Printing & Design for Annual Reports

Annual report printing & design services

Does your company, charity or organisation produce an Annual Report? If so, you’ll be well aware of how much time and effort they take to produce each year and how many people it takes to put them together correctly — from the CEO, Financial Director, Chief Executive and Company Secretary right through to the Marketing Team and probably many others along the way. They also involve important milestones and key dates that need to be met, not least legal deadlines that simply can’t be missed, along with the need to produce printed copies in time for any AGM.

Annual report & accounts exampleAnnual Report Design & Printing Has to be Top Notch

Your report and accounts needs to be accurate, of course, and also extremely well presented. After all it’s pretty much a flagship document that can help with anything from marketing your company, products or services to raising finance and, of course, keeping any shareholders in the loop and happy to continue supporting your organisation. So it needs to look exceptionally good in terms of both design and production.

Exceptional Graphic Designers & Printers

That’s where Southside Print comes in. Not only can our in-house graphic designers help put the design and artwork together in an attractive, informative and professional manner, but we can also ensure that the finished printing does your company, charity or organisation absolute justice. Annual reports need to look exceptional so the design needs to be high quality and the printed finish needs to exude excellence throughout.

Materials & Finishes

  • Selection of materials needs extra care. Annual reports need to look a million dollars, without costing an arm and a leg, so it’s a fine balance. They also need to reflect your organisation’s profile when it comes to sustainability — should they use recycled paper or card, for example?
  • Covers need to be thick enough to feel like they’re high value without costing a fortune.
  • Internal pages could, perhaps, be a little thicker than your average brochure, as this is an important document. However, a lid needs to be kept on that overall budget.
  • And it doesn’t end there. As this is such a critical document, you need to consider additional finishes and processes. For example, covers could be matt or gloss laminated to enrich the printing and give them attractive finishes as well as protecting them from moisture and wear and tear.
  • You might also consider spot finishes such as gloss UV varnish (or its digital equivalent) and metallic foil. These can really lift your annual report and accounts out of the ordinary.

Southside Print can, of course, help with all such things — it’s what we excel at and our advice is free.

Production of Additional Documents

Annual reports often require additional documents such as Summary Financial Statements, AGM booklets, Voting papers, newsletter style documents, overprinted envelopes and mass-produced covering letters. Any of these documents, particularly the latter, often benefit from Read more

Perfect Binding & Printing for Power To Change

Perfect binding & printing for Power to Change in London SE1

Perfect bound booklets and reports for SE1 charitable trust, Power to ChangeSouthside 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

Annual reports printed and bound for our London SE1 client Power to ChangePower 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. Read more

Litho Printing – When Only the Best Will Do

Litho printing services

At Southside Print in London Bridge, we’re very lucky to have both digital printing and litho printing facilities all in-house. While many London printers only offer the digital printing process, Southside Print customers benefit from all that lithographic printing has to offer — including:

Ultimate quality

Litho printing delivers the ultimate possible quality for the production of sales and marketing literature. Indeed, litho printing is the printing process by which all other commercial printing processes are benchmarked; within the printing trade we often appraise printing generated by digital printing presses to see how close to litho quality it is. While some high-end digital presses come close, none quite reach the ultimate quality which comes as standard when using litho printing presses.

But it doesn’t end there …

Varnishes & sealants

Litho printing presses also allow us to print varnishes which will give your printing an extra lustre or finish. For example matt or, more commonly, silk or gloss varnishes will ‘lift’ the colour depth, while printed machine sealants offer extra protection from fingerprinting. This is particularly important for dark or highly saturated colours which are being printed onto coated paper or board stocks.

Spot colour matching

Our litho printing presses also allow us to print ‘spot colour’ inks which are pre-mixed, highly accurate, Pantone matched liquid inks which are simply impossible to print using digital printing equipment.  Spot colour printing results in exact colour matching, to Pantone standards, meaning that we can print an exact colour match for special colours and important corporate/brand colours which have been specified using Pantone reference numbers. This exact matching is possible without any other reference being required, including any visual reference. For example we know that Pantone 485 is a particular bright red and Pantone 282 is a particular kind of ‘midnight blue’, and so on. Such colour accuracy is not possible using digital printing presses which simply approximate colours using combinations of the 4 standard ‘process’ colours of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. Read more