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
Books
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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MacMag39

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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Direct Mail success

8th July 2014

Our specialist direct mail team have been building upon the success of winning the Direct Mail award at the 2013 Print, Design and Marketing Awards for their work on the variable data direct mail for Abercrombie & Kent with another win in the 2014 awards for the King’s College London Memories mailing aimed at the College's alumni.

The mailings designed by the Clarion Portfolio consisted of a fully personalised memories booklet, letter and donation form, designed to stimulate reiminiscences of when alumni were studying at King's through bespoke images and reminders of events that occured during their time at the College. Using our variable data composition software, all of the content generated was specific to their particular field of study and to how the College looked during their own time at King's. Our in house data bureau services, digital print and mailing services were used to execute this campaign.

Our additional in-house services include data management via our data bureau; fulfilment and mailing; storage (with the capacity for 3,500 pallets); pick ‘n’ pack; cross-media services; point of sale and creative bespoke packaging creation and production.
We have produced DM campaigns for many big brands covering the education, retail, financial, automotive and leisure sectors.

King’s College London commented “The appeal was one of the best we’ve ever sent to our warm donors, exceeding its income target and prompting hundreds of alumni to get back in touch and share their memories with the College. King’s also received a number of large gifts in response.”


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Pureprint Group recruit specialist book team from Butler Tanner & Dennis

2nd July 2014

We are setting up a sales office in Frome, Somerset which will be run by four members of staff from Butler Tanner and Dennis.

The former Butler Tanner and Dennis Sales Director James Gascoigne (pictured far right) and Business Development Director Charlie Fenby (pictured right) together with Colour Manager Justin Seviour and Estimator Ross Cornish have a wealth of knowledge and expertise in the quality book market and working with luxury brands.

James Gascoigne said ‘It was incredibly sad to see Butler Tanner & Dennis close, but given the situation there is only one British printer Charlie and I feel can deliver the high quality product and service that our customers require and that is Pureprint Group. They have an impressive record in a number of markets including the specialist book and fine art world. Pureprint Group have an industry leading line up of modern litho and digital presses including 5 Heidelberg XL B1 machines with coating and perfecting options and 4 HP Indigo digital presses including one of the first B2 machines in the UK. We think our customers will be very interested in what we are now able to offer’

Mark Handford, CEO of the Pureprint Group commented ‘James, Charlie and their team have a real passion for book production and high quality printing so their knowledge and skill will fit well within Pureprint Group. We are now looking seriously at further investment in specialist finishing equipment at our production facilities in East Sussex.’

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EMAS Environmental Statement

28th May 2014

As the 1st EMAS certified printer in the UK we are continuing our commitment to the environment and being transparent in how we do this. We have recently released our 3 year EMAS Environmental Statement. EMAS, the Eco-Management and Audit Scheme is a voluntary initiative, intended to improve the environmental performance of companies.

As a market leader in providing sustainable printing solutions for the corporate, creative, commercial and fine art market we understand the importance of the impact our operations have on the environment and this ranks equally with other key business objectives within our overall strategy.

Compliance with relevant environmental legislation and other requirements is part of our business and we are committed to preventing pollution and continually improving the environmental performance of our business activities. Part of our commitment to the environment includes advising and guiding our customers on how they can print and produce their communications sustainably.

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Supporting premature baby charity First Touch

20th May 2014

For the second year we are supporting First Touch, the charity that supports sick and premature babies, at the Chelsea Flower Show which is being held between the 20th and 24th May.

Patrick Collins, the award winning landscape architect and garden designer has designed the garden called 'A Garden for First Touch at St George's' at the 2014 show which is inspired by the strength and determination shown by premature babies and their families on their journeys, which can be long and difficult. The main feature of the garden is a water course that flows through a stylised valley, representing the journey that premature babies and their families follow.

The garden is also a celebration of the work of the Neonatal Unit at St George's Hospital in London and the support it receives from the charity First Touch.

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Stunning special effects printing to bring your communications to life

18th March 2014

Through our close collaboration with HP Indigo, our digital printing centre continues to enhance and innovate it's capabilities with the recent installation of HP's Special Effects. These special effects create an eye-catching and tactile finish creating a unique and luxury look and feel to your printed communications from marketing literature, packaging materials, direct mail communications and more.

The choice of special effects are:

Embossing - Create embossed-style textures on materials to give ordinary communications a boost of creativity and uniqueness.

Raised ink - Raising the surface through multiple layers which creates a 3D effect on type and imagery. With 3 raised ink levels that apply 15, 30 or 50 layers of transparent ink the significance of the effect can be varied to achieve the desired look.

Watermarks - Bright translucent visual effect creating a sudo watermark.

These effects can be used in combination with our wide range of colour printing capabilities. In addition our three HP Indigo 7500 digital offset presses can offer the below colour options on top of mono and CMYK, again giving variety and stand out to your print.

Duotone - Creative and photo applications
White Ink - Used for stunning results
Spot colours - Pantone or specially mixed to match
Indichrome – High fidelity
Infra Red Ink - Invisible security ink

Both of the above can be used with a vast array of beautiful materials now available from our paper merchant partners. These are expanded continually, enabling a broad range of print applications to be produced.

Paper base - FSC Gloss, Silk and Coated.
Recycled - Recycled wood and cotton fibre.
Textured – With a vast range of surfaces available.
Metallic - Block silver, rainbow and colour metallic.
Synthetic - Durable vinyl and synthetic.
Adhesive - Permanent, removable and cling.
Coloured – With a broad range of colours
Boards – packaging boards and heavy weight materials.

To find out more about what you can achieve with special effects printing, colour options and different materials on our digital presses and to receive samples contact us at contact@pureprint.com or call 01825 768 811.

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Continued Investment in Litho Print Technology

7th January 2014

Exciting news for the New Year as we are set to upgrade our litho press technology this month to include yet another Heidelberg XL 105 10 colour.  The new press will provide us with extra capacity as the XL presses deliver 40% more productivity than the 102 press it replaces. This will be our 5th XL 105 format press making us one of the best equipped B1 litho printers in the UK.

Our customers have been thoroughly impressed with the speed, accuracy and high definition that the XL 105 press provides and the exceptional quality it achieves. The new 105 XL 10 colour will mean that all our B1 presses are built to the leading XL specification and will complete our update to our litho printing technology.

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Digital Print Expertise Shared with Singapore Printers

23rd December 2013

In November 2013 a group of leading printers from Singapore visited us, hosted by Hewlett-Packard, to see our digital print operation in action. HP’s objectives were for their visitors to learn from a best-in-class printing company about the journey from traditional offset operations to successful digital print leaders.


The group of printers from Singapore who are all members of PMAS (Print and Media Association Singapore) were keen to see the world class HP Indigo digital print technology in action. Lisa Watson, APJ Commercial Business Development Manager, Hewlett-Packard Asia Pacific Pte Ltd commented “We were delighted to be able to share the Pureprint experience with our group so they could see a game-changing digital print operation first-hand. Pureprint’s innovative print applications, depth of experience and overall digital business success served as an inspiration to us all!”


Jason Ong, Executive Director, Print & Media Association of Singapore said “Visiting Pureprint was the perfect finale to our European trip. We particularly appreciated the insights Aaron (Aaron Archer, Business Development Director) shared about the power of innovative digital print applications to delight customers and deliver break-through business solutions.”

 

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Stunning Photography Magazine Production

10th December 2013

We have just completed printing the second issue of Optology magazine. Optology magazine is an independent publication dedicated to showcasing the finest emerging photography and styling talent.

Jonathan Arundel, Creative Director of Optology commented “What I was most impressed about working with Pureprint Group was they genuinely shared the same passion, dedication and vision to produce an exceptionally high end print object.”

Alison Burrows, Paper Consultant at Antalis commented “Optology Issue 2 is a stunning example of print which has really embraced the opportunity to showcase the chosen materials from our Curious collection. The cover especially stands out with metallic gold ink printed on Curious Matter Black Truffle.”

The covers are printed in either black on Curious Matter Andina or in gold on Curious Black Truffle. The text papers are printed in four colour process and gloss coating on Claro Gloss and four colour process and matt coating on Claro Bulk.

This most tactile and eye catching job shows off our different matt and gloss finishes and some remarkable photographs all printed on our Heidelberg 6 colour XL 105 presses.

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Data Security Accreditations Achieved

25th November 2013

We have now independently verified the security of our management and data handling processes to the globally approved ISO 27001 standard and to the DMA’s DataSeal accreditation to ensure that its customers receive the highest levels of business continuity and asset protection. These accreditations support the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information systems and protection of customer information. This accreditation is especially key for us as a direct mail printer for many of our customers.


James Parker, Chief Technology Officer, Pureprint Group commented: “We recognised as part of the continued improvement to our service offering that customers’ data and information assets were of the upmost importance. This accreditation demonstrates Pureprint Group’s continued commitment to excellence and validation that our approach to service delivery, security and business continuity is comprehensive, effective and internationally recognised.”


ISO/IEC 27001:2005 is a process-based accreditation that recognises organisations that can integrate business objectives with operating effectiveness. Companies that achieve management system certification to ISO/IEC 27001:2005 have demonstrated effective implementation of documentation and records management, top management’s commitment to their customers, establishment of clear policy, good planning and implementation, good resource security and management, and efficient process control, measurement, and analysis. DataSeal is the only recognised standard for information security management systems other than ISO27001 and available to DMA members and members of any participating trade associations (IPA, IPM, ISBA).


Parker added, “With our core service offering of award winning print and production the added value services that have been brought in-house such as; data management, direct mail, storage and fulfilment all need to integrate seamlessly.  Our management systems need to continuously evolve to react to customer requirements and as such a solid system including ISO9001, 14001 and now 27001 and DataSeal alongside our environmental policies ensure we have a world class offering.”


Rachel Aldighieri, Director of Communications and Insight for the DMA (Direct Marketing Association), congratulated Pureprint Group on its achievement: “Trust is essential to effective marketing. Consumers need to be confident that they are sharing their information with companies that act responsibly and keep their data secure. Gaining accreditation demonstrates commitment to adhering to the highest standards of industry best practice and commitment to putting the customer at the centre of everything they do.”

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