PrintIT Reseller issue 118

01732 759725 12 BULLETIN Konica Minolta opens client engagement centre Konica Minolta has opened its new stateof-the-art client engagement centre (CEC), which provides customers and partners with hands-on experience of its innovative print solutions. Located in Houghton Regis near Luton in Bedfordshire, the CEC provides the perfect central location for product sales demonstrations, training, and events centred around solutions from Konica Minolta and its technology partners including Fiery, eProductivity Software (ePS), Solimar Systems, Flex4 OPS, Morgana, Premier Paper and Foilco. Rob Ferris, Chief Executive Officer of Konica Minolta Business Solutions (UK) Ltd said: “We are immensely proud to open our new client engagement centre. By working closely with our technology partners, we have developed a comprehensive end-to-end workflow experience, that enables our customers to see first-hand what can be possible within their organisations. This new facility firmly demonstrates our ongoing commitment and dedication to the UK print market, as well as supporting the business needs of our customers and channel partners.” 2024 partner summit Flexible pricing options and their benefits to the channel were the main themes discussed at PaperCut’s 2024 Partner Summit which was hosted virtually. PaperCut’s popular channel event provided a platform to introduce its new subscription licencing model. It will be offered alongside its existing perpetual licensing options for PaperCut MF, its powerful, all-in-one print management solution for printers and multifunction devices. The introduction of the subscription pricing model unifies subscription pricing with PaperCut Hive and enables channel partners to offer customers more choice with respect to the pricing model best suited to their current and future print needs. Steve Holmes, Head of Global Sales & Channels/EMEA GM, said: “Our 2024 Partner Summit is an excellent opportunity to outline how the expansion of our licencing model offerings enables our partners to build even better long-term, value-add, relationships with their customers, while also helping to boost the margin they make on our solutions. “The channel will play a vital role in communicating the flexibility and benefits of our perpetual and subscription pricing models, and we’re excited about sharing details with them during this year’s partner summit.” HP partners with Canva HP Inc. has announced a strategic multi-year global partnership with Canva, the world’s only all-in-one visual communication platform. The collaboration aims to benefit both HP print service providers and the Canva community worldwide, enabling anyone creating visual content on the Canva platform to seamlessly design and print within a fully integrated system. This deal will enable Canva users to design anything and print anywhere without compromising quality and authenticity. “This partnership will deliver huge strategic value and fuel customer growth across both organisations,” said Cliff Obrecht, Canva cofounder and Chief Operating Officer. "We're excited to partner with HP to accelerate the expansion of Canva Print. HP’s innovations in cloud software, quality management, and digital print have been at the centre of our Canva Print expansion,” said Jim Towle, Head of Print and Partnerships, Canva. “With our teams working closely on new products and additional PSP locations, we can expand our world-class print capabilities and make it easier than ever for our global community to bring their designs to life.” • GLL Sport Foundation confirms Kyocera Annodata as sponsor Leisure and cultural charitable social enterprise GLL has welcomed Kyocera Annodata as one of its sponsors of the GLL Sport Foundation Awards 2024/25. The UK’s largest independent athlete support programme, now in its 16th year, has provided an essential boost by providing 28,000 young athletes awards as recipients train and compete in national and international competition – including Olympics, Paralympics and Commonwealth Games. Since 2008, £15m of support – covering 117 different sports – has been given, including cash awards, use of gym facilities and access to professional services including physiotherapy, alongside athlete wellbeing support provided by Switch the Play Foundation. In 2024/25, over £1m will be awarded to 2,200 athletes across 50 UK partnerships operated by GLL, some competing at the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Rod Tonna-Barthet, Chief Executive Officer at Kyocera Annodata and partner to GLL, said: “We began our sponsorship with the GLL Sports Foundation back in 2015, and are delighted to have renewed for another year. One thing that has remained a constant since we started sponsoring is our shared vision for committing to grassroots investment and ensuring the needs of local athletes and communities are always met. As a result, the programme has grown considerably in the last few years, helping athletes who have struggled to chase their sporting dreams due to lack of funding. “I would like to extend our best wishes to the young athletes who are part of the GSF Awards Programme this year and wish them the very best of luck with their training and in their future competitions.” Rod Tonna-Barthet Rob Ferris