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We’re Now Printers in WC1 Too!

Our new print shop in London WC1

We’re pleased to announce that we are now the owners of an additional print shop, WCS Digital Print, based in Mount Pleasant, London WC1. So, if you’re looking for a printer in the Clerkenwell and Farringdon area of London WC1, we can also now help.

WCS Digital has been around since 1985, supplying high quality printing and design to west central London individuals, businesses and organisations for almost 35 years. Southside Print owners Rob Phillips and Sarah Codd have now also taken on WCS Digital Print and aim to bring similar improvements and investments to the WC1 print works, following on from their successes and proven track record at Southside Print. These are likely to include snazzy new printing and finishing equipment as well as cutting edge software that’ll help track the progress of orders and make print quotes fast and incredibly simple.

Printing services in Clerkenwell, Farringdon & London WC1

Like here at Southside, WCS Digital Print is a litho printer, a digital printer, a large format printer and a copy shop. So, as well as offering high quality printing of just about anything, you can also go to WCS Digital for photocopying, document duplication and image/document scanning services. WCS also offers print management services, graphic design, brochure production, booklet making, document binding, bookbinding and direct mail solutions. Just like Southside, it’s a full design and print solution! More details of the Read more

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

Large Format Printing for Exhibition & Display

Large format printing for exhibition & display

Roller banner printingWe’re not only digital printers here at Southside Print — we’re also large format printers. So, if you’ve got any display or exhibition graphics that need printing, then please get in touch. Our printing is high quality, competitively priced and our turnarounds are excellent.

Roller banners

Our indoor roller banners are large format banners that roll down neatly into a compact cartridge for easy transportation. What’s more, when they’re needed, they’re quick and incredibly easy to erect and, with their small footprint, can be utilised just about anywhere that has a level surface. So, your all-important sales or marketing message can be displayed in all its glory in mere seconds without the need for additional hardware or tools. Our roller banners are perfect for indoor promotions, trade fairs, temporary public displays and information panels in offices, shopping malls and trade shows. We can supply just the printing, or the design and artwork too — your choice.

Hanging banners

Outdoor banners

We also print outdoor banners. These are the kind of banners you see outdoors, stretched across a wall, fence, building or even overhead. They come with pre-positioned eyelets, ready for you to tie your banner into position. They’re waterproof too, so are perfect for use outdoors. So, if you’ve got a special event or promotion to publicise, then they’re hard to beat in terms of impact. They’re eye-catching, will announce your event or offer to the world with minimal effort and are custom-made just for you. As with the roller banners above, we can supply both the printing and the design should you not have your own design and artwork facility.

Printed lightbox in shop windowDisplay graphics

Sometimes you simply need a large printed graphic, for instance wall-mounted graphics, a hanging sign or large format graphic to display in a window. Southside Print can help with all of that. We can mount our superb oversize prints on a variety of substrates and can also laminate the printed surface to protect it from moisture and wear and tear. Our superb large format graphics panels are perfect for anything from commercial displays, special offers and wall-mounted menus to in-store signage and wall art.

Exhibition shell schemeExhibition panels

Do you have a stand at a trade fair? Perhaps you will be using a ‘shell scheme’ supplied by the exhibition organiser. If so, you may well benefit from our mounted exhibition panels. Typically these consist of large printed graphics, printed at a size to suit the shell scheme, with each printed sheet mounted to something like Foamex, a robust, semi-rigid material. As with the display graphics above, we can laminate the front of the exhibition panels for protection or simply to give them an attractive finish (for example gloss, silk or matte). Our exhibition panel printing service helps turn your empty shell scheme into a unique space where you can show off your products or services with optimum impact, all for a reasonable price.

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Printing for Bankside Open Spaces Trust, London SE1

Printing for Bankside Open Spaces Trust, London SE1

Regular readers may recall our post about Bankside Open Spaces Trust (‘BOST’) back in August 2015. Well, they’ve continued to keep us busy ever since, with a huge variety of different printing requirements, and have even updated their logo and corporate identity in the intervening time. In view of all that, we thought we’d bring things up to date in a new post here on the Southside Print blog.

Brochure printing for SE1 charity BOSTPrinting Examples

Just a few examples of work undertaken for BOST since our original post include:

  • A full colour mini brochure
  • Overprinted, branded envelopes, digitally printed in black and white plus tints
  • Strikingly designed, full colour printed postcards (A6 size)
  • A4 leaflets/flyers for a lunchtime talk all about Octavia Hill, the founder of The National Trust
  • 70 A5 Christmas cards with envelopes
  • A variety of different flyers and leaflets
  • And much more!

Our thanks go out to them for all the lovely printing work and for being such loyal and regular clients — we really appreciate it.

About Bankside Open Spaces Trust

Full colour printed postcard for Bankside Open Spaces Trust, SouthwarkAs we outlined before, BOST is an award-winning environmental and volunteering charity that was set up with the primary purpose of creating and improving gardens and parks, along with green and open spaces, in and around the Bankside region. These include 30 or so community gardens where sustainable food is grown for the direct benefit of those living in the social housing nearby. People local to the area may also notice the cheerful planters placed around the neighbourhood by BOST volunteers. By doing all of this, the Bankside area is improved and the community involved in the initiative is brought closer together. It’s a win-win for everyone in SE1.

We make previously unloved spaces beautiful

Some of the green spaces looked after by the Trust include Red Cross Garden, Marlborough Sports Garden, Waterloo Millennium Green and Tate Community Garden. Indeed, some of their green spaces are amongst the very best in Britain, having gained many awards including two Green Flags and two Golds in RHS London in Bloom, a silver in RHS Britain in Bloom, the UNESCO Man and Biosphere award, the MPGA London Spade award and London in Bloom Champion of Champions award.

The charity’s Community Green Champions initiative allows those living in estates around Southwark and Lambeth to grow fruit, vegetables, flowers and plants right outside their own front doors. The Trust encourages people throughout the area – including those without gardens – to take part. Many later go on to have horticultural careers.

Meanwhile, their Future Gardeners ten week course helps the unemployed or those struggling to make a career change get into the horticultural arena and to earn themselves a City & Guilds qualification. Careers advice is also available as are introductions within the horticultural sector and within many of London’s best parks and gardens. There are three courses per year with the next one starting in May 2019, so check out their website if the courses are of potential interest.

For more information, click the Trust’s website link above or contact them at Bankside Open Spaces Trust, Red Cross Garden, 50 Redcross Way, London SE1 1HA. Telephone 020 7403 3393.

Looking for a local printer in Southwark or SE1?

Southside Print is a commercial printer based in SE1 in Southwark, South East London. We offer digital printing, large format printing, print management, graphic design and artwork services and an online print shop where you can order anything from printed business cards and stationery to poster printing, brochures, leaflets, flyers and more. Click the bold links for more information or simply call 020 7378 6754 to speak to our friendly printers and estimating staff. You can also request a quotation online or send us an emailed message here.

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

Poster Printing in London

Poster printing for Bang Said The Gun

Concert poster printed by Southside Print SE1

Christmas menu poster printing

Poster printed for Bunsmiths

Striking Halloween event poster for an SE1 pub

Full colour printed poster for WhatICanDo campaign

 

High quality poster printing is one of the most popular printing services here at Southside Print in London SE1. We use an 8-colour inkjet poster printing process for the majority of poster prints. This accomplishes great detail (up to 2400dpi), offers exceptionally high quality with accurate, saturated colours and a very wide tonal range. The overall impression is impressive and highly professional. Moreover, we can often turn around posters around rapidly, for example on a same day or next day basis. All in all, it’s the perfect solution when you need to grab attention for your product, service, presentation or event — and all at large scale and in double-quick time.

Poster Uses

Posters suit a variety of different marketing and promotional purposes for a range of different businesses and organisations. For example:

  • Promotional posters are a great way to promote any product, service or event;
  • CAD drawings can also be output, in exactly the same way, for use by architects, engineers and designers of any kind;
  • Posters can be used as display graphics, for example during trade shows and in store;
  • They also lend themselves to window and wall displays;
  • They’re perfect for marketing gigs, concerts, theatre productions and special events.
  • We’ve even produced limited edition prints that later become collectors’ items or are sold as promotional merchandise for bands, movies and suchlike.

Print Sizes & Prices

We can print posters in any size up to a maximum of A0. Here’s a little bit more detail:

  • A4 posters are 297mm x 210mm
  • A3 posters are 420mm x 297mm
  • A2 posters are 594mm x 420mm
  • A1 posters are 841mm x 594mm
  • A0 posters are 1189mm x 841mm
  • Your poster doesn’t have to be an exact ‘A’ size though — we can print to any size and proportion so long as it’s no larger than A0.

To get an instant idea of pricing, visit our online poster print shop here or simply contact us for non-standard sizes and we’ll be happy to provide quotations without obligation or pressure.

Finishes

Our standard poster prints use 200gsm ‘Xerox Photo Satin’ paper. As the name suggests, these have a lovely satin finish, which is a great balance between matt and gloss, with a lovely feel too. The 200gsm weight is also a substantial weight. It’s still classified as paper but is not far off the thickness of thin card, so is robust and oozes quality.

Our poster prints can also be laminated, in either matt or gloss lamination, to any size including A0. We also offer encapsulation, in a gloss finish, up to A1 maximum for those who like the ‘sealed edge’ approach and the extra robustness that encapsulation offers over standard lamination.

Mounting Options

Our posters can be supplied simply as 200gsm paper print-outs or we can mount them to a variety of substrates if preferred. Mounting options include: Read more

Booklet Printing for Inspirational SE1 Charity

Booklet printing for SE1 charity

Just up the road in Union Street SE1 is the headquarters of United St Saviour’s Charity (‘UStSC’), who recently commissioned Southside Print to produce two A5 landscape booklets. Both were printed in full colour on our digital presses here in Tabard Street. They were printed on 200gsm Lumi Silk paper, a high quality coated stock with a significant thickness to give the booklets substance and a feel of real quality. 100 were produced for one booklet and 500 for the other, suiting our digital printing service perfectly — those modest quantities simply would not have been economically viable using a traditional litho printing service.

  • The first booklet was a twelve page publication called “The Value of Small Grants”. It represented a review of the impact of grants issued in South London by both UStSC and Peter Minet Trust.
  • The second booklet was called “Where to look for grants and funding”. This was a guide to help groups in Southwark find funding for their local activities. The cover of each booklet can be seen above in the main image.
  • Southside Print also produced 1000 A5 leaflets, which promoted a community open day, along with some A4 leaflets (not shown).

St Saviour's House, Union Street, London SE1About United St Saviour’s Charity, SE1

United St Saviour’s Charity is based in an attractive period building in Union Street SE1, just a short walk from London Bridge and Borough stations. They focus on uniting people and charitable organisations in north Southwark. Part of this includes the provision of two community grant programmes along with high quality sheltered housing for older people in the area.

Grant Programmes

Their open grant initiatives include the Community Investment Programme for large grants and the Community Engagement Programme for smaller grants. Both aim to strengthen communities in north Southwark, improve the lives of older residents in the area and level the playing field for those who may be experiencing social and economic disadvantage. North Southwark is very much ‘a tale of two Southwarks’ where one part of the population is benefiting from the recent growth and regeneration of the area while others simply struggle to make ends meet. In the last twelve months, the charity has invested £1 million into local projects and activities that are now helping to redress this imbalance.

Sheltered Housing

The sheltered housing element of UStSC’s work takes the form of two schemes; St Saviour’s Court, which provides 53 modern homes in Purley, and Hopton Gardens Almshouses, which provide twenty flats and Grade II period cottages in Hopton Street, SE1. Both schemes include 24 hour support services for the residents. To be eligible, applicants need to have worked in Southwark for at least 3 years before application, they must be 65 or older, have low income and capital and be able to live independently with help from carers if necessary.

The charity is also planning a brand new modern almshouse in Southwark Park Road in Bermondsey. It is currently in preliminary talks with the developer Delancey and architects Witherford Watson Mann and their shared vision for the new building is one of stunning quality and beauty. As well as providing modern, independent sheltered housing for older residents with limited income, the aim is also to Read more

The Benefits of Printed Newsletters

The Benefits of a Printed Newsletter

Newsletters are simple and inexpensive to print yet can convey an enormous amount of important information to recipients. This makes them ideal for both ‘internal’ marketing (to keep staff and stakeholders up to date) and external marketing of your products or services to clients and prospects. As such, they constitute a very useful and versatile component of any sales and marketing strategy.

Benefits of Physical Newsletters vs. Electronic

Another key benefit of physical, printed newsletters is that they are easy to pick up and put down at any time. This allows readers to dip in and dip out of articles whenever they like. Compare that to e-newsletters, which tend to be forgotten the moment they’ve been buried in your in box by more recent emails. The traditional newsletter beats electronic versions hands down in this respect.

Printed newsletters are also far more versatile from the distribution perspective. While e-newsletters arrive only at your handheld device or desktop computer, physical newsletters can find themselves in front of their target audience in a much wider variety of ways. They can be handed out, mailed through the post, left on coffee tables, offered to visitors via company foyers, reception desks and waiting rooms, handed out with other sales and marketing literature like brochures and price lists, used as inserts in other publications and distributions — and so on. Physical newsletters also require no Wi-Fi or data signal to work, so can be perused pretty much anywhere, any time. Try doing all that with an electronic e-newsletter — it’s simply not possible!

Add-ons

Physical, printed newsletters also lend themselves to additional add-ons. These include things like tear-off order forms that people might find useful if they want to order your products or services and those can even come with pressure-sensitive glue and postage pre-applied. All that needs to be done after filling in the form is for the page to be folded so it sticks together in a kind of pre-built envelope, ready to post. Other add-ons include coupons for special offers or voucher codes that the customer can use in-store or via a website. Another great thing to build into a printed newsletter is an element that the recipient might find useful to keep, for example an integral poster, calendar of events or table of key dates for the year ahead. That’ll be a useful reminder of your brand, product or service, all year round.

Printed newsletter sizes and formatsNewsletter Sizes & Formats

The most cost-effective sizing recommended for newsletter printing is to use one of the ‘A’ sizes. For example, A4 is the most common one used in the UK commercial world. However, A5 and A3 are also feasible while still making the very most out of standard sheet sizes available to printers like us. It goes without saying, though, that there are many other options including square newsletters, triple-page ‘roll fold’ newsletters and so on.

We can, of course, also fold newsletters in half so they’re easier and cheaper to post out, particularly if they don’t contain too many pages and are on paper that’s thin enough to fold when there are multiple pages. It’s a fine balance, though; as one wouldn’t want to make the pages too thin, otherwise you’d start to see what we call ‘show through’ i.e. the ghost of the reverse side of the printed page slightly showing through to the front face that’s being read. There are a great variety of paper thicknesses, weights and finishes to choose from, though, so just ask us about the options.

Paper Finish

At Southside Print we offer a very wide range of different paper stocks for your printed newsletters. We have Read more

Printing for Tabard Barbers, Tabard Street, SE1

Printing for Tabard Barbers, London SE1

Just along the road from Southside Print is Tabard Barbers. One of our nearest SE1 clients, they’ve been keeping us busy recently with quite a few different printing jobs — and very smart they look too. These include:

  • Printed loyalty and student cards for Tabard Barbers, London SE15000 full colour, digitally printed student ‘information’ cards. These can be thought of as both flyers and postcards depending upon your point of view. Their purpose is to publicise the special offers available to students during a period between September and the end of November 2018. They were printed on 350gsm card-weight material, sized at A6 in a landscape format and were printed to both sides.
  • Full colour, digitally printed loyalty cards for use by their customers. One version was for men and another for women. They were printed the size of standard credit cards, a size that’s convenient to store in one’s wallet, purse or pocket. One side was left uncoated so it can be rubber stamped each time the customer in question receives a hair cut or treatment of some kind, the idea being that they receive a free cut or treatment once they’ve filled the card with 9 stamps (the tenth being free). The other side was ‘soft touch’ laminated so that the cards feel good, look attractive and are protected from wear, tear and moisture. They were designed and artworked by a local design company based in Borough SE1.
    Loyalty cards are a great marketing tool for businesses such as hair salons, barbers and cafés. They quietly encourage repeat business from customers and this loyalty means more profit for those businesses using them. And, because the customer benefits too once they’ve filled their card, it’s a win-win for everyone.
  • A full colour, digitally printed poster (shown below, right). This was sized at A1, so utilised our large format inkjet printing service. It was mounted to Foam-X, so it was both light weight and rigid.

About Tabard Barbers

Tabard Barbers one of our closest neighbours, being just along the road from Southside Print at 13 Tabard Street, from which they took their name. A1 poster digitally printed by Southside Print, SE1These days, as being a men’s barber, Tabard is a women’s hair salon which offers outstandingly good value compared to other hair salons in the area, under the fantastic management of the very talented Cece. At Tabard, it’s the full package; you will receive a warm welcome and complimentary refreshments along with “the very best hair styling, grooming and treatments in town” as it says on their website. Men’s grooming services include anything from a buzz cut to a beard trim while ladies’ services include a professional wash, cut and blow dry, hair ups, highlights, comprehensive colouring, bleaching and various treatments. Discounts are also available for students and children up to the age of 14 (see their site for details).

Tabard had an impressive ‘designer’ make-over in recent years and now skilfully combines ultra-modern interior design with historical details like exposed brickwork and stripped floorboards. Indeed, the building’s basement still contains the ancient ovens, which survived from a time when the building was used as a bakery long ago. These were discovered during renovations.

The salon and barbers is now one of the oldest family-run businesses in SE1 and Southwark. It has been in Tabard Street for nearly forty years, having been passed down the generations to the current owner, Dasos Anastasis. Read more