PrintWeek Awards 2019

Viva Print! Welcome to the 2019 PrintWeek Awards, the greatest and most sought after awards in the print industry.

The awards celebrate the power 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 wowed by some of the awe-inspiring projects you and your team have completed over the past 12 months.

And with more than 20 PrintWeek Prisms up for grabs this year, including several new and reconfigured categories, the odds are stacked in your favour of finding the perfect category to promote your prowess to clients and prospects alike.

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 beating the house and being crowned one of the 2019 PrintWeek Awards winners.

Firstly, you need to go all in and 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 a winning hand 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? Then place your bet, submit your entry and send us your sublime samples.

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 the industry’s night of nights at the Grosvenor House on 21 October.

Viva your business! Viva your people! Viva print!

Categories 2019

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Why should you enter the PrintWeek Awards 2019?

The PrintWeek Awards are the industry’s flagship Awards scheme and culminate in the largest awards dinner in the industry, where the winners are unveiled before 900-plus guests.

The Awards are independently judged by more than 20 leading print buyers and industry experts. Our valued sponsors simply support the awards because they believe in celebrating the best the industry has to offer, they have no input in the judging process. And because we think an entry should be judged on a body of work, not just one sample, entries consist of four different samples.

This is why the PrintWeek Awards are the most credible in print, but don’t take our word for it – ask your customers.

The benefits of entering
● It boosts morale among staff to know their employer is proud of the work they produce
● Customers and prospective customers will know that they are working with a company that aspires to the highest standards

The benefits of being shortlisted
All of the above plus:
● Your name is published in the Awards shortlist, online and in print, where it can be seen by thousands of potential customers
● You can use the PrintWeek Awards shortlisted company logo on your website and all marketing material online and in print

The benefits of being highly commended
All of the above plus:
● Your company name, a write-up on your entry and your contact details are published in PrintWeek Awards brochure in print and also online – which singles out your company to thousands of potential customers as one of the leading companies in your field
● You can use the PrintWeek Awards ‘Highly Commended’ company logo

The benefits of winning an Award
All of the above plus:
● You are beyond any doubt recognised as the leading company in your field bar none
● You are lauded in front of 900 peers and potential customers at the October Awards dinner
● You receive one of PrintWeek’s hallowed ‘Prism’ trophies
● You can use the PrintWeek Awards Winner logo
● For ever more, you will be a PrintWeek Award winner

How to Enter

Entries must be submitted online

First of all, decide which category/ies you wish to enter by clicking on the ‘Categories’ 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 top tips from judges on entering the PrintWeek Awards.


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 21st 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 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 are now open, please click here to book your table! For any other enquiries please contact shakira.browne@markallengroup.com

Date: Monday 21st October 2019
Venue: The Great Room, Grosvenor House Hotel, London
Dress code: Black tie

Please see below for approximate timings for the 2019 ceremony.
Time Event
18:45 Drinks reception
19:30 Dinner
21:30 Awards ceremony
23:00 After party
02:00 Carriages


Print week awards early bird and standard tickets

Prices Until 6 Sept - Early Bird price After 6 Sept - Standard price
Premium Table for 10** £3,600.00 £3,600.00
Standard Table for 10 £2,300.00 £2,550.00
Standard Table for 12 £2,800.00 £2,980.00
Individual Seat £250.00 £270.00

Please note that the above are the 2018 prices and may change ahead of the 2019 event.

*Early bird booking rate expires on 6 September.

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.


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 0203 915 9454, who will be happy to help.

The final closing date will be 11.59pm on Monday 29th July 2019. Please note that samples must reach us by Thursday 1st August 2019.

Please note that there is an early-bird entry rate of £140 +VAT per entry, this rate expires on Friday 7th June. For entries submitted on or before Friday 5th July, the entry fee is £170 +VAT per entry.

The early-bird entry rate is £140 +VAT per entry, please note this rate expires on Friday 7th June. For entries submitted on or before Friday 5th July, the entry fee is £170 +VAT per entry.

Performance Awards - April 2018 to the end of March 2019
Quality Awards – entries must have been printed since 1st July 2018

Yes, you can enter the same work into as many relevant categories (only one entry per category though). Remember, each category has different criteria so your written submission may need to be amended accordingly.
The PrintWeek Awards are open to any UK-based print business directly involved in the production of print. Equipment manufacturers are not eligible. If you have any queries relating to your business’s eligibility – please contact the awards team.
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
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. That includes company logos, sticky labels or anything that could identify you to the judging panel.
If you would like to discuss which category to enter, please contact Shakira at shakira.browne@markallengroup.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 15th November 2019, after which it will be disposed of.Please note entries to the Point-of-purchase Printer of the Year category cannot be returned.
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!
You can amend any existing entries or add another entry to an existing booking by logging in with your registration details. You will be able to do this until the closing date.
The final shortlist will be announced in the 2 September issue of PrintWeek. Emails will also be sent out to notify entrants of the shortlist.
All submitted material will remain confidential to the judges and the judges cannot remove any material form the judging venue. However, winning entries will be published in the Awards brochure. So, please highlight on your entry any sensitive information that should not be reproduced.
The judging will take place in August 2019.
The results are announced at the Awards show on Monday 21st October. For more information please see the ‘Ceremony’ tab.
Terms and conditions can be reviewed by clicking here.
Booking terms and conditions can be reviewed by clicking here.
That is entirely up to you (see above), but most likely your client will be chuffed to know that you were so pleased with their job you have entered it into award – so why not?

Contact Us

Don't hesitate to get in touch with us...

James Cockburn

Sponsorship Enquiries


020 7501 6692

Angela Koduah

Sponsorship Enquiries


020 7501 6685

Shakira Browne

Event Manager


0203 915 9454

Bianca Banoo

Event Executive


0203 874 9223

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Alison Branch, managing director, Park Communications

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