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:
Three cheers for three years; this is the third consecutive category win for the stellar sheetfed printer in Derbyshire. But team Buxton will not rest. “In spite of ongoing good results they’re still investing and still seeking efficiency gains, which is impressive,” said the judges. Latest stage of a £20m investment programme was a 930m2 factory extension and a host of finishing kit. “The financials,” said the judges, “speak for themselves, but the strategy that delivers those results has to be admired - by any measure this is an incredible business.”
Curtis Print & Packaging
This year’s winner grew from a tiny acorn to a seven-figure turnover in under four years. Only a few minutes from Belfast city centre, the 41-staff company is in capital form, and in the past year has expanded its digitalprinting.co.uk offering with a second brand for trade buyers, tradedigitalprint.co.uk, and invested heavily in capex, people, software and marketing. All the while it has been bumping up profitability, leaving one judge with high expectations for 2018 and beyond: “A fantastic business, I’m sure this will be the first of many awards. And, who knows, perhaps Northside Graphics is a future Company of the Year?”
The judges are on to something when they suggest “this company is relentless in its pursuit of environmental best practice”. Park Communications has almost made this category its own, winning the award three times and scooping highly commended three times in the past six years. The London business is especially proud of its reduction in pressroom chemistry. Through testing and investing, trialling and training, staff have reduced Isopropyl alcohol consumption by 22%, autowash consumption by 9% and ink stripper by 50%. Sales and customer service spoilage is down by 69%. The list goes on and will continue to go on as Park Communications makes its cleaner, greener message an even bigger part of its business.
The customer is king and this Leicester-headquartered business is set for more of them after a survey showed excellent service was a significant differentiator for GI Solutions. Regular staff training to improve management, interpersonal and presentation skills, together with client innovation days and audits, have helped the company home in on client objectives and the winning spot in one of our most competitive categories. The judging panel were fulsome in their praise: “It’s hard to think of a company that better exemplifies a truly 360-degree approach to customer service – it is simply amazing.”
Ryan didn’t have the easiest time at school, “a bit like fitting a square peg into a round hole”. And then it all clicked when Amberley Adhesive Labels took on sixth-former Ryan Samways in 2014 on a modern apprenticeship. He now has a Level 3 NVQ diploma in digital pre-press and is a full-time reprographics operator, creating PDF proofs, stepping files and focusing on a large-format venture for the company in Blandford, Dorset. Managing director Trevor Smith is “delighted Ryan grasped his opportunity”, so too are the judges, who concluded: “Ryan shone in this category.”
Alice Murray, Hunts
Scott Stockman, Tradeprint
Luxury comes at a price and judges wanted a lot from this year’s entries, from spectacular production values to printed products that were sturdy yet elegant and fit for purpose. Consistent quality of repro, print and finishing, meanwhile were musts, and Boss Print delivered on all fronts to claim this award for the third time. This was thanks to “spot-on accuracy in finishing and truly exceptional work”. The Caneletto box, for example, which the judges said “showed an excellent use of foil and oozed luxury” thanks to embossing, hidden magnetic catch, silk-lined inner and silver-foil blocking. Meanwhile the Centre Point box was “beautiful in its simplicity” with a copper foil-blocked lid and tray with foam panel die-cut, all shrouded in a lustrous printed wrap.
The printer in St Austell, Cornwall, pumped up the volume in this reconfigured category on longer-run magazines produced gravure or web offset. Stepping up to the plate were issues of Boat International, Love, Harrods and World of Interiors. The first is a high-quality magazine for the super-rich printed in runs of 25,000 on heavilly coated paper with high levels of ink coverage. Skilled press minders ensured no marking or blistering as hot paper cooled in chill rollers during high-speed, wide-web production. A tight schedule and heavy ink coverage on highly coated paper made the 55,000 copies of Love technically challenging. But “all of the entries showed a great image ‘lift’, which helped achieve stunning results across the board,” said one judge, backed up by another praising “beautiful print that just sings off the page”.
Precision Colour Printing
The production values involved in many brochures are among the highest in print, with dedication of everyone, from repro operator to press minder or binding specialist a vital part of the process. The Hampton team knows this well, and brought its substantial expertise to bear when producing brochures of consumate quality for clients Bentley and Honda. The Pure Bentley Lifestyle Brochure was produced in four languages totalling 15,000 copies with flourishes such as a cover printed litho black with soft-touch laminate and gloss spot UV varnish. According to one of the judging panel: “These high-end clients would have expected high-end results, but their expectations would have been seriously surpassed, I’m sure.”
A client wanted to sell his swanky house in Malta, but first came the marketing to an international audience. A limited run of only 40 books saw them covered in calfskin leather, pared by hand and antiqued using Aniline dyes and waxes. The books went into clamshell boxes covered with Brillianta Natur Linen Cloth and inlaid with Skivertex cloth. The boxes were then foiled in 22ct gold on an 1896 Imperial stamping press, to the client’s delight: “What you produced surpasses anything I could have imagined; I have a copy on display in my hallway.” Judges, also weighing up material for Halcyon Gallery, an architect’s presentation and a workspace pitch, picked up on the brochure: “The book just oozed opulence; a truly stunning example of quality finishing,” said one. Another: “Simply exceptional entry.”
Folio Print Finishing
“These guys understand what makes a beautiful book,” said judges of the London printer that went one further in 2017 after being runner-up twice in three years. The Gestalt book, for example, ticked the two key boxes essential to anyone aspiring to win this category: highest quality of print and precision binding. The 1,000 copies boasted lightweight gloss art paper with course screen rulings, foil-blocked spine and cover and immaculate thread. “The book is print perfection personified,” concluded judges of an entry that also included a David Bailey title and a We Transfer book with a 10-day delivery date from receipt of artwork.
It had to end some time. Pureprint has won this category five consecutive times and almost made it six with entries singled out for their richness of colour, detail and imagery. “In particular, the blacks they achieved on uncoated stocks were especially impressive,” cooed one judge.
It was in the cards. Paragon took the top spot in this category thanks to entries including Hyundai Tarot Cards – a fitting theme for a category that focuses as much on targeted messaging and the handling of complex data, meanings and interpretations as the printed product itself. The job, in runs of multiple thousands a month, rolled off its digital kit to form part of a winning hand that also included a Hyundai Free Paint Campaign, Hyundai Pop-Up Monthly Mailings and Architas Investment ONE Statement. “The entire entry showed a clever use of analytics to drive innovation for creative products that deliver fantastic response rates,” the judges said of a team that dovetailed excellence in colour with smart applications.
Plastic Card Services
This was anything but junk mail. The NSPCC’s annual ‘Letter from Santa’ campaign invited the customer to log on to an online ordering portal and choose the visual design they wanted to send before using data input fields to customise their letter online. The printer in Dartford, Kent, finessed a campaign involving 15 million inserts with ordering forms as well as messages to drive ordering online, 4,000 posters and 2,000 leaflet dispensers. “The NSPCC piece in particular brilliantly demonstrated how to deliver an end-to-end mailer,” was the verdict of the judges, who were focusing not just on print but the full range of finishing techniques including folding, perforating, personalisation, die-cutting and pop-ups. “In fact all the samples were innovative.”
Geoff Neal Group
A three times runner-up in the magazine category, Pureprint turned the page this year to go one better and was “a natural winner,” according to judges. They were particularly won over by the variety of techniques, which were “impressive and showed incredible innovation”. Use of special metallic and fluorescent colours defined the print for issue 17 of Berenberg Equities Highlights. Meanwhile, a lifestyle supplement for Love magazine had to wow a client hugely demanding on colour and quality. It did just that with a six-page four-colour cover in four different versions with gloss coatings. The printer in Uckfield, East Sussex, also entered issue 12 of Hole & Corner magazine and Gagosian Spring 2017 issue to prove it really is a natural.
With a wistful nod to the past, Impress focused its Digital Gold campaign on Willy Wonka-style tickets to promote new digital metallic technology, strengthen customer loyalty and promote short-run, high-end work from its base in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey. Up went a Digital Gold webpage, out went tickets offering personalised samples. Other elements included a colour guide box filled with a gold Ferrero Rocher chocolate, as well as blogs, tweets and listings on Pinterest and Instagram. All for £4,000. “A technical campaign with spectacular results,” said one judge. Impress enjoyed 2,500 web hits because of the campaign and coaxed existing clients to go for short-run digital metallic work instead of printing litho. Meanwhile 150 new clients generated added value of over £100,000 – a return of over 2,500%. “Wow, what an ROI! Brilliant result and brilliant campaign,” said an awe-struck judge.
A runner-up three years running, their boat finally came in. Bradford’s Label Makers won one of our most challenging categories thanks to several labels including one for Mary Rose Gin. It was named after Henry VIII’s flagship and 6,500 two-layered laminated labels were possible only because of super-accurate latest-generation digital and process kit. The first layer was reverse printed blue and black on a digital inkjet line and then repassed for a white background. Second layer, a Fasson polypropylene opaque material with bright silver reverse, was printed with a juniper, rosemary and grapefruit background. “Impressive entry,” said judges of labels for Kakapo wine and Lanique Liqueur Spirit as well as Mary Rose Gin. “The latter was a beautiful label, simply stunning - so many processes involved, but they pulled it off.”
Three words from the judges summed up the work of Pureprint: “Quality, quality, quality”. And one word sums up where it landed the printer in this year’s category: winner. Fantastically vivid artwork and photography defined print for Boodles’ Poetry of Landscape jewellery brochure. Meanwhile the Graphic Thought Facility Nowness book included a hand-wrapped jacket with a unique touch: Takeo Tant was an untested paper for digital colour printing but gave a wonderful textural contrast. The printer in Uckfield, East Sussex also put forward work for Miles Aldridge (after Cattelan) and Of Tea and Horses, also incorporating oriental influences; the Japanese folds added weight and no image show-through. “Perfection. There really is nothing else you can say about this entry,” said the judges.
The eye-witness account said it all: “I have witnessed first-hand the care the Wyndeham Southernprint team takes in producing a high-quality product and was amazed by the attention to detail throughout the whole printing process,” read the client testimonial. Covers for the 73,000 Claygate catalogues were printed on a 300gsm woodfree gloss with a matt laminate and spot UV. A major challenge was managing, palletising and storing 56 versions of the cover ranging from 150 to 900 copies per version. The judges’ verdict for an entry, which also included catalogues for Action Handling, Farla Medical and the Step Directory, was as emphatic: “The Claygate catalogue showed great colour consistency, which is no mean feat especially when you consider it was a multi-versioned product with 56 different covers.”
Much has been said about the health of the newspaper sector, but keep taking the tabloids. The quality of these and all other paper formats has never been better, as proved this year by the Lincolnshire printer. Four outstanding examples from the popular press include Hackney Citizen, Photography News, Cage & Aviary and Fishing News. “Excellent image reproduction - strong colours and black,” said one judge, echoing another’s glowing praise: “Beautiful print results on challenging stocks and with relatively low print runs.” The Hackney Citizen, a 10,000-run monthly free newspaper, launched in 2008 to prove there’s still plenty of life in the sector. Photography News meanwhile is the UK’s only tabloid-sized national newspaper focusing solely on imaging. The free paper to camera clubs is in its third year and, like its printer, goes from strength to strength.
Trinity Mirror Printing (Watford)
Judges were looking for excellence throughout the display-stand lifecycle: highest-quality print, innovative construction, best-in-class manufacturing techniques, in-situ effectiveness and outstanding customer service. Not much then. Luckily, Augustus Martin is an old and experienced hand, having won this category three times in the past five years. The London printer made it four wins with print for Bumble & Bumble, Disney’s Finding Dory, Aldi fireworks and Halfords. The latter involved a fun but complex and detailed cardboard-engineered camper van. It delighted the judges: “The camper van in particular was innovative and ambitious and really pushed the boundaries of 3D engineering,” said one. Another added: “Impactful is the only way to describe this entry.”
Imprint part of Pureprint Group
Of all the categories the Sussex printer is shortlisted in, this shows it at its consistent best, producing breathtaking quality across print and finishing for clients that demand the utmost in reproduction. Entries included Frankenthaller, Giacometti, Klein, Peter Willberg Ai Weiwei and Picasso Minotaurs and Matadors. “The jacket detail and accuracy on the Frankenthaller book was beyond excellent - I was almost lost for words,” gasped one judge. The richness of colour and texture complemented by stochastic screening was good. But coupled with use of paper with the right grain direction and cold-glue binding to help the open book lie flat made this a near-perfect composition for a near perfect year for the Uckfield printer.
“Sustainable luxury packaging is considered by some to be an oxymoron,” read the entry from this year’s winner, which disagreed and proved it by winning a category it almost scooped last year. As an ethical brand, the environment is vital for Neal’s Yard Remedies, so its Christmas nourish hand cream packaging was printed with vegetable-based inks and an aqueous coating on FSC-certified board. An orange slipcase with intricate gold-foil cascading leaf design meanwhile proved sustainability doesn’t have to be blandly practical. It can be beautiful. “This was a really well-engineered solution to the brief,” said one Judge. Another added: “Loved the use of vegetable inks to enhance the brand’s sustainable credentials.” Neal’s Yard concluded: “You just know your product is in good safe hands with Curtis – their care for quality is exceptional.”
The Sherwood Group
As well as high-quality print, judges for the out-of-home (OOH) category were looking for in-situ effectiveness and outstanding customer service for everything from billboards to bus wraps. London’s SMP Group won praise for the breadth of its entries - Lloyds Windows, a Specsavers 48-sheet, a Porsche building wrap and Paddy Power experiential bus wrap. The latter focused on Leicester City’s surprise crowning as Premier League champions and included an open-top-bus vinyl wrap that rolled off a 1.6m-wide HP Latex machine. Printing took place over two days with wrapping completed in a day. The print scored a direct hit, with people reaching for their cameras to capture the head-turning green bus with cheering betting winners on board. The judges joined in the fun: “A really impressive range of entries, hats off to the team.”
Judges wanted consistently good quality of print and finishing as well as repro for a category where detail is everything. They were not disappointed by London-based Cutture: “Every part of this submission had the wow factor:, very technically demanding and finished with real attention to detail.” Such sharp focus was evident in an Estée Lauder product launch invitation with subtle use of laser cutting to create beautiful details and a striking centrepiece. Harrods meanwhile asked for a luxurious printed product to house an Elite annual membership. An original illustration of the iconic shopfront was turned into a French-fold insert that went in a bespoke book cover with box insert. The Dark Carnival-esque pop-up birthday invitation meanwhile came in 18 parts and involved water-based adhesive, laser cuts and brushed aluminium layering.
The Sherwood Group
Last year judges praised runner-up Pureprint for its excellent production values. This year the printer went further, with brilliant colour and finishes across all samples. “They really know how to make reports and accounts interesting – no mean feat,” concluded this year’s judges. What made the 1,535 glossy copies of the BBA Aviation Annual Report take off, for example, was not just the comprehensive proofing methodology or the four-colour cover with seal, gloss lamination and foil blocking, or the cool grey text pages with spot-gloss varnish. It was the careful selection of papers to achieve a seamless run and the ability to meet a tight deadline – from start to finish in just one week. Proof that with the right preparation fantastic results can quickly follow.
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 email@example.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
|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 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
Date: Monday, 22 October 2018
Venue: The Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Dress code: Black tie
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.
Bio: Coming soon!
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.
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.”
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.”
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The entry deadline is Friday 6th July.
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
Performance Awards - April 2017 to the end of March 2018
Quality Awards – entries must have been printed since 1st July 2017
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.
No – the PrintWeek Awards celebrates only the UK print industry.
No – upload your entry online, and send in the relevant printed material and a printout of your confirmation email to the PrintWeek Awards at:
Mark Allen Group
Dinton Business Park
Catherine Ford Road
No - PDF documents can be submitted as long as the entry does not exceed 50MB.
Just one copy of each sample.
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.
If you would like to discuss which category to enter, please contact Sam on 020 7501 6782 or email@example.com .
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.
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!
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.
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.
Yes, entries may be withdrawn up until the closing date. Entry fees will not be refunded.
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.
The judging will take place in August 2018.
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.
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
2015 was the first time we entered the PrintWeek Awards and we were really chuffed to win two categories. Whilst giving us the feel good factor, winning has also resulted in a lot of new business enquiries. The print industry still has a lot to offer and we should all do our bit to promote this amazingly diverse industry and celebrate what we do.
The PrintWeek Awards is a great place to start.
- Fenton Smith, director, Boss Print
The awards are a great way of publicising and providing independent endorsement of the exceptional standards our team have achieved in service, quality and environmental management. A nomination or win gives recognition and a thank you to our team for the skill, hard work and commitment which has been fundamental in enabling us to reaching these standards.
- Alison Branch, managing director, Park Communications
Winning two 2015 PrintWeek Awards and receiving a further commendation has been great for both internal morale and external business at DST; re-assuring existing clients they are with the right partner, whilst helping re-enforce our credentials and generate discussions in any new business pitches.
- Jeremy Walters, chief executive, DST
Being recognised as PrintWeek’s Out of Home Printer of the Year was a great accolade for our business and has without doubt helped us to drive forward both brand and employee engagement since. The credibility of the PrintWeek Awards has also provided a level of recognition and positivity shared equally by our employees and customers.
- Mike Freely, managing director, Octink
We enter the PrintWeek Awards to challenge ourselves, and let our clients know what we can do. Augustus Martin has size, great logistics, great equipment and systems that allow our customers to react quickly when required; but we see these awards as an opportunity for our staff to show their passion and expertise.
It’s great to see them recognised for their dedication and ability by experts in our industry.
- Lascelle Barrow, joint managing director, Augustus Martin
Winning one of Printweek’s prestigious awards has a positive impact both on employees and clients alike. For the team at Screaming Colour it is recognition for the creativity, hard work and determination that everyone puts in throughout the whole year. For clients and potentials clients it helps differentiate Screaming Colour as a company who consistently produce work that is of a quality and specification well beyond the norm.
- Iain Moring, managing director, Screaming Colour
Being the winner of Industrial Digital Printer of the Year at last year’s PrintWeek Awards has propelled our profile throughout the industry. With the technology being groundbreaking and new we could not have had a better launchpad for getting it out there than this award.
It has certainly changed a number of our clients minds on what is now possible to achieve in print from the data they hold. We have found that winning a PrintWeek award has been a door opener and one that we can be proud of.
- Ian Lamb, sales director, Gask & Hawley
If you want to win an award then it is PrintWeek award that you want to win because so many businesses enter them. Being able to show perspective new clients that you have won awards gives another reason for that business to start to trust you and give you that first chance. And it is just a great evening as well!
- Sam Neal, managing director, Geoff Neal