Sincere thanks go out to London charity Hestia, who are based just a stone’s throw away from us in Borough High Street, SE1, and have been keeping us extraordinarily busy in recent times. At Southside Print, we’ve produced an incredible array of printed items for them, including leaflets, pamphlets, posters, reports and brochures. So — a good mixture of both digital printing and large format printing to date. We’ll go into more detail about all of the printing later on in this post but, first, we want to tell you all about Hestia and the incredible work that they do …
Hestia is a London-wide charity which, simply put, empowers people and changes lives. The charity has its roots back in 1970, originally starting as a soup run for those living rough in the Covent Garden Market region, under the stewardship of Jim Horne, who himself had personal experience of homelessness. Having changed its name to Hestia Housing and Support by 1998, the charity now helps individuals and families who may be in crisis by helping them fulfil aspirations, stay healthy and gain independence. Each year, the organisation helps approximately 9000 adults and children in the London region. These are people who:
- may be victims of domestic abuse
- may be victims of modern slavery
- may have mental health issues
- may require emotional and practical support in order to succeed in their daily lives
- may have learning and/or physical disabilities
- may be ex-offenders who want to make a new start
- may be old, infirm, young care leavers or vulnerable in some way
- may be addicted to drugs, substances or alcohol
- may be having difficulties with their finances
- are having problems finding somewhere permanent to live
The Phoenix Project – Helping Victims of Modern Slavery Rebuild Their Lives
Hestia is launching a new initiative early this year; the Phoenix Project. This is an important scheme which helps victims of modern slavery. By partnering with specialist volunteers from language education, business, health/well-being, law, housing, therapy and other parts of the public sector, Hestia helps victims of modern slavery along the path to recovery, safety and independence.
The charity is currently inviting applications from interested parties, from the sectors mentioned above, who would potentially like to get involved in this extremely worthwhile initiative. Applicants need to be good listeners, enjoy meeting new people and be good at building relationships. More information can be found on the charity’s Opportunities page and a leaflet can also be downloaded here. For any questions about the project, please get in touch with Jenny Harrison, the Phoenix Project Coordinator, on 07469 857 242 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Helping 400 victims of human trafficking every day, supporting 29 refuges for homeless women and children and helping over 2,400 adults per year to recover from mental health crises requires a large amount of resources — and that’s just a few examples of the work that Hestia does. £86k will be needed this year for the charity’s ‘Children Service’, nearly £50K will be needed to continue to help women facing severe hardship, often following abusive relationships, £25k will need to be raised for Hestia’s Good Energy Club, which helps to improve the lives of people with mental health conditions, and a further £50k will be needed to help ensure that survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery are not re-trafficked. It all adds up to a huge amount of money. With no funds received directly from the Government, Hestia relies entirely on the financial support of the general public and would welcome donations from those who are able to give. Please visit this page if you are able to donate towards this very worthwhile cause, or get involved in one of our fundraising events here. Thank you.
To learn more about Hestia, visit www.hestia.org, call 020 7378 3100 or write to Hestia Housing & Support, 1st & 2nd Floor, Maya House, 134-138 Borough High Street, London SE1 1LB.
Printing in Borough & London Bridge, SE1
Going back to our involvement with Hestia, a few examples of printing we’ve produced for them include:
It’s the start of another year and that’s a great time to plan your marketing campaigns for the months ahead. That way you’ll be well prepared, you’ll hit the ground running and be able to make the most of every opportunity that arises throughout the marketing year.
Your Free 2018 Marketing Calendar
The good news is that we’ve made a quick reference 2018 Marketing Calendar just for you! It’s in infographic form and is designed in a very methodical way, taking you through all the main date-based marketing milestones for the year.
Timely Marketing Reminders, Month by Month
As you’ll see, the infographic is packed full of reminders of key UK dates, in month order, so you’ll have opportunity after opportunity to theme your promotions and sales messages for maximum impact and resonance. Use the calendar to plan ahead so that you have your design, artwork, printing and any electronic communications ready well ahead of time. Your clients and prospects can’t fail to be impressed, for example, when they receive a ‘love’ themed promotion from you to coincide with Valentine’s Day in February, sales and marketing literature themed suitably for Easter in April and perhaps even a Royal Wedding themed promotion when Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in May. Cafés, bars, hotels and restaurants will also benefit from putting on themed events and menus on key dates such as Burns Night, Halloween and perhaps even when it’s the FA Cup Final although, this year, that also happens to clash with the aforementioned Royal Wedding, which could make for a very interesting dual event! These are just a few examples — see the full infographic below for many more:
Of course, to start the year with a bang, January is a great time to launch a New Year sale. This will generate extra revenue, capitalising on the fact that people will have spendable money and vouchers from Christmas gifts. At this time of year, they’re in buying mood so any additional effort you can make to promote your sale will boost your bottom line and please the customers to boot. Our marketing calendar is a handy reminder of other important shopping days too, like Black Friday, Cyber Monday and suchlike. The quick-reference infographic will
[OFFER EXTENDED!] Now, for over four weeks from 2nd January 2018, we are having a promotional sale on poster printing. You’ll get 18% off our standard prices! So, if you need any large format posters for 2018, you now have until Wednesday 31st January to get your order to us to enjoy your 18% discount. Perfect for a New Year sale or promotion! Don’t forget your printed posters can also be laminated and/or mounted to a variety of substrates including foam board, mounting board, Foamex, Correx etc.
Call 020 7378 6754 for more information or simply contact us here. You can also get a free printing quote — graphic design if you need it too — if you send us your quotation request here. For local clientele, we are located in Tabard Street in London SE1, close to Borough tube and London Bridge station, so do drop in if you’d like to discuss your printing requirements in person.
Our Christmas Break
Southside Print will close for Christmas on Friday 22nd December. So, if you need any design, printing, document binding or large format printing before the break, please get your orders to us as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. You can also, of course, continue to order printing & design online during the Christmas break and we will process the work on our return in the New Year.
Re-opening in January 2018
We will be re-opening again on Tuesday 2nd January 2018 at 9am. Let us know if you’d like to book any work in so that you’re ready to hit the ground running with your sales and marketing activities as soon as the New Year starts. You can send us a message here, request a print quote online here or upload any finished artwork that’s ready to go here. Alternatively, call us on 020 7378 6754 during opening hours and we’ll be happy to help in any way that we can.
For three weeks from 2nd January 2018, we will be having a promotional sale on poster printing. You’ll get 18% off our standard prices! So, if you need any large format poster work for 2018, you have until Tuesday 23rd January 2018 to get your order to us and enjoy your 18% discount. Perfect for a New Year sale or promotion! Don’t forget your printed posters can also be laminated or mounted to a variety of substrates including foam board, mounting board, Correx etc.
We wish all our customers, friends and SE1 neighbours a very Happy Christmas and every good wish for the New Year. We’d also like to say a very big ‘thank you’ for all the design, artwork, printing and document binding orders received throughout 2017 — we really appreciate it!
Happy Holidays to you all from the Southside Print team, near London Bridge, SE1.
Southside Print is delighted to have been chosen as the supplier of some absolutely delightful A4 wiro-bound price lists for a South London paper merchant. Despite only being printed in black and white, the price lists look a million dollars due to the simple but snazzy design and beautiful textured paper they supplied. Cover material was 250gsm ‘Merian Wove’ and internal sheets were printed on 100% recycled ‘Five Seasons’ paper in a 110gsm weight. Printing was accomplished using Southside Print’s in-house digital printing press along with in-house wiro-binding facilities. The overall result was absolutely fabulous.
About John Purcell Paper
John Purcell Paper is a specialist paper merchant based in Brixton, London SW9, offering premium quality, handmade, mould made and machine made papers and boards. A huge variety is available including anything from deckled edge watercolour papers, stationery paper and Grey Board to decorative papers from the Far East. The full list includes:
|Printmaking papers||Stationery papers||Conservation boards|
|Watercolour papers||Coloured papers||Blotting papers|
|Book papers||Tracing paper||Mount boards|
|Drawing papers||Asian papers||Mill board|
|Ink jet papers||Japanese papers||Meridian high density board|
|Sketch books & pads||Conservation & repair papers||Grey board|
|Recycled papers||Archival box boards||Sundries (tissue, bubble wrap, bags etc.)|
|Ceramic transfer paper||Museum board||Other products (sprays, stretchers etc.)|
Brands stocked include Canson, Arches, Fabriano, Hahnemuhle, Magnani, St Cuthbert’s (Somerset), Zerkall and
Having recently produced some overprinted C6 envelopes for local client The Dragon Café, we thought we’d put together a useful ready-reference guide to envelopes. We’ve included information on available shapes, sizes, formats, sealing mechanisms, styles, materials and more. There is also a note about overprinting options for those who need their own, unique envelope, perhaps showing their branding or allowing the envelope to serve a specific purpose, for example for collecting donations (see The Dragon Café’s fundraising example, shown below right). Take a look below and bookmark this page if you think it might be useful for future reference — we hope so!
The three most popular size conventions for envelopes are ‘ISO C’ (‘C’ for short), ‘DL’ and square envelopes and we’ll explain how they work in a moment. There is also a fourth range, being the ‘ISO D’ sizes (used to suit ‘ISO B’ paper sizes) but they’re rarely used in the UK, so we’ll not go into detail about those here.
‘ISO C’ Sized Envelopes
You will be almost certainly be familiar with A4, A3 and A2 sized papers. These come from the ‘ISO A’ series of paper sizes. ‘ISO C’ sizes are a complementary range of sizes that are widely used with envelopes to house ‘A’ sized papers. So, for example, an unfolded A4 letter would fit neatly inside a C4 envelope (with a little breathing space). Meanwhile, if you fold an A4 letter in half (so it’s now A5), it would fit perfectly into a C5 envelope. If folded again into A6, it would fit nicely in a C6 envelope, and so on. Here are the most popular ISO C envelope sizes:
- C3 envelopes are 458mm x 324mm
- C4 envelopes are 324mm x 229mm
- C5 envelopes are 229mm x 162mm
- C6 envelopes are 162mm x 114mm
Now we’ll come onto what happens if you fold that A4 letter into three rather than two …
ISO ‘DL’ and ‘DLE’ Envelope Sizes
The envelope size 220mm x 110mm is commonly referred to by stationers and printers as ‘DL’ (short for DIN Lang, meaning DIN ‘Long’). It’s a perfect size to suit A4 letters folded into three. However, strictly speaking, true ‘DL’ is actually exactly one-third A4 i.e. 210mm x 99mm but true DL is seldom, if ever, used in the UK. So when we refer to ‘DL envelopes’ when speaking with stationers or printers in the UK, it’s understood that we’re really talking about ‘DLE’ size (the true name for 220mm x 110mm). It’s one of life’s little quirks!
The UK enjoys a huge range of different square envelope sizes. They are too numerous to list in full but the most popular among them include:
- 80mm square
- 100mm square
- 105mm square
- 110mm square
- 116mm square
- 120mm square
- 126mm square
- 130mm square
- 140mm square
- 155mm square
- 160mm square
- 164mm square
- 220mm square
- 240mm square
- 254mm square
- 317mm square
Envelope Opening Formats
When ordering envelopes from your printer or stationer, they may ask you whether you require ‘wallet’ or ‘pocket’ format. But what does that mean? ‘Wallet’ format simply means
Southside Print has been kept beautifully busy recently by FBR Construction Recruitment, a consultancy based in Southampton. So, despite this customer being well outside of London, our printing and design services were cost effective, competitively priced and logistically viable through the use of inexpensive and reliable overnight couriers. All items were designed by Starling Design who, like Southside Print, are based in London SE1. The various jobs included:
- One hundred 8 page A5 landscape brochures, which were printed in full colour onto 250gsm silk stock for the interior pages and 350gsm matching stock for the covers. The digital printing machine used in production was an HP Indigo press which, although digital, outputs quality so high it’s virtually impossible to tell it apart from full litho quality (litho being the benchmark against which all printing is compared). Using a digital process saves both time and money and also means that low quantities like this are completely viable, whereas such a small quantity would have been cost-prohibitive on a full litho press due to the higher set-up costs and printing plates required. Once printed, the brochures were laminated with ‘soft touch’ laminate. All in all, the result was excellent.
- Several hundred double-side business cards, printed in full colour, using a 450gsm silk coated card and, again, a soft touch laminate to protect the cards as well as giving them a lovely tactile feel.
- One hundred oversize A5 folders which had a 5mm gusset (spine capacity) and a pocket for leaflets etc. The pocket also included slots to hold a business card. The folders were printed in full colour both sides onto 350gsm silk coated card and matt laminated both sides.
- We also produced various A4 inserts. Some of these were for use in the folders, so were folded down to A5. They were printed onto 140gsm white ‘Arcoset’ paper and were printed both sides in full colour.
About FBR Construction Recruitment
FBR Construction Recruitment is a specialist recruitment consultant which provides temporary and permanent candidates for jobs within the construction industry. FBR started life in 2017 but the team behind the firm has been involved in recruitment for construction for many years prior to the company’s formation. As such, they have a combined experience in excess of 50 years within the industry. They are now the ‘go to’ supplier of trades and labour for residential developers, main contractors and civil engineers across the South East, Home Counties and South coast. FBR Recruitment supplies anything from labourers to directors — and everything in between. Candidates are all proven, pre-vetted and supplied with the minimum of fuss, in the shortest possible time.
FBR Construction Recruitment has three main divisions:
- a Trades & Labour division which provides carefully selected candidates who are pre-checked for suitability including references, qualifications, certification, experience, immigration status and health/fitness;
- a Residential Developers division, supplying skilled and experienced Contract, Project and Site Managers, Assistant/Finishing Managers, Quantity Surveyors, Buyers and technical candidates for permanent or contract roles. Managerial and director level roles are also catered for, whether needed on a commercial, construction or technical basis;
- a Construction & Civil Engineering division which delivers a personalised recruitment service to SMEs and National contractors alike, with roles including quantity surveyors, engineers, project coordinators, site managers, foremen and candidates at senior/Director level.
FBR Construction Recruitment would love to
Southside Print has recently been working on some high quality printing for Power To Change, who we’ll come onto in a moment. Production included 60 page annual reports, a series of Research Institute Reports in booklet form and a publication called Uncharted Investment in Charities, Social Enterprises and Community Businesses. All of the printing was in perfect bound format, which is like a soft-bound book, using our digital press for high quality, fast turnaround production. The paper used for internal pages was Arcoset 170gsm white stock while that used for covers was white Splendorgel stock with a thicker 340gsm weight. The client supplied their own design and artwork. All in all the publications looked highly professional, nicely designed and well produced.
About Power To Change
Power to Change describes itself as “an independent charitable trust that supports and develops community businesses in England“. It is a ten year initiative, originally funded by The Big Lottery Fund, which aims to accelerate the growth and impact of “community business”. In so doing, they can make a positive economic impact on communities, delivering social, economic and environmental benefits into the future. This in turn will lead to greater cohesion and potential for success for the communities involved.
What exactly is a community business? A community business comes in many forms including shops, farms, pubs, even call centres plus many other types of business. What’s common to all of them is that they are run by local communities, for the benefit of local communities. Often they also become a focal point or hub, for example a local shop that may have been saved by the community business, affordable housing within a deprived or isolated area or a local place to eat, drink and/or trade goods. Power to Change supports these community businesses through empowerment, innovation, grants and other types of funding.
Power to Change’s London office is at The Clarence Centre, 6 St George’s Circus, London SE1 6FE. Visit www.powertochange.org.uk for further details or call 020 3857 7270.
Southside Print is pleased to include ‘Street League’ amongst its many customers. We’ll talk in depth about them in a moment but, before that, here’s a little about the kind of thing we print for them (the accompanying images show the examples discussed):
- A3 posters for a Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair. These were digitally printed on 200gsm silk stock using the customer’s artwork supplied.
- Digitally printed A5 flyers, which are shown below, to the left. Again, these were from design and artwork supplied by the client and used the same 200gsm stock as the posters above.
- Turnaround for was less than a day in both cases.
Southside Print is able to print pretty much anything you could ever need in the way of sales and marketing literature. Whether it’s small jobs like business cards, compliments slips, letterheads, booklets, brochures and flyers, or larger jobs like posters, banners, in-store graphics and exhibition displays, Southside Print offers fast, high quality printing and design along with competitive pricing. We have graphic design, digital printing, litho printing and large format printing solutions available, to cover every printing need. We are convenient for businesses, shops and organisations in and around SE1, London Bridge and Borough in particular. However, with inexpensive overnight couriers readily available, we are happy to supply anywhere in the UK including, of course, South and Central London, North London and beyond.
About Street League
What’s not to love about Street League! Street League is the leading sport for employment charity in the UK. Working across the United Kingdom and with four bases around London, it helps 16-24 year olds learn key skills to move them into employment, training, apprenticeships or college. This is done through career planning, mentoring, improvement to employability and life skills, help attaining nationally recognised qualifications, CV writing workshops, mock interviews and, last but not least, 100 hours of work experience. Sports, dance and fitness activities are available every day from trained football and dance coaches and there are social activities daily too. What’s more, travel expenses are paid and there is £50 worth of free Nike sportswear for each member! Those involved in the programme benefit from improved confidence and much greater employability. At the end of the 10-12 week programmes, typical opportunities can be found in retail, hospitality, sport administration and more.
“We believe that school is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and that you can find your own success in many different ways. Sport teaches teamwork, leadership, discipline and competitive spirit – not only beneficial on the pitch or in the dance studio, but also essential for the world of work.”
Street League hosted a free Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair in early October at Corams Fields Band Room in Guilford Street WC1N, London. The event was a great way for young adults to meet employers, learn about apprenticeship opportunities and improve networking skills. They could also take part in free fitness, dance and employability workshops at the event. Click the poster thumbnail for a larger view and for more detail.
More information about
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to order your overprinted Christmas cards — while there’s still time. Add your personalised greeting, company logo and, if you like, even a printed signature to save you having to sign each card individually. Order quickly, though — there’s not much time!
Whether they’re for you personally or for your company or organisation, Southside Print London Bridge has a great range of options to choose from.
Off-the-shelf Christmas cards
We have something to suit everyone in our off-the-shelf range. Choose a card from one of the following categories and we’ll overprint it for you (minimum quantity 25):
Our ‘Animals & birds’ category includes images of Highland cattle in the snow, playful robins, reindeer, owls and tigers to name just a few. See more.
Our ‘Christmas themed’ cards include a wide variety of illustrated options showing anything from winter scenes and sparkling reindeer to jolly Santas, penguins and decorated Christmas trees. See more.
Our ‘Fine Art & Religious’ category offers more traditional cards depicting scenes like the Nativity, the Star over Bethlehem, skating children and musical angels. See more.
Our ‘International’ category shows Christmas cards with ‘world globe’ baubles, colourful international landmarks, Christmas trees made from world flags and the Tree of Peace, complete with white doves. See more.
Our ‘London Scenes’ card category features beautiful illustrations of London, depicting things like skating at Somerset House, Tower Bridge across the River Thames, Trafalgar Square at Christmas, the London Eye and several other London scenes in the snow. See more.
Our ‘Photography’ range of Christmas cards includes photos of frozen berries, snow scenes and various photographs of nature during the winter. See more.
Our ‘Trees’ category features a wide selection of Christmas tree cards, each tree depicted in a different illustrative style. Some are bright and modern, others are dark and rich … and everything in between. See more.
If you’d like to order some cards please make a note of your preferred card’s reference number (the ‘SKU’) and then fill in the order form here. We will, of course, confirm and agree pricing with you before proceeding. All cards come complete with a high quality white envelope (peel & seal, 110gsm weight). The minimum order is 25 cards. Orders usually take about ten days from approval of your proof.
Bespoke Christmas cards
If you prefer something totally unique, then we can print bespoke Christmas cards for you. You can either