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Enterprise Connect offers health checks for print businesses

Tuesday, 15 May 2012
By Print21
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Printing Industries is encouraging all small to medium printers to apply for a Enterprise Connect Business Review and gain an independent assessment of their business. One company already benefitting from the process is Theo Pettaras’ Digitalpress, which has seen a 15% increase in productivity.

Following advice from their business adviser, Digitalpress implemented a cash flow management system and developed a detailed business and marketing plan to define market demands and clarify the future vision for the Sydney-based printer.

“We were in an early growth stage and were very focused on the day to day running of the business, we welcomed an outside perspective on improvements we could make to the way we do business,” said Pettaras.

Experienced Enterprise Connect Business Advisers are available to conduct a top-to-bottom analysis of individual businesses within the printing industry. The Business Review is conducted on-site and involves assessing strengths and weaknesses, benchmarking against other businesses in the industry and providing recommendations for business improvements.

Enterprise Connect has been offering the Business Review service to Australian businesses across an expanding range of industries for over three years, approving over 5,500 Business Reviews.

Enterprise Connect recently established the Printing and Publishing Industries Support Network to provide professional business advice, development services and linkages to businesses within the printing and publishing industries. With specialist expertise and networks, Enterprise Connect can now provide more tailored advice and support to printing businesses.

Printing industries CEO Bill Healey, said feedback from printing businesses among the first to pilot the Enterprise Connect Business Review had strongly endorsed the value of undertaking the Business Review and of accessing other tailored services offered by Enterprise Connect.

“The Business Review is conducted by an Enterprise Connect Business Adviser whose goal is to help the printing business to reach the next level with unbiased advice and their specialist knowledge of the printing industry.

“These people have significant private sector experience at a senior level and are focussed on helping companies to achieve very real and sustainable change and use a range of industry contacts, tools and resources to assist business for the longer term,” Healey said.

According to Healey, on average each client could expect their review to identify at least five recommended actions across a wide range of areas including strategy, human resource management, financial management, business and production processes and marketing.

“Once they have completed the review, businesses can access Tailored Advisory Service funding to help implement change. The goal is to make the individual business robust and sustainable into the future,’ adds Healey.

Hagop Tchamkertenian, national manager for policy and government affairs at Printing Industries, said he was hopeful the Printing and Publishing Industries Support Network will provide a new impetus and result in increased take-up of the services offered by the Enterprise Connect.

“We have been calling for increased support for our industry for some time. Having a dedicated Network for our industry is a major triumph. It is now up to printing industry participants to take full advantage of the opportunity that has been made available to them and strive to become more efficient, competitive and sustainable.

“83 per cent of Enterprise Connect clients have reported improvements in productivity and efficiency. We are now inviting our industry to take up the opportunity and become part of the process of continuous improvement,” said Tchamkertenian.

To find out more about accessing business improvement services tailored to the printing industry, contact Printing Industries on 1800 227 425, or to apply for an Enterprise Connect Business Review visit enterpriseconnect.gov.au or call 131 791.

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