“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
When it comes to sourcing print products for your business, should you use a print supplier, or a print partner?
There is a distinction, although it’s often not well understood.
Suppliers are often selected through a bidding process. They will provide standard transactions for goods or services, for a period of time, with standard terms and conditions. When the transactions cease, the business relationship ends.
Partners are business relationships based on shared values, integrity, and mutual trust. These are long-term relationships where supply partners add value, along with their goods or services.
If you were to consider great partnerships in history, who would come to mind?
Perhaps William Proctor and James Gamble , who combined their business strengths in 1837 to create Proctor & Gamble, one of the most successful companies in the world. Or maybe Microsoft, founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen. If you’re thinking entertainment, it might be Simon & Garfunkel, Ant and Dec, or Posh and Becks. What they have in common – to varying degrees – is great success born of partnerships. The sum truly is greater than the parts.
With thousands of companies operating in the UK printing industry, how do you know who to trust with your projects? How do you choose the best printing partner for your business?
“In numerology, the number 8 is a number of material acquisition… a building number… a business and finance number that builds companies, institutions.. procedures, and other things of value to society”*
So we’ve put together (in no particular order) eight things to look for when selecting your printing partner, to help you choose the perfect partner for your business.