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We're hiring PHP Developers (x3), Manchester


We operate 20 eBusiness websites across the world. They’re all driven from Flyerlink, our IT heart. Everyone who touches our business interfaces with Flyerlink in some way, whether a client placing an order, a franchisee preparing a proof or our production team manufacturing finished print. We are expanding our development team and are looking for 3 well-rounded developers who’d like a challenging role. Our systems are mainly developed in PHP, but there are many non-PHP aspects to the job, so the more general your knowledge and experience, the better.



  • You will have a strong interest of web development using PHP, developing bespoke large scale applications. Any commercial experience is a big bonus.
  • We mainly use PostgreSQL, but experience of other DBMS may be sufficient.
  • We use a couple of different JavaScript libraries, but you should be proficient in JavaScript generally.
  • We use source control (Both Subversion and Git), and experience with other languages and frameworks is definitely preferable.
  • We telecommute, and we keep in touch using email and IRC. Whilst you will be based in Manchester, our other developers are scattered round the UK, Europe and the USA, so you must be able communicate well using your keyboard.
  • We all develop on Mac OS X. You can develop using any OS you prefer, but due to the nature of the development, you must use a Unix-based OS.
  • Although you won’t be expected to be an award-winning designer, you must be able to create and modify HTML and CSS.

Experience of system administration of Linux (Debian, specifically) would be highly desirable but not essential. We’d especially love it if you have experience with load balancing, replication and high-availability.



You’re a self starter. You like people. You’re confident and you like getting things done. You’ve got a high attention to detail and are proud of the way you present yourself. You’re interested in aesthetics and you get annoyed when a user interface is ugly or irritating. You’ll have a degree in an IT-related discipline and you’ll have done well at university. You’ll be good at maths and your written English is flawless.



We’ll pay a competitive salary, health benefits and make pension contributions. You’ll be eligible for our performance-related bonus scheme. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with lots of different people from lots of different countries (you’ll learn what winklewagen means in Dutch). And we’re located in the calm oasis of Trafford Park.



Is it? Or do you know a friend or relative who’s suitable? Email your CV and covering letter to IT.talent@printing.com. No agencies please. Really.

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w3p by printing.com

Of course Web to Print is a good idea, making on-demand print orders more cost effective and easier to execute. But until now template creation has been too complicated. It required a technician skill set with templates taking two hours to build involving an account manager, graphic designer and template technician.

W3P utilises the designer’s existing skill set. Rather than use a specialist application, which essentially requires a technical skill set, templates are built in Adobe ‘InDesign’ using a simple layering convention.

As the skill set required is only a small extension of the InDesign skill set, to build a template using the W3P system only requires two hours training.

W3P means all designers can become template creators. Templates can be built in 10 minutes with the W3P system.

Find out more at www.w3p.co.uk.

Is your stationery breaking the law?

Recent laws require companies and limited liability partnerships to make sure that their legal name is stated in legible lettering on all letters, order forms, invoices receipts, websites and emails. Check now. Are you complying with the law?

It doesn’t stop there. You’re also breaking the law if your letterheads don’t have the following printed on them:

  • Your place of registration (ie. England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
  • Your company registration number
  • Your registered office address

It’s not really in our interest for our customers to be in jail, so please check you’re not a Larry Law-breaker. If you are we won’t tell — just stop using your old news letterheads and get some new ones printed sharpish. Check out our range of lovely stationery.

Source: The Companies (Registrar, Languages and Trading Disclosures) Regulations 2006. www.companieshouse.gov.uk

Clever Things to Mail

Direct mail is a really effective marketing tool – and we’ve got lots of clever things for you to mail.
Your best customer just found your competitor. Send shivers running down your spine? Let’s face it, if you don’t contact your customers regularly, someone else sure will. It’s a fact that many businesses lose customers through simple apathy. Not because their service was awful, or their product was terrible. Just because they didn’t seem bothered enough to keep in touch. That’s sad. Keep your relationship fresh by contacting your customers regularly. Give them exclusive deals, special offers and private sales. All they want is a bit of love and attention.

Take The Junk Out Of Your Mailing…It’s Only Junk If It’s Not Targeted
You’ll get a much better response if you follow these golden rules of direct mail:

  • Contact your current customers first
    They’re a gold mine! Get the most from them first with mailings targeted to their individual needs.
  • Buy the best mailing list you can
    Don’t give your postie more work – use addresses that aren’t likely to be returned undelivered.
  • Repeat, repeat, repeat
    Better to mail the same person three times, than mail three different people. It takes repetition for your message to sink in.
  • Make it personal
    In this electronic age, there’s no excuse for sending standard letters – personalise every one.
  • Write like a friend
    When you’re writing, imagine you’re speaking to an individual and your copy will sound much more friendly and appealing.
  • Keep it simple
    Give them enough information to get to the next step, but don’t overwhelm them. Features bore, benefits sizzle. Explain how their life will improve – not what the buttons do. Tell them about the buns, not the ovens!
  • Test, test, test
    Try different mailings with different groups and figure out what works best. Have some fun.