Future Print gives printer time to evolve business

Lindsay Yates managing director Paul Richardson says Future Print has helped the Sydney firm find time to implement changes despite being flat out.

Richardson says he and fellow owner David Shoppee knew they were spending so much time working in their business that they were having trouble finding time to work on it.

He says while changes have been in the works at Lindsay Yates for a while, the managers had little idea of how to best plan for and manage that change, and bring their experienced staff along with them.

“When you are so caught up in the day to day requirements of your business it is often hard to get motivated and to take time out for evaluation and strategic planning and to be honest, we did not really have a clear idea of how to get started,” he says.

“So when we heard about the Future Print Business Transformation Project, it seemed like a good place to start.

“The advisors have a knowledge not only of print but also experience in the broader manufacturing sector as well as general business expertise, so they can offer an objective standpoint and have a real breadth of knowledge and experience.”

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Richardson and Shoppee began one on meetings with Future Print advisor John Clements in October. They are now bringing in several apprentices under the Future Print programme, and have laid out a company-wide plan for the future.

Richardson says Lindsay Yates was already transforming, installing a raft of new technology including a new MIS system, completing a PIAA lean manufacturing course, and beginning work on a new marketing platform and objectives for staff development.

He says Future Print has revitalised the company and lifted its levels of motivation, while giving it some useful tools.

“We are well on the way to developing new plans which will enhance our business and putting them into action,” he says.

“Future Print has not only provided assistance along the way but connected us to important resources which will help us get there.

“It has delivered real clarity to the whole team; everyone is now on the same page and we have well-articulated goals to work towards together. I would recommend it to anyone.”

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