PrintWeek Awards 2018

Welcome to the 2018 PrintWeek Awards, the greatest and most sought-after awards in the print industry.

The awards celebrate the magic of print and our judging panel, made up of more than 20 leading print buyers and experts in their fields, is looking forward to being enchanted by some of the awe-inspiring projects you and your team have completed over the past 12 months.

We know that good print isn’t wizardry – it takes a lot of work and effort from your team. And the PrintWeek Awards are the perfect platform to cast your spell from and show potential clients what a magical supplier you really are.

However, winning a PrintWeek Award isn’t easy. It’s the highest accolade in UK print, after all. But there are some simple steps you can take to give yourself the best possible chance of joining the magic circle of PrintWeek Awards winners.

Firstly, you need to enter.

Secondly, you need to ensure that you send us only the very best examples of your work. Start setting aside pristine examples of jobs so that you have the best of the bunch to choose from when you come to submit your entry.

Thirdly, read the rules carefully and make sure that you have submitted all the relevant information, because if the judges don’t have enough information to go on, you might not make it to the shortlist. If you have any questions regarding the criteria or what exactly we need, please contact our events team, who will be more than happy to help.

After all that, look over your entry before you submit and try to put yourself in our judges’ shoes: what would you look for in an award-winning entry?

And that’s it, rest safe in the knowledge you’ve done everything you can to ensure you have the best possible chance of being one of the stars of our magical evening at the Grosvenor House on 22 October

With thanks to our 2018 sponsors:

Winners 2017

Scroll through to see the winners from 2017

How to enter

Entries must be submitted online

First of all, decide which category/ies you wish to enter by clicking on the ‘Categories 2018’ tab. When you are ready to make your entry, click on the ‘Enter Now’ button on this website. You will be asked to fill in your contact details to register your entry. You can then select which category/ies you wish to enter. Once registered, you may log out and sign in again at a later date to complete your entry.

Please click here for a guide on entering the PrintWeek Awards

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, please call Sam on 020 7501 6782 or email sam.dewey@markallengroup.com

Please make sure we receive your samples by Friday 28 July.

NOTE: PoP samples should not be sent to the above address. Please contact Sam Dewey for information on your sample delivery

The deadline for sending in your samples is Friday 20th July 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
Early bird entry rate (available until Friday 8 June) £140 + VAT per entry
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 champagne 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

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


The people that make the excellence awards possible

Close Brothers Asset Finance - sponsoring SME of the year

Close Brothers Asset Finance is passionate about the UK print and packaging industry, providing funding solutions since 1987. We offer a wide range of products, including hire-purchase, leasing, refinance, debt restructuring and assistance with buy-outs and buy-ins.

Close Brothers are proud to support SMEs and understand the challenges such businesses face with cash flow, especially when planning for growth.

Close Brothers RGF Asset Purchase Scheme was set up to deliver grant assistance from the Government’s Regional Growth Fund, a £3.2 billion fund for SMEs granted via intermediaries such as Close Brothers Asset Finance. It aims to support private sector investment to create economic growth and sustainable employment across the English regions. Further demonstration of our commitment to helping SMEs purchase vital equipment required to meet their growth aspirations, whilst helping to create and safeguard jobs in the UK print industry.


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 the world’s leading supplier of equipment to the graphics arts market. Its comprehensive offering includes, prepress, press and postpress equipment, workflow and consumables products. All products receives first rate support with maintenance, service, consultancy and training products. In the UK alone, Heidelberg has 143 field service technicians (out of a staff of 270) and it is unusual among graphic arts suppliers in retaining a large national showroom which is host to many events including open houses, demonstrations and training days. The UK arm was set up in 1975 and is the fifth largest market for Heidelberg which operates in 170 countries. Having both offset and digital products it can offer objective advice on press investment and its expertise in areas like colour, quality, productivity and the environment mean it can provide informed options to help customers equip to meet their current and future needs. The Heidelberg brand is synonymous with reliability, quality, responsibility and value for money.


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.


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 6685/6692 or by email at: angela.koduah@markallengroup.com or edith.barrett@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 entry deadline is Monday 16th July

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 tandard 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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Sam Dewey

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Sponsorship Enquiries

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