Pureprint Helps Clients Reduce Carbon Impacts with Carbon Balanced Paper

15th June 2018

It is twenty five years since we became the first printing company in the UK to be certified to ISO 14001 in 1993 and sustainability continues to be at the heart of our business. We have now added a new service and we are offering clients a way to balance the carbon emissions of the paper they use in their printed communications with Carbon Balanced Paper.

Government targets have now been set to reduce UK carbon emissions by 80% by 2050 against 1990 baseline and many businesses and consumers are becoming more focused on reducing their carbon emissions to help reduce climate change.

“It is good to see our customers becoming more environmentally conscious. I am sure it is a combination of programmes like Blue Planet and the increasing evidence of climate change through weather events and natural disasters that is persuading more people to care about the environment” said Richard Owers, Director of Pureprint. “Carbon Balanced Paper is an easy way for our customers to reduce the carbon impacts of their printed communication. All our printing operations have been CarbonNeutral® for over 15 years and now by specifying Carbon Balanced Paper our customers have the opportunity to produce printed work with very low net carbon emissions.”

Balancing is delivered by World Land Trust, an international conservation charity, who offset carbon emissions through the purchase and preservation of high conservation value land.

Through protecting standing forests, under threat of clearance, carbon is locked in that would otherwise be released. These protected forests are then able to continue absorbing carbon from the atmosphere, referred to as REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation). This is now recognised as one of the most cost-effective and swiftest ways to arrest the rise in atmospheric CO2 and global warming effects. Additional to the carbon benefits is the flora and fauna this land preserves, including a number of species identified at risk of extinction on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Sir David Attenborough, Patron of the World Land Trust says, “The money that is given to World Land Trust, in my estimation, has more effect on the wild world than almost anything I can think of.”

Our clients can now use the World Land Trust, Carbon Balanced Paper logo, as a mark of integrity on their printed communications. Furthermore, we can provide clients with World Land Trust certificates quantifying the CO2e balanced and land area preserved for every print job, which an organisation can use in its environmental reporting and marketing.

“I am delighted that Pureprint, one of the UK’s leading environmental printers, recognises the value and integrity this initiative delivers to their clients”, says Jonathan Tame, Managing Director of CarbonCO, the environmental consultancy who manage this initiative for the print and paper industry. “Pureprint understand the social and business benefits of taking their environmental responsibilities seriously and helping clients reduce their impacts. It is a simple and genuine solution to a very real problem”.

About Carbon Balanced Paper and CarbonCo

Since its launch in 2013 more than 2,000 organisations in the UK have now used Carbon Balanced Paper, balancing more than 160,000 tonnes of CO2e and protecting 14,500 acres of threatened habitat with World Land Trust. This is the equivalent to balancing the annual emissions of more than 41,000 cars.

CarbonCO is an environmental consultancy who manage the Carbon Balanced Paper and Publication initiatives on behalf of World Land Trust for the paper and print industry.

About our Contribution as a CarbonNeutral® company

Since 2007 Pureprint has purchased 28,236 tCO2e of verified carbon offsets, which is the equivalent to the carbon from 105,690,228 economy flight miles or 85,924,149 car miles.

Find out more about our environmental credentials

Find out about the World Land Trust

Fnd out about Carbon Balanced Paper with CarbonCo

Read More

Pureprint in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

11th June 2018

Published on the 10th June, the ninth annual Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. Pureprint appears at 52 with international sales hitting £6.8 million in 2017 boosted by growth from the US and Europe and up 69.66% on the previous year.

The league table shows the resilience of Britain’s mid-market exporters. Despite the uncertainty created by the ongoing Brexit negotiations, their international sales have grown by an average of 62% a year over the last two years to a total of £10.1bn, the highest growth rate since 2013. Together they employ 106,000 staff, having added 24,000 jobs over the period.

Mark Handford, CEO of Pureprint commented “Our international trade started with projects for our UK customers some years ago but in the last few years we have seen significant growth direct with companies based overseas. Our flexible and responsive approach to providing the best solutions combined with our award winning product quality is proving a winning combination in a number of different countries. We are definitely seeing continued growth from international markets this year.”

Find out more about The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 

Read the The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 supplement

Read More

Shortlistings at the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2018

24th May 2018

We are delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in 4 categories at this year’s Print, Design and Marketing Awards. We have been shortlisted in Direct Mail and Short Run Printing for Sun Bingo VIP DM, Hardback Books for Lux Editions Mauritius and for Eye Magazine Issue 94 with 8,000 unique covers for the Magazine category.

The winners are announced next month so fingers crossed we have more good news to tell you.

Find out about the awards we have won

Find out about the Sun Bingo direct mail pack

Find out about Eye Magazine issue 94

Read More

Pureprint First to Add High Defintion to HP Indigo 12000

29th March 2018

We are the first UK printer to add high-definition printing heads to an HP Indigo digital press. The installation, on one of our 6 HP digital presses at our Uckfield production site took place last week.

Mark Handford, CEO of Pureprint commented “Many of our customers are interested in high end print production where colour and quality are very important. Last year the judges for one of our award wins kindly described our digital print work as ‘perfection’ but the HP Indigo high definition print heads offer a further advance.  Luxury brands and the fine art publishing sector in particular will appreciate the new level of print detail that this investment brings and the results we have seen show that digital printing can match our top end HD litho FM screen work.”

The digital printing HD capability has been installed on our newest HP Indigo press, the 12000 B2 machine. The HD technology doubles print resolution and will achieve higher image smoothness which HP believe surpasses offset quality by printing 1600 DPI with high LPI screen sets up to 290 LPI. The high definition imaging system uses an additional 12 laser beams to achieve the higher resolution.

UK & Ireland Country Manager for HP Indigo/PWP Peter Jolly commented “The upgrade to the HD head is such a logical choice for Pureprint, a company synonymous with high quality and fine art printing. Thank you Mark and the team for taking the next step with HP Indigo technology.”

Find out more about our digital print

See our plant list

Read about other digital print innovations in our news section


Read More

GDPR: The Latest Update

9th April 2018

At the end of March we ran the second in our Pureprint Talk’s on GDPR based in our London office which was a very informative session and attendees gave us great feedback.

Although most attendees felt they were quite knowledgeable about GDPR it was clear that from a marketing point of view there are still many questions and discussions being had around GDPR despite its very imminent start date – 25th May 2018. From handling decisions and planning around consent and/or legitimate interest to applying the PECR rules around e-communications alongside GDPR. If you are an organisation who isn’t prepared then you certainly aren’t the only one – the DMA’s recent research has shown that 49% of firms with 10-49 employees had heard of GDPR with 20-40% of large companies still not prepared*.

Some key points from our talk that came out strongly were that this is a journey to better marketing and handling of data and that GDPR isn’t about suddenly fining companies who are working hard to abide by the rules of GDPR. It is also evident that actually the new legislation will encourage better marketing through honesty, fairness and transpareny and should result in improved ROI on campaigns. So we are focusing on the positives here at Pureprint!

The DMA have a wealth of knowledge on the subject so do get in touch with them for any help and advice as well as from us here at Pureprint. As a DMA member who abide by the DMA Code and proud printer of many of their guides and research documents we have teamed up with them to offer you their informative and simple to digest GDPR guides.

Get in contact if you would like to request one at by emailing us here

Find out more about GDPR on the DMA’s website

*Read the DMA’s research on GDPR awareness


Read More

Environmental Credentials of HP Indigo Digital Production

28th February 2018

As a company with the environment at the heart of our business it’s no surprise that all our production is carefully monitored for its impact on the environment. As a company we were the first CarbonNeutral® printer in the world and the first EMAS registered and FSC certified printer in the UK. We operate an environmental management system to minimise the impact of our own production facilities, processes and investments.

In litho this means that we use vegetable based inks and overall we divert 99.6% of dry waste away from landfill. However what we don’t often talk about is our digital printing facility in particular and our HP Indigo environmental credentials. The use of a digital press means reduced waste both through less wasted paper at each job but also the nature of print on demand - printing only what you need plus less power consumption per printed page. Production of an HP Indigo press is also co²neutral.

HP Indigo presses consider the environment throughout the product lifecycle through:

• Innovative design for environmental sustainability

• Environmentally conscious supply chain and carbon neutral manufacturing

• Print only what you need, when and where you need it

• Take-back program of supplies, parts, and recycling

In the production of a digital job there are also opportunities to print on FSC® certified paper or recycled paper and make your publication CarbonNeutral® further enhancing its sustainable production and here at Pureprint we can advise you on all these elements.

Give us a call or email us to find out more and take advantage of our advice on how to make your print sustainable.

Find out more about the environmental credentials of an HP Indigo here 
Find out more about our digital printing facility 

Read More

Innovation at Pureprint with Edge Printing

19th February 2018

Edge printing – a clever innovation on our HP Indigo digital presses is now available.

Edge printing on our digital presses brings more impact to your publication by printing an image on the front edge or side edge of a book or brochure. We give your communications a new creative and impactful finish without the finishing process. The software automatically divides a selected image into slices, according to the number of pages in the book. Each slice is printed on the edge of each page and then it’s bound to create this effect.

If you are interested in finding out more take a look at our short video of it in action

Contact us to find out more or request a sample

View our video here

Find out about our digital printing service

Read More

PureCreative Packaging Display Inspiring Work

31st January 2018

Visit our new online showcase of the brilliant work our packaging team produce including case studies and videos to inspire you for your next project from retail and presentation packaging to 3D direct mail.  

Based at our Hemel Hempstead headquarters our packaging team have an extensive library of gorgeous printing materials and inspirational cardboard engineering samples. With our CAD table, state of the art machinery and talented designers on hand, we can turn even the most complicated packaging dreams into glorious technicolour reality.

So visit PureCreative Packaging to see some of the projects they have brought to life.

Visit PureCreative Packaging

Contact us for help on your packaging project


Read More

Outstanding Success at the PrintWeek Awards 2017

18th October 2017

We are very proud to announce that we have won 4 awards at the PrintWeek Awards this year.

The 4 awards were won for Bespoke Digital Printer of the Year, Bespoke Magazine Printer of the Year, Report & Accounts Printer of the Year and Fine Art Printer of the Year. We were also highly commended in Book Printer of the Year and Point-of-Purchase Printer of the Year.

PrintWeek commented on our digital entry “Three words from the judges summed up the work of Pureprint: “Quality, quality, quality” Fantastically vivid artwork and photography defined print for Boodles’ Poetry of Landscape jewellery brochure. The judges also said “Perfection. There is nothing else you can say about this entry.”

Comments on the magazine entry included “Pureprint turned the page this year and were “a natural winner” according to judges. They were particularly won over by the variety of techniques, which were “impressive and showed incredible innovation”.

Comments on the fine art entry included “Of all the categories the Sussex printer is shortlisted in, this shows it at its consistent best, producing breath-taking quality across print and finishing for clients that demand the utmost in reproduction.” "beyond excellent".

Find out more about the awards we have won

Find out more about our digital printing

Find out more about our litho printing

Contact us for more information on our award wins

Read More

9 Shortlistings at the PrintWeek Awards 2017

11th September 2017

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted in all 9 categories we have entered for this year’s PrintWeek Awards. We have been shortlisted in Direct Mail, Luxury Packaging, Point of Purchase, Bespoke Magazine, Bespoke Digital, Brochure, Book, Report & Accounts and Fine Art showing the high quality we produce across such a diverse range of projects and sectors.

The winners are announced in October so fingers crossed we have more good news to tell you.

Find out about the awards we have won 


Read More

Pureprint Group Invest in Screen Printing at Imprint

12th September 2017

We continue to invest in our large format point-of-sale division Imprint based in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

The installation of a Sias 2 colour large format multi formula screen print machine with a maximum print area of 1500 x 2350mm compliments an existing screen print operation and digital suite of large format Inca flatbeds, including a S50, R40 and Acuity with the additional purchase of a 3.2mtr Hybrid Vutek HS125 and extensive finishing equipment completed during 2016.

The screen print machine now completes a move to upgrade existing screen machinery to a larger format to complete compatibility across all machinery to further enhance its product offering to provide special ink colours, metallic, fluorescents, rub removals, glow in the dark inks, glitters and varnishes.

Dave Bullivant, Imprint Managing Director commented “Screen printing is an integral part of creative visual communication, despite the fact that many foresaw its demise or its more limited use with the arrival of digital printing. When it came down to it, however, screen printing proved to be an irreplaceable printing method, which continues to develop, producing better and cheaper products, using ever-more environmentally friendly methods and with a broader scope of materials that cannot currently be printed with the digital process.

There are many advantages to using screen printing however, the main advantage is the unique visual result it creates. The inks used are very durable, the colours are extremely vivid, particularly for outdoor uses, making this a unique reproduction technique and when combining this with digital technology and the creative opportunities the only limits are imagination."

Imprint continues to grow since the acquisition by Pureprint Group in 2014 being driven by its unique online promotional management tool Additions, developed in house specifically for retailers to control and improve the efficiency of point of sale which is soon to see the release of the module Store Smart in Q4 2017.

Find out more about Imprint


Read More

Eye 94 comes out with 8000 unique covers

4th September 2017

Eye magazine is known for its striking covers, but the cover design for this issue is unprecedented. Each of the edition’s 8000-strong print run is bound with a unique, individually numbered cover, designed by Paul McNeil and Hamish Muir, and based on their typefaces TwoPoint and TwoPlus.

For this issue 94, the 26th edition printed here at Pureprint, each unique cover was generated using software called HP SmartStream Mosaic and printed on one of our HP Indigo 10000 digital presses. The remainder of the magazine was printed litho. The Mosaic software supplies a different image file for each pass of the press, each derived in this case from a number of ‘seed’ files supplied by MuirMcNeil that repeat the letters of the word ‘eye’. Mosaic makes it possible to resize, rotate and change the colour of the artwork, cropping it to make each cover unique.

John L Walters, Eye editor commented “All Eye’s covers are based on the content of the issue, and they have to communicate purely visually – other than the Eye logo and the issue number there are no cover lines. And Eye’s art director Simon Esterson has long been interested in the possibilities of variable data printing. So my feature about MuirMcNeil’s typefaces, made using ‘parametric design systems’, seemed entirely appropriate for the cover design and print possibilities opened up through using Mosaic software for the HP Indigo 10000.

Printing took place at Pureprint, where we have printed every issue of Eye since becoming independent in 2008. Because (as I wrote in Eye 94), ‘McNeil and Muir … revel in the beauty of type derived from maths’, this seemed a golden opportunity for our readers to share in the pleasure of their processes, by receiving one of 8000 unique numbered copies of Eye 94.”

Adrian Harrison’s short video of the cover being printed and bound here at Pureprint can be seen on Vimeo

See the latest ‘Eye Before You Buy’ a brief flick through the entire issue

Contact us to find out how you can use the software for your next project

Read More

Pure Mosaic – the art of personalisation

21st August 2017

Our award winning marketing publication Pureprint Works has an exciting cover design this year – each one unique and created using Mosaic software.

We have created 5,000 unique covers from just 2 seed artworks using software which allows you to generate hundreds, thousands and even millions of unique graphics for a memorable experience. From a base pattern, by using scaling, transposition, rotation and colour shuffle you can now use the art of personalisation to deliver the most original communications.

The software is an HP SmartStream Mosaic application using vector PDF files as input which then generates a large number of variations by randomly transforming the file. Great for packaging (as used by Coca Cola with their 2 million unique bottles), unique covers for magazines (as Eye Magazine Issue 94 have just done) and of course direct mail. These are only some of the applications of this exciting software, the opportunities are limitless for you to communicate with a unique design for your customers.

Contact us to find out more about Mosaic and our digital print capabilities and to order your copy of Pureprint Works 5.

Watch this video to see how Eye Magazine Issue 94 created their unique covers

Read More

Pureprint Achieve Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation

10th August 2017

We have recently been awarded the certificate of assurance for Cyber Essentials Plus. This accreditation requires organisations to have a number of technical and procedural controls in place to improve their information security in order to mitigate common internet-borne cyber-attacks. Cyber Essentials Plus is a series of tests that provide a further level of assurance that these technical controls have been successfully implemented within an organisation.

This level of security along with the Group already holding ISO 27001 and DMA DataSeal accreditations means that we can offer our client base the reassurance that the most stringent procedures are being put in place for their data and information. This is of particular significance to governmental and financial organisations where the sensitivity of their information means security and confidentially accreditations such as these are a requirement of their suppliers.

Graeme Wilkie, Group IT Director, Pureprint Group commented:

“Adding Cyber Essentials Plus to our suite of security credentials gives our clients assurance that we take handling their data seriously and do everything we can to ensure that we are a safe pair of hands when dealing with confidential information. “

He continued “With the continuing growth of our in house developed software products, our portfolio of services has grown to make the interaction of data and print an important part of our customer offering. Achieving Cyber Essentials Plus has added a new level to this and with some of the best print processes in the industry aligned with sophisticated data handling we give our clients the assurance that we will effectively manage their cross media marketing projects successfully and securely.”

Find out more about Pureprint Group

Find out more about our awards


Read More

Pureprint Open Pure Creative Packaging Office

3rd August 2017

We are delighted to announce that Pureprint’s creative packaging department is expanding with the addition of new office and client space in Hemel Hempstead.

This new facility will increase Pureprint’s expert focus on packaging, providing excellent customer-friendly facilities including an inspiration and library area to showcase a huge variety of materials and samples. The new site will also house CAD table and machinery, cardboard engineering design, and a customer service team.

Alan Ball, Sales Director at Pureprint Group, and heading up the move and expansion, commented: "Luxury and creative packaging is becoming a crucial part of our Group business, and many of our clients require our packaging skills on a wide range of projects, from presentation boxes for books, to intricate packaging for direct mail, and even point of purchase offerings. This exciting new Hemel Hempstead base will allow us to offer a completely holistic creative service to our clients, from inspiration to design and production, all under one roof.”

Pureprint Group CEO Mark Handford added: "Personal service and face to face meetings have always been a key feature of Pureprint’s relationship with the customer, and our growing regional bases really do help us support that across the UK. With the addition of this new site in Hemel Hempstead we can now offer that level of support to the rapidly expanding packaging side of our business too."

See our packaging case studies

Find out about our digital printing

Find out about our litho printing

Read More

Pureprint Win Direct Mail Award

21st June 2017

We are thrilled to announce we have won the Direct Mail Award at the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2017. The winning project was the Royal Mail MarketReach Life Stages mailing.

This direct mail communication was sent to a carefully selected database of 100 of the UK’s most influential marketeers. Pureprint’s hybrid print and direct mail solution enabled the creation and delivery of this truly unique communication, featuring litho print and HP Indigo digital techniques, highly personalised pages with variable hand-matched sections, and an embedded video.

After successful mailing from Pureprint’s own fulfilment centre, the customer confirmed superb responses from the big brand movers and shakers, thanks to the highest levels of hand finishing and attention to every detail.

The judges’ comments were “An excellent understanding of the brief, this was a complex piece of direct marketing with multiple components that created huge success for the brand and far exceeded its objectives.”

Find out more about the awards we have won - http://www.pureprint.com/awards/

Find out about our digital printing services - http://www.pureprint.com/services/digital/

Find out more about the marketing services we offer - http://www.pureprint.com/services/marketing/

Read More

Creative Printing Studio in Bermondsey

20th February 2017

Print, paper and process make inspiring communications.

So we have set up a creative printing studio in our Bermondsey Street offices to provide London’s marketing and design community with additional resources to help them create and produce inspiring campaigns and publications that make a difference.

This growing resource is open to any marketing and design professionals to help them to develop a project or just to expand their knowledge.  There are samples of over 12,000 papers and binding materials from around the world, samples of a wide range of finishing and binding processes and colour proof viewing facilities for accurate proof checking, swatch matching and colour mark ups.

The team based in this office are experienced in working with designers and brand owners to create truly engaging and creative print projects and there is always someone on hand to discuss and cost ideas and options.

There are also regular round the table gatherings held at the studio. The events are called Pureprint Talks and leading figures in the world of creative print come along to discuss projects and techniques that have produced some of the most stand out printed communications.

The studio is based in Bermondsey Street just 5 minutes walk from London Bridge station in a stylish warehouse building. As well as the materials library and colour viewing facilities there are a wide range of finished products to view from books to boxes, from brochures to retail displays, from personalised products to creative packaging.

The colour viewing room is well used and enables customers to confidently view proofs in the correct colour controlled conditions which is imperative on colour critical work.

Many creatives have already visited this creative print resource and Ana Rachel Estrougo, Designer at Pentagram, a multi-disciplinary design firm with offices worldwide commented “I came to see Alan at Pureprint’s Bermondsey space about a book project. The format we wanted to have was clear, but I was keen on getting some inspiration for finishes and materials. The Pureprint library has a wide selection of very high end materials, techniques and stock which helped me to create the look and feel I was hoping for. The Pureprint team also produced very professional mock ups which helped the client to sign off the project. Overall an excellent experience.”

Alan Ball, Sales Director at Pureprint commented “The creative printing studio is proving really popular. The location is great and we are delighted that the library, viewing room and meeting rooms are being well used. Our specialists in packaging, direct mail and personalised products also come in regularly to run workshops for customers. Young creatives who are discovering the full potential of printed communications are particularly welcome.”

Contact us if you want to book a visit

Read More

Pureprint’s favourite moments from 2016

31st January 2017

Last year was a hugely successful year for Pureprint. Over the 12 month period we continued our working relationships with many brands and agencies, and welcomed new ones too. On top of completing a diverse variety of projects, many with challenging and complex briefs, we also won big at the Print Week Awards! Enormous thanks to everyone we had the pleasure of working with. To celebrate the fantastic year we’ve put together a small selection of our favourite moments from it.

Dior by Avedon

This was a Print Week Awards 2016 Book Printer of the Year winner. It’s a beautiful book with stunning photography which required a lot of skilled colour work from our PureColourHD pre-press team, litho printing and many different intricate finishes including French folding, a lovely cover, foiling and multiple materials, including Japanese papers.

Benefit Cosmetics Brow Box

This luxury packaging PR piece was created to present the brow collection. Using our cardboard engineering expertise we worked closely with the client’s agency to come up with a clever and dramatic solution to present these products, which included a trunk design, Mirri board mirror and internal fitment structure to bring the products to life!

WWF I Protect Tigers Book

An inspiring personalised children’s picture book that forms a major part of the Tiger Protector membership pack. Digitally printed on our HP Indigo presses, it incorporates the child’s name and other variable options to create a personalised story. Bespoke software solutions, print, binding, fulfilment and mailing are all handled in-house at our state of the art digital facility.

Senator Brochures

We won Print Week Awards 2016 Brochure Printer of the Year thanks in part to this project. The lovely tactile set of brochures incorporates litho and HP Indigo digital print with white ink and striking materials and finishes to bring life to the final products.

Chairs are for People

Combining the old with the new this brochure is digitally printed with Indichrome orange on an HP Indigo 10000 digital press, thread sewn with a stunning Winters orange Brillianta cloth case bound cover. The finishing touches included a personalised fluro-orange letterpress printed deckle-edged jacket created using handmade paper.

Momot Paper Toys

Momot is an acronym for “Nemo Nemo Robot”. In Korean, “nemo” means “rectangular”. The paper toy culture is coming to the UK after massive success in Korea. We printed these fabulous products on our HP Indigo digital presses for the Brand Licensing Conference in 2016 and it’s set to be massive for 2017. One to watch out for!

White Stuff Windows and Doors

Our Print Week Awards 2016 Point of Purchase of the Year Winner is a replica of reclaimed doors and windows our large format print experts Imprint in Newcastle created for a window campaign for White Stuff. The client was really impressed with how realistic the replicas were and it, included the fitting of hinges and door handles to finish off the final product. The materials used are 100% recyclable making this a better environmental choice.

Pureprint Opened a Creative Printing Studio

In February we opened our London office on Bermondsey Street and launched our paper and finishes library. This growing resource is open to any marketing and design professionals to help them to develop a project, to expand their knowledge or to just provide inspiration. There are samples of over 12000 papers and binding materials from around the world as well as colour viewing facilities and a wide range of finished products to view from books to boxes, from personalised products to creative packaging.

Punk in Print

Publishing giant Phaidon turned to us for a new book celebrating the visual culture of punk. Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80 presents more than 500 artefacts from punk culture and we worked closely with Phaidon to create a book that will be treasured for years to come. We printed the 512 page publication’s cover on Elliott Baxter Invercote G 350gsm with the pages printed on Denmaur’s Stora Creamy High Bulk 53gsm.

Phaidon and the new Design Museum

Continuing our work with Phaidon, we printed three beautiful books for the new Design Museum. We were thrilled to be involved in the incredible new space and it really topped off our year to see them there.

Find out more about our digital print services

Find out more about our litho print services

Find out more about our marketing services

Find out more about the awards we won

Read More

BIG opportunities with HP Indigo innovations expand creativity

13th December 2016

With the installation of the newest HP Indigo press in the summer and outstanding in house finishing facilities our digital printing facility is leading the way in the digital print offering with the best innovative technology and solutions available.  Our facility has three HP Indigo 7800s, an HP Indigo 10000 and the new HP Indigo 12000 digital press which is the widest commercial application range in the series at 75 cm format.

Large and standard format sizes 

Our two large format presses (B2 size of 500mm x 707mm) the HP Indigo 10000 and the 12000 open up countless opportunities for marketing literature, packaging, DM and particularly point-of-sale.

Largest range of media available

The new press features One Shot technology enabling us to print on a larger variety of substrates, including photo canvas, plastic cards, synthetics and metallic based materials covering a range of weights from 70 gsm to 400 gsm and 75 to 450 microns in thickness – including coated, uncoated, coloured and dark papers, and paperboard for folding cartons.

Creative, photo and offset colour

Available with a broad range of ink and print settings including white ink, fluorescent pink, LcLmCMYK, indichrome, spot colours and standardised colour. Special effects can also be used in combination with this wide range of colour printing capabilities.

Integration and empowering ecommerce

Through close integration to Pureprint’s software platforms developed by our in house technology team we enable true print on demand and fulfilment of a wide range of personalised products.

Special effect options

On our HP Indigo 7800 press special effects printing is available with raised print, watermarks and embossing which can be overlaid to enhance and create tactile and lasting results, for your marketing literature, packaging materials, direct mail communications and more.

To find out more about what you can achieve with our innovative digital printing and to receive a set of samples contact us at contact@pureprint.com or call 01825 768 811.

Find out more about digital printing

Find out more about the work we do

Read More

Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print

8th November 2016

Publishing giant Phaidon turns to us for new book celebrating the visual culture of punk.

Publishing powerhouse Phaidon is celebrating one of Britain’s most definitive subcultures with the launch of a new book Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-80. Presenting 500 artefacts - such as zines, gig posters, flyers and badges - from the iconic and obscure personalities that defined a generation of political activism and social change, the new book will inspire nostalgia in anyone who witnessed the movement in progress.

Capturing the DIY spirit of an era that saw people turn their mutually agreed frustrations and beliefs into an instantly recognisable aesthetic that quickly became known as punk, the book immortalises objects recognised for narrating the story a subculture that changed fashion, art and music landscapes forever, but were often deemed disposable and of little value.

This compelling ode to anarchy is a visual masterpiece, and its production value a far cry from the battered objects showcased between its covers. Working closely with Phaidon to create a book that will be treasured for years to come, we have printed the 512 page publication’s cover on 350GSM Elliott Baxter Invercote G with the pages printed on Denmaur’s 53GSM Stora Creamy High Bulk 2.4 vol.

Pick up a copy of Oh So Pretty: Punk in Print 1976-1980

Find out more about our litho printing

Read More

A Hatrick of PrintWeek Awards

18th October 2016

Last night at the 2016 PrintWeek Awards we scooped 3 awards along with 5 highly commended.

The three included Brochure Printer of the Year with the judges commenting “Every sample “ticked all the boxes”, Book Printer of the Year -the 5th year running with judges saying “a strong set of entries, with the Dior book in particular stunning” and Imprint our large format printing facility in Newcastle winning the Point of Purchase Printer of the Year with judges saying “Loved the adventurous way they executed the process – peerless”.

We were highly commended for all other shortlisted categories covering luxury packaging, report and accounts, fine art, bespoke digital and magazine showing the breadth of our work which has all been acknowledged as some of the best in the industry.

Without our inspiring customers and the work we do with them this wouldn't be possible of course. Thanks to all the team at Pureprint and Imprint and our great customers who give us the opportunity to push the boundaries.

Find out more about the PrintWeek Awards

Find out more about the awards we have won

Find out about Imprint


Read More

Pureprint to open New York office

17th October 2016

We have announced that as part of our on-going strategy to open local offices to service the needs of our client base we will open our first office in the USA.

The office will be in New York and will service existing and new clients throughout the USA.

‘The new office is something we have been looking to open for a number of years and it became a definite part of our strategy when the BGF made their investment in Pureprint’, said Pureprint Group CEO Mark Handford.

‘Richard Osborne, Pureprint Managing Director will build and manage the New York based team from the UK’ he added. ‘The USA is a market I have personally worked in for many years as have a number of the team at Pureprint, so it is an obvious choice for our first oversees office to be in New York.

We expect around 10% of this years’ Pureprint sales to come from outside the UK and for this to increase in 2017.’

Find out more about our services

Read More

Inside The Fine Collection with G . F Smith’s Jo Pitts

3rd October 2016

G . F Smith, the UK’s leading specialist supplier of specialist papers, can always be relied on for bringing a creative approach to the making of designer tools. Last year, there was their leviathan paper selector, The Collection, which won a place in pretty much every design studio in the UK; this year, the company released The Fine Collection, a 128-page selection of its finest uncoated papers for digital and litho printing. Sequenced by colour, it includes 66 crowd-sourced photographs (selected from more than 10,000 entries) in order to demonstrate each paper’s print performance in practice. It’s a beautiful and extremely useful object (and we’re not just saying that because we printed it).

We caught up with G . F Smith’s Marketing Production Manager Jo Pitts to find out more about the process of selecting the images, and to chat about the pleasures of paper… 

What are you hoping The Fine Collection will achieve for G . F Smith?

I hope it will show designers who love our papers how all of these fine uncoated white sheets actually look and behave when they’ve been printed with four-colour ­– whether that might be with a digital or litho process. The Collection is an incredible tool but The Fine Collection actually demonstrates how our white papers perform – which I hope will influence decision making and become indispensable in selecting the right paper for a print project.

How did you go about selecting the images for inclusion in The Fine Collection?

We knew we wanted to design it with a beautiful sequenced colour story that went from light to dark, so this made the huge amount of entries slightly easier to edit down as we were working with eight sections, essentially. It was also important to select images that would demonstrate a broad variety of strong vibrant colours and blacks, through to light pastels with very delicate details.

Ben Parker also selected the majority of the images based on what he thought would work well visually and felt right for this G . F Smith promotion. Some of the entrants were amateurs and some were very established photographers and Ben picked the imagery without knowing who had submitted them, which was really interesting. Pureprint’s Lloyd Bromhead and Mark Croucher also lent their enormous expertise when we began the extensive proofing process and their technical advice really helped us to reach a final edit when it came to pairing the perfect image with each paper. I learned so much more about print through the making of this book, which took about one and a half years from beginning to end.

Do you have a favourite image in The Fine Collection?

It would have to be ‘Jellyfish’ by Richard Foster as I actually met the jellyfish in his studio on a shoot a few years ago! I first saw them on a large A2 sized print on his studio wall and when I was invited upstairs to see them in their tank I was so surprised to see how incredibly tiny they really were! Richard is a really talented photographer and it was a real pleasure spending time with him on shoots ­– I learned a lot from him and his team. I was so delighted when he said we could use one of his images in the Fine Collection and, bizarrely, the jellyfish brought back some lovely memories!

The Fine Collection combines both litho and digital print, are you excited by the possibilities that digital printing can offer?

Yes ­– some people think digital is still sub-standard compared to litho, but that’s no longer true. I think many would be hard pushed to tell the difference these days, which I hope we’ve shown in The Fine Collection. Also, being able to use print techniques such as white ink or hot pink on top of coloured stocks is really exciting and can make things far more experimental, with a much smaller price tag.

Could you pick a favourite G . F Smith paper? 

I’d have to break this down into three answers if I may! My favourite fine uncoated sheet is Zen – not just because the name is so inspiring but also because the surface treatment on the paper is like no other I’ve ever seen or used; it’s a hybrid in many ways and I love the effect of four-colour printed onto it. My next would be Colorplan, simply because it’s the best range of coloured paper in the world and is made by G . F Smith in the Lake District, which is an amazing British manufacturing story. It is luxury paper at its best, loved by designers all over the globe and used by the best brands in the world. It is truly iconic and (unbelievably) 80 years old and still going from strength to strength. My third would be Gmund Action because it’s so unique and it really captures my imagination. The Gmund mill keep how they make it a secret, and with colours named ‘Pastel Heart Attack’ and ‘Vibrant Arsenic’ how could you not love it? The Gmund team are also really special people – we held three parties with them across the country earlier this year and we had the best Bavarian knees-up ever!

How important is it to you that all your papers have a low environmental impact?

It’s massively important. Everything we throw away in life (not just paper) doesn’t ever leave the planet – so it’s our responsibility to behave with a conscience and take care of the earth. There is hugely important meaning behind the FSC accreditations all of our papers have. Most of the papers we make at G . F Smith are made with pulp from sustainable forests in Sweden. It’s a precious and long process that begins with planting a tiny sapling to finally ending its journey with a designer making something very beautiful with paper that has real meaning, and in many cases is kept and cherished by the recipient. I simply couldn’t work for a company that didn’t care for the environment.

Which is your favourite Pureprint x G . F Smith project?

It has to be The Collection. I think as far as paper selector tools go, this one is utterly iconic. We won a D&AD pencil for it, after all!

Are there any exciting G . F Smith projects in the pipeline that you can tell us about?

I can’t give too much away but there may be a rather exciting A3-sized Colorplan promotion on its way – and we are working on it with Pureprint!

Find out more about our digital printing

Find out more about our litho printing

Read More

Colour Queen: One to One with Camille Walala

Thursday 15th September

Her buildings often stop you in your tracks. Among the dull greys of the urban landscape, Walala’s explosively colourful geometric murals stand out like a hoot of unbridled joy. Originally a textile designer, Walala has transformed walls in New York, Sydney, London and more, turning bland buildings into beloved landmarks with her Memphis-inspired, tribal-influenced murals.

It was while she was working on an office block in East London that she caught the attention of Eye magazine’s John L Waters, who featured her one-woman urban-regeneration campaign in the latest issue, fresh from the Pureprint presses.

We took a moment with Camille to find out about the processes behind working at such scale…

Is it important to you to bring the values of graphic design into the public domain?

YES! When I started doing street art, most of the things I was seeing were quite dark images, very figurative illustrations (of faces mostly). I wanted to bring graphic shapes and bright colours in the street. In my opinion, graphic arts work best on large surfaces such as walls or buildings. When I design the mock-up on my computer and the design looks pretty simple (almost boring), I know now that it will please me very much when I will see it on that big wall!

What’s the first thing you do when you’re presented with a space or surface to transform?

I look at it for ages, leave it alone for a while, then come back to it and I usually start doing a collage in my sketchbook or make a few notes. Then I will do the proper design on the computer.

How long do you spend planning your designs? Are there any specialist tools involved in this part of the process?

It varies, depending on the complexity of the design. If I’m painting a wall, I will make a plan with all the measurements accurate to the size of the wall.

What is your favourite part of the process behind each project?

I love the different steps. It’s very satisfying to work and design on the computer, then to go and paint for a few days up and down ladders or on a cherry picker. Then when my body can’t take it any more that's usually the time the painting is done, then I am happy again to go and work on my desk with paper or in front of my computer until the next project.

Have you got any exciting projects coming up that you can tell us about?

September is really busy with London Design Festival, where I am working on three great projects. I have done a design for a zebra crossing for Better Bankside that I can't wait to see on the road. I am collaborating with the Italian brand Natuzzi, and will be customising one of their emblematic chairs, and I will also create a Walalalounge for Clerkenwell London by customising walls, floor and ceiling.

We’ve seen your work all over London and further afield, but where is your dream location for a project?

I would love to paint the De Beauvoir estate in Hackney – I’m keeping it local for now.

You feature in the Colouring in the City piece in the latest issue of Eye Magazine, how did your relationship with Editor John L Walters develop?

I met John last year when we were painting the building. I think he was just passing by and we started talking. We saw him a few times that week (as it was his way to work) and had some nice chitchat. At the end of the 10 days, when the painting was done and the building was in its full glory he said he wanted to do a feature about it. Whoop! I was very chuffed about it.

Do you have a favourite piece of print?

Eye Magazine!

Find out more about the London Design Festival

Find out more about Camille Walala

Read More

Great news in the PrintWeek Awards

6th September 2016

This week we received the great news that we have been shortlisted in all 8 categories we entered into the PrintWeek Awards 2016. The shortlistings highlight the high quality work we produce for a range of great creative brands and customers as well as the skills and expertise available throughout the Pureprint Group, from our litho and digital factories to our packaging and large format teams. This year we have been shortlisted for our Point-of-Purchase, Luxury Packaging, Bespoke Digital, Magazine, Brochure, Book, Fine Art and Report & Accounts printing.

The awards night is on 17th October so we will update you after that on how we get on.

Find out about the awards we have won

Read More

Pureprint People: Aaron Archer

5th September 2016

Aaron Archer is Business Development Director for the Digital side of Pureprint. He is Chairman of Dscoop UK & Ireland and a frequent speaker at industry events.  DScoop is short for Digital Solutions Cooperative, and is an independent community of HP Graphic Arts business owners and technical professionals from around the world. This summer Aaron, along with other Dscoop colleagues ran the first Dscoop local event for the UK & Ireland.

How did your first Dscoop local event go on the 4th July?

It was a really successful day with a great turnout and the venue, Dorney Lake in Windsor worked really well which was helped by the stunning weather. The speakers were really informative and covered some of the hot topics for Digital printing in 2016 and it was a great chance for members to catch up with partners and industry colleagues socially.

For anyone who isn’t already a member of Dscoop, why should they join?

Dscoop offer a range of benefits to a business utilising digital printing equipment. These include education materials, marketing tools, online discussion forums, a print directory and an annual conference. 

How does membership of Dscoop benefit Pureprint?

Along with all the benefits above, Pureprint enjoys a close working relationship with Dscoop members in the UK and across the World, for collaborative working with clients.

What were your highlights from Dscoop EMEA5, in Tel Aviv?

The conference and education sessions were world class, along with an amazing partner and HP equipment showcasing a broad range of integrated solutions and innovations. 

Do you have any (digital) trends we should be looking out that came out of Drupa 2016?

Cloud based computing is now coming of age, giving opportunities for new sales channels, along with operational excellence through automated print production.

What’s the most exciting innovation in digital printing you see on the horizon?

Innovations come from technology and its application in new ways….. So I’m always excited to combine a whole raft of different components that can be disruptive in established markets. Print being the centre piece is again being recognised as a respected and powerful channel in the marketing mix.

What’s your favourite recent project, printed on HP Indigo?

Really enjoy the children’s book market, which is now being disrupted with new vertically integrated publishers, creating personalised stories to excite and engage children, through wonderfully printed books.

Find out more about our digital print facilities

Find out more about Dscoop

Read More

Pureprint People: Natalie Cole

25th August 2016

Natalie Cole joined Pureprint in Feb 2016. She started out as a digital apprentice but soon proved herself as an integral part of the team and offered the opportunity of Digital Production Assistant.

You started out as an apprentice, what attracted you to an apprenticeship in print? What did you hope to get out of it?

I was looking for a completely new start in something that I was interested in, and that I would be able to build a career in. An apprenticeship in print fitted what I was looking for, and I guess everything happened at the right time. I hoped to learn and I’m certainly doing that.

Talk us through your average day – if there is such a thing….

I work as part of the digital production team and honestly every day is different depending on the work that comes in.. The first thing I normally do is take a look at our technology workflow portal which we use for a lot of our SLA (service level agreement) work, I work out where we are for the day and deal with any reprints we need. I then continue to do this throughout the day.

I deal with putting jobs onto press, checking the files and making sure everything is ready to print and finish so it can all run smoothly through all areas. This can include liaising with account managers, finding paper, checking files, and generally trying to be helpful where I can be. Because I started in finishing, one way I can help is to support the finishing team, being an extra pair of hands where needed to make it a little easier for them, and trying to ensure work goes out on time.

Has anything surprised you about the role so far? Apart from being offered the Digital Production Assistant role soon after starting your apprenticeship!

That was definitely unexpected, but really what I think surprises me most is the sheer volume and variety of work that comes through digital production, and that we actually get it done! I don’t think I ever realised just how much is involved in print or possibly how much I would enjoy it.

What sort of skills have you been learning?

I started in finishing so I’ve learnt the basics of the equipment out there and how different types of print are finished. I’ve then moved to the production side of working, which is more computer based but I’ve learnt all about how jobs are created and put on press, taken through the printing and finishing stages to the final product.

What are the most (and least) enjoyable parts of your job?

I love the accomplishment of getting a job done and out on time, and especially getting feedback that a client is really happy with the product. I guess the least enjoyable is the opposite of this, sometimes things do go wrong, and that is inevitable, - it’s certainly not enjoyable.

Does print still feel like a male dominated industry to you? Is it more challenging being a woman?

I think its fact that it’s still male dominated, you can’t really argue against that, but saying that I’ve not felt in any way that being female has made a difference to my experience within the company. Male or female coming into an industry you know little about is a daunting task and everyone has been incredibly supportive - I’d like to think that gender doesn’t come into that.

What would you most like to print?

Part of me loves the complicated jobs that come in, - which are often a complete pain to print and finish but I love the finished article. I like creative things with different substrates and colours. I studied design so I think it’s that side of me that is interested in the way something like that looks aesthetically and comes together.

What do you think the future of print has in store?

With the way technology rapidly develops it’s so hard to say. It’s clear from the volumes of work that come in print is still incredibly relevant. Technology enables us to push the boundaries and that surely means there can only be more work and even more developments.

Where will we find you in 5 years?

I have no idea! Even a year ago I would never have imagined myself here, so in 5 years who knows. I’m learning so much here that I’d like to think I’d still be here, hopefully asking a few less questions. 

If other young people are looking for an exciting career in print, get in touch.

Read about our Digital Apprentice Zack

Find out more about our investment

Find out more about our digital printing

Read More

Pureprint leading the way with big litho and digital investment

25th July 2016

We have recently completed a £5million upgrade of our litho printing facilities in Uckfield and are due to complete work on our dedicated digital printing factory in the next few weeks.  We have upgraded our manufacturing and customer service platforms in terms of equipment, workflow and physical environment.

Pureprint Group CEO Mark Handford commented “We are delighted with the new facilities and equipment. It puts us in the best possible position to give our customers an exceptional printing service. The impressive litho factory, with large press hall, plate making, colour labs and customer rooms means that we have excellent press passing facilities and for some customers who stay with us for a couple of days that means all difference. Over the coming months we will be welcoming many visitors to the site so they can see what we have to offer and the changes that have been made.”

The Group now has a new 80,000 square foot dedicated litho factory with 4 Heidelberg XL presses and a dedicated digital factory with HP Indigo printing technology. Each of these operations has experienced customer service teams and great customer facilities as part of the impressive re-organisation and investment for the Group.

Two new XL 106 litho machines, a 6 colour plus coat and a 4 colour plus coat, have joined a 10 colour and 5 colour with coater.  Both the new machines are equipped with the highest specifications, including the industry leading inline colour measurement Inpress Control 2 and full Autoplate systems, to guarantee the highest quality and maximum operational throughput.

The 30,000 square foot dedicated digital operation houses the existing 3 HP Indigo 7800 presses and 2 HP Indigo 10000 digital presses and these will be joined by a new HP Indigo 12000 press at the end of July.

These latest investments mean that we now offer one of the most modern and efficient print production facilities in the UK. The HP Indigo 12000 digital press installation is part of HP’s global beta testing programme for the 12000 and will be one of only 6 in Europe and 12 globally until the beta testing finishes.  Once completed our two existing HP Indigo 10000s will be upgraded to 12000s.

Find out more about our litho printing

Find out more about our digital printing

Read More

Forest Guardian: Q&A with WWF’s Julia Young

12th July 2016

Julia Young is the manager of the UK arm of the Global Forest & Trade Newtork (GFTN), the WWF’s ongoing initiative dedicated to helping businesses adjust their supply-chain strategies to protect and preserve the world’s forest resources. That, of course, means she spends a lot of time thinking about paper. After she visited Pureprint HQ to talk about the role of the print industry in ensuring sustainability, we caught up with her to find out whether awareness campaigns work and how optimistic she was about the future of paper in the UK…

The print and paper industries didn’t historically have the best reputation for sustainability, how valuable do you think campaigns such as Two Sides are in changing people’s preconceptions?

I think if campaigns don’t get too defensive, and they communicate precise and verifiable information, they are very valuable in showing how a sustainable industry can be beneficial to people and nature. WWF has extensive campaign experience in this area – including our Forest Campaign. People need to think about what kind of paper they use; is it sustainable, and are they wasting paper or not? These are the key issues for a paper-industry campaign to address. There have been things to improve – so it’s no good pretending there haven’t, or that the whole industry is doing better. The trick is to enable the public to understand the issues and make a better decision – using accurate information. Going forward, the Two Sides campaign can help people to think about the forest source of their paper – and why choosing papers that are recycled and from credibly certified forest sources, like FSC, is the way to make sure that paper use is positive in terms of sustainability.

You visited Pureprint in Uckfield earlier in the year, what was the highlight of your visit?

For me, it was exploring how commitment to innovation, and new, more efficient solutions, can get the job people want done, but in a sustainable way. Pureprint are great at that. We wanted to see what could be done with print and print management, get a feel for where things are at – after all, it’s by keeping in touch and finding out what can done and is being tried out that you get new ideas of what is possible, so from that perspective, it was a great visit for our team, with people from many different kinds of roles, like managing what we send out to our supporters, and designing our materials so they look great but are effective when it comes to paper use and cutting waste on print runs.

Your role is with the Global Forest & Trade Network, could you help explain what this partnership does?

We know the business community can play a vital role in ensuring forest resources are well managed. Sustainable forest management can help address some of the most severe problems affecting forests, such as deforestation. WWF’s Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) can help by translating what is happening on the ground in global forests into how businesses can make better decisions in their sourcing. We work to improve the management of global production forests by using the influence and purchasing power of UK businesses to bring about market change. Our goal is to create a thriving, mainstream market for environmentally and socially responsible forest products. Businesses participating in GFTN commit to looking at their supply chains and progressively moving to better sources which support forests. They are transparent about their policies and performance – which is what we encourage all businesses with a material footprint on forest resources to be doing.

In the time you’ve been with WWF, what changes have you seen in the print and paper industries?

There has obviously been a huge focus on understanding and developing carbon accounting – understanding the life-cycle impacts of paper from forest to end of life – as well as a good move towards how paper can be used to add maximum value. This is all very positive – and those businesses that have invested meaningfully in this should be proud of that work – then differentiate themselves more from others who aren’t following the same, better practices.

What else would you like to see the print and paper industries doing to help safeguard and improve the environment?

I think there is a steady realisation on the importance of sustainable forest management in the first place – although I would like to see more advocacy for the increased use of recycled fibre, to make recycled paper more accessible – as this has a major role to play in tackling the pressures on global forest resources, and meeting growing future demand for fibre for paper worldwide. There are probably a lot of paper people who would like to see more recycled paper taken up too!

What are you and WWF working towards in 2016, and beyond?

We’re carrying on our Forest Campaign – to try to make sure that we have a comprehensive and properly implemented European Timber Regulation, and asking businesses that trade forest products in some shape or form – like paper – to be transparent about their policies on sustainable sourcing, and how well they are doing in meeting them. WWF has a really wide spectrum of work on forests, from helping producers understand and get into sustainable forest management, right the way through to things like our Environmental Paper Company Index work, to appraise environmental performance for pulp and paper production. Then of course there is work on climate, oceans, freshwater, the illegal wildlife trade – and many other subjects, in more than 100 countries. You can find out more on the breadth of our work at www.panda.org. Personally, I will be working to keep our GFTN programme relevant and impactful, engaging with industry associations on the forest agenda, and releasing work on the business case for sustainable sourcing, before preparing for next year’s Timber Scorecard check-in on UK companies and sustainable sourcing of forest goods.

Do you have a favourite paper stock, recycled or otherwise?

Number one has to be recycled paper. WWF is a signatory to the Environmental Paper Network Paper Vision, and our sourcing policy puts recycled paper as first choice. Personally, I love looking for beautiful notebooks but am often disappointed to find ones I like then don’t carry any credentials as coming from recycled paper sources, or from a mix of recycled and or FSC sources – I simply can’t overlook it, no matter how good-looking it is!

Are you optimistic for the future of a sustainable paper industry?

Yes, I am. Fundamentally, the paper industry has to invest in sustainability for its own future. If there is increasing demand for fibre, but increasing pressure on global forests, how will this demand be met? Customers also increasingly want to know that the goods they buy haven’t damaged the environment or other people’s livelihoods – let alone the increasing tension over environmental degradation, and failure to share the benefits from resources, in producer countries. There have been a lot of positive developments – I only see this as continuing, and those who can’t demonstrate good sustainability will eventually be excluded by the market. Sooner, I hope, rather than later.

Find out more about the Global Trade & Forest Network (GFTN)

Find out more about Pureprint's environmental credentials

Read More

Beautiful books win awards

30th June 2016

What a good year at the Print, Design and Marketing Awards this year with 3 stunning projects Dior by Avedon, Garry Fabian Miller’s Bliss and Waterloo 1815 - A Commemorative Anthology winning 4 categories.

Dior by Avedon won the Finishing category with its beautiful French folding, specialist Japanese Takeo papers and with a flexi bound and silver foiled cover. The judges commented “Simplicity at its best, using high quality print finish and fantastic binding technique. This winner showcases the product in a very smart and stylish way”. Garry Fabian Miller’s Bliss won the Books and Booklet category, digitally printed on an HP Indigo press with layflat binding and an exposed spine made this book a stunning production. The judges commented “Visually stunning. Very simple but effective use of techniques. Consistent use of colours, very well presented.”

Waterloo 1815 - A Commemorative Anthology won the Short Run Printing category but also what an accolade for it to win the Supreme Award too. Again digitally printed on an HP Indigo 10000 press with full size maps, gilt edged, bound in leather and enclosed in a wooden box. The judges commented “A unique item of print that would not be out of place in a museum. High end print, finishing, binding and packing, a product that is a truly stunning piece of high end art.” And “An all encompassing showcase for print - a showstopper. A unique, one off in its own class. A rare and beautiful product.”

Earlier in the year another fabulous book we have printed won a DRUM Design Award for Print Design. Baddeley Brothers is for anyone with a serious interest in print, design, publishing and typography, and tells the story of this printer over the last four centuries. The book was litho printed on Munken Polar Smooth from G F Smith and covered with a Duck Egg Brillianta Cloth from Winters and has fine tipped-in samples

Find out more about the awards we have won

Find out more about Waterloo 1815 - A Commemorative Anthology

Find out more about Bliss

Find out more about Dior by Avedon

Read More