Bliss to the Judges at the HP Inkspiration Awards

16th May 2016

In April the second HP Inkspiration Awards were held in Tel Aviv following the opening of the Dscoop Open Conference and Pureprint were awarded the People’s Choice Award for Artistic Value for Bliss by Garry Fabian Miller a limited edition fine art publication produced for Hackelbury Press.

The HP Inkspiration Awards program was created to recognise excellence in the use of the innovative HP Indigo printing technology and this year it generated 250 entries spanning the USA, Asia and Europe in just five weeks.

The judges loved the Bliss publication with one of the judges commenting “I could not take my eyes away from the piece. It is attractive, vivid …a piece of art to admire”.

Bliss is the culmination of almost 40 years of dye-destruction printing by Garry Fabian Miller. This richly illustrated book features over 50 unique dye-destruction prints – an art form that will cease to exist by 2016. In fact, each of the 600 copies includes a signed and numbered Lambda c-print, chosen from a selection of 49 different 20” x 24” images. The 164 pages of Bliss were digitally printed on our HP Indigo 10000 digital presses on Munken Lynx paper and feature layflat binding and exposed spine.

We were also finalists in Direct Mail, Catalogue and Publishing categories.

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The magCultured man: Jeremy Leslie

1st March 2016

If you were looking for an authority on the state of the magazine industry, a recommendation for eye-opening reading material, advice on art direction or just a nice chat with a smart man, you wouldn’t have to look further than Jeremy Leslie. Over the course of his three-decade career, Jeremy has gone from being one of the most sought-after art directors in the UK to the champion of independent magazine culture across Europe, and one of the biggest players in the print renaissance.

Through magCulture, the blog, journal, editorial design consultancy and now real-world shop, Jeremy is behind some of the most exciting publications on today’s shelves – some of them printed by Pureprint. We caught up with him for a coffee…

How long have you been interested in magazines?

Since I discovered the NME as a teenager. It was my weekly update on albums, gigs, bands – a vital part of the week. It was the content not the design at that stage. Later on David Kings’s City Limits front covers sucked me into the design side too.

How did you originally get into the world of the print?

I studied graphic design and was busy printing from Foundation Course onwards. I stumbled into my first magazine job when I left university and got some summer cover work in the studio at City Limits magazine in the mid-80s From there I got the job of designer at Blitz magazine.

You’re the Creative Director of Fiera magazine – how do you find working with Katie Treggiden – and why Fiera when you must have many opportunities to work in new magazines?

Katie and I work well together. We both have multiple roles/jobs beyond the magazine and have learned from each other. Why Fiera? I was intrigued by Katie’s desire to move from blog to print.

What can we expect from the next instalment?

The magazine hasn’t fundamentally changed since launch, but it improves each issue and I hope to shift things on a little further for no4.

You’ve recently opened the MagCulture shop – why now?

I’ve always thought London deserved a dedicated magazine shop. Just mags, displayed properly – you see this in other big cities but not in the UK. I realised early in 2015 that if I didn’t do it someone would and I’d be disappointed. So I decided to give it a go.

It was hard finding the right location, but I’m happy with the final choice. We’re in the heart of London’s traditional print district, a few hundred yards from where the first magazine was published. Near lots of design and architects’ studios, next to a university full of journalism students. And in the centre of a triangle created by Angel, Old Street and Farringdon Tube stations.

How do you think the tangible quality of print influences the reading experience?

Reading from paper and screen are entirely different experiences. Paper is more flexible, variable and engages multiple senses in a way the glossy screen can’t. Think: smell, noise, different touch sensations. And just as importantly, bound paper is the perfect navigation system – you can easily find your way around, understand how deep into a magazine or book you are and can backtrack to check things. When you go back things haven’t shifted or re-flowed. You lose yourself in paper in a way you don’t in the screen – it lacks interruption from third parties.

You stock magazines printed by Pureprint at the MagCulture shop. If you could only read one, what would it be?

I’d select People of Print’s Print isn’t Dead as a beautiful piece of print about print.

We’ve seen big changes in the world of publishing over the past few years, what’s on the horizon in 2016 and beyond?

No idea! But the big changes aren’t going to slow down.

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Marcroy Smith: Person of Print

9th February 2016

Reports of print’s death have been greatly exaggerated. That, in essence, is the founding belief of People of Print, the website and London creative community set up by Marcroy Smith in 2008. Dedicated to championing printmaking in all its forms, People of Print – and its self-published magazine Print Isn’t Dead – exists to celebrate the artists, illustrators and designers bringing new life to an old industry, and to help brands and businesses harness the possibilities of print to inspire and excite.

We grabbed five minutes with Marcroy to talk about the state of the print sector, the kind of creatives he likes to work with and People of Print’s plans for the year ahead…

The future of print is dependent on so many factors; do you think the current revival is a flash in the pan or here to stay?

Nothing is permanent, however I don’t think that the revival that we’re seeing is a flash in the pan. There are lots of exciting things happening in the vast and varied world of print. It’s actually quite insane what we can achieve these days, superbly high quality digital printing thanks to HP Indigo technology, mind-blowing things are happening in 3D printing and we are also developing new ways of using traditional printing equipment.

Your magazine Print Isn’t Dead was Kickstarter funded, do you think crowdfunding has played a part in revitalising the print/magazine sector?

I definitely think that crowdfunding has played a huge role in revitalising many sectors, or at least allowing the small guy to achieve something big without taking out a huge loan. It allows the general community to decide what happens rather than a well-established publishing house and as Felix Dennis would have said… we like to “swim with the fishes.”

Element003 had a personalised cover, from all the ones ordered, could you pick a favourite?

We had a few questionable entries because we didn’t censor anything, I bet you can guess what kind of words some people chose to have on their mags. I particularly liked Andrew Losowsky’s entry “THE INTERNET IS DEAD.”

People of Print’s Department Store stocks products from established and up-and-coming designers, how important is it to you to support creatives rising through the ranks?

We like to do what we can for the print community, we generally like to talk about anyone who is showing exceptional skills, effort and enthusiasm for design, illustration, print or printmaking. Our Graduate Print Awards have some incredible entries and the winners get tonnes of amazing awards that are beneficial to them — it is free to enter too.

Apart from things you’ve made, what’s your favourite recent piece of print?

The new book by Silas Amos ‘A Bigger Spectrum’, supported by HP and GFSmith is absolutely stunning — designed by none other than award-winning James Lunn. He just has an extraordinary eye for editorial layout and beyond.

If you could work with any creative on the planet, who would it be and why?

I have a huge list of creatives that I would like to work with who I am slowly ticking off month by month. I also like finding hidden gems, people who are under the radar creating outstanding work, people who have a love for a subject so deep, who think about it every day; there’s something special and magical about these obsessional, extremely talented types.

What’s coming up for People of Print in 2016?

We have some exciting things coming up for 2016, our website and online marketplace is being developed as we speak. We will also be running more live events, workshops and talks. Oh and some stuff that we don’t want to mention in case we jinx it.


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Pureprint Recruit Apprentices in their Digital Printing Department

5th February 2016

We are offering more apprenticeships in our digital printing department as the Group grows. Zack Sutherland, 19 joined the Group in September 2015 on a BPIF level 2 NVQ Apprenticeship in Digital Printing, Digital Pre-Press and Digital Artwork and recruitment is continuing for other enthusiastic apprentices to join our expanding business.

Ian Godden, Digital Production Director commented “Zack has taken well to the digital printing department starting in finishing where he has worked alongside our experienced operators on our new case binding machinery and on our digital despatch desk. He has had the advantage of working in a very busy department particularly on personalised books with the run up to Christmas 2015. Zack will start working in the digital print area in the coming months. After the training and obtaining his level 2 NVQ, which takes about 18 months, he will then have the opportunity to go to the HP Indigo training academy in Barcelona.”

Zack said “I’m enjoying being part of the Pureprint digital team where there is a great atmosphere. I’m looking forward to learning how to operate the digital presses and attending the BPIF technical training in London as well as meeting other apprentices.”

Two young people have already progressed through the Pureprint digital printing apprenticeship scheme with Dean and Josh Tapp completing their NVQs. Dean is now fully HP trained and running a 7800 at Pureprint and Josh has moved onto operating an HP Indigo 10000 press in New Zealand, showing how an apprenticeship and working for a company like Pureprint can open doors.

Anthony Thirlby, Chief Operating Officer commented “The combination of technology, innovation, creativity and enterprise make the printing industry of today an exciting career opportunity for young, talented people. We will be extending our apprenticeship programme over the next few years and we see this as crucial to Pureprint’s future.”

Andrew Bracey Foundation & Advanced Apprenticeship Manager at the BPIF commented “It is fantastic to see Pureprint expanding their apprenticeship offering as their business grows. Apprenticeships provide an excellent opportunity for young people to grow and develop within a work environment and offer businesses the chance to access new talent. We look forward to working with Pureprint again and helping develop the next generation of their workforce.”

Ian commented “The BPIF have been a great support in the recruitment of apprentices and they provide a good opportunity for the apprentice to meet other apprentices in the industry. As an employer we get highly motivated and skilled staff and the training provided in customer service and industry best practice is second to none.”

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Pureprint Continues UK Regional Growth

25th January 2016

We have opened up a new sales office in Swindon.  The new office currently has seven staff including the existing team who have operated for the last year from the Bristol office and four new starters who have joined from ESP Colour.

The new starters are Jenny Eagle, Cheryl Corbett, Wayne Giles and David Bulfield who bring a blend of commercial specialism, technology insight and customer service excellence that will further increase the product offering for our growing client base.

Jenny and Wayne join as Account Directors, Cheryl as Technology Project Manager and David as Commercial Manager, all integral positions for the Group’s continued sales development, MIS integration, increased W2P offering, enhanced technology deployment and commercial positioning.

Coming from a strong consultative sales and technology background the team are enthusiastic to be working with the diverse offering from Pureprint Group and join as part of the Group’s focus on enhancing the client experience and service offering.

In conjunction with the successful Frome and Leeds offices, the three regional sales offices will deliver over £7m of business for us in 2016.

The new office is next to Junction 16 of the M4 and there are plans to increase staff numbers as the business grows in the commercial and technology space.

“Our regional offices are working well and the Swindon office will be the biggest so far. Regardless of how automated work flows are, the relationships we have with our customers need to be personal and consultative and our regional offices are helping us to deliver this across the UK.” commented Anthony Thirlby, Chief Operations Officer at Pureprint Group.

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Book Awards Success

3rd December 2015

On Thursday 26th November the 2015 British Book Design and Production Awards were held at the Jumeirah Carlton Tower Hotel in Knightsbridge. Work printed by Pureprint included 9 shortlisted entries across 7 different books including 3 of the books shortlisted in the Best British Book category. Great news following our success winning the PrintWeek 2015 Book Printer of the Year Award in October.

Three of the 9 shortlisting’s won with Lost My Name winning the Self-Published category, Jenny Saville: Oxyrhyncus winning Exhibition Catalogues and Best British Book going to John Bannenberg – A Life of Design. The stunning Battle of Waterloo masterpiece by Extraordinary Editions was also highly commended in Best British Book.

The other shortlistings included Battle of Waterloo for Best British Book, Limited Edition & Fine Binding and Digitally Printed Book, Lloyd’s Bank Book – Best British Book, Le Theatre Graphique by Hurtwood for Digitally Printed Book and The Dashboard Volume 1 by Hurtwood also for Digitally Printed Book.

See the Best British Book – John Bannenberg – A Life of Design

See the winner of Exhibition Catalogues – Jenny Saville

See the winner of Self Published Books – Lost My Name

Find out about the other awards we have won

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How Lost My Name found their muse - an interview with David-Cadji Newby

30th November 2015

The advent of digital printing and the opportunities it brings publishers for small-batch, rapid-turnover production and personalisation have opened a lot of doors. They’ve even helped one Pureprint client oust the seemingly immovable Julia Donaldson from the top spot on the kid’s picture-book bestseller charts.

Personalised kids books have been around for years, but The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost Their Name is the first to have offer children a story that is truly personalised to them – an adventure determined entirely by the letters of their own name. The four founders of Lost my Name never expected their why-not? side project to seize so many imaginations – first the fire-breathers on Dragon’s Den (where a chunk of the funding came from) and then tens of thousands of kids all over Europe. Their second book, this time driven by satellite-mapping technology, is out now.

We caught up with co-founder and author David Cadji-Newby to talk about the role played by digital-print innovation, the challenges of overnight success, and what it feels like to have your work sent into space…

What was the inspiration behind Lost My Name?

It all started as a fun thing to do – Asi [Sharabi – cofounder and CEO] had been given a personalised book for his daughter, and was underwhelmed by it. Coming from a technology and creative background, we all recognised that here was an interesting area that was being hugely underexploited. A proper, well-conceived, beautifully written and illustrated personalised book just didn’t exist on the market – it was dominated by tacky, inferior products. So we decided to do something about it.

Was there a particular point when you realised it was going to be a hit?

Yes, Christmas 2013. In November we went from selling 40 a day to near a thousand. It was a surprise, and also a huge challenge – needing to scale so much, so fast, was incredibly hard to manage. People were buying our book as Christmas presents and we desperately didn’t want to let them down, but the pace of growth was extraordinary, and fulfilling orders was… tricky.

What are the advances in technology that make it possible?

Digital print is the innovation that made it all possible. But along the way, we encountered many more challenges in making customers happy. Digital print has allowed us to supply our print partners with unique graphics files, each corresponding to a specific order. Digital printing machines means there are no up-front costs for printing an order per customer (as opposed to litho printing), however, the complexity then moves to fulfilment process. How do you know which printed book would then find itself in a specific customer's’ mailbox?

Did any of you have any experience of large-scale print projects before Lost My Name?

No. Fortunately we’re quick learners. We’ve invested heavily in data systems that enable us to connect with our print partners and provide them with information about orders so they can use their digital print at the scale we needed to provide. .

What were the paper and print requirements for the project?

First of all we know that lots (like, hundreds of thousands) of little hands will be enjoying our books. This means lots of pulling, tugging, turning all of the pages, maybe a bit of chewing… So we want to use a paper that’s going to last. The Mohawk paper (from GFSmith) that we use is thicker and more durable than the paper you’ll find in most children’s books – and that’s important to us, as we want to create books that will be enjoyed for many years no matter how many times they are read (or pulled, or tugged).

How does the process of printing work for customised books?

At the end of the day, making unique books for unique customers is a totally different business model than producing in bulk. It has many complexities, some that are easy to solve, and some that are super-hard problems (to make it work at scale). We’re proud to be making our books in many local geographical areas, as close to our customers as possible, providing work in local counties and supporting the print industry to make it all work. We feel it’s an important value to keep as we expand.

Was it hard following up ‘The Little Boy/Girl Who Lost His/Her Name’? Or did you know straight away what you wanted to do with The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home?

It’s always hard to follow a smash hit, so the important thing was to create something that we wanted to make, without having too many expectations. Using more technology – satellite mapping, for example – reflected our company mission to combine storytelling and tech, so it just felt right. And it seems to be going well, so far…

Is it true that your books are going into space? How did that come about?

It’s true! We can’t quite believe it either. A copy of The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home will blast off from

Cape Canaveral on 3 December, bound for the International Space Station (ISS), where it’s going to be read by an astronaut.

We came across an organisation called Story Time From Space, and their exciting programme, which uses the

ISS and other space platforms to promote and improve STEM-focused educational activities aimed toward schools, science centres and home education.

Getting children to see that anything is possible is one of the most important things in the whole world and what we're all about as a company. We were hugely excited and humbled when they chose our book to be a part of their next launch.

What’s next in the pipeline?

We’ve had huge success with our first two titles. The Little Boy/Girl who lost Their Name was the best-selling children’s picture book in the UK last year), and the reception to Journey Home has blown us away.

But we’re just getting started. We see our super-high-quality personalised books as an entirely new type of narrative product. They’re like books. But they’re also like games. And episodic media. And software. And they’re co-created. And co-consumed. It’s fascinating, and we’ve only just scratched the surface. We’re now looking for brilliant writers and illustrators, with experience of children’s entertainment projects, to join our Story Studio and help develop our next round of incredibly personalised children’s books.

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Pureprint increases printing capacity with multi million pound spend

30th November 2015

We placed a multi-million pound order for two new Heidelberg 106 XLs as part of a major 2016 investment programme. The two machines are a 6 colour plus coat and a 4 colour plus coat. Both machines will be equipped with the highest specifications, including the industry leading inline colour measurement device Inpress Control 2 and full Autoplate systems, to guarantee the highest quality and maximum operational throughput.

The new machines will be going into the our main production site in East Sussex in the first half of 2016. They will support our continued growth in the bespoke printing market and will also integrate fully with the new operational workflows now deployed at Pureprint in the litho commercial markets. This unique Purity JDF platform has been developed to give greater operational effectiveness and market leading products.

The investments also form an important part of Pureprint’s EMAS and ISO14001 programme of sustainability initiatives and will ensure that we continues year on year environmental improvements. It is expected that in Year 1 paper waste will be reduced by at least a further 20% due to the enhanced make-ready performance provided by Inpress Control 2. The 4 colour and coat press will also feature a market first with sequential blanket wash and Autoplate systems, allowing super-fast make-readies and job changes.

We are also planning to produce reduced run lengths through the Speedmaster XL 106 platform. Anthony Thirlby, Pureprint Group chief operating officer commented “The cost cross over point between digital and litho will come down to 200 sheets and the move to the fully automated XL106’s will increase our sheet fed capacity by over 35%. Our HP Indigo platform is superb for high quality personalised products and together with the new Heidelberg XL combination we will continue to offer the most modern and efficient bespoke printing facility in the UK.”

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Pureprint are DMA Awards Print Partner for the 2nd Year

27th November 2015

After great success working with the DMA over the last couple of years we are now supporting the DMA Awards as Print Partner for a second year.

The DMA Awards brings the marketing industry together to collectively celebrate and reward the best thinking, innovation and results in the business and to promote the huge economic contribution that the marketing and creative skills of DMA members provides.

The awards bring together 350 leading agencies, brands and expert suppliers for a rigorous judging process looking at strategy, creativity and results to encourage the evolution of one-to-one marketing and to create benchmarks for excellence.

On Tuesday 1 December 2015 at the Awards ceremony in Old Billingsgate, London the best direct marketing creative excellence will be recognised across 34 categories from Best Use of Direct Mail to Best Use of Technology.

We have printed all the awards night collateral from tickets to table numbers and managed two DM campaigns for the run up to the awards which had great feedback including this comment on twitter:

Wonderful mailing from @DMA_UK awards #wishiddonethat #DirectMail

Jonathan Harman, Royal Mail, MarketReach       

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Eye for Design: 10 Questions with Simon Esterson

19th November 2015

Having left his mark on such storied titles as Blueprint, Domus and The Guardian, Esterson is now Creative Director of the international design quarterly, Eye, which he has co-owned since 2008. From its offices in Dalston (via the printers of Pureprint), Eye showcases and explores the world of graphic design and visual culture – and, thanks to Esterson completely refreshing the look and typeface every issue, never looks less than stunning. We caught up with him for a quick chat about publishing, printing and the future of the magazine industry…

How long does it take to get an issue of Eye together? What’s the process?
John (the editor) and I are collecting stories, looking at things and talking to people all the time. Some stories take a year or more for our external contributors to research and write. Towards the end there's a month or so detailed process of editing, design and repro when we actually make an issue.
Is there such a thing as ‘designer’s block’?
Yes. I solve it by going for a walk with the dog. He has the best ideas.
You’ve had a long and illustrious career in magazines – has the relationship between designers and printers changed since you started out?
No, I think there have always been some printers who want to work with designers and designers who like to be more involved in the printing process. For me, printing is part of the creative process. And so is colour repro.
What do you think has been the biggest breakthrough in printing over the last 20 years?
Control over repro (either by the designer or by the repro house) from the computer screen to the printing plate and then on to the printing machine. Colour management and press control on the most modern machines is amazing – craftsmanship plus technology.
Do you have any printing disaster stories?
Of course – I'm breaking into a cold sweat even as I type these words.
Are there any recent innovations in print technology that you’re particularly excited about?
Digital printing. Especially the HP Indigo 10,000. Short run printing has re-invented the world of binding and print finishing. Graphic design is coming to terms with understanding digital. Like the rest of the world.
What’s the one printing innovation you’d most like to see happen?
I just want simple things: no spots, no rubbing, black type
Is print dead, dying, undergoing a renaissance or something else?
Not dead, but totally changing. Competition from other media is good; it forces you to question why you do what you do.
What projects are you working on now that are exciting you?
The next project is always the most exciting. A clean sheet of paper, some stuff to shape into something.
Any predictions for the future of magazines?
Beautiful, arresting objects for a more specialised audience. Better, more thoughtfully produced, less frequent. The world of illustrated books and magazines is converging.

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Four Years as PrintWeek Book Printer of the Year

20th October 2015

Last night at the 2015 PrintWeek Awards we were awarded, for the fourth year running Book Printer of the Year. The winning books were The Battle of Waterloo 1815 by Extraordinary Editions which was printed digitally on our HP Indigos, Lloyd’s Bank Book: Helping Britain Prosper 1765-2015 for Lloyd’s Bank, Henry Moore Wunderkammer for the Gagosian Gallery New York and Caro works from the 1960’s for Graphic Thought Facility.

One judge commented of the Battle of Waterloo book “Waterloo is quite simply one of the best books I have ever seen, the printing and binding were exceptional – stunning.”

We were also highly commended for magazine, report and accounts and fine art.

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Shortlisted for stunning books

18th August 2015

It’s great to be acknowledged for our work again following our awards success earlier this year.

We have now been shortlisted in the 2015 British Book Design & Production Awards for 9 fabulous books we have printed including 3 of the 5 books shortlisted for the Best British Book.

Lloyds Bank’s book Helping Britain Prosper 1765 – 2015 is a fabulous book produced completely in the UK and with minimal environmental impact and covers the social history of Britain and Lloyds Bank. It has been shortlisted in the Best British Books category.

For Extraordinary Editions we printed a book which really is extraordinary. Waterloo 1815 – A Commemorative Anthology contains a unique collection of the most powerful and moving writing from all sides of the battle combined with a wealth of sketches, illustrations, prints and maps, many rarely seen and some previously unpublished. It has been shortlisted in the Limited Edition/Fine Binding, Digitally Printed and the Best British Book. The book is beautifully bound by Ludlow Bookbinders.

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More Direct Mail Success

16th June 2015

We are thrilled to announce we have won another award in the Direct Mail category (since our Inkspiration Award win last week), this time at the Print, Design and Marketing Awards. The winning project was the King’s College London Legacy mailing which has already won a bronze award for Best Use of Direct Mail at the 2014 DMA Awards.

King’s (a top 20 University in the world) set the target of more than doubling the previous best response from their legacy fundraising activity and the brief to us was to create a direct mail pack with a modern look and feel using traditional techniques. We had a unique 3-way collaborative approach between Clarion Portfolio, King’s College London and Pureprint which resulted in delivering a campaign which hit over 10x uplift.

The judges’ comments were “Simple but effective with a personal touch and tone of voice, well targeted and appealing”

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Direct Mail Success at the Inkspiration Awards

8th June 2015

The inaugural Inkspiration Awards were held in Dublin following the opening of the Dscoop Open Conference on Wednesday 3rd June and Pureprint were awarded the Direct Mail award for the King's College London Memories direct mail campaign.

The Inkspiration Awards program was created to recognise excellence in the use of HP Indigo printing technology and generated 200 entries from 70 companies spanning the USA, Asia and Europe in just five weeks. Three of the 10 category winners were from the UK.

Our winning piece of direct mail had fully variable content and generated outstanding ROI figures with excellent feedback from the client. It has already won an award at the Print, Design & Marketing Awards and its great that this job has been recognised a second time.

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New investments expand post press services

4th June 2015

We have recently purchased a Stahl KH82 pallet-fed folder and a Polar 137 Guillotine, with full flow line handling, from Heidelberg UK and short run, large format case binding equipment from Schmedt. All eight pieces of equipment are now installed and are in full production.

The technological improvement in folding and cutting tolerance means the new machines are delivering improved productivity, to even more exacting standards. During the first week the Polar 137 achieved twice the cutting speed of the Polar 115 it has replaced and the KH82 produced over 1.3 million 16pp and 32pp sections in its first 120 operating hours.

The full automation setting across these devices has seen a very rapid utilisation of all key functionality by our staff.  JDF compatibility is expected to mean that the intelligent scheduling methods within the new Tharstern MIS currently being installed will ensure seamless section and job transition as well. A Rules Based Automation platform will deliver standardised folding schemes and cutting impositions to the relevant post press devices to maximise the available capacity.

The success of the KH82 means that a second machine has now been ordered. A fully automatic TH82 with round pile feed option will arrive in the next month. This investment will allow the ever evolving and diverse product mix at Pureprint to be produced even more cost effectively.

The installation of the brand new Schmedt semi-automatic equipment means that we can now case bind books with a trimmed page size of up to 440 x 440mm in house. As a result, we are able to provide a cost-effective and complete publishing solution for short runs from 1 to 1,000 copies.

Anthony Thirlby, Strategic Development Consultant at Pureprint commented, "With the business enjoying continued quarter on quarter growth Pureprint is now improving their quality and productivity even further by utilising the best new workflows available, from pre press through to post press and into fulfilment and distribution. Their ambition and willingness to invest on a regular basis is opening up some exciting opportunities.

These latest improvements are being put in place so that Pureprint can continue to grow whilst maintaining the high levels of customer service that have been key to their success over the last 10 years. All of these investments fit into the company strategy of utilising the latest technology and developing the fantastic skill set of the Pureprint staff."


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5 Nominations in the Print, Design & Marketing Awards 2015

19th May 2015

We are delighted that we have been nominated in five categories for the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2015. We have been nominated with some fabulous work in Books and Booklets, Creative Use of Substrates, Direct Mail, Finishing and Special Effects.

Last year we won two awards, for Direct Mail with the King’s College London Memories mailing where judges commented "Very clever use of personalisation to engage with the end user, showing the effectiveness of direct mail as a marketing channel."

We also won the Environmental award for The World We Made book where judges commented "A clear winner. Really well printed and demonstrates high environmental standards across its entire life cycle."

The winners will be announced on the 11th June aboard the Silver Sturgeon on the River Thames so we will keep you updated if we succeed with a win.

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Pureprint at London Book Fair 2015

8th April 2015

Why not come and see us at the London Book Fair from the 14-16 April and find out more about our book printing capabilities including our new in house case bindery?

We are exhibiting in the Publisher’s Solutions Hall and would love to talk to you about the exciting things we have to offer publishers of all sizes.

As PrintWeek’s Book Printer of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2014 and one of the manufacturers of the UK’s best-selling picture book of 2014 we have some really innovative and market leading ways of helping publishers today.

Come to stand 7J34 to see and hear about what we produce and discuss what we can do for you.

To receive an introductory copy of Pureprint Works for Publishers come and pick up a copy at our stand or register to receive your copy now and we will send it to you after the fair.

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Pureprint Opens Office in Leeds

7th April 2015

We are expanding our network of regional offices with a new sales and customer service office in the North. Based in Leeds and led by the former Managing Director of Duffield Printers Phil Jones, the new office will enable us to provide an even more personal service to the growing number of clients we have in the North. 

Phil has been in the print industry for over 20 years and has a strong sales and management background. He commented "After 18 years in my previous role at Duffield’s it needed to be something pretty special to persuade me to move but Pureprint is special.

I knew within 20 minutes of meeting Mark Handford for the first time that I wanted to become part of the Pureprint team. You’ve only to look at their recent growth and future ambitions to see that Pureprint is a very progressive and exciting company to work for.

The vast range of services Pureprint offer including litho (five B1 Heidelberg XL’s) and digital print (including two B2 HP 10000’s), large format (recent acquisition Imprint), luxury packaging, data management, mailing and distribution all provided by an unrivalled team of print professionals means you never have to say “no sorry we can’t do that for you” to your customer which puts any sales team in a very strong position indeed.”

Pureprint CEO Mark Handford added, "Personal service and face to face meetings have always been a key feature of our relationships with customers and with our customer base in the North increasing we are delighted to be opening an office in Leeds"

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Lost My Name UK’s #1 top selling picture book

24th March 2015

Have you heard about Lost My Name? Most people with young children probably have. Beautifully illustrated, wonderfully written and created especially for every child, it is a magical storybook like never before – completely personalised to your child’s name.

In 2014, Lost My Name books were the UK’s best-selling picture book, enjoyed by over 130,000 children – more popular even than the brilliant Julia Donaldson’s top title.

We are proud to be one of the printers of this inspirational book. The combination of our Purity workflow, high quality HP Indigo digital printing technology, comprehensive in-house finishing, warehousing and fulfilment services means that we can produce these highly personalised books within a 48 hour timeframe.

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World first MIS deal for Tharstern at Pureprint Group

9th March 2015

The world’s first MIS seamlessly linking together Kodak, Heidelberg and HP workflows is being installed by Tharstern at Pureprint Group in a six-month rollout from this month (March).

We chose Tharstern, the pioneering specialist software house with over 550 worldwide installations, as its long-term technology partner to supply a unique system that supports the group’s growth strategy and brings major efficiency and business infrastructure benefits.

The MIS will integrate workflows between the Kodak Prinergy Pre-Press Workflow, Heidelberg Press Room Manager linking five XL presses, HP SmartStream Production Pro feeding the five Indigo digital presses and our Purity web2print and ecommerce platforms.

Tharstern’s integration to JDF and JMF to HP SmartStream and Kodak Prinergy will provide an automated workflow for web2print order submission as well as valuable costing data.

The deal covers:-

  • Deploying PRIMO estimate pro to help streamline full integration functionality in estimating and enable estimators to be better informed about different production options
  • Implementation of PRIMO’S CRM to help unify sales process providing management for sales and marketing strategy
  • Providing an iPad App (PRIMO Live) to Pureprint field-based sales teams
  • Implementation of PRIMO modules across Pureprint’s multiple warehouses. These include barcode scanning, multi-location stock control for both raw material and finished goods, as well as advanced pick and pack routines

Details of the 120-user deal – that is set to expand to a group-wide MIS once the system goes live at our UK headquarters in Uckfield, Sussex – have been unveiled in the run-up to the DScoopX 10th annual conference in Washington, USA, from 5-7 March, at which Tharstern will be sharing its world-leading expertise.

Tharstern, which is the preferred MIS partner of Heidelberg and HP – the only UK MIS partner having this status – and has numerous proven PRIMO to Kodak Prinergy integrations, also works with numerous other global brands. Among these are Esko where Tharstern aids CAD functionality through Estimate Pro, a powerful software tool in packaging.

Pureprint's strategic development consultant Anthony Thirlby said: “As part of Pureprint’s repositioning and rapid growth strategy in which turnover is projected to rise from £42 million to group sales of £58 million in 2015 it is imperative the business has the correct infrastructure to continue with its growth strategy, maximising business opportunities and gaining full commercial leverage from the integration capabilities of all its deployed platforms.

“After an extensive market evaluation, it was clear that Tharstern’s industry leading systems and expertise would be the perfect choice to deliver the future plans for Pureprint. This will be a world first in the industry with complete cross platform infrastructure and integration.”

Mark Handford, CEO of Pureprint Group, said: “Tharstern clearly demonstrated it has a strong team of experts based in the UK, which we considered to be an essential differentiator for a vendor proposing to provide a fully integrated MIS. The company has taken a lot of time and effort in getting to know and understand our current and future business requirements.”

Lee Ward, Tharstern’s Sales Director, said: “We are delighted the decision has now been made to implement the Tharstern PRIMO MIS. We look forward to partnering Pureprint Group to provide an integrated MIS platform that can support the growth within the group, which has been remarkable.”

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Pureprint buys Imprint Group

8th January 2015


We are pleased to announce we have acquired a majority shareholding in Imprint Group, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. We have financed the deal with part of the recent £5.3 million investment from Business Growth Fund.
Imprint Group are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of point of sale, point of purchase and large format outdoor media and in the last 12 months their 100 staff generated and produced a turnover of £10 million. They offer an extensive knowledge and understanding of large format printing and in the last five years have invested over £5 million in new technology, staff and premises to provide one of the best large format printing facilities in the UK.
‘I am delighted to welcome Imprint into the Pureprint Group,’ says Pureprint CEO Mark Handford. ‘We have been keen to add large format production to the Group for some time. We have worked with Imprint on a number of key projects over recent years and they are a first class company who we have much in common with. We have different strengths which when combined will give our customers more services, more innovation and more value.’
Imprint have based their business growth on internationally accredited management standards, as we have, and work to ISO 9001, ISO 12647 and ISO 14001. Both businesses work closely with leading retailers who are increasingly looking for the highest environmental standards in their supply chain.
Imprint’s expansion included a move in 2010 to a modern 7400 m2 production facility in Newcastle upon Tyne, where it operates 24/7 to achieve tight turnaround times. This strong service ethic is something else that they share with us.
Dave Bullivant and Paul Newton, joint Managing Director’s at Imprint commented, ‘We specialise in high quality point of sale print, offering stringent colour management standards, bespoke online print management solutions, creative expertise and ISO14001 environmental accreditation. We will be a great fit with the Pureprint business as we understand their markets and they understand ours. This is two good businesses coming together and we are looking forward to an exciting future together.’
'Our business now is not just about POS and large format as most of our clients have other production requirements as well. We are ideally placed to offer them the full range of marketing collateral and this has been driving our growth in recent years. Now with the extensive range of production facilities that Pureprint have we will be able to enhance our offering even more.'
Mark Handford added ‘As well as their high production standards I have been very impressed with Imprint’s IT innovations and their collaboration with the University of Sunderland through the Knowledge Transfer Partnership, a programme designed to provide businesses with access to university expertise. Pureprint is always looking for innovation and new ideas and Imprint have a good track record with this. We are looking forward to 2015 and with this acquisition the year has got off to a very positive start.'


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Pureprint expands in the West

22nd December 2014

We are expanding our presence in the West of England with the recruitment of four key staff from the recently closed EPC Direct in Bristol.

EPC had a good reputation for many years for producing premium quality commercial print and bespoke high end marketing collateral within the south west and M4 corridor and the team of four, led by Matt Cummins the former General Manager at EPC, have chosen Pureprint as the ideal company for continuing this service to their existing customers.

They also see a lot of potential with the wide range of additional services that we offer which include HP Indigo 10000 and 7800 production, data management, bespoke packaging and project management.

Matt commented "After 21 years at EPC producing high quality, premium printing we were concerned that we might struggle to find like minded people to continue our careers with but the team at Pureprint are exceptional and they have also opened our eyes to the exciting new areas of printing using their HP Indigo technology. We are looking forward to the future."

Matt and his team have opened a Pureprint office based in the Aztec West office facility, which is situated just off the M5 with easy access to central Bristol. Aztec West is one of the major business centres of the South West and the office will be perfectly situated to allow customers access to a local office with the backing of a major printing organisation.

The new Pureprint Bristol office will also be working closely with the ex Butler, Tanner and Dennis team led by James Gascoigne who opened a Pureprint office in Frome earlier this year and together they will be expanding our client base in the West Of England and beyond.

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Pureprint supports the DMA Awards as print partner

1st December 2014

This year Pureprint has marked its second anniversary as a member of the DMA by supporting the DMA Awards 2014 as Print Partner.

The DMA Awards brings the marketing industry together to collectively celebrate and reward the best thinking, innovation and results in the business and to promote the huge economic contribution that the marketing and creative skills of DMA members provides.

The awards bring together 350 leading agencies, brands and expert suppliers for a rigorous judging process looking at strategy, creativity and results to encourage the evolution of one-to-one marketing and to create benchmarks for excellence.

On 2 December 2014 at the Awards ceremony in Old Billingsgate, London the best direct marketing creative excellence was recognised in 37 categories of awards. As well as providing the printing to make the night a success Pureprint sponsored the Best Creative Solution or Innovation award. 

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Pureprint Support the BPIF British Book Design and Production Awards

18th November 2014

As printers of beautiful bespoke books Pureprint are an enthusiastic supporter of the BPIF British Book Design and Production Awards 2014 which are being held in London on Thursday 20th November.

These awards showcase the superb quality of the British book design and production industry bringing printers, designers and their clients together to celebrate the best of British book design and production work. Pureprint are sponsoring the Digitally Printed Books Award.

Pureprint are also delighted to announce that this month they are creating a specialist in house case binding department to produce hard back books in runs up to 1000 copies and will be able to produce oversize formats as well.

The Awards, brought to you by BPIF, Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association, are the premier recognition event for British book design and production.

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Pureprint orders 3 HP Indigos

10th November 2014

As the first printer in the UK to be running 2 HP Indigo 10000 B2 digital printing presses, we are now going to be installing 3 HP Indigo 7800 presses in January. The new presses will be the first multiple HP Indigo 7800 installation in the UK and together with the HP Indigo 10000 digital printing presses will enable us to offer customers one of the most modern and versatile printing facilities in Europe.

The facility offers the full gamut of Indigo's digital print capabilities including white ink, raised print, single shot for special substrates, PMS special colours in both B3 and B2 sheet sizes and is being used for a wide range of range of applications, including publishing, fine art, corporate reporting, packaging, personalised direct mail and point of sale printed materials.

Aaron Archer, Business Development Director commented “The 7800s will replace the existing 7500 presses as part of our continual investment in this growing side of our business. The new platform offers enhanced productivity, to support our continued growth. Quality is improved with the same on-board spectography as in the 10000's, assisting in colour reproduction for our national and international brand conscious clients. One of the digital press’s party tricks is one shot mode for those tricky delicate and heat sensitive materials used in point of sale and packaging such as lenticular and metallic boards.

We are now seeing real innovation from our customers as they start to explore the opportunities that this technology offers. We are pleased to support them on this journey by delivering print and marketing services which make their businesses more successful.”

Mark Handford, CEO at Pureprint, added “We have seen growth in a number of areas of our business and none more so than through our Indigo digital printing department. The last year has seen a number of new customers request both the complex personalised products we are able to produce as well as cost effective high quality short run work, so this upgrade makes complete sense and puts us in a strong position to support direct marketing and publishing innovation over the next few years.”

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Major British businesses join with WWF to tackle forest destruction

27 October 2014

Pureprint Group have joined alongside 20 major British businesses including Boots UK Ltd, Redrow Homes Ltd and Kimberly Clark as the first UK firms committing to responsible forest trade to help end deforestation around the world with a shift to 100% sustainable timber and wood products by 2020.


Illegal and unsustainable logging contributes to deforestation and degradation across the world’s most important forest regions such as Russia’s Far East, Central Africa, Latin America and South East Asia and has massive impacts on the habitats of some of the world’s most endangered species, as well as local people and indigenous communities in some of the world’s poorest countries. 


Richard Owers, Director at Pureprint commented “The WWF Global Forest and Trade Network Group have been one of the world leaders in promoting responsible timber and paper usage and they influence governments and business to implement policies which have made a real difference. Pureprint are delighted to continue our support and advocacy of their work as they launch their new Forest Campaign particularly their work to get the import of printed materials included in the EU Timber Regulations.”


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Success at the PrintWeek Awards 2014

21st October 2014

On the evening of Monday 20th October 2014 the PrintWeek Awards were held at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London and Pureprint Group enjoyed an excellent night winning two awards and being highly commended in an amazing five other categories.

We won the Book category with Bob Dylan Mood Swings, Las Heras, George Condo Headspace and Giacometti with the judges saying “Outstanding submissions, good use of papers, lovely execution.”

We won the Luxury Packaging category for the first time with the Doha Box for Sotheby’s, New Era Hat Box and Berkeley Square and Bloom Gin bottle gift boxes for Harvey Nichols with the judges commenting  “Outstanding quality, print and finishing in perfect harmony, all of which epitomise luxury packaging. The standard in this category was incredible, but the superb finish of this entry really stood out.”

We were also highly commended in the following categories with impressive comments from the judges:

Magazine “An almost perfect portfolio that really blew me away”

Fine Art “Vibrant and beautiful colour reproduction” were the comments on the book on artist Jeff Koons’

Brochure “Simply stunning”

Bespoke Digital where judges commented on 17 Million Yards to the Ryder Cup “Beautifully put together”

Direct Mail “The standard of all the DM entries was exceptional, so to be commended is no mean feat”

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Pureprint Leads the Way in B2 Digital Print in the UK

15th September 2014

We have become the first printer in the UK, and only the third in Europe, to install a second HP Indigo 10000 B2 digital printing press. The new press joins three HP Indigo 7600s and the existing 10000 presses giving us one of the largest HP Indigo printing facilities in the country.

By quickly embracing the new opportunities that the HP Indigo presses have to offer we are on target to produce £10 million of digital printing in the next 12 months, only 5 years after adding high quality digital printing to our group’s broad range of print production and marketing services.

 “The addition of HP Indigo technology at Pureprint has transformed our business. We now offer an ever-increasing range of print on demand and short to medium run products including targeted direct mail, photobooks, calendars, published books, financial reports, packaging and point of sale materials. The combination of the best digital printing technology with our data, workflow and marketing platforms has offered genuine innovation to our clients and assisted in us winning £2 million of new contracts in the last 3 months", says Mark Handford, Chief Executive at Pureprint.

“We are helping new customers produce totally new communication products that are changing their businesses. After 18 months as one of only 7 HP 10000 test sites around the world we have gained an intimate understanding of the capabilities of the HP 10000 press and the second press, which is now in full production mode, will enable us to meet the growing interest in our services from the UK and abroad.” 

We now employ 275 people and have seen turnover increase by 20% each year for the last 5 years. Our HP Indigo digital printing department produced 20% of the group’s turnover in the past 12 months. This round of investment brings our capital expenditure in the latest marketing and printing technologies to £15million over the last five years.

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Awards success - shortlisted for 16 awards

3rd September 2014

The shortlists for the 2014 PrintWeek Awards and the Digital Printer Awards were announced last week and Pureprint have been nominated for an extraordinary 16 awards - we have been shortlisted in 8 categories for PrintWeek and 8 categories for Digital Printer.

Mark Handford, CEO at Pureprint Group says "The number of categories that we have been nominated in is amazing and reflects not only the exceptional skills of our staff but also the diversity of work we are now producing. This includes for the first time this year the new markets for us of direct mail, luxury packaging, variable data publishing and magazines. Print is often the medium of choice when marketing to discerning customers so the quality of the printing is very important."

PrintWeek Awards 2014 shortlistings for:                    
Fine Art Printer of the Year                                             
Book Printer of the Year                                                    
Report & Accounts Printer of the Year                            
Magazine Printer of the Year                                             
Brochure Printer of the Year                                              
Bespoke Digital Printer of the Year                                   
Direct Mail Printer of the Year                                           
Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year                                
Digital Printer Awards 2014 shortlistings for:
Adding Value
Best Use of Variable Data
Best Use of Finishing
Photobooks, Yearbooks & Hard Cover Reports
Creative Use of Substrates
Transactional & Direct Mail
Creative Graphic Design on Digital Print

The Digital Printer Awards 2014 winners will be announced on 2nd October and the PrintWeek Awards 2014 winners will be announced on 20th October.

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28th July 2014

We recently printed issue 39 of MacMag, the annual publication of the Mackintosh School of Architecture that showcases a range of students work and includes a number of articles and interviews.

Two days before printing of the magazine and on the same day that students were due to hand in their final year projects, a fire broke out in the Mackintosh Building. Therefore this magazine has been dedicated to the firefighters and rescue service workers who helped to battle the fire as well as the students and staff affected.

The 184 page CarbonNeutral® magazine was produced with a tactile and stylish translucent dust jacket on Curious Collection Translucents Clear 230gsm from Antalis printed on an HP Indigo digital press. Cromatico Pure Clear White tip-ins were applied to separate sections and the remaining pages including the cover were printed on Horizon Offset 140gsm and 300gsm on our Heidelberg XL presses.

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