Welcome. to the summer edition of vivid. It may be hot outside, but we've got some cool ideas to help you to keep your business on track. while your staff take a summer break.As well as looking at some techniques to help businesses to improve the effectiveness of staff training, we also consider how businesses can help to keep up their 'sales momentum' over the summer period and beyond.The EditorDid You Know?The Prontaprint team includes experts in business promotion. with the design, print and e-communications skills to help businesses to raise awareness and generate higher revenues.Get ahead of the game If the summer is a quieter period for your business. now's the ideal time to redesign your business forms and stationery. New form layouts could help to speed up business processes. while refreshed stationery designs could revitalise your image. Sizzling sales success?There's still time to get Prontaprint's design experts to help devise a summer marketing campaign that helps your business to raise awareness in your marketplace and win new customers. before the summer sun becomes a distant memory!Prepare to steal the show With the exhibition season due to start after the holiday period, don't leave it until it's too late to update your exhibition display materials. Be ready with an exhibition stand that perfectly promotes your latest products and services.Summer 'to do' list:Win an iPod classic 160GB* With enough capacity to hold up to 40,000 songs, 200 hours of video or 25,000 photos**, the iPod classic could be the ideal companion for your next holiday. and our latest competition gives you the chance to win a black iPod classic and an iPod1010 Docking Station.To enter our FREE competition for an iPod classic and iPod1010 Docking Station just fill in and return the enclosed competition insert. * Terms and conditions available**Actual capacity varies by content.
Putting it into practice...Tune up your trainingTraining can be a great way to improve efficiency, introduce new business processes and motivate your personnel. However, taking staff away from their day-to-day duties for a training course is costly. so you need to do whatever you can to ensure you maximise the business benefits of your training activities.Did You Know?Prontaprint welcomed its first customer in 1971 - so this year's our 40th anniversary. That's a whole lot of experience. ready to help your business to achieve more from design & print.Prepare participantsA few days before the course, pre-course briefing materials can help to get trainees thinking along the right lines. so that they're more receptive to new ideas when the course starts. Setting the scene about the course's objectives - and how each trainee is likely to benefit - could help to get your team 'on side' and eager to learn. Make more of manualsTake care over the design, layout and copy for your training manuals. Well-crafted manuals can help to boost 'training value' by making it easier for trainees to assimilate information and get to grips with complex topics. Personalised print techniques can help to engage each trainee and yield better results. Even simple name badges can help to break down barriers and get trainees interacting on tasks.Keep it going Before the end of the course, personalised summary sheets and action plans can help to ensure staff have clear objectives for when they return to the workplace. After the course, there's a range of 'memory jogger' items that can help to keep reinforcing core training messages. Displays and banners in key locations in the work environment - and branded gifts or desktop items - can help to remind staff of specific training aims. Prontaprint can design and print a wide range of materials to help your business to tune up its training: . pre-training briefings . training manuals . presentation materials . workbooks . branded notepads . personalised print . name badges . pop-up stands . banners & displays . branded gifts