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Printing & Finishing Services for London

Printing & finishing services for London

We offer an incredibly wide range of printing-related services and processes at Southside Print, so thought we’d publish a guide. It’s not an exhaustive list of everything we do, however it represents a good overview of the core print, design, binding, print finishing and direct mail services that are on offer from our London Bridge/Borough base. Take a look below.

As you can see, we can print and produce just about anything. There are many processes, finishes and embellishments to choose from, so your finished sales or marketing piece can be both fully functional and look as good as it possibly can. Whether you need

BREAKING: Revolutionary New Anti-Bacterial Lamination

SafeLam - the revolutionary anti-virus lamination for printed items

Matt antimicrobial laminationIntroducing SafeLam – our antimicrobial lamination

Southside Print are pleased to announce ‘SafeLam’, our new, antimicrobial lamination for printed products. It’s just like standard lamination, except it kills bacteria and viruses on contact. This is obviously very timely and will be a massive boon to those who need printed sales, marketing or informational literature while coronavirus is still at large.

“SafeLam makes sharing printed documents safer”

Southside Print is committed to keeping staff and customers as safe as possible during these unprecedented times. As part of the fight against COVID-19, we have been working hard to find ways to make printed products as safe as possible in view of the pandemic. SafeLam’s antimicrobial coating does exactly that, killing 99% of bacteria and viruses that come into contact with it. It means printed products laminated with SafeLam proactively kill the coronavirus — and that’s a game-changer!

Gloss antimicrobial laminationSafeLam is an ideal safety coating:

  • The antimicrobial laminate is available in a matt or gloss finish.
  • It eliminates 99% of harmful microorganisms that come into contact with it.
  • It has the same, high quality finish as standard lamination.
  • Just like ordinary lamination, SafeLam looks great and protects documents from wear and tear as well as from moisture ingress.
  • No matter how many hands touch the surface, SafeLam’s surface retains its antimicrobial properties.
  • It’s independently tested and approved to ISO 22196, an international benchmark that recognises SafeLam’s antimicrobial properties (more about that below).

SafeLam makes printed documents safer

SafeLam is an ideal finish for printed documents, particularly those used in schools, hospitals, healthcare organisations, restaurants, bars & workplaces. For example, it makes brochures, school books, folders and medical documents much safer to handle and to share. It’s also incredibly useful as a protective, anti-virus coating for things like printed menus in bars and restaurants where multiple people will handle the same printed item. Here are just a few examples of printed items that are safer when laminated with SafeLam antimicrobial laminate — the possible applications are almost endless!

  • Brochures & booklets
  • Annual Reports
  • Medical documents
  • Documents for schools & uni’s
  • Business cards
  • Menus
  • Tent cards
  • Table talkers
  • Posters
  • Folders
  • Manuals & bound documents
  • Catalogues
  • Mailers
  • Postcards
  • Packaging
  • Point of sale graphics
  • Signage & display graphics
  • Exhibition graphics
  • Banners
  • Greetings cards
  • Calendar covers
  • … And much more.

About ISO 22196 accreditation

To quote ISO, the International Organisation for Standardisation:

“ISO 22196:2011 specifies a method of evaluating the antibacterial activity of antibacterial-treated plastics, and other non-porous, surfaces of products”

It’s accepted that the ISO 22196 accreditation confirms the ability of plastics to kill microorganisms and also to inhibit their growth over time. They therefore keep surfaces hygienically clean, safe and sanitary without the need to keep wiping the surfaces with agents and chemicals.

Antimicrobial means that it kills all microbes, including bacteria and viruses. That’s not only hygienic, but also incredibly important for people’s health and wellbeing while coronavirus and COVID-19 are still present within parts the population.

Interested? Get in touch

Please get in touch if you would like further information about this revolutionary new laminating solution. Call 020 7378 6754, contact us here, or use the enquiry form below to send us your enquiry. Southside Print are printers in Borough, near London Bridge, SE1.

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    COVID-19 Safety Signs, Posters & Display Graphics for Workplaces

    COVID-19 safety signs, posters & display graphics for workplaces

    Printed Safety Graphics for Social Distancing etc.

    Does your business or organisation require social distancing signage and anti-virus safety graphics? If so, we can help! We produce a wide variety of COVID-related safety graphics that we can supply to you, so that you can keep your workplace and public areas safe. These include:

    • Social distancing wall posters.
    • Safety posters outlining best practices for hygiene and social distancing.
    • Circular floor vinyls including self-adhesive direction arrows and notices to help maintain 2m separation between visitors. Various sizes are available including 300mm, 400mm, 500mm and 600mm diameter options. Available in packs of 1, 5 or 10.
    • Rectangular floor vinyl graphics including ‘Please Wait Here’ floor strips and other similar messages. These are available in a variety of sizes including 500mm x 100mm, 750mm x 150mm, 1000mm x 200mm, 1250mm x 300mm and 1500mm x 300mm. Available in packs of 1, 5 or 10.
    • Pop-up banners for social distancing or to signpost one way pedestrian routes. These are 850mm x 2150mm (N.B. ask for artwork specifications as there is an additional section that rolls into the cartridge). The graphics are printed onto 400gsm anti-curl, anti-scuff, anti-glare material. A carry bag is included with each roller banner. Robust and compact when dismantled.
    • Vertical banners to signpost sanitising stations, places to queue and similar.

    It’s quite a wide range and all of these are available in a variety of colours (not all shown below). Take a look:

    The floor vinyls are printed on matt white 200mic film. They are certified slip resistant (R10) DIN 51130. Their dot shaped adhesive coat makes the material easy to handle and reposition if necessary. They are extremely easy to apply and no specialist skills are required.

    We’re Open for Visitors

    Southside Print is open for visitors at our Tabard Street print centre in London SE1. This is currently by appointment only, to keep everyone safe as the UK eases out of lock-down. Rest assured, we are implementing strict social distancing and anti-virus protocols at all times and ask visitors to follow suit.

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    Get in touch if you’d like further information on pricing, turnaround, any personalisation options etc. Call 020 7378 6754 or contact us using the enquiry form below and we’ll be happy to help.

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      Variable Data Printing Service (London SE1)

      Variable data printing services in London SE1

      Using ‘variable data printing’ is a way of personalising sales and marketing literature to individual recipients. It’s a great marketing tool too. People are far more likely to notice a mailed flyer, for example, if it addresses them by name, right there in the colour printing, as part of the actual design. You may have received brochures personalised to you, perhaps. They may have mentioned your name here and there throughout, in colour. That is a sure-fire way for a sales or marketing piece to get noticed and taken more seriously. Receiving such tailored communications suggests an existing knowledge of the customer, as an individual. It also comes over as being highly professional and a bit more ‘grown up’ than the usual anonymous approach. It also lends the printed piece an element of gravitas, subconsciously saying ‘this is an important message to you‘.

      Personalised text

      Personalising the text of a brochure or mailshot to include the recipient’s name is an obvious example of variable data resulting in personalised printing. As well as a name, though, the person’s location could also be included for that extra personal touch. Or there could be mention of a previous purchase, a brand usually ordered, or anything else that’s relevant. This is all possible so long as it’s included within the database being supplied to your commercial printer. All of this extra personalisation can demonstrate a real knowledge of the customer within the sales piece, potentially becoming integral to the sales proposition as part of a strategic, well thought-out approach.

      Personalised images

      Variable Data printing doesn’t need to end with text though. It can also merge images, diagrams or illustrations into the printed piece. For example, a particular image can be printed in a printed document meant for one recipient, while a different image can be printed for someone else. For example, a mailer used to sell health supplements might include a featured image of something the customer has ordered before, now on special offer perhaps. If they’ve ordered before and are reminded of what they purchased, that’s certain to really catch their eye and generate additional repeat sales from the recipient. That’s just one example of how variable data printing can be used to personalise sales and marketing literature.

      How Variable Data printing is achieved

      This kind of document personalisation is all made possible using Read more

      Southside Print & Coronavirus (COVID-19)

      Southside Print Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update & Poster

      To confirm, we are ‘open for business here’ at Southside Print in London SE1, despite Coronavirus/COVID-19. We are fully operative for all services including graphic design, printing and production. Just let us know if you need any print and design produced and we’ll be very happy to help.

      “We are operating an uninterrupted service”

      It goes without saying, though, that we are taking extra precautions to help fight the spread of the virus. For example:

      • Staff have altered shifts so as to avoid travelling on public transport;
      • We’re avoiding all travel to other countries;
      • We’re avoiding physical contact, for example hand-shaking, and maintaining a sensible distance between ourselves and others;
      • We’re regularly washing hands – thoroughly with soap – as well as using anti-bac hand sanitiser;
      • We’re regularly hygienically cleaning our premises, in particular any well-used areas like door handles, keyboards, desks, etc;
      • We’ve published and displayed a Coronavirus & COVID-19 ‘best practice’ poster in the shop and at strategic points around the production areas. Copies are available for sale to anyone interested (follow the bold link above).
      • Any staff who are not directly involved in production are working from home, for example our back-office work, quotations, business administration using cloud-based systems and so on;
      • We hold meetings via phone contact, video calls, Skyping, iMessaging and conference calls;
      • We’re asking customers and prospects to liaise with us remotely.
      • We are sharing work between our two print and production sites in London, so are adaptable should one geographical location become more adversely affected than the other;
      • And, of course, we’re continuously monitoring the situation and are following Government guidelines.

      So, the message is that we are operating an uninterrupted service. Rest assured that quality and service levels remain excellent, as always.

      Coronavirus (COVID-19) posters available to buy online

      Coronavirus poster to buy onlineIn an effort to play our part in the fight against Coronavirus and COVID-19, we’ve originated some posters that individuals, companies and organisations can buy online. Outlining useful advice and best practice, they’re perfect for displaying on office walls, in receptions, in windows, on notice boards, in entrances to buildings and so on. That’s a great way to help keep staff, customers and visitors safe and should be a real help as part of Health & Safety (HS) in the workplace.

      The posters include very important information and guidelines including:

      • Likely symptoms of Coronavirus/COVID-19;
      • Countries at high risk (particularly useful for regular or recent travellers);
      • Advice for those who have symptoms or those who have recently travelled from ‘at risk’ countries;
      • Guidelines outlining how to limit the spread of the virus;
      • Illustrated instructions demonstrating best practice for both hand washing and hand sanitising.

      The posters are available to buy online. They are A3 in size and are gloss laminated, allowing the surface to be wiped clean. They cost £15 excluding VAT and postage. Most credit and debit cards are accepted, as well as PayPal.

      The latest information and advice on Coronavirus & COVID-19 is available at the NHS website.

      A Handy Guide to UK Paper Sizes

      A Handy Guide to UK Paper Sizes

      Paper sizes are something even seasoned print veterans find themselves looking up occasionally. While some paper sizes are used on a daily basis at printers and design studios, there are others that are only used a handful of times a year. Those tend to be the sizes most easily forgotten, so we’ve come up with this handy reference guide that can be referred to any time, 365 days of the year. Don’t forget to bookmark it!

      The following is not an exhaustive list of paper sizes, but it should cover the most commonly used sizes used by designers and printers around the UK. For the sake of brevity, we’ll leave out the more rarefied ‘legacy’ sizes that we simply tend not to encounter any more.

      ISO Paper Sizes:

      You may not have heard of ‘ISO’ paper sizes, but you will have used sizes like A4 and A3 perhaps on a weekly basis. A4, A3, A5, A2, B4 and B5 are probably the most easily recognisable examples of ISO ‘A’ and ISO ‘B’ paper sizes.

      ISO 'A' paper sizesISO sizes have several neat, and very handy, mathematical properties about them:

      • The ratio of their sides is always 1 to 1.414 (the square root of 2, by the way).
      • To mentally compute the dimensions from one ISO paper size to the next, you simply keep the longest side and double the shortest. So A4 (210mm x 297mm) becomes A3 (297mm x 420mm). We simply doubled the shortest side (210mm) to get that new 420mm dimension, but kept the existing 267mm dimension — easy!
      • Note that the physical paper size at each step up is DOUBLE the paper area. So A4 is half the size of A3 (fold A3 in half and you end up with A4 again). A3 is in turn half the physical size of A2 and so on.
      • You can alternatively enlarge to the next ISO size (e.g. from A4 to A3) by enlarging the original 1.414 times. So, on a photocopier, for example, you would set the magnification to 141.4%.
      • Most ingeniously, the ISO ‘A’ sizes are designed to allow printers to easily compute the weight of a printed stack of papers simply by counting the sheets. It’s based on the fact that the size A0 is exactly 1 square metre in area. So, if you know you have paper that’s, say, 150gsm in weight (paper is specified in grams per square metre; gsm), you know that a stack of one hundred A0 sheets will be 100 x 150gsm, which is 15000grams (i.e. 1.5kg in weight). If your stack happened to be A1, then you simply need to divide that by two (because, as we learned above, the next A size down is half the size). For A2 you halve it again and so on.

      ISO ‘A’ sizes:

      The ISO ‘A’ series of paper sizes is most widely used for printing and design in the UK; most people will use A4 paper, for example, on a daily basis. As we mentioned above, each ‘step’ down from one A size to the next is exactly half the size, as you can see in the diagram above/right. Here are the main A sizes:

      • A0 = 841mm x H1189mm
      • A1 = 594mm x 841mm
      • A2 = 420mm x 594mm
      • A3 = 297mm x 420mm
      • A4 = 210mm x 297mm
      • A5 = 148mm x 210mm
      • A6 = 105mm x 148mm
      • A7 = 74mm x 105mm
      • A8 = 52mm x 74mm
      • A9 = 37mm x 52mm

      If you want to go larger than A0, the next size up is called “2A0” (1189 x 1682mm). Use the maths trick above to go up from there to 3A0, 4A0 and beyond.

      ISO ‘B’ paper sizes:

      Exactly as with the ‘A’ sizes, each ‘B’ paper size can be Read more

      An A-Z of Printing Terms

      A-Z of printing terms

      If you’re involved in buying printing but are not a designer or printer yourself, you’ll probably have come across some printing jargon that, at some point, has left you a little confused. ‘CMYK’, ‘bleed’ and ‘outlining fonts’ are possible examples. Such terminology often crops up at the worst possible time too — in print quotes or just when you are in a hurry to finalise artwork. Fear not, though, as we’re here to help you make sense of it all. Here is our handy A to Z of common printing terms:

      Looking for an Eco-Friendly Printer in London SE1?

      Looking for an Eco-Friendly Printer near SE1?

      At Southside Print, we’re passionate about doing our bit to save the planet. With such extreme weather around the world and record-breaking temperatures becoming the new norm, it’s more important then ever to reduce our carbon footprint and generally be more eco-friendly as a company and as individuals. We’re certainly stepping up to the mark.

      Are you looking for a ‘green’ printer near London Bridge?

      We hope that being ‘green’ is important to you too. If so, you’ll probably want to find an environmentally-friendly printer, i.e. one who uses eco-friendly practices and chooses sustainable materials wherever possible. That’s where we come in because we genuinely care about the environment and our impact on the planet. So, when you choose Southside as your environmentally-friendly printer, you know you are making a green choice and are also playing your part in the much bigger picture.

      How we are environmentally friendly

      At Southside Print, there are a number of ways in which we help to minimise waste and reduce our carbon footprint. Just a few examples include the following:

      • All paper, card and board off-cuts are saved for recycling wherever possible. As printers, that’s a no-brainer and results in a huge amount of paper-based material going back into the production of things like … more recycled paper! Speaking of which …
      • While the final decision about paper and card is down to the individual customer, we try wherever possible to suggest the use of sustainable papers. Depending on the job in hand, these might include paper that is 100% or at least partly recycled, made from pulp from sustainable sources, a mixture of the two, or even paper and board that contains nothing from trees at all — for example, paper made from sustainable cotton — this has a lovely crispness about it too. There is a wide variety of eco-friendly paper, card and board available on the market, so it makes total sense to offer such options to customers. Together, we can then help the planet and reverse some of the damage already done.
      • We also endeavour to choose only energy-efficient machinery. These days, this is easier than ever because most modern machines have energy-efficient modes and other eco-friendly options. These save energy, minimise heat loss and can even reduce the amount of wasted material and consumables used during production.
      • At Southside, we often also go the extra mile by using green cycle couriers to deliver to London customers wherever possible. There are not many printers that go to such lengths!
      • It may come as a surprise to some but our website hosting was also carefully chosen; at Southside, only ‘green’ hosting will do! The servers used to display our website are hosted in an energy-efficient environment and one that takes enormous measures to limit heat loss. Such measures help to reduce carbon dioxide building up in the atmosphere — that’s an incredibly important step towards reducing the greenhouse effect that can so badly add to global warming.

      Contact SE1’s eco-friendly printer

      If you are as passionate as us about the environment and are looking for an eco-friendly printer, please give us a try at Southside Print. Printing need not cost the Earth, so Read more

      Winners Announced for the SE1 Charity Prize Draw

      SE1 charity Christmas prize draw winners

      Many thanks to all the lovely SE1 charities that took part in our Christmas 2019 charity prize draw. £550 worth of printing vouchers were up for grabs, split into four prizes for the lucky winners. Our team at Southside Print came up with the draw as alternative to sending out Christmas cards this year — and we think it’s a very worthwhile idea — and one that should help excellent causes save some money.

      The Winners

      We can now confirm the lucky winners are as follows:

      Hestia in SE1 won the top £250 voucher prizeHestia

      In first place was Hestia, who won the top prize of a £250 printing voucher. This SE1 charity, which is based just a stone’s throw away from us in Borough High Street, supports adults and children in crisis across London. This includes those who have suffered domestic abuse, modern slavery, mental health issues and homelessness, to give a few examples. The charity also campaigns and advocates nationally on the issues that affect the people involved. Each year, the organisation helps approximately 9000 adults and children in the London area. We wrote an in-depth blog article about Hestia way back in February 2018 and you can also visit Hestia’s website to learn more about them.

      A further three winners, each receiving a £100 printing voucher, were:

      Safer London

      Safer London is the first of three SE1 charities that each won a £100 printing voucher in the Christmas prize drawer. Based in Union Street, the charity believes that every young person should be given the opportunity to live free from violence and exploitation including exposure to gangs, sexual or other exploitation and crime — and we couldn’t agree more. The charity works around the clock to help this aim become a reality. This is done through mentoring, education, empowerment, access to safe housing and, above all, one-to-one support. Learn more about the excellent work Safer London does on their website.

      SE1 charity Bankside Open Spaces Trust won a £100 printing voucherBOST

      Bankside Open Spaces Trust (‘BOST’) is another SE1 charity that won a £100 printing voucher. Based just around the corner from Southside Print in Redcross Way, BOST is an award-winning environmental and volunteering charity that aims to create and improve gardens, parks, green spaces and open spaces in and around the Bankside region of London. These include many ‘community gardens’ where sustainable food is grown; food which directly benefits people living in nearby social housing. We have written and published several blog articles about BOST, which can be found here. You can also learn more about the charity on their website.

      RSPB

      The London office of the RSPB, which is based in Southwark Street, London SE1, also won one of the £100 printing vouchers. We were delighted because we simply love birds here at Southside Print. The RSPB (full name: The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) is the largest nature conservation charity in the UK. As they say in their Mission Statement, “Our birds and wildlife are increasingly vulnerable in a rapidly-changing world. Together, we can create bigger, better, more joined-up spaces to save our wildlife, and our shared home.” The nature reserves over which the charity is custodian help to improve the situation for species that are too often in decline. Their recovery is nurtured through conservation, research, partnerships and the tackling of threats that so badly affect them. Learn more about the RSPB here.

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      Charity Christmas Prize Draw for SE1

      Charity Christmas Prize Draw for SE1

      If you’re a charity based in London SE1, you could soon be in for an unexpected treat. As an alternative to sending Christmas cards and hampers this year, Southside Print is donating a total of £550 worth of printing services to SE1 charities via a December prize draw.

      Win free printing!

      Four lucky charities will split the winnings, with a top prize of £250 worth of printing going to one charity, with three other charities each receiving a voucher for printing worth £100. Charities need not be existing customers of Southside Print.

      Prize Draw Rules

      A few simple terms and conditions apply, the main caveats being:

      • No purchase is necessary;
      • Charities need to be based in London SE1, i.e. have an SE1 postcode in their published office address;
      • Charities must register here by 12th December 2019;
      • The prizes are given as printing vouchers (1 x £250 voucher plus 3 x £100 vouchers in total), and each charity can win a maximum of only one voucher;
      • The winners will be chosen at random on 13th December 2019. A list of winning charities will be published online;
      • Vouchers must be redeemed for printing services no later than 30th June 2020;
      • Vouchers can only be redeemed at Southside Print, Tabard Street, for in-house printing services available on site;
      • The value of each order will be confirmed before commencing production;
      • No cash alternative is available and no change will be given.
      • Vouchers need not be used in a single printing order; we will keep a running tally for each winner;

      Submit your entry here


      If you are a charity based in London SE1, you have nothing to lose, so register now! Vouchers can pay for the equivalent value of any of our in-house printing services. These include digital printing, large format printing, lamination and digital foiling. Winners can use them for ordering things like Read more