett.

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.

Ink prices set to rise

Ink prices on the up as raw materials go up in cost as demand increases.

Xerox war continues as Fuji contests deal

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.

ICSM News for May 2018

ICSM News for May 2018

You can run but you cant hide

a story of recovering a bad debt

Battle to save the football programme

The English Football League has announced a vote will be held at their June AGM over whether the rule that all clubs must publish a printed programme for home games.

The difficulties in chasing invoices in Scotland

Scotland has the worst late payment record in the UK according to the Paul Hopkins and Kenny Richmond of Scottish Enterprise. In a report covering business activity north of the border they said that in 2015 there was £1.8m in unpaid invoices with 67 percent of firms hit by late payment.

Asset strippers ready to move in on struggling firms

According to the trade journal Print Monthly there are a long list of printers currently in administration some of which are trading whilst others have shut up shop completely.

Questions over publishing company

ICSM’s Ian Carrott has said there are questions to be answered over Black Dog Publishing’s demise following the firm’s collapse.

ICSM warn against getting in too deep with clients

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.

Beware the Lazarus debt collectors: they’re back and trying to rip you off

They are back: the Lazarus debt collectors who fleece unsuspecting clients who believe they will recoup bad debts. The conmen go through the Official Receiver’s lists of creditors owed money when a company goes bust and then approach a creditor to promise they can recover all their money – for a fee.

Runners and Riders list: firms who have hit the buffers

ICSM's list of print (or print related) firms who have hit the buffers is of interest to those in the business. It shows the range of companies that go to the wall as well as flagging up names across the country who have problems. To protect your company from a bad debt join ICSM as our intelligence network through our members acts as an early warning system.

A very unusual company name (perhaps someone fell asleep on their keyboard)

There have been some unusual names listed at Companies House over the years but we did have a chuckle at this one when it was flagged up.



Printers take a hit as Jamie Oliver Italian Restaurants close

A dozen Jamie Oliver Italian Restaurants are closing down after the business went into administration with debts of almost £10m.

The news has left a number of print industry companies as unsecured creditors including ABC Imaging UK, KD Media publishing, KK Balers, Harper Collins Publishers and Haymarket Media.

More than a quarter century of policing late payers

With the numbers of print firms offering 90 to 120 days credit and more to large clients it is no surprise that every now and then they take a hit. And one bad debt can send them down. The excuse of ‘the cheque is in the post’ is still alive and well despite the fact many businesses don’t even own a cheque book.

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