PrintWeek Awards 2016

Describing the PrintWeek Awards as the greatest print awards bar none is no idle boast.

The value of winning or being shortlisted for a PrintWeek Award can’t be overstated, both in terms of raising the profile of your company in the minds of clients, current and potential, and boosting the morale of your staff.

However, winning a PrintWeek Award isn’t easy – it’s not meant to be, it’s the highest accolade in UK print, after all. But there are some simple steps you can take to give yourself the best possible chance.

Firstly, you need to enter. Obvious, I know, but you’d be surprised at the number of printers who like to complain that they “never win”, but at the same time have never entered.

Secondly, you need to ensure that you send us only the very best examples of your work. Start setting aside pristine examples of jobs so that you have the best of the bunch to choose from when you come to submit your entry.

Remember, you’re judged on a body of work, not just one single piece of print, it's one of the strengths of the PrintWeek Awards, and you should aim to demonstrate your prowess in as wide a variety of skills as possible.

Thirdly, read the rules carefully and make sure that you have submitted all the relevant information, because if we don’t have enough information to go on, you might not make it to the shortlist. If you have any questions regarding the criteria or what exactly we need, please contact our events team, who will be more than happy to help.

Finally, remember who’s judging the entries: your clients.

We assemble an august line-up of big-name print buyers for our Quality Awards covering all of the major print disciplines and this is your chance to sell to them and their peers. Make sure your supporting citations explain exactly what makes you and the work you do so special.

Once you’ve done all this, you can sit back with confidence and wait for the shortlist in September.

Good luck!

Darryl Danielli
Editor and Publisher

Kindly sponsored by:

How to enter

Entries must be submitted online

Entries must be submitted online. Please check the criteria for the category you are entering carefully before starting your entry by clicking here. When you are familiar with the criteria, please click here to begin the registration process and follow the on-screen instructions.

Please click here for a guide on entering the 2016 PrintWeek Awards

The deadline to enter is Friday 1st July.

First of all, decide which category/ies you wish to enter by clicking on the 'Categories 2016' link. When you are ready to make your entry, click on the Enter Now button on this website. You will be asked to fill in your contact details to register your entry. You can then select which category/ies you wish to enter. Once registered, you may log out and sign in again at a later date to complete your entry.

We ask entrants to send in a range of work to ensure that we can measure the consistency as well as the quality of the output and not judge a company by one job. The PrintWeek Awards also values qualities like financial performance, business strategy, training and investment, as well as production excellence.

There are two types of Award: the Quality Awards which judge the quality of output from different sectors, such as labels, glossy magazines, catalogues and posters and the Performance Awards, which are judged on financial performance, strategy, capital investment and training programmes. Within those awards types, there are 24 categories in all and you can enter as many as you wish (although only once in each category).

Please click here to read the terms and conditions of entry.

For the Performance Awards categories, you are required to write a 500 word summary through the online system. Depending on the category, you will also be required to supply support material separately. Your summary is to include a summary of the company and the challenges involved and goals achieved, plus a set of accounts that cover the period specified. Also upload a detailed client testimonial that describes aspects such as bottom-line impact, response rates, ROI, sustainability, data collection, and any other metrics that you believe appropriate.

For the performance awards, you may supply samples of printed work but it is not required.

For the Quality Awards categories, you are required to send in one copy of four different samples of printed materials, and write a 250 word production summary for each sample. Please ensure these four samples represent a variety of the work you do.

Once you have uploaded all your documents, you will receive a confirmation email. When you receive this, print it off 4 times and send it in to the PrintWeek Awards with your four samples:

Lucy Allen - PrintWeek Awards - The Mark Allen Group - St Jude's Church - Dulwich Road - London - SE24 0PB

Please DO NOT mark up your samples with company logos, sticky labels or anything that could identify you to the judging panel.

For some categories, we will also require PDF proofs for use in graphics at the awards ceremony. This will be detailed in the category criteria.

If your entry is especially large, please call Lucy on 020 7501 6782 or email lucy.allen@markallengroup.com

For all the Quality Awards you are required to send in one copy of four different samples of printed materials, which represent the variety of work you do. Once you have received your confirmation email, please can you print it off 4 times and send it to the PrintWeek Awards, one for each of your four samples.

For the Performance Awards you are not required to supply samples of printed work but it is not required. The exception is the Cross-media company of the year, where entrants are required to send in samples of one campaign: SMS/Online/e-mail that you carried out as part of the project (these can include screen grabs on CD, DVD or USB or print outs)

Please send all samples to:

Lucy Allen, Print Week Awards, The Mark Allen Group, St Jude’s Church, Dulwich Road, London SE24 0PB

Please can you also send a PDF of the cover image of each of your samples.

Supporting material will not be returned, but collection may be arranged by applying to the event manager at the time of entry. Support material will be held until 18th November 2016, and disposed of afterwards unless collection is organised. Please note entries to the Poster category cannot be returned.

Rates Prices
Early bird discounted rate (available until 10th June) £130 + VAT per entry
Standard rate (available from 11th June) £165 + VAT per entry


The people that make the excellence awards possible

Heidelberg - sponsoring Trainee of the Year

Heidelberg is the world’s leading supplier of equipment to the graphics arts market. Its comprehensive offering includes, prepress, press and postpress equipment, workflow and consumables products. All products receives first rate support with maintenance, service, consultancy and training products. In the UK alone, Heidelberg has 143 field service technicians (out of a staff of 270) and it is unusual among graphic arts suppliers in retaining a large national showroom which is host to many events including open houses, demonstrations and training days. The UK arm was set up in 1975 and is the fifth largest market for Heidelberg which operates in 170 countries. Having both offset and digital products it can offer objective advice on press investment and its expertise in areas like colour, quality, productivity and the environment mean it can provide informed options to help customers equip to meet their current and future needs. The Heidelberg brand is synonymous with reliability, quality, responsibility and value for money.


Duplo - sponsoring Customer Service Team of the Year

Duplo is an established and trusted market leader with over 50 years’ experience of manufacturing print and finishing equipment; we pride ourselves on having the highest quality manufactured products and automatic finishing equipment available on the market today. In an extremely competitive industry where the customer will accept nothing less than quick turnarounds and high-quality finished print, why should you accept anything but the best from your suppliers? At Duplo we believe that a truly professional service is not achieved only by having great products, but by also providing exceptional customer support. Our commitment to customer service has got us to where we are today and we are very proud to sponsor the Customer Service Team of the Year Award.


Agfa - sponsoring Enviromental Company of the Year

Agfa is delighted to sponsor the Environmental Company of the Year Award as we have a long track record when it comes to sustainable development. We continuously strive to improve our environmental performance in our customers’, as well as in our own, operations. Agfa Graphics are pioneers and market leaders in processless plate technology, to the point where eight out of ten of our customer installations are now with Azura TU chemistry-free plates. Our plate manufacturing plant in Leeds is also a shining example of sustainable manufacturing, firstly gaining certification of the important ISO50001 energy management standard, and more recently being awarded The Wildlife Trusts Biodiversity Benchmark - a rigorously audited certification for our commitment to creating and improving wildlife habitats.


IFS - sponsoring Post Press Company of the Year

Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) is one of the leading suppliers of finishing equipment in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Through joint managing directors Tony Hards and Bryan Godwyn its service to this sector exceeds a combined 80 years and it has established a broad portfolio of solutions. These systems are widely recognised as among the finest in their sectors and include highly automated, easy to operate, market leading choices from key manufacturers Horizon, Foliant, Durselen, Petratto, Perfecta, SCS, and Technau. Collectively they deliver business winning solutions in many of the key finishing disciplines – including folding, perfect binding and saddlestitching. IFS is the definitive point of reference for quick-response professional finishing solutions for every print need from digital on demand runs-of-one to high volume litho work.


EFI - sponsoring Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year

EFI has chosen to sponsor the category for Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year because it celebrates a fast growing area of the digital print industry while retaining its appeal to analogue specialists. EFI’s developments that apply to the packaging market include the versatility available for short runs, proofing and prototyping from the company’s wide-format and Vutek LED-curing printers, along with its speciality inks and productivity software. EFI’s commitment to the packaging sector is endorsed by the company’s decision to sponsor this category. With the emphasis increasing on short runs, localisation and variable data, the company’s comprehensive portfolio of products includes cost-effective digital systems that are becoming ever more important in today’s demands for fast turnarounds.


Denmaur independent papers - sponsoring Magazine Printer of the Year

Denmaur Independent Papers is a British owned, truly independent paper merchant, offering UK coverage with a wide range of high quality products, and a service culture which can really add value to your business. At a time when there are fewer and fewer direct face to face contacts, Denmaur Independent Papers remains committed to delivering innovative, customer focussed solutions and developing long term relationships with both our customers and suppliers which are beneficial for all. Denmaur Independent Papers is 100% committed to working closely with our customers, offering a wide range of value added services designed to make real and substantial differences for publishers, printers, designers and end-users alike. This includes FREE samples and mock-ups, FREE paper identification and matching, as well as a comprehensive paper management service, delivered by our industry leading TOPS2 software. For further information, please call us on 01795 426775.


Premier Paper - sponsoring Brochure Printer of the year

Premier Paper Group is the UK’s leading independent paper merchant and, through its nationwide branch network, offers an extensive choice of products and top brands from many of the world’s leading paper manufacturers. Premier’s range also includes the widest choice of media for digital production presses.

Within its business divisions the teams are equipped with specialist knowledge and extensive experience and are ready to offer guidance and advice to ensure that customers are able get the best from the products that Premier offer.

The Premier Paper Group is proud and delighted to be sponsoring the Brochure Printer of the Year Award and wishes all entrants the best of luck.


TradeDigitalPrint.co.uk - sponsoring Cross Media Company of the Year

TradeDigitalPrint.co.uk is a TRADE ONLY, online HP Indigo print service provider.

We have been in the trade for over 25 years and understand what the term ‘trade’ should mean. TradeDigitalPrint.co.uk does not sell to the end customer directly.

Supply us with a print ready PDF and our expert team will do the rest. Our white label packaging, fast turnaround and keen trade prices will maximise your profit.

Guaranteed ‘price promise’ in place to give you peace of mind

All printing is carried out in the UK and our knowledgeable customer service team are based in the same building.

Let us be a trusted extension of your team.

Quality | Service | Trust


Ricoh - sponsoring Book Printer of the Year

Ricoh is proud to be supporting the PrintWeek Book Printing Award this year, joining with printers and publishers in celebrating the best in class in this exciting, dynamic industry. Ricoh is a Fortune Global 500 company that helps book printing and publishing businesses to succeed in a period of dramatic change. It works in close partnership with customers, helping them to transform their businesses through the integration of an extensive range of new services and technologies that enhance and compliment print production. It does this by providing on-demand solutions that deliver operational flexibility, enabling publishers and book printers to remain competitive through the implementation of data management and cost-effective, short-run book production capabilities.


Kodak - sponsoring Bespoke Digital Printer of the year

As the world’s foremost imaging innovator, Kodak is proud to support the PrintWeek Awards. Kodak provides leading graphic communications solutions for companies of all sizes with a wide range of patented technologies and products. With a unique collection of printing capabilities that deliver digital, offset or hybrid printing strategies, Kodak enables companies in the UK print industry to expand their businesses and deliver higher-impact communications to their customers.

Kodak draws from over 100 years of experience and over 7,500 commercial imaging patents and patent applications to deliver leading solutions for today’s business customers. Visit www.graphics.kodak.com for further details.


Close Brothers - sponsoring SME of the year

Close Brothers Asset Finance is passionate about the UK print and packaging industry, providing funding solutions since 1987. We offer a wide range of products, including hire-purchase, leasing, refinance, debt restructuring and assistance with buy-outs and buy-ins.

Close Brothers are proud to support SMEs and understand the challenges such businesses face with cash flow, especially when planning for growth.

Close Brothers RGF Asset Purchase Scheme was set up to deliver grant assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, a £3.2 billion fund for SMEs granted via intermediaries such as Close Brothers Asset Finance. It aims to support private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment across the English regions. Further demonstration of our commitment to helping SMEs purchase vital equipment required to meet their growth aspirations, whilst helping to create and safeguard jobs in the UK print industry.



How to gain sponsorship with us?

The PrintWeek Awards are the industry’s premier award scheme.

The awards are completely independent, and are judged by professional buyers of print and leading, independent experts in the fields of finance, the environment and customer service.

This is exactly why they are so coveted by printers and respected by buyers; in short winning a PrintWeek Award means something and by sponsoring an award category you are aligning your business with not only the best of the best, but also signalling the fact that your business understands and supports printers who go the extra mile.

By becoming a sponsor you’re guaranteed months of exposure, leading up to the industry’s night of nights when you and your guests are guaranteed a prime table in the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House hotel.

As well as conventional category sponsorships, there is also a whole host of other bespoke opportunities. We relish the challenge of coming up with innovative partnership opportunities that not only give your brand peerless exposure but also help make the PrintWeek Awards night ‘the’ event in the print industry’s calendar.

To find out more about how your business can benefit from being associated with the PrintWeek Awards, please contact our sponsorship team on 0207 501 6685/6692 or by email at: angela.koduah@markallengroup.com or james.cockburn@markallengroup.com

The ceremony

Details about the event

The PrintWeek Awards are the most prestigious event in the printing industry’s calendar, which is reflected by the fact the big night is typically attended by over 1,000 guests, a mixture of print buying and print production professionals.

The gala dinner and awards presentation will take place on Monday 17th October, again at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Your ticket price includes champagne on arrival, an excellent three-course meal, and, of course a night jam-packed with top-quality entertainment, including live music and an after-show party. The event is typically hosted by a leading light from the world of comedy, with hosts Dara Ó Briain in 2013 and Jimmy Carr in 2012 & 2014 and Gyles Brandreth in 2015.

Book now: Click here
Date: Monday, 17 October 2016
Dress code: Black tie
Venue: The Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Time Event
18:45 Champagne reception
19:30 Dinner
21:30 Awards ceremony
23:00 After party
02:00 Carriages

Accomodation: Click here to view and book a range of hotels close to the event venue at reduced rates.
Premium tables: This year we have a limited number of premium tables available. Why not treat your team to a night they never forget with a branded meeting point on arrival, two bottles of champagne on ice, on your table and guaranteed prime table position.
Make your organisation stand out, and your team feel exceptional.

Discounted rate until 9th Sept* Price
Premium Table for 10 £3,000.00 £3,500.00
Standard Table for 10 £2,200.00 £2,450.00
Standard Table for 12 £2,650.00 £2,940.00
Individual Seat£240.00 £260.00

*Early bird booking rate expires on 9th September.
Please note all prices exclude VAT.

Please ensure that you have read our terms and conditions before booking - which notes details about our cancellation policy.

Winners 2015

Scroll through to see the winners from 2015


Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

What is the closing date for entries?

Early bird entry deadline: Friday, 10th June 2016.
Standard entry deadline: Friday, 1st July 2016.
*Please note - Friday 1st July is the deadline for your online submission - your physical samples must reach us by Friday 15th July.

How much does it cost to enter?

Early bird rate (available until 12th June): £130 + VAT per entry
Standard rate (available until 1st July): £165 + VAT per entry

What is the eligibility period?

Performance Awards - April 2015 to the end of March 2016
Quality Awards – entries must have been printed since 1st July 2015

Can the same entry be entered into more than one project into the same category?

Yes, you can enter the same entry into as many relevant categories (only one entry per category though). Remember, each category has different criteria so your written submission will need to be amended accordingly.

My company is based outside the UK. Can I enter the PrintWeek Awards?

No – the PrintWeek Awards celebrates only the UK print industry.

Do we need to submit a paper copy of our submission?

No – upload your written entry and send in the printed material to the PrintWeek Awards, including a printout of your confirmation email:

Lucy Allen
PrintWeek Awards
St Jude’s Church
Dulwich Road
SE24 0PB

Does my uploaded summary have to be submitted in Microsoft Word?

No - PDF documents can be submitted as long as the entry does not exceed 5MB.

How many copies of my samples should I send?

Just one copy of each sample.

Should I label up my samples?

No. Please do not mark your samples in any way. Please could you take a photo of your sample and send that to lucy.allen@markallengroup.com This and your printed email confirmation (which you must send in with your samples) will help us marry up your sample with your summary documents).
Please can you also send a PDF of the cover image of each of your samples as a record of your sample.

Which category should I enter? How do I know if it is suitable?

If you would like to discuss which category to enter, please contact Lucy on 0207 501 6782 or lucy.allen@markallengroup.com.

Will I be able to collect my supporting material after the Awards?

Support material will not be returned, but collection may be arranged by applying to the event manager at the time of entry. Support material will be held until 18th November 2016, and disposed of afterwards unless collection is organised. Please note entries to the Poster category cannot be returned.

Will I be penalised if my entry exceeds the word limit?

The word limit for the Performance Awards is 500 words, and 250 words for the Quality Awards. You won’t be penalised for exceeding the word limit, but it is advised you try to stick within the limits as much as you can!

How do I amend an existing entry?

If you wish to add another entry to an existing booking, please click here. Please have your email address and password ready. You will come to a page that has your details displayed. Click on the "edit" button on the bottom left hand side of the page (under the payment option) and you will be able to amend or add an entry. You will be able to do this until the closing date.

When will the final shortlist be announced?

The final shortlist will be announced in the first September issue of PrintWeek. Emails will also be sent out to notify entrants of the shortlist.

Can I withdraw my entry?

Yes, entries may be withdrawn up until the closing date. Entry fees will not be refunded.

What is your confidentiality policy for entries?

All material will remain confidential to the judges. Winning cases will be published in the Awards booklet, handed out at the event. Please highlight on your entry any sensitive information that should not be reproduced.

When will the judging take place?

The judging will take place in August 2016.

When will the results be announced?

The results will be announced at the Awards show on Monday 17th October. It will be held in the Great Room at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1K 7TN. To book your places, click on ‘Dinner Bookings’.

Terms and Conditions

Terms and conditions can be reviewed by clicking here.
Booking terms and conditions can be reviewed by clicking here.


Don't hesitate to get in touch with us...

Lucy Allen

General Enquiries

Tel: 020 7501 6782

Send email

Angela Koduah

Sponsorship Enquiries

Tel: 020 7501 6685

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James Cockburn

Sponsorship Enquiries

Tel: : 020 7501 6692

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  • By taking part we are also delighted to support PrintWeek who tirelessly report, reflect, encourage and support the many facets of our innovative, exciting but, at times, frustrating industry!

    The PrintWeek Awards celebrate the power, diversity and creativity of our industry and offer a unique opportunity for companies of all sizes and from all sectors of print to be nationally recognised by their peers for their significant achievements and industrial endeavours.

    Winning one of the coveted PrintWeek Awards was a fantastic boost to our business, and generated a tremendous sense of pride and “feel good” buzz throughout the company - and has most certainly proved to be a significant persuading factor for prospective clients to place their work with us.

    - Kirk Galloway, managing director, Buxton Press

  • 2015 was the first time we entered the PrintWeek Awards and we were really chuffed to win two categories. Whilst giving us the feel good factor, winning has also resulted in a lot of new business enquiries. The print industry still has a lot to offer and we should all do our bit to promote this amazingly diverse industry and celebrate what we do.
    The PrintWeek Awards is a great place to start.

    - Fenton Smith, director, Boss Print

  • The awards are a great way of publicising and providing independent endorsement of the exceptional standards our team have achieved in service, quality and environmental management. A nomination or win gives recognition and a thank you to our team for the skill, hard work and commitment which has been fundamental in enabling us to reaching these standards.

    - Alison Branch, managing director, Park Communications

  • Winning two 2015 PrintWeek Awards and receiving a further commendation has been great for both internal morale and external business at DST; re-assuring existing clients they are with the right partner, whilst helping re-enforce our credentials and generate discussions in any new business pitches.

    - Jeremy Walters, chief executive, DST

  • Being recognised as PrintWeek’s Out of Home Printer of the Year was a great accolade for our business and has without doubt helped us to drive forward both brand and employee engagement since. The credibility of the PrintWeek Awards has also provided a level of recognition and positivity shared equally by our employees and customers.

    - Mike Freely, managing director, Octink

  • We enter the PrintWeek Awards to challenge ourselves, and let our clients know what we can do. Augustus Martin has size, great logistics, great equipment and systems that allow our customers to react quickly when required; but we see these awards as an opportunity for our staff to show their passion and expertise.

    It’s great to see them recognised for their dedication and ability by experts in our industry.

    - Lascelle Barrow, joint managing director, Augustus Martin

  • Winning one of Printweek’s prestigious awards has a positive impact both on employees and clients alike. For the team at Screaming Colour it is recognition for the creativity, hard work and determination that everyone puts in throughout the whole year. For clients and potentials clients it helps differentiate Screaming Colour as a company who consistently produce work that is of a quality and specification well beyond the norm.

    - Iain Moring, managing director, Screaming Colour

  • Being the winner of Industrial Digital Printer of the Year at last year’s PrintWeek Awards has propelled our profile throughout the industry. With the technology being groundbreaking and new we could not have had a better launchpad for getting it out there than this award.

    It has certainly changed a number of our clients minds on what is now possible to achieve in print from the data they hold. We have found that winning a PrintWeek award has been a door opener and one that we can be proud of.

    - Ian Lamb, sales director, Gask & Hawley (pictured, chief executive Earl Hawley)

  • If you want to win an award then it is PrintWeek award that you want to win because so many businesses enter them. Being able to show perspective new clients that you have won awards gives another reason for that business to start to trust you and give you that first chance. And it is just a great evening as well!

    - Sam Neal, managing director, Geoff Neal (pictured, Geoff Neal)