PrintWeek Awards 2018

Welcome to the 2018 PrintWeek Awards, the greatest and most sought-after awards in the print industry. The shortlist for this year’s awards has now been announced! Congratulations to all our finalists. This year’s competition was especially fierce, and the judges had a hard time making their decisions. Tickets to the ceremony are now available, click here to book.

The awards celebrate the magic of print and are the perfect platform to cast your spell from and show potential clients what a magical supplier you really are.

With thanks to our 2018 sponsors:

Results 2017

Scroll through to see the winners from 2017


The following companies have been shortlisted for 2018

Bespoke digital printer of the year


Pureprint Group


Screaming Colour

TOD London UK


Bespoke magazine printer of the year

Geoff Neal Group

Park Communications

Pureprint Group

Taylor Bloxham Group

Zenith Media


Book printer of the year

Boss Print

CPI Colour

Generation Press

Nicholson Bass

Park Lane Press

Pureprint Group


Brochure printer of the year

Cambrian Printers

CPI Colour

Latimer Trend and Company

Pureprint Group

Taylor Bloxham Group

The Westdale Press


Catalogue printer of the year

Precision Colour Printing

Wyndeham Southernprint

Wyndeham Roche


Company of the year

Buxton Press

Clifton Packaging Group

Curtis Print & Packaging

Opus Trust Marketing




Customer service team of the year

Go Inspire Group

Howard Hunt

Impress Print Services



Route 1 Print

Taylor Bloxham Group


Direct mail printer of the year

Geoff Neal Group

Go Inspire Solutions

Howard Hunt

Paragon Customer Communications

Plastic Card Services


Environmental company of the year

Impress Print Services


Nationwide Print

Park Communications

Paragon Customer Communications


Fine art printer of the year

Boss Print

Nicholson Bass

Park Communications

Pureprint Group


FMCG packaging printer of the year

Curtis Print & Packaging

D2 Printing

Midland Regional Printers

Parkside Flexibles

Saxon Packaging

The Sherwood Group


High-volume magazine printer of the year

Precision Colour Printing

Prinovis UK

Wyndeham Roche

Wyndeham Southernprint


Industrial digital printer of the year

Go Inspire

Howard Hunt

Plastic Card Services


Label printer of the year

CS Labels

Label Apeel

The Label Makers

Mercian Labels

Midland Regional Printers


Luxury packaging printer of the year


Boss Print

D2 Printing

KMD Company

Pureprint Group


Marketing campaign of the year

Boss Print

Gemini Print

Impress Print Services

Paragon Customer Communications

Pureprint Group

TOD London UK


Newspaper printer of the year

Mortons Print of Horncastle

Reach Printing Services (Teesside)

Reach Printing Services (Watford)

Westferry Printers


Out-of-home printer of the year

Augustus Martin

SMP Group



Point-of-purchase (PoP) printer of the year

Augustus Martin

D2 Printing

Imprint Group part of Pureprint Group

Simpson Group

SMP Group


Post-press company of the year

Diamond Print Services

Empress Litho

Folio Print Finishing

Masters Bookbinding


Screaming Colour


Report & accounts printer of the year

CPI Colour

Empress Litho

Geoff Neal Group

Park Communications

Pureprint Group


SME of the year

CS Labels

Northside Graphics

Plastic Card Services


Social stationery printer of the year


Midland Regional Printers

The Sherwood Group

Taylor Bloxham Group

Woodmansterne Publications


Trainee of the Year

Amy Craig, Security Print Solutions

Stephen Dando, Dayfold

Luisa Federico, Impress Print Services


How to enter

Entries must be submitted online

Entries for the 2018 PrintWeek Awards are now closed. Missed your chance this year? Click here to register your interest for 2019.

For the Performance Awards categories, you are required to write and upload a 500-word summary. Depending on the category, you will also be required to supply supporting material. Your summary should include a brief introduction to the company, the challenges involved and goals achieved. You will also need to upload a detailed client testimonial that describes aspects such as bottom-line impact, response rates, ROI, sustainability, data collection, and any other metrics that you believe appropriate. You may supply samples of printed work but it is not required.

NOTE: For Company of the Year and SME of the Year, you are required to send in a set of accounts that cover the period specified.

For the Quality Awards categories, you are required to send in one copy of four different printed samples, and write and upload a 250-word production summary for each. Please ensure these four samples represent a variety of the work you do. Once you have uploaded all your documents, you will receive a confirmation email. When you receive this, print it off and send it with your samples to the address below:

PrintWeek Awards, Mark Allen Group - Unit C1 - Dinton Business Park - Catherine Ford Road Dinton Salisbury Wiltshire SP3 5HZ

Please DO NOT mark up your samples with company logos, sticky labels or anything that could identify you to the judging panel.

If your entry is especially large or if you are entering the PoP category, please call Sam on 020 7501 6782 or email sam.dewey@markallengroup.com

The deadline for sending in your samples is Friday 3rd August 2018

  • Whilst every care is taken with entries, PrintWeek and the Mark Allen Group cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage, whatever the cause. Please pack your entries carefully so they arrive in good condition.
  • Entries will not be returned. They will be held until Friday 16 November 2018 for you to arrange collection. Contact the Awards team on 020 7501 6782 to arrange. Please make sure you indicate on your entry form if you wish to collect your entries.
  • Once submitted, you will receive a confirmation email which will detail the date by which you must have arranged for collection of your printed materials.

Rates Prices
Standard entry fee (available until Friday 29 June) £170 + VAT per entry
Standard entry fee (available after Friday 29 June) £200 + VAT per entry

The ceremony

Details about the event

The PrintWeek Awards are the most prestigious event in the printing industry’s calendar, boasting the biggest number of print buying and print production professionals.

The gala dinner and awards presentation will take place on Monday 22nd October, at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.

Your ticket price includes drinks on arrival, a three-course meal, and, of course a night jam-packed with top-quality entertainment, including live music and an after-show party. The event is typically hosted by a leading light from the world of comedy, with previous hosts including Dara Ó Briain, Jimmy Carr, Gyles Brandreth and Miles Jupp.

Book now: Table bookings will open in September, for earlier enquiries please contact sam.dewey@markallengroup.com

Accommodation: Please click here to view a list of nearby hotels at discounted rates.

To book your places, click here

Date: Monday, 22 October 2018
Venue: The Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Dress code: Black tie

Time Event
18:45 Drinks reception
19:30 Dinner
21:30 Awards ceremony
23:00 After party
02:00 Carriages
Prices Standard price
Premium Table for 10** £3,600.00
Standard Table for 10 £2,550.00
Standard Table for 12 £2,980.00
Individual Seat £270.00

Please note all prices exclude VAT

**Premium Tables

This year we have a limited number of premium tables available. Why not treat your team to a night they never forget with a branded meeting point on arrival, two bottles of champagne on ice, on your table and guaranteed prime table position. Make your organisation stand out and your team feel exceptional.


British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) - sponsoring Label printer of the year

The British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) is the principal business support organisation representing the UK print, printed packaging and graphic communication industry. BPIF strives to ensure its members’ requirements come first and through listening to their needs have developed an unrivalled range of products and services that go well beyond those provided by a traditional trade association.

BPIF provide the highest standard of support and training for printers to grow and develop healthy, sustainable and profitable businesses, aiming to provide an environment geared towards their businesses success.


Brett Martin - Out-of-home printer of the year

Founded in 1958, UK company Brett Martin specialises in the production of rigid plastic media for signage, display and print applications. Globally renowned for its product quality, service excellence and range evolution, Brett Martin’s plastic sheet products include the Foamalux brand, which contains some of the most extensive foam PVC sheets available on the market, and its transparent sheet ranges which have earned a global reputation for their quality and performance.

Strong local sales representation, national logistics, regional hubs and quality product portfolios, combined with its ability to offer guidance on material selection and consultation on production challenges such as static control, have established the Northern Ireland based company as a valuable business partner to companies in the sign and graphics sector.


Close Brothers Asset Finance - sponsoring SME of the year

As a strong supporter of the print industry for over 30 years, Close Brothers Asset Finance is proud to sponsor the SME of the Year award. Over the years, we have helped many organisations maintain and improve their profitability by offering them a suite of flexible finance products suitable for nearly any purchase.

Operating nationwide, we provide flexible finance options for SMEs in the print sector. Our finance model values the assets of a business and allows customers to tailor their repayments and their profile to the expected lifecycle of the machinery.

Close Brothers Asset Finance has a well-documented history of lending through all economic cycles and it is something we pride ourselves on. Our team of industry experts work closely with businesses, understanding their needs and providing tailor-made finance solutions for business growth.

As an ardent supporter of SMEs, it is only fitting that Close Brothers Asset Finance sponsors the SME of the Year award.


Denmaur Group

Denmaur has been an established name in both the print and publishing sectors since 1983. Today, Denmaur Paper Media has become one of the leading specialist paper merchants in the UK, supplying innovative and sustainable papers for printers, publishers, designers and commercial end users.

Our company comprises of two divisions: Denmaur Paper, a stockist paper and board merchant servicing the UK's commercial print sector; and Denmaur Media, providing a completely managed paper supply to for companies and organisations who recognise the benefits of sourcing their own paper for print.

Combined, Denmaur Paper Media is equipped to provide the paper requirements for traditional and modern processes and a tailored service that ensures we live up to what we claim, a company that offers intelligent paper solutions and a company that is better connected to print.”


Drupa - sponsoring Customer Service Team of the Year

As a long-established provider of business opportunities for individuals, partnerships, companies and industry organisations across the world drupa, the key event for the printing and crossmedia sectors, applauds all professional colleagues and companies who strive to make a positive difference to the standards of service offered to customers, suppliers and associates.

In both commercial and social life it is vital to have a genuine interest in people and this is at the heart of recognising the importance of the customer, both external and internal.

We also believe that the contributions of the individual members of the team are indispensable to delivering a successful outcome for the customer.

The PrintWeek Awards offer an outstanding opportunity to celebrate the essential part that service plays in improving and enhancing the customer experience. drupa is honoured to be the official sponsor for the Customer Service Team of the Year category.

Excellence is suitably acknowledged and we thank the contenders and the nominees for participating and congratulate the winner of the drupa Customer Service Team of the Year Award.


EFI - sponsoring Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year

EFI has chosen to sponsor the category for Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year because it celebrates a fast growing area of the digital print industry while retaining its appeal to analogue specialists. EFI’s developments that apply to the packaging market include the versatility available for short runs, proofing and prototyping from the company’s wide-format and Vutek LED-curing printers, along with its speciality inks and productivity software. EFI’s commitment to the packaging sector is endorsed by the company’s decision to sponsor this category. With the emphasis increasing on short runs, localisation and variable data, the company’s comprehensive portfolio of products includes cost-effective digital systems that are becoming ever more important in today’s demands for fast turnarounds.


Heidelberg - sponsoring Trainee of the Year

Heidelberg is well known for supplying equipment, workflows, consumables and support services but it is also very keen to help printers attract, train and develop the right people. The future of print relies on the next generation and good principles must be instilled and skills/knowledge passed on. That is why Heidelberg is proud to sponsor the Trainee of the Year category at the PrintWeek Awards.

Rapid technological change means that we need talented young people with modern computer and digital communication know-how in the printing trade and we also need existing staff to adapt, retrain and develop their careers.

Heidelberg has extensively benchmarked press performance in the field in order to help it provide the right levels of automation but also to enable printers to identify ways to increase the overall equipment efficiency . This can in some cases be down to the people, their knowledge or working methods. It underlines the power of people, the impact they have on company performance. Well-trained staff with a can do attitude and an understanding of good working practices are good for efficiency, for reputation and for profitability.

The Trainee of the Year category encourages companies to recruit young staff and also to develop existing talent and covers a wide range of ages and sectors.


IFS - sponsoring Post-press company of the year

Intelligent Finishing Systems (IFS) is one of the leading suppliers of finishing equipment in the United Kingdom and Ireland. IFS have established a broad portfolio of finishing solutions. These systems are widely recognised as among the finest in their sectors and include highly automated, easy to operate, market leading choices from key manufacturers Horizon, Foliant, Durselen, Petratto, Perfecta, SCS, and Technau. Collectively they deliver business winning solutions in many of the key finishing disciplines – including folding, perfect binding and saddlestitching. IFS is the definitive point of reference for quick-response professional finishing solutions for every print need from digital on demand runs-of-one to high volume litho work.


Konica Minolta - sponsoring Industrial digital printer of the year

As a service provider for the production printing industry, Konica Minolta offers you integrated workflows and applications as well as professional and sophisticated hardware products to enable your business.

Konica Minolta’s business-building concept, Digital1234, encourages print businesses to find and focus on new opportunities to save money, improve productivity, add new services, and increase profits.

The concept aims to assist print service providers to move away from solely product-focused sales, by adding value to the whole service they provide through developing new applications for print, web and mobile.


Premier Paper Group - sponsoring Brochure Printer of the year

Premier Paper Group is the UK’s leading independent paper merchant and, through its nationwide branch network, offers an extensive choice of products and top brands from many of the world’s leading paper manufacturers. Premier’s range also includes the widest choice of media for digital production presses.

Within its business divisions the teams are equipped with specialist knowledge and extensive experience and are ready to offer guidance and advice to ensure that customers are able get the best from the products that Premier offer.

The Premier Paper Group is proud and delighted to be sponsoring the Brochure Printer of the Year Award and wishes all entrants the best of luck.


Quadient - Sponsoring Marketing Campaign of the Year

Quadient helps companies deliver meaningful interactions with current and future customers. A Neopost Digital Company, the Quadient portfolio of technology enables organizations to create better experiences for their customers through timely, optimized, contextual, highly individualized, and accurate communications for all channels. Our solutions bring together and activate the entire organization in the name of customer experience, through better collaboration and visibility into the customer journey. Quadient supports thousands of clients and partners worldwide in the financial services, insurance and service provider industries in their quest to achieve customer experience excellence via mobile, digital, social media and print technologies.


Ricoh - sponsoring Book printer of the year

Ricoh is proud to be supporting the Book Printer of the Year Award, joining with printers and publishers in celebrating the best in class in this exciting, dynamic industry. Ricoh is a Fortune Global 500 company that helps book printing and publishing businesses to succeed in a period of dramatic change. It works in close partnership with customers, helping them to transform their businesses through the integration of an extensive range of new services and technologies that enhance and complement print production. It does this by providing on-demand solutions that deliver operational flexibility, enabling publishers and book printers to remain competitive through the implementation of data management and cost-effective, short-run book-production capabilities.


Sun Chemical - Sponsoring Direct Mail Printer of the Year

Sun Chemical has long been known for innovation, technical expertise, and for the quality and performance of its products. It offers enhanced value, service and support to its customers in packaging, commercial, publication, screen and digital markets. Sun Chemical specialises in the development, production and supply of state-of-the-art printing inks and coatings. In addition, Sun Chemical offers its customers a single-source supply of all their pressroom consumables, guaranteeing best-in-class products that have been selected for their excellent compatibility with the company’s inks and coatings. With ink ranges such as Express, a high performance Commercial sheetfed ink and IDL, the ultimate low energy curing product, Sun Chemical continues to extend the boundaries of ink technology and to improve the products supplied to the industry. It is recognised as the “Ink Supplier of Choice”, the company that sets the standards, the company that others are judged by, a benchmark for the industry.”



How to gain sponsorship with us?

The PrintWeek Awards are the industry’s premier award scheme.

The awards are completely independent, and are judged by professional buyers of print and leading, independent experts in the fields of finance, the environment and customer service.

This is exactly why they are so coveted by printers and respected by buyers; in short winning a PrintWeek Award means something and by sponsoring an award category you are aligning your business with not only the best of the best, but also signalling the fact that your business understands and supports printers who go the extra mile.

By becoming a sponsor you’re guaranteed months of exposure, leading up to the industry’s night of nights when you and your guests are guaranteed a prime table in the Great Room at London’s Grosvenor House hotel.

As well as conventional category sponsorships, there is also a whole host of other bespoke opportunities. We relish the challenge of coming up with innovative partnership opportunities that not only give your brand peerless exposure but also help make the PrintWeek Awards night ‘the’ event in the print industry’s calendar.

To find out more about how your business can benefit from being associated with the PrintWeek Awards, please contact our sponsorship team on 0207 501 6692 or by email at: james.cockburn@markallengroup.com


Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

What is the closing date for entries?

The closing date for entries is Friday 3rd August.

How much does it cost to enter?

The early-bird entry rate (available until Friday 8 June) is £140 +VAT per entry
The standard entry fee (available until Friday 29 June) is £170 +VAT per entry
The standard entry fee (available after Friday 29 June) is £200 +VAT per entry

What is the eligibility period?

Performance Awards - April 2017 to the end of March 2018
Quality Awards – entries must have been printed since 1st July 2017

Can the same entry be entered into more than one project into the same category?

Yes, you can enter the same entry into as many relevant categories (only one entry per category though). Remember, each category has different criteria so your written submission will need to be amended accordingly.

My company is based outside the UK. Can I enter the PrintWeek Awards?

No – the PrintWeek Awards celebrates only the UK print industry.

Do we need to submit a paper copy of our submission?

No – upload your entry online, and send in the relevant printed material and a printout of your confirmation email to the PrintWeek Awards at:

PrintWeek Awards
Mark Allen Group
Unit C1
Dinton Business Park
Catherine Ford Road

Does my uploaded summary have to be submitted in Microsoft Word?

No - PDF documents can be submitted as long as the entry does not exceed 50MB.

How many copies of my samples should I send?

Just one copy of each sample.

Should I label up my samples?

No. Please do not mark your samples in any way. Just ensure that your printed email confirmation of your submission is included with your samples.

Which category should I enter? How do I know if it is suitable?

If you would like to discuss which category to enter, please contact Sam on 020 7501 6782 or sam.dewey@markallengroup.com .

Will I be able to collect my supporting material after the Awards?

Supporting materials will not be returned, but you can arrange a collection. If you would like to collect your samples please ensure that you’ve specified this on your entry document. Supporting material will be held until Friday 16 November 2018, after which it will be destroyed.

Will I be penalised if my entry exceeds the word limit?

The word limit for the Performance Awards is 500 words, and 250 words for the Quality Awards. You won’t be penalised for exceeding the word limit, but it is advised you try to stick within the limits as much as you can!

How do I amend an existing entry?

If you wish to add another entry to an existing booking, please click here. Please have your email address and password ready. You will come to a page that has your details displayed. Click on the "edit" button on the bottom left hand side of the page (under the payment option) and you will be able to amend or add an entry. You will be able to do this until the closing date.

When will the final shortlist be announced?

The final shortlist will be announced in the first September issue of PrintWeek. Emails will also be sent out to notify entrants of the shortlist.

Can I withdraw my entry?

Yes, entries may be withdrawn up until the closing date. Entry fees will not be refunded.

What is your confidentiality policy for entries?

All material will remain confidential to the judges. Winning cases will be published in the Awards booklet, handed out at the event. Please highlight on your entry any sensitive information that should not be reproduced.

When will the judging take place?

The judging will take place in August 2018.

When will the results be announced?

The results will be announced at the Awards show on Monday 22nd October. It will be held in the Great Room at Grosvenor House in London. For more information please see the ‘Ceremony’ tab.

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  • By taking part we are also delighted to support PrintWeek who tirelessly report, reflect, encourage and support the many facets of our innovative, exciting but, at times, frustrating industry!

    The PrintWeek Awards celebrate the power, diversity and creativity of our industry and offer a unique opportunity for companies of all sizes and from all sectors of print to be nationally recognised by their peers for their significant achievements and industrial endeavours.

    Winning one of the coveted PrintWeek Awards was a fantastic boost to our business, and generated a tremendous sense of pride and “feel good” buzz throughout the company - and has most certainly proved to be a significant persuading factor for prospective clients to place their work with us.

    - Kirk Galloway, managing director, Buxton Press

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    - Fenton Smith, director, Boss Print

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