Why Choose Southside Print?

Why choose Southside Print

With so many printers available in the SE1 region of South London, it can be confusing knowing which one to use for your printing. So why choose Southside Print? Here we’ll tell you just a few of the many reasons why Southside Print would make an excellent choice:

We are highly experienced

Our staff have been in the print industry for many years. We are all from different parts of the print and design industry and together offer a fully comprehensive design and printing service — a one-stop print and design shop, in fact.

We have an excellent reputation

We are highly thought of, with excellent customer reviews and testimonials. Check out Southside Print’s Google reviews if you’d like to see independent proof.

We have in-house design as well as printing

We have an in-house graphic design team who can take your concept and make it look amazing! So, your finished print will ‘sell’ your product or service to your audience in the best possible way.

We use only high-end equipment

We have the very best high-end printing equipment available including digital printing that offers exceptional quality. We have lamination services, and in-house digital foiling, as well as the option of traditional foiling for those who require it. All our finishing facilities are in-house, meaning we can complete virtually every printing order entirely under one roof, unlike many printers. This means we can control quality, pricing and production speed from start to completion. So, we get the job done without the delays associated with having to sub-contract certain processes — that’s simply not possible with the vast majority of other printers in London.

We have a ‘can do’ attitude

We do our very best to accommodate as many customers’ needs as we possibly can. If we can do it, we will, even if it’s not usually a standard process or service. We are here to help you and we want you to come back! So, we are very happy to help by going that extra mile … Read more

The Benefits of Using a Print Management Service

The benefits of using a print management company

Southside Print is a print management company as well as being a one-stop design and print shop. But what exactly is ‘print management’ and how can it benefit your company or organisation?

Print Management Services

Print management companies take on all the technical and practical responsibilities of looking after the supply of your sales and marketing literature. That might be anything from company stationery, letterheads and business cards to brochures, catalogues, flyers, leaflets, exhibition displays and potentially much more. In essence, a good print management company will look after the production and supply of potentially every piece of your sales and marketing collateral. That leaves you free to get on with running your business and can also have some cost benefits.

Design, Artwork & Printing

Print management isn’t only about the supply of printing. As print managers, we often handle all the design and artwork requirements for customers too. On a simple level that might be preparing artwork for something as basic as the business cards for new members of staff. On a more complex level it might include updating catalogue products, prices and artwork or supplying a brand new corporate identity, then updating every piece of sales collateral to reflect that new I.D.

Keeping on Top of Print Stocks

Day to day print management, however, usually consists of us making sure our customers have enough brochures, leaflets, stationery and suchlike available every single day. We’ll touch base regularly to check whether customers will soon be running low and make doubly sure that we have a replenishment supply ready whenever it’s going to be needed.

Saving You Money

Perhaps surprisingly, a good print management company can actually save you money, despite doing so much more for you. Because all printing is handled under one roof, we can build in the economies of scale. For example, we can Read more

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

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

The staff at Southside Print would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and the very best for the New Year when it finally arrives. Our thanks go to all those who used our design, artwork, printing and print management services during the course of 2018 — all the work has kept us very busy indeed. So, a very big Thank You to one and all!

Christmas & New Year opening times for Southside Print, London SE1Christmas & New Year Opening Times

We close for the Christmas break on Friday 21st December at 3pm, re-opening on Wednesday 2nd January 2019 at 9am. So, if you have anything urgent before we take a break, there is no time to lose and you’ll need to get your orders to us as soon as possible should you need work turned around before Christmas.

Our Online Shop Will be Available 24/7

During our break you can also, of course, order printing online for a whole range of products including business cards, stationery (including letterheads & compliments slips), leaflets, brochures and posters. Click the bold links to take a look at all the options along with our very competitive pricing.

In the mean time, please continue to send through any requests for quotations and we’ll attend to those as soon possible, so that you can hit the ground running when the New Year arrives. You can also call 020 7378 6754 to speak with us during opening hours.

Thanks again and every good wish to you for Christmas, the New Year and beyond.

The Southside Print Team, Tabard Street, London SE1.

The Value of Great Graphic Design

The value of great graphic design

Never underestimate the power of graphic design. It has the power to either make or break your sales and marketing efforts. Too many people dismiss design as an unnecessary expense but, in reality, it is incredibly important to your bottom line. As such, it deserves an adequate allowance of both time and budget otherwise you risk wasting both those precious commodities entirely. In this post, we’ll explain why skimping on your graphic design budget may represent a fool’s economy. Not convinced? Read on …

Think about it for a moment: what is the single most important thing that world-dominating companies like Apple have at their core? Answer: excellent design. Without that, their products would simply be buried in an ocean that’s littered with hundreds of mediocre products. Excellent design lifts them high above the competition and also makes their products desirable. And once converted, famously few Apple customers ever go back.

It’s the same for printed sales and marketing pieces, adverts and packaging. Looking mediocre is a sure fire way for your promotional efforts to be completely overlooked in the ‘din’ of other mediocre efforts that compete in your marketplace. Excellent design, in contrast, will both attract and entice your potential audience so they notice and desire your product or service, not those of your competitor. Yet so many companies miss this simple opportunity by seeing design as an unnecessary expense rather than the incredibly powerful marketing tool that it is!

Let’s break down the main components of graphic design …

Good Design = Good Communication

Graphic design is about much more than how your sales and marketing pieces look. Good graphic design primarily has great communication at its heart. It’s all very well if your leaflet, brochure, poster or packaging looks attractive, but that’s no good to anyone if they don’t understand, in an instant, what it’s all about and what is on offer. So, one of the first considerations of any good graphic designer is to identify what the core message is and then to communicate that message prominently to the prospective audience. A good graphic designer will also pick out any secondary and subsequent message elements, making sure that each is communicated with the appropriate weighting in the sales or marketing piece. Using this hierarchical approach to the prominence of elements and messages will mean that the prospective customer knows where to look first and thereby learn quickly what is being offered and why.

Good graphic design primarily has great communication at its heart.

Features & Benefits

Once the product or service being offered has been made clear, another job of a good graphic designer is to make sure that the features and benefits of the product or service are also clearly communicated to those taking a closer look. Features are no good alone, of course; the prospect needs to know how those features will benefit them — so don’t forget to include your product or service’s benefits in the printed text.

Looking Good

Then, of course, the printed communication needs to look eye-catching and attractive. The right graphical and typographical styles, photos and/or illustrations need to be presented in such a way that they catch the eye, communicate all the right messages as outlined above, all in a pleasing way. The ‘tone’ of the design also needs to be right. If your product or service is a luxury one, then the design and printed output needs to ooze quality. If your product or service is an inexpensive bargain, then the designer needs to pitch the design just right so that it looks high quality overall but does not look or feel too expensive. This fine balance is all part of the job of a good graphic designer.

Feeling Good

Part of that balance is, of course, the paper, card and print processes used in the final printing. Some printed items look better on textured papers and cards, others work better on uncoated stock and still others might look best on standard paper with, say, a matt lamination. There are many paper options and many finishing options to choose from, so good graphic designers will also be able to advise on what might work best for your particular product or service — and production budget. The optimum result will be a printed item that both looks and feels good, without breaking the bank.

It’s All a Waste without a CTA

Once all of the above has been considered, then you’re well on your way to ‘converting’ your prospect’s interest into an actual sale. However, there’s one more thing that needs to be included. Remember to Read more

Restored Artwork for Restorative Justice

Restored Artwork for Restorative Justice

Sometimes even a supposedly simple piece of design and artwork can meet with unforeseen complications, which can then make printing seemingly impossible. That’s exactly what happened with some business cards for our local client Why Me? recently, when their original artwork went completely missing. They’d had some fairly straight forward business cards produced in the past, but couldn’t locate the original artwork files. That’s where Southside Print’s Matt Potter came to the rescue. Matt is Southside Print’s resident graphic designer. He simply used some of the last few remaining cards as visual reference and, based on those, managed to rebuild the artwork entirely from scratch. He successfully matched fonts, colours, the layout and the design and, in no time at all, the ‘new’ business cards had been printed and supplied to the client — a great outcome for everyone.

Lost your Artwork? Need it Restored?

No problem at all. As with the business cards above, we can usually match fonts or find something very similar if an exact match is not possible. We can also match colours, design layouts and often we can even reproduce or substitute missing graphics. While some graphics are easier to replace than others, our talented design and artwork team can usually save the day and rescue the situation in virtually every case. That’s true whether it’s for business cards, leaflets, brochures or something larger like a poster or display panel. We can supply a free quotation before proceeding, of course, so you’ve nothing to lose by asking us for potential help.

About ‘Why Me?’

Why Me? is a national charity that primarily helps victims of crime to attain some kind of restorative justice. As part of this, the charity’s Restorative Justice Service helps offenders to understand the true impact of their crimes which, in turn, can often help to stop them re-offending in the future. Indeed, this is exactly how the charity started life …

The charity was started by Will Riley, himself a victim of crime. Back in 2002 when Will was a London businessman, a burglar gained entry to his house. Will confronted the burglar, a struggle ensued and Will eventually managed to hand the burglar over to the police. It turned out that the burglar was a career criminal named Peter Woolf. Woolf was sent to prison for the crime but the two men later met again voluntarily at a ‘Restorative Justice’ meeting at Pentonville Prison.

“Imagine the person who has caused you harm is sitting opposite… What would you say?”

Will, the victim, was able to explain the impact of the burglary directly to the offender in question and to obtain answers to some challenging questions. This process turned out to be a healing one and represented quite a turning point for both men. Will Riley subsequently felt that he was no longer fearful of opening his front door and Peter Woolf stopped offending completely, going ‘straight’ after many years of crime. Not only did both men directly benefit but also it meant that potentially hundreds of additional people did not become victims of the burglar once he left prison. Such is the power and potential of Restorative Justice.

The video below explains more and features both Will and Peter, who both now Read more

Printing for London Charity Hestia

Digital & Large Format Printing for Hestia, London SE1

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

Hestia empowers people and changes livesHestia 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, a London charity based in Borough High StreetHestia 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 phoenixproject@hestia.org.

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Hestia's Phoenix Project helps victims of modern slavery along the path to recovery, safety and independenceHelping 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: Read more

10% Off Printing with this Code – Celebrate & Save!

10% off printing - voucher code for Southside Print during April 2017

Don’t forget – we’re offering 10% off all printed items during April if you mention ‘Alan 70’ when ordering. This is in celebration of our leader Alan’s 70th birthday — he hit the amazing milestone just over a week ago and is keen to pass on the good cheer to you, our lovely customers.

Head honcho Alan has been involved in printing for almost half of his seventy years, so he knows his stuff and passes on his printing wisdom to both clients and the production team here at Southside Print. All in all, it results in a first class design and printing service, at competitive prices and very high quality.

10% off printing during April

So don’t forget — you must mention ‘Alan 70’ during April in order to qualify for the 10% discount — it’s as simple as that.

About Southside Print, London Bridge

Having recently re-branded as Southside Print, we are printers based in London SE1, just near London Bridge Station and Borough High Street tube, in Tabard Street. We offer commercial printing for just about anything you can think of. Whether it’s letterheads, stationery, brochures, flyers, leaflets, catalogues, banners, exhibition displays or any other type of printed item, we have it covered with digital, litho and large format printing all being available along with graphic design for those who need it.

Call 020 7378 6754 for more information, request a quotation or send us your artwork here and we’ll be delighted to help.

Digital & Litho Printing for London Heating & Plumbing Company

Printing & artwork for The Little Red Heating Company, London

We believe this is the first time we’ve featured a heating and plumbing company on the blog, so welcome to our post all about The Little Red Heating Company. Here we’ll tell you all about them, but first we’ll discuss a few of the design, artwork and printing jobs that we’ve been doing for them in recent times. If you have any similar needs, do get in touch.

Printed NCR pads, labels, postcards & business cards

All design, layout and artwork is supplied by Southside Print London Bridge for this particular client. We supply simple, straight forward ‘business’ type printing for them including:

  • A4 invoice pads, which are printed on NCR (No Carbon Required) stock with white, pink and blue copies automatically being produced when the client writes on the top sheet. They are litho printed in 3 spot colours as well as being sequentially crash numbered then typically made into 4 pads of 50 invoice sets. NCR sets are a very convenient way of generating multi-copy invoices or orders the ‘traditional’ way (with a pen), particularly while out and about visiting customers;
  • business cards which have, until recently, been litho printed onto 400gsm “Extra White” uncoated stock using 3 spot colours. However, our digital printing machines are now so advanced that we may well swap over to digital printing for the business cards for future print runs, without any loss of quality;
  • postcards, which are litho printed litho onto 250gsm Silk card, in the same 3 spot colours. As with the business cards above, we will probably also swap to digitally printing these in future, for the same reason;
  • boiler labels, which represent a convenient reminder to home owners as well as being a great marketing tool for the company concerned. These are digitally printed on “Crack Back” label stock. As the name suggests, this type of label stock has linear cracks in the peel-off backing. These are present too allow the labels to simply be bent a little to expand the crack, thereby making removal of the backing sheet quick and easy.

About The Little Red Heating Company

The Little Red Heating Company, LondonThe Little Red Heating Company is London based and specialises in central heating and hot water system installation, maintenance and repair. Boiler repair or replacement, bathroom design/installation and general plumbing are all part of the service along with upgrades and replacements for pumps, thermostats, timers and valves. The company also supplies landlord certification and, of course, heating engineers are all Corgi registered.

The Little Red Heating Company also offers under floor heating, which is quick and inexpensive to install and provides both a fast method of heating rooms and a real feeling of luxury underfoot. That’s not the only benefit though; those with under floor heating will also experience a significant reduction in dust mites, so this particular heating method is also excellent for asthma sufferers.

Another great service from the company is the supply and installation of solar heating, through the use of solar panels, for the provision of domestic hot water. With temperatures in the UK gradually rising as they are, solar energy is now an extremely viable way to generate a cheap, sustainable energy source for homes. So, long-term savings can be made as well as helping the environment — a true win-win!

It’s refreshing to learn that Read more