The die is cast; after three arduous judging days our panels have come up with a shortlist of the brightest and best the UK print industry has to offer.
And it was no mean feat.
More than 600 print samples were submitted and from those our 26 judges have managed to hone a list of 70 individual companies vying for one or, in some cases, several of this year’s 24 awards.
Thank you to all of our judges, all senior buyers or experts in their chosen fields from organisations including Age UK, Arcardia, British Gas, Burberry, Grant Thornton, Harrods, John Brown, National Trust, Tesco, The AA, and Toyota – to name but a few.
My thanks to all our generous sponsors too.
While our shortlisted companies will no doubt be feeling rightly chuffed to have made it this far, my heartfelt commiserations go to the dozens of companies that didn’t quite make the shortlist this year.
All I can say is that this year we had the highest level of entries I can remember, so the competition was tougher than ever. And while that probably offers little solace, I hope that the pride you felt when you submitted your entries remains undiminished and you carry that forward to ensure success in the 2017 Awards.
For those of you that were lucky enough to make the shortlist, tickets for the Awards ceremony are available now, with the early-bird discount still available for shortlisted companies for a limited time.
And even if you didn’t enter this year, the PrintWeek Awards is the perfect place to celebrate everything that is great about print and catch up with friends, rivals and some of most influential UK print buyers, all while you enjoy a fantastic evening of entertainment.
Thank you to all the companies that entered this year’s awards and to those of you mentioned in the shortlist section below - congratulations. I look forward to seeing you in the Great Room at the Grosvenor on the 17 October for what I know will be another night to remember.
Editor and Publisher
Kindly sponsored by:
RMC Digital Print
Geoff Neal Group
Hampton Printing (Bristol)
Park Lane Press
Pindar (part of the YM Group)
The Delta Group
Opus Trust Marketing
Communisis Transactional Print
Howard Hunt Group
Pindar (part of the YM Group)
Route One Print
Geoff Neal Group
Howard Hunt Group
Impress Print Services
Ingram Lightning Source
Curtis Print & Packaging
The Sherwood Group
Gask & Hawley
Howard Hunt Group
Amberley Adhesive Labels
The Label Makers
Offset Print & Packaging
Pindar (part of the YM Group)
The Westdale Press
Howard Hunt Group
Iliffe Print Cambridge
Trinity Mirror Printing (Watford)
Imprint (part of Pureprint Group)
Diamond Print Services
Park Lane Press
First 4 Print Finishing
Plastic Card Services
The Sherwood Group
Jacob Cook, Alexir Partnership
Samuel Jackson, We Do Print
Jack Southern, The Folkestone Academy
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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 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 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.
Inca’s commitment to the printing industry is endorsed by the company’s decision to sponsor the category for ‘Point-of-purchase printer of the year’.
Over the past 16 years, Inca has developed from a small Cambridge start-up company to become one of the world’s leading inkjet pioneers. The Onset X Series, launched in 2015, is the pinnacle of digital printing whilst the new SpyderX platform offers high end technology to the mid-range sector.
With approximately 25% of staff involved in R&D, and a dedicated global support team, Inca has the ability to respond quickly to customer needs; particularly within the POP market where there is an increased demand for a fast turnaround.
Inca’s product ranges combine the best hardware, software and consumables to offer customers a truly ground-breaking print experience.
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 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 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 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 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.
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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.
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 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.
As a service provider for the production printing industry, Konica Minolta offers you integrated workflows and applications as well as professional and sophisticated hardware products to enable your business.
Konica Minolta’s business-building concept, Digital1234, encourages print businesses to find and focus on new opportunities to save money, improve productivity, add new services, and increase profits.
The concept aims to assist print service providers to move away from solely product-focused sales, by adding value to the whole service they provide through developing new applications for print, web and mobile.
United Services is the UK's leading service provider of Laundered Wiper Cloths to the Print Industry and the only UK supplier of the new revolutionary Absorbent Mat system developed to replace traditional Print Room Spill Kits.
During the past 25 years we have worked to identify gaps within the Print sector and introduced many innovative environmental products and packaging initiatives. These have generated dramatic Health & Safety benefits as well as a truly remarkable reduction in their environmental impact.
We are delighted to be able to give something back to the Print sector that has been so loyal to us over the years by sponsoring The Label Printer of the Year award for 2016.
Our aim is to continue to lead in innovative ideas offering our customers’ safer working practices whilst reducing their impact on the environment. As ever our mission remains to manage your service while you manage your business.
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.
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Consistency sums up Wyndeham Roche, whether it’s the consistency of colour and folding accuracy paramount for the TTS Compendium, or the fine tuning and consistent running of presses to secure perfection for the Education Supplies and Workplace Supplies catalogues of 2015. The only minor, but welcome, inconsistency is where it landed the company from St Austell, Cornwall. Last year’s finalist went not one but two better to win a category where constraints, more than consistency, often characterise the intricate nature of the work. Judges scrutinised not only end-quality but production excellence, and one challenge for the 300,000 Lands’ End Core catalogues was finessing off-press delta folds to ensure not only accuracy but – that word again – consistency. “A great example of an innovative format using delta fold and binding cross grain,” reckoned the judges.
Highly commended: The Westdale Press
This was anything but junk mail. John Lewis tasked Geoff Neal to develop a concept for a joint promotion with Le Creuset for a new Cool Mint range. The mailing, to deliver a promotional magnet, involved a gift-style matchbox-type carton on 485 micron FBB to avoid cracking. High-pigment inks meanwhile ensured maximum impact. Equally impressive was the Npower calendar mailing that dovetailed excellence in design, creativity and manufacturing. Everything in this category comes under scrutiny: folding, perforating, personalisation, die-cutting and pop-ups. That Geoff Neal pulled off a mailing for 2 million people in a “seemingly impossible” timescale before ticking all the boxes to win such a demanding category puts the junk mail moniker right where it belongs. In the bin.
Highly commended: DST
The Noted Notebook was more than noticed by this year’s judges, who insist if a picture paints a thousand words, then the best brochure must speak volumes. The A5 notebook for creative professionals did just that with 176 pages of finishes. The judges, looking for consistent quality of repro, print and finishing, found it again and again in entries from the printer in west London. The AMP Agency Brochure shows how much can be done with mono print. Simple and clean in look the product, with a cover printed and copper foil blocked, which helped demonstrate litho printing at its best. “A stunning entry with four very different brochures produced to the highest standards,” said one judge. “An easy winner for me.”
Hampton Printing (Bristol)
Screaming Colour is making a habit of this. Highly commended last year, winner in 2013, the creative production house in London romped home again in 2015. Judges for the category, aimed at short-run, high-value brochures and presentation packs, want good colour and innovative applications. Screaming Colour didn’t have to shout, its digital printing did the talking. A project for the Imperial War Museum in South London featured “amazing details throughout, such as multi-coloured threading and leather,” said the judges. These details, textures and materials blended tradition with modernity to mirror the heritage and future aspirations of its client. Laser-etched acrylic, sepia imagery, perspex, textured materials and illustration give each book its own identity.
Highly commended: Park Communications
Book ‘em. It’s almost criminal, this is the fourth year running Pureprint has scooped a category that to the outside world has little to celebrate. The book sector has been through the mill in recent years with the UK undercut by cheaper, and in some cases shoddy, imports and digital editions. But the printer in Uckfield, East Sussex, has proven once again, and without doubt, the beauty of the British book, well printed and bound, endures. Lloyds Banking Group also endures and celebrated 250 years with a print run of 15,000 in a style truly fitting to the British book. The final word on Waterloo, a limited edition of 125 copies, however goes to one of the judges: “Waterloo is quite simply one of the best books I have ever seen, the printing and binding were exceptional – stunning.”
Highly commended: Team (Impression)
Gask & Hawley prints and distributes more than 3.8 million bespoke leaflets every three weeks in various formats for one of its clients. The judges were looking for stunning examples of long-run targeted messaging where data handling and the number of variables are as critical as the quality of the printed product. Manchester-based Gask & Hawley wrote the front-end software to enable all 1,400 store owners to change their panels, from customer-approved templates, and upload artwork and images. Meanwhile the company processed the data for printing at up to 40,000 copies per hour and personalisation before distribution to stores, Newshare and Royal Mail. “Impressive use of personalisation with variable imagery and content on a large scale,” was the judges’ verdict.
Highly commended: Amberley Adhesive Labels
Like last year, judges called for the best magazines from business and consumer markets. And like last year, Park Communications won the category outright with its trademark quality of print, finishing and repro. Judges took into account production and cost implications, of which there were plenty for Puss Puss. The magazine for culture and cat-lovers had the judges purring; a tight budget meant the magazine had to compromise on content or reduce the weight of the title. So, a mixture of papers included a bulkier uncoated stock with good opacity but less weight to ensure stunning visuals from a magazine delivered on time and budget, but with reduced distribution costs and no compromise on content.
“Great detail, great consistency, great impact - a great entry all round,” was the judges verdict. The box-and-scroll achievement presentation box for Royal Holloway University included a paper-over-board box tray with a foil-blocked lid and internal scroll in three special colours. Luxury, however, is only part of this category; being fit for purpose and protecting contents from damage is no less vital. The Nexxus Salon Doors PR launch involved recreating a salon experience with a sample pack, the doors of which have clear and black gloss foiling and chrome studs for the saloon-doors effect. Press releases in the top of the box benefit from a raft of finishes and materials, but it’s the white foam, strengthened sections and metal eyelets on the presentation bag that ensure the contents remain safe, no matter how rowdy the saloon-bar celebrations from Boss Print.
Highly commended: 1st Byte
While all that glisters is not gold, it definitely was for Augustus Martin, which struck the yellow stuff with entries including L’Oreal Maybelline Glitter, a display for a new product launch for Christmas. Glitz and glamour were the creative calling cards. The London point-of-purchase and outdoor media specialist worked with Tag Worldwide and L’Oreal on a POP display to keep shoppers lingering. The black and yellow units hold more than 150 products, but it was the display itself that had judges in raptures: “Brilliant stand-out pieces, the perfect example of cardboard engineering at its best.” The Toyota Aygo also received the Augustus Martin treatment in the form of showroom displays of interlocking modular sections with a perfect blend of weight, balance and impact.
Highly commended: Simpson Group
While entrants to this category may sit at the end of the line, their finishing processes can make all the difference to a print product, adding immeasurable value. London-based Screaming Colour has marked 2015 by winning not only the Bespoke Digital Printer category, but also taking the hard-fought post-press gong – for the third time in a row. The company’s entry left judges gasping: “An amazing body of work, truly amazing; dynamic and eye-catching concepts.” As well as big-name cultural icons such as the Imperial War Museum, commercial giants came knocking. The phone cube box was targeted at decision-makers of large companies, wooing them over to a Nokia Windows phone. Packaging for a video screen, two or three phones and a how-to-guide proved so successful the campaign’s ROI target was reached before the half-way point
Highly commended: Diamond Print Services
Judges were looking for evidence of programmes, changes and measurable results when weighing up entries for the Environmental Company of the Year. With DST, there were plenty across its seven sites. In 2015 the company published its first sustainability report on strategies and programmes. Last year the company measured CO2 emissions from forklift trucks, generators, transport, heating, hot water and air conditioning systems, waste streams and paper production. “It’s great to see DST taking such strides to put the environment so high up its agenda,” said judges. “And while they may have come to the party late, the results are impressive.” ISO 50001 energy management standard is being implemented across all sites while careful auditing proves saving energy can save you money, from around £1,000 in lighting at the Bristol base to £55,581 in reduced over-production in Nottingham.
Highly commended: Park Communications
Judges are exacting, and for this category they demanded no less than world-class customer service and exemplary performance – Geoff Neal Group at your service. Last year the company rolled out a training programme for customer-facing staff, including all management, to set rigorous service levels for all customer interactions. All employees signed up to a customer-service charter, the repro department added a night shift to reduce waiting time for proofs while technology upgrades improved remote access, allowing customers to upload and approve jobs on their own. London’s Geoff Neal Group is on a roll, having also won the Direct Mail Printer of the Year gong. The judges were every bit as impressed as Geoff Neal’s customers. They said: “A really tough category to judge, but this entry stood out because clearly, good enough is never good enough for the Geoff Neal team.”
Highly commended: JPS
“Two years ago I could not imagine the fantastic rewards that lay ahead,” said Jonathan. That was before he joined De La Rue as an apprentice printer. He now works on components that go into bank notes and other security print. Given the sensitivity of his work, Jonathan cannot show off the fruits of his new-found knowledge, but that’s the only downside. He can and does shout about the buzz around De La Rue, the enjoyment of tackling new tasks in the print room, the challenge of working towards his NVQ Level 3 with the BPIF, and the desire to “never stop learning and developing”.
Andy Hitcham, Eclipse
Stephen Bagg, Snows Business Forms
First the reckoning: “Quite possibly the toughest year in terms of the number of exceptional entries,” said the judges. “But this company once again proved, even in one of the toughest markets, that getting the basics right pays dividends.” First 4 Print Finishing in Blackburn, Lancashire, produces up to 12m promotional items a day and fulfils around 300 million mail packs a year. And this year is exciting: it sees the purchase of the company’s main premises and the building of a 2,800m2 extension. Next, a £250,000 drive in the folding department will add three new high-speed automated lines. First 4 Print Finishing expects turnover to exceed £3.75m, well on the way to hitting its three-year target to get beyond £5m.
Plastic Card Services
They are short in shelf-life and lower in unit cost, but FMCG goods make complex demands on the likes of Sherwood Group. Print for such goods calls for fast turnarounds and product consistency across long runs, but Sherwood knows all about this, having won the category last year. “Fantastic entry, easily the stand-out winner,” said one judge, with another chipping in: “A solid performance with a great eye for detail.” Take Tesco Finest Croquembouche Dessert Kit: if the contents were tasty, the creativity and print were delicious. The structured design involved a flat-pack, round-based form with a set of five supporting rings to stack and display the profiteroles in the shape of a cone. The Frozen and Star Wars Milk Chocolate Egg and Bar packaging meanwhile featured a tiara made by cutting the shape from the pack. ISO 12647-7-compliant proofs came off an Epson 9900 inkjet printer, with printing plates from a Kodak Magnus 800 platesetter. Print rolled off Komori Lithrone S40 with four-colour process and spot-gloss varnish. The last word on the Patisserie De Bain bath and shower products, however, goes not to the judges but the customer. Grafton International brand coordinator Ben Edwards said: “The brand prides itself on eye-catching artwork and packaging must reflect this. Working with Sherwood helped us maintain our high-quality benchmark with their superb print quality and knowledgeable workforce.”
Annual reports, like the PrintWeek Awards, come around once a year. And, like last year, Park Communications walked away the winner of this category. Was it the complexity of incorporating six colours, foiling, embossing, spot-gloss UV varnish and the tipped-in foiled dividers for the Jimmy Choo document? Or did the tactile, laminate-free Lloyd’s report carefully crafted to ensure no finger marking, creasing, cracking or rubbing woo the judges? The final verdict was emphatic: “Superb use of black on uncoated stocks and consistent quality across all four submissions.”
“Even we were surprised we could do it that well,” reads the category entry from Woodmansterne Publications, which may or may not suggest surprise from a company that seemingly came from nowhere to win this competitive category. The National Trust card almost “took the biscuit” in terms of fineness and registration required. Elsewhere, the Watford company had to balance publisher requests to blend fun design with the downright quirky. The hearts, for example, on the Birthday Crown were never intended to exactly line up but were the result of an inspired but off-the-wall, last-minute tweak. The job, which came off a Heidelberg litho press with foiling from Saroglia kit, did more than win over children, it also engaged and delighted the judges.
Highly commended: The Sherwood Group
Award-winning label makers, according to judges, must “tick a number of boxes”. Label Apeel has done exactly that for the past three years to secure a hat-trick of category wins. Labels for King’s Siberian Sturgeon Fresh Caviar – like those for Mezan Single Distillery Rum or Hampstead Tea - had to prove best print and production values. The Leicester company knew that the quality of the labels had to match the quality of the product. These were printed on white polypropylene face and over-laminated with a satin polypropylene, but the challenge was in the registration of the foiling, not just once but twice. Decorative gold foiling allowed for no error in registration. Label Apeel polished off the job in two passes on an AB Graphic Series 2 Digicon – an exclusive finish for an exclusive product.
Highly commended: The Label Makers
The Daily Mirror remains Trinity’s core business, while Trinity is core to this category – its various sites having won it four times. With a nightly print order of around 500,000 copies, requiring at least three presses rolling at full speed, the Mirror has formidable production targets. But it was The Independent that really wowed judges in this general election year, impressed with “excellent print quality, particularly on solid areas like the Next DPS”. The 72-page 5am Election Special Edition included 179,000 copies printed over four editions throughout the night. As election fever gripped the nation, pressure mounted in the pressroom, as all of its national newspapers increased print orders for the night. High levels of recycled fibre meanwhile put more demand on print quality, but the result, regardless of the political outcome, proved perfect for Trinity Mirror Printing (Watford).
Highly commended: Newsprinters – Eurocentral
Eager for the redevelopment of the Battersea Power Station to stand out during construction, the development company turned to Octink to bring to life concepts for the exterior hoarding, signage and large-format banners for this iconic landmark. What rolled off the company’s flatbed printer and roller sealer was in excess of 500 meters of hoardings for the power-station boundary, defined by 1.8m-high powder-coated feature lettering and 18mm thick fret-cut marine plywood lettering. Octink, based in Brentford, Middlesex, also spun its magic for the London Air Ambulance, London Dock and, another icon, Chelsea Flower Show. For this, each year the company provides more than 4,000 signs, way-finding and event-branding material. “Really innovative use of media,” concluded the judges, “but first and foremost it’s just great print.”
Highly commended: SMP Group
“Fantastic, vibrant and beautiful to behold – a superb body of work and I love every one of these books,” said one of the judges. A Strong, Sweet Smell of Incense – A Portrait of Robert Fraser was one of those fantastic works, and that judge was not exaggerating. The book celebrating the noted 1960s art dealer is a showcase of lavish textures and imagery, from the silk-screened cover in one colour to the delicate 60gsm Bible paper. More vibrancy came in the form of Chantal Joffe & Isabel Myerscough Friendship Portraits, a project involving extensive repro, retouching, cut-outs and extending backgrounds. Two cover versions were printed and bound at quick turnarounds for the opening night at the National Portrait Gallery.
Highly commended: Pureprint Group
DST’s campaign asked customers six key questions, from ‘How can I make my communication stand out?’ to ‘How can I handle all responses effectively?’ to focus on the benefits of integrated communications. A “journey through the world of communication” took in planning, creation and delivery and culminated in an event at Canary Wharf. “The budget may have been big,” said the judges, “but it was the ROI that was key in making this the stand-out submission. Attention to detail was key.” The travel theme was embedded into each piece of communication: direct mail, personalised microsites and emails. The event drew 178 clients and prospects, 19% up on the target, generated £440,000 of committed spend on the day and, from a £100,000 budget, DST generated in excess of £1m of attributable revenue – a ROI of over 1,000%.
Highly commended: Kingfisher Print & Design
Cyan Group supported SPMSD for a Flu Patient Support campaign with a difference: rather than a one-size-fits-all approach to printed materials such as posters, each surgery could choose and personalise their materials. An email went to each surgery supported by a paper mailing driving users online to choose their materials. Within the first week more than 500 orders went through against a target of 320. Hidden in the letter was an augmented reality film to identify surgeries that had not yet logged on. Clever. And scanning the letter, reps could open an Eyei app to show a promotional how-to-use film. Results were impressive: from 3,230 customer emails and mailings, around 1,800 unique orders were made over a short timescale. The client was impressed: “What a campaign – totally blown away by the response while the subtle but clever use of digital went down a storm.”
Highly commended: AlphaGraphics
Runner-up last year, Buxton Press, went one better in 2015 thanks to a raft of improvements, including extensive remodelling and extension of its factory in Derbyshire. Into the new-look site went two extra B1 Heidelberg long-perfecting presses and a host of other kit. While capital spend was high, fiscal results were “eye-watering”, reports the firm, which smashed all previous records: turnover rose 8% in the 12 months to October 2014, while a 21.5% rise pushed operating profits to their highest ever level. The next six months to this April were even better: turnover rose 18% year-on-year with operating profits leaping 34%. The judges said: “Looking at its performance, it’s easy to forget that Buxton operates in one of the most competitive segments in print. A fantastic business at every level.”
Highly commended: Tradeprint
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No - PDF documents can be submitted as long as the entry does not exceed 5MB.
Just one copy of each sample.
No. Please do not mark your samples in any way.
Please could you take a photo of your sample and send that to email@example.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.
If you would like to discuss which category to enter, please contact Lucy on 0207 501 6782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Yes, entries may be withdrawn up until the closing date. Entry fees will not be refunded.
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.
The judging will take place in August 2016.
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’.
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)