What Makes Perfect Binding So … Perfect?

What Makes Perfect Binding so Perfect?

‘Perfect binding’ is one of the most popular and impressive ways of binding any kind of printed publication. It has a great look and lends some sophistication to any book, booklet, brochure, annual report, catalogue or magazine. ‘Wiro’ and ‘saddle-stitched’ binding, although both professional and presentable, look a little more basic by comparison. Perfect binding gives a publication more gravitas; a feeling of added value and something that subtly says ‘I am an important document’ without even trying. As such, perfect bound books are far more likely to be kept or handed from person to person. That’s great for your business and marketing goals.

Printing & perfect binding for Flint WinesSimilar to a ‘soft-back’ or ‘paperback’ book, perfect binding gives a professional finish with a ‘square’ spine, which can be printed on because it’s all part of the one-piece cover. So, you can have full colour graphics and imagery printed continuously from front cover, across the spine and around to the back cover, all without any interruption if you like. Of course, this applies to the addition of special finishes too, like gloss UV varnish, metallic foil and lamination to name just a few.

Tech Spec

At Southside Print in London SE1, we print and perfect bind totally in-house. That means total control over colour and quality, speedy turnarounds and the most competitive pricing. There are just a couple of limitations:

  • We can perfect bind up to A3 in length or width (so spines as long as 420mm are not a problem — that’s big!).
  • The spine can be as thick as a staggering 90mm — that allows a huge number of pages in the book and is thicker than many old-style phone directories!

We also use a super-strong new glue. This keeps your pages and covers securely bound — for the long term.

Perfect bound reports for 'Power to Change', London SE1Overnight Success

Our perfect binding service is also available on an overnight basis. So, if you’re in a terrible rush to get important documents and publications printed and perfect bound for the next business day, we can usually help, particularly if you give us a little bit of warning. This is great for annual reports that need to be ready for board meetings and AGM’s, or things like proposals, tenders, pitch documents and other important presentations that could win your company or organisation its next major contract.

Perfect Examples

The photographs show just how impressive perfect bound brochures and books can look … Read more

Digital Printing for St George the Martyr, Borough

Digital printing for St George The Martyr, Borough High Street, London SE1

Poster printing for St George The Martyr, Borough High StreetSouthside Print have been producing a huge variety of digital printing recently for St George The Martyr, a church just down the road in Borough High Street in London’s SE1 district. Having selected us as their local printer some years ago, we’re delighted to say that they’ve remained a very loyal and regular customer and, as such, we’ve printed rather a lot for them in recent months!

Print Examples

Here are just a few examples of print work that we’ve recently supplied:

  • A series of stunning business cards were printed in full colour on our digital presses before being ‘soft touch laminated’ to both sides. This protects them and gives them a lovely velvety feel to the touch. We printed the cards on 450gsm silk coated stock and the finished result is superb. Note the beautiful imagery that features on one side of each card (see main image above).
  • The ‘Quest for Community’ poster/leaflet was printed in full colour, both sides onto 170gsm art paper, which has a beautiful gloss finish. This was part of the St George in Southwark Festival back in April 2016 and we rather like the graphics!
  • More recently, we printed a series of leaflets for the 2018 version of the same festival. Again, these were printed on our digital press, in full colour, once more using 170gsm glossy paper.
  • Digitally printed full colour leaflets and programmesAnother item that we printed recently for St George The Martyr is the A5 folded ‘New Home’ leaflet/brochure shown in one of the photographs on the right. Like the other leaflets and programmes mentioned above, these were also printed onto 170gsm paper stock except, this time, they had a silk coated finish rather than gloss.
  • Last but not least in our featured printing for St George The Martyr is a very interesting, perfect bound, 64 page A4 book. This details the history of the church and its surrounding community (see below for further details). The book features 340gsm covers and 170gsm ‘Arcoset’ internal pages and is printed digitally.

Brochure printing for St George The Martyr near London BridgeSt George the Martyr

Today, as an integral part of the local community, the church is open most days and offers regular religious services and a Sunday School along with a varied array of inclusive programmes and events. These include anything from lunchtime concerts to Easter festivals. The church also runs a food bank, hosts The Dragon Café (the flagship project from ‘Mental Fight Club’) and offers a wide variety of additional opportunities to meet other people, get advice and to offer or indeed receive help of one form or another. The church also has a close relationship with its own school, St Jude’s Church of England Primary School, whose pupils sometimes sing at the services. Visitors to the church are always welcomed with open arms including those who would simply like to see the beautiful building itself or to take a look inside.

For some historical facts about St George the Martyr, please see our previous post from October 2015. That touched upon the Medieval and Roman structures uncovered during restoration works, the location originally being the site of a Norman church and the church’s links to Charles Dickens and Marshalsea Prison — it’s quite fascinating!

A4 perfect bound book, printed and produced by Southside Print, London SE1St George the Martyr’s Heritage

As mentioned above, St George the Martyr has produced some very interesting new booklets which detail the church’s history and that of the surrounding community. It provides a fascinating insight into the ever-changing area around Borough High Street. The lovely new books are available for sale from the church office.

The Church’s Lunch Club

During the summer holidays, St George the Martyr will be running a lunch club for local children and families who may be facing food poverty over the long holidays, particularly in the absence of free school meals during that period. The lunch club will provide a hot 2 course meal, free of charge, along with some fun activities for the children. The club will take place on Tuesdays, from 11am –1pm, between 24th July and 28th August 2018.

The club organisers would love to hear from any volunteers who may be able to offer help including assisting in the kitchen, serving meals, helping with the children’s activities (they are of pre-school and primary age). The church would also be happy to receive any food donations or financial contributions towards the running costs from any willing parties. Please see the contact information below if this is of interest.

Anyone interested in the various activities or projects is welcome to get in touch by Read more

Wiro-Bound Price Lists for South London Paper Merchant

John Purcell Paper - Ring-bound price lists for South London paper merchant

John Purcell PaperSouthside 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 papersStationery papersConservation boards
Watercolour papersColoured papersBlotting papers
Book papersTracing paperMount boards
Drawing papersAsian papersMill board
Ink jet papersJapanese papersMeridian high density board
Sketch books & padsConservation & repair papersGrey board
Recycled papersArchival box boardsSundries (tissue, bubble wrap, bags etc.)
Ceramic transfer paperMuseum boardOther products (sprays, stretchers etc.)

Brands stocked include Canson, Arches, Fabriano, Hahnemuhle, Magnani, St Cuthbert’s (Somerset), Zerkall and 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