Printing for Bikecation, a Cycling Holiday Company in Borough High Street

Digital & large format printing for Bikecation in Borough High Street

Just like the organisation featured in our last post, our latest case study is for a customer based in Borough High Street. This time it’s the turn of a dynamic cycling holiday company, aptly named Bikecation. Located just a stone’s throw from our print works in SE1, it made good sense for them to try the services of a local printer and we were very pleased to help. Print jobs included some eye-catching posters, which were printed on 200gsm ‘photo satin’ stock, along with some promotional business cards, which were printed on 300gsm silk coated stock. Bikecation supplied the design and artwork files and, as you can see, the design is striking and contemporary. Production was turned around very fast, although the customer didn’t really require them for about a week — we just like to get ahead at Southside Print!

Take a look at some of the A1 posters:

Large format poster printed for Bikecation, the one-stop shop for tailor-made cycling trips Printed poster for show offer to customers Digitally printed poster for book signing by Bikecation's Rob Penn Poster for books signed by Bikecation's Rob Penn Poster for Bikecation & bespoke, corporate, charity & custom cycling breaks Poster for Bikecation's affiliate scheme for bike shops & clubs

About Bikecation

Bikecation started life after a conversation between two cycling enthusiasts; Rob Penn, formerly a City lawyer, and Jamie Paterson, a businessman. Both were keen advocates of the simple pleasures of bike riding and enjoyed travelling. Bikecation turned their shared dream of starting a custom cycling holiday company into reality. As well as being a tour guide for the company, Rob has a best-selling book ‘It’s all About the Bike: the Pursuit of Happiness on Two Wheels’ which has been translated into nine languages and has been made into a BBC documentary called ‘Ride of My Life‘.

Bikecation offers a wide range of custom cycling holidays including leisure cycling holidays, road cycling holidays, a more adventurous style of guided cycling trip called Rob Raids (personally guided by Rob Penn), bespoke mini breaks, cycling training camp breaks, cycling sportives and even ‘Watch & Ride’ breaks where you can watch famous bike races like the Tour de France whilst also getting the chance to ride the course yourself before the actual event.

Included amongst the cycling breaks on offer are corporate tours, private guided holidays and even organised charity events. Destinations include a wide range of beautiful locations in the UK as well as Europe and it’s up to you whether or not you’d like to be accompanied by a Bikecation cycling guide on your particular trip. Bikecation also moves your luggage for you, so you are free to enjoy the cycling and the stunning views. So, whether you’re into slow-paced family cycling along gentle routes in Wales, island hopping in Croatia, doing wine and food tours by bike in Bordeaux, or really going hell-for-leather up classic cycling climbs in the Alps, Bikecation has something to suit you. The range of options is outstanding! What’s more, all hotels are checked and pre-vetted to suit cyclists and sports enthusiasts as well as being hand-picked so they’re perfectly located along the very best cycling routes.

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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 .

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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

Your 2018 Marketing Calendar (Infographic)

Your 2018 Marketing Calendar (Infographic)

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:

Your Free UK Marketing Calendar for 2018

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 Read more

Special New Year Offer – 18 Percent Off Poster Printing!

Get 18 Percent Off Poster Printing at Southside Print, London SE1

[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.

Printed Folders, Inserts, Business Cards & Brochures for Recruitment Consultancy

Printed folders, inserts, business cards & brochures for FBR Recruitment Consultancy

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:

  • A5, full colour, landscape brochuresOne 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.
  • Oversize A5 printed folders with brochure, inserts & business card holderOne 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 Read more

40 Free Chances to Win up to £100,000 – by Sending 1 Email!

Win up to £100k with Southside Print London Bridge

This is a VERY exciting Southside Print announcement! We’re giving existing customers on our emailing list up to FORTY chances of winning up to £100,000 during this month. It’s simple to enter — essentially, all that’s required is ONE email from you to us (see the full details below). No purchase is necessary and there is no catch!

How to enter

  1. Add our email address to your email address book and remove the old sales address, which is being retired;
  2. In a similar way, make sure you have updated any of our old pre-March 2017 email addresses in your address book or contact records (so, for example, update alan@ matt@, aidan@, sales@ and linda@). The old email addresses will stop working soon, hence asking you to update them all.
  3. Then, to enter the prize draw and get up to forty chances of winning, simply send an email to the new email address, with the following subject line:
    I have added to my address book
    Please also type your name, company name and address in the message body so we can recognise you more easily as an existing customer and know where to send the scratch cards should you win them.

“It takes just a minute and, assuming you do it straight away, you’ll then have FORTY chances to win a potentially massive amount of money — totally free!”

How it works

Get your lucky scratch cardsOnce we have received your entry email, you’ll automatically be entered into up to four prize draws which will happen during August. Once a week during this month, we’ll choose one respondent at random and they will win 10 £1 scratch cards, any of which might potentially win the customer up to £100,000 if they’re lucky! So, if you enter right away, you have 40 chances of getting a winning scratch card! When you think about it, it’s an amazing opportunity!

“So don’t delay, update your address book right now and send us that email — it would be crazy not to!”

It’s also worth noting that our emailing list only includes a few hundred people, rather than thousands, so your chances of getting your hands on those scratch cards are already pretty good. It’s safe to assume that not everyone will respond too, so your chances of success are even better!

Why are we doing it? What’s the catch?

There is no catch. Having recently re-branded under the Southside Print banner, we are retiring our old email addresses so they will stop working very soon. As background, back in April, we took the decision to leave the previous printing group that we belonged to and re-branded as Southside Print so that we could be more independent and free to do our own thing. With the old email addresses being retired very soon, we are keen for all existing customers to have the correct new email addresses on file.

“So, what are you waiting for?”

You have forty chances of winning up to £100,000 for free if you act fast — it’ll only take a minute! Please follow steps 1, 2 and 3 above — right now if you can, before you forget and potentially miss out on this incredible chance. Any one of those scratch cards might be a winning one! Read more

New, High Quality Printing Facilities in SE1

New printing equipment at Southside Print SE1

Southside Print recently took delivery of some fantastic new printing and finishing equipment. What does this mean for customers? Higher quality, faster printing and production at highly competitive prices!

Xerox Versant 2100 digital press

Firstly, the star of our new line-up is the award-winning Xerox Versant 2100 digital press. This machine takes colour digital printing to a whole new level.

The Versant press accepts a wider range of media, is faster and benefits from more automation than our existing presses. Printed results are hard to tell apart from litho quality (the benchmark by which all printing is judged), particularly when used with the new low-gloss ‘dry ink’ that’s supported by this printing press. Tones and graduations are super-smooth and there is an amazing depth of colour on the printed output from this machine. The resolution could be described as ‘Ultra HD’, being capable of a staggering 2,400 dots per inch x 2,400 dpi maximum output. So all in all, printed results look superb, thin fonts and fine detail render perfectly and photographs really look their very best.

Xerox Versant 2100 colour printing pressThe Versant 2100 is an automated sheet fed press and can print on paper media from a thin 52gsm weight to a substantial 350gsm card weight, so is great whether you need the thinnest of inexpensive flyers or robust business cards, post cards and ultra-thick, posh covers for your brochure or annual report. It’s also very adept with a variety of media types including coated and uncoated papers and boards, labels and even some polyester media for some specialist types of printing work.

The digital printing press can print double-sided automatically, in one pass, which speeds up production significantly. Speed is impressive with a 100 pages per minute being possible for A4 and up to 52 ppm for A3.

Other features of our new printing press include the ability to collate copies, staple in-line and accept variable data (great for personalised mailings). The machine also offers the option of ‘stochastic’ screening which means it can print in a minute random dot formation, making the dots virtually invisible to the naked eye, almost like a continuous tone photographic print.

When it comes to media sizes, the machine typically prints on SRA3 (oversize A3 at 450mm x 320mm) although can print on media as wide as 330mm and as long as 630mm if needed. So, if you need a 6 page A4 ‘roll fold’ brochure, this machine will find it a breeze. With the larger paper sizes being supported by this machine, small banners are also possible although we also have a new machine for even larger format printing, being an HP Z6200. We’ll write a separate post about that machine as it’s all about larger format printing for things like posters for use indoors and out. Just for a taster, though, it can print over a metre wide by almost any length! (We should add that we have additional services available for media wider than a metre, of course). More is to follow later about all of that, here on the Southside Print Blog.

Matrix Morgana Major Folding machineMorgana Major folding & perforating machine

Next up in our new line-up is a Morgana Major folding and perforating machine. It’s quick and easy to use and “does exactly what it says on the tin” i.e. folds and perforates beautifully and accurately (accurate to a tenth of a millimetre). However, it also scores and can incorporate counting and batching if required. What’s more it can handle paper up to 365mm x 674mm so, like the Versant above, is more than capable of dealing with 6-page A4 ‘roll fold’ brochures. Speed is impressive measuring anywhere from 4,500 to 27,500 sheets per hour, the speed being controllable by the operator using it.

Morgana Matrix 530 laminator

Matrix 530 LaminatorLast up on our list of wonderful new print finishing machines is the Morgana Matrix 530 laminating machine. The Morgana Matrix is the No.1 commercial laminator in Europe. Its addition to our in-house suite of machines means that Read more

Printed Stationery for ‘Alive and Kicking’ Charity

Printed letterheads and business cards for Alive and Kicking

One of the most interesting customers that we’ve printed for in recent times is Alive and Kicking, who have an office here in London. The registered charity helps to improve lives in Kenya, Zambia and Ghana on the African continent and we’ll explain the innovative yet amazingly effective way they achieve that below.

Printed Letterheads & Business Cards

First, though, a quick note about what we print for them. In their case, it’s very straight forward. We currently print just their letterheads and business cards, which just goes to prove that Southside Print customers don’t have to print much with us in order to be featured in our bi-monthly blog. The letterheads are printed on 100gsm white paper and the business cards are printed double-sided on 340gsm white card, for a few different personnel. The charity supplied its own artwork in this case.

Now, though, we’ll go back to the charity itself and highlight the amazing work it does.

Alive and Kicking

With its headquarters in London, Alive and Kicking is an award-winning African ‘social enterprise’ which creates ethical employment for adults at the same time as improving the quality of life and health of disadvantaged youths. The registered charity uses business practices and the African continent’s passion for football to boost local economies, provide children with the right equipment to play and uses sport as a tool to help combat the spread of deadly diseases including HIV and malaria.

Making a footballSince it was established in 2004, Alive and Kicking has produced over 750,000 footballs, 20% of which were donated to good causes. Alive and Kicking employees individually screen print the footballs by hand and this allows them to be used for promotional purposes by businesses, to be personalised for individuals or printed with messages of any kind for a myriad of other purposes. Every football is hand-stitched using leather which, being locally sourced, helps to support the local communities. This material also means that the footballs are tough, durable and repairable. The organisation is the only formal manufacturer of sports balls on the African continent.

The Alive and Kicking programme has 3 main objectives: Read more

Printing for The Riverside Bookshop, Tooley Street, London SE1

Printing for the Riverside Bookshop, London SE1

Southside Print is very happy to count The Riverside Bookshop amongst its many loyal customers. For some time we have been printing their Little Red Card. It’s a small but effective piece of marketing and measures just 110mm x 85mm, so is about twice the size of a standard business card. To keep costs low for the client, we ‘gang up’ several copies, printing them together before trimming them down to their final size. We use SRA2 card (240gsm ‘Papago’ stock) during the early production stages. This card is just one small printing example amongst an amazing variety of items that we print for customers throughout the London Bridge/SE1 region and beyond.

The Little Red Card

The Little Red Card, printed by Southside Print, London Bridge, SE1The Little Red Card, as it’s officially known, is exactly that; a little red card. What is does for customers, though, is quite special as it saves them money at the bookshop. For every £10 a customer spends in store, they get an ink stamp inside the card. Once they have six stamps, they can present their card with their next purchase and it allows them to get £5 off their bill. So it’s simple, but ingenious! Ingenious not only for customers, of course; after all, it keeps customers coming back to the shop so could, alternatively, have been called a loyalty card. But we too prefer Little Red Card — it sounds so much more friendly, just like the staff in fact!

The Riverside Bookshop

The Riverside Bookshop, Tooley Street, London SE1The Riverside Bookshop is based in Tooley Street, London SE1 and has been selling books there for over 25 years. Along with literally thousands of books, they also sell National Book Tokens, greetings cards, gift wrap, notebooks and very occasionally a few toys. As well as stocking around 10,000 book titles in store, they can order in anything from a list of several hundred thousand additional books. Such special orders usually take just a couple of days to arrive and cost no extra. The bookshop also regularly stocks signed copies of books including many by major authors and household names — these would make very special gifts. Their website is well worth a look and is jam-packed full of fascinating information, reviews, book news and even has sections on 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.