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of the battle combined with a wealth of sketches, illustrations, prints and maps, many rarely seen and some previously unpublished.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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