Pureprint PrintWeek Awards Finalist

29th August 2018

We are delighted that we have been shortlisted in all 8 categories we have entered for this year’s PrintWeek Awards. Making us finalists in Luxury Packaging, Point of Purchase, Bespoke Magazine, Bespoke Digital, Brochure, Book, Report & Accounts and Fine Art Printer of the Year showing the high quality of the work we produce across such a diverse range of projects and sectors. We particularly want to thank our customers who each year provide us with more interesting and challenging projects which enable us to have such inspiring work to enter into these categories. The winners are announced in October so fingers crossed we have more good news to tell you. Find out about the awards we have won here www.pureprint.com/awards

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Post Press Expansion at Pureprint

9th July 2018

We are adding ten additional post press processes to our in-house finishing capabilities at our site in Uckfield, East Sussex.

An MK 1050 YM1-11 B1 automatic platen hot stamping press will bring hot foiling, embossing, debossing, die cutting and perforating on B1 sheets in-house and a Herzog & Heyman M7 master mailer machine will expand the options for direct mail finishing including re-moistable gluing. A Sakurai SC102A2 UV spot coating machine will offer spot UV varnishing and there are further machines to expand folding, stitching, lamination, cutting, drilling and die making facilities. 

Mark Handford, Chief Executive of Pureprint commented “The creative printing and the direct mail markets like to use a wide range of finishing processes to increase impact and response rates so we have been keen to expand our in-house finishing skills for some time. This investment is an important step for us and we will be adding more specialist finishing equipment as part of our on-going investment programme.”

The latest equipment has been purchased from the administrator handling the closure of Barwell Print Finishers. Pureprint will also take on four former Barwell staff.

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Photo: Mat Piercy, Pureprint Production Director with the MK 1050 YM1-11 B1 Multifoil machine


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Pureprint Helps Clients Reduce Carbon Impacts with Carbon Balanced Paper

15th June 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

About Carbon Balanced Paper and CarbonCo

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

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

About our Contribution as a CarbonNeutral® company

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

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Pureprint in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

11th June 2018

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

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

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

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Shortlistings at the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2018

24th May 2018

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

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

Find out about the awards we have won

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Pureprint First to Add High Defintion to HP Indigo 12000

29th March 2018

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

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

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

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

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GDPR: The Latest Update

9th April 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Find out more about GDPR on the DMA’s website

*Read the DMA’s research on GDPR awareness


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Environmental Credentials of HP Indigo Digital Production

28th February 2018

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

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

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

• Innovative design for environmental sustainability

• Environmentally conscious supply chain and carbon neutral manufacturing

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

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

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

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

Find out more about the environmental credentials of an HP Indigo here 
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Innovation at Pureprint with Edge Printing

19th February 2018

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

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

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

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PureCreative Packaging Display Inspiring Work

31st January 2018

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

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

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

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Outstanding Success at the PrintWeek Awards 2017

18th October 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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9 Shortlistings at the PrintWeek Awards 2017

11th September 2017

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

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

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Pureprint Group Invest in Screen Printing at Imprint

12th September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Eye 94 comes out with 8000 unique covers

4th September 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Pure Mosaic – the art of personalisation

21st August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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