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Postcard Printers in London SE1

Postcard printing in London Bridge, SE1

Printed postcards are a simple yet potentially very effective marketing tool. This is especially true when working with digital printers like Southside Print because they’re incredibly quick to turn around and are produced at exceptional quality. Even better, our own in-house design and artwork specialists are on hand to ensure that your postcards look eye-catching, well designed and communicate all the right messages to your target audience.

Sizes

Postcards are generally affordable whether you require just a handful or many thousands, mainly due to their small size. This allows us to print several postcards on the same, larger, sheet before trimming down to their final size, so you benefit from the economies of scale and savings on materials. We print postcards mostly at A6 (148mm x 105mm) although some customers occasionally require larger sizes such as A5 (210mm x 148mm), smaller sizes like A7 (105mm x 74mm) or non-standard postcard sizes like square formats.

Shapes

As well as rectangular and square postcards, we can also supply them with all rounded corners or even with a mixture of square-cut corners and rounded corners, resulting in a kind of lozenge shape, for example. For those who require something even more unusual, we can also make up a unique cutter so your printed postcards are irregular shapes, for example with sides that follow the contour of your logo, photograph or graphics.

Finishes

When it comes to finish, postcards can be printed straight onto card with no additional finish — or additional processes can be used. It all depends upon personal preference and available budget. Without additional coatings and processes, postcards can simply show the inherent finish of the underlying card, for example uncoated cards (making for very matt and lower contrast printing), silk coated, glossy if the card itself has a glossy coating, or textured if the underlying card is itself textured. Additional finishing options that we can add include gloss or matt lamination, U.V. varnish or even spot U.V. varnish used in tandem with any of the other finishes (e.g. spot gloss U.V. varnish over the top of matt lamination — this looks phenomenally good). We can also digitally foil any of the above, resulting in metallic or even holographic detailing. All in all, your printed postcards can look (and feel) absolutely amazing when you let Southside Print really go to town!

What can Postcards be Used For?

Firstly, of course, postcards can be used for their traditional purpose. Perhaps you are a London venue — maybe a museum, landmark or experience of some kind — and want people to send friends and family a postcard featuring your venue following their visit. We can print that for you economically and in high quality. Using full colour printing and high gloss lamination, it’ll give images a real punch and a surface so glossy you can see your face in it! We’ll be happy to supply the design and artwork too.

However, postcards can also be great when used as an alternative to mailers. Send out a glossy, full colour postcard featuring your product or service in all its glory and you’re sure to impress. You can even have a set of postcards that each show a different product. That way you can follow up the first postcard with a second at a later date, then a third later still, and get some real momentum and brand recognition going amongst your target audience. Marketers know that people often need several reminders of adverts or marketing pieces before they take the plunge to purchase from a particular company, so a set of product postcards sent out gradually over the course of a few weeks can be a perfect solution. Postcards also have far more gravitas than a humble leaflet or flyer, leading to a higher perception of quality, so will be taken more seriously.

Postcards can also be used as 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

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

Printing for SE1 Cafés, Bars, Pubs & Restaurants

Printing for SE1 Cafés, Bars, Pubs & Restaurants

This post is for anyone running a food and drink establishment in SE1 and beyond. Whether you run a café, bar, bistro, restaurant, pizzeria, burger bar, coffee house, public house or even a hotel, you should find something useful here.

At Southside Print, we print a huge variety of items for eating and drinking establishments throughout Borough, London Bridge, SE1 and London generally. These include anything from menus and posters to banners and table talkers. We’ll cover a more complete list below.

We’re based in Tabard Street in London’s SE1 region, so are right in the middle of a hugely popular community with busy cafés, restaurants, bars and even high quality street food around many corners — it’s absolutely thriving. ‘Foodies’ have a massive choice of different foods on tap, from every continent of the globe. Choose Italian food, Greek, Indian, Chinese, French, Turkish — in fact pretty much any kind of food you can think of will be catered for in London’s SE1. It’s a paradise for the hungry! It also means that, as printers, we’re incredibly used to supplying just the right printed sales and marketing collateral for anyone running an eating and drinking establishment.

Examples of what we can print include:

Menus for Simply Indian restaurantMenus & Menu Covers

We produce a great many different types of printed menu. So, whether you require the whole menu made into a booklet, a traditional fold-out printed menu, or just a protective printed cover in which to house your own in-house print-outs, we can help. There are lots of options and these also include matt or gloss lamination or encapsulation to protect your menus from food or drink spillage and to make them last far longer. We print using an on demand digital process and that means we can supply just one menu if that’s all you need, or a much larger quantity. See the images (right and above) for just a couple of different menu examples. Click any of them for a larger view.

Table talker exampleTable-Talkers

Many eating and drinking establishments also have a stand-up, folded information card of some kind on every table and sometimes also at the till. These ‘table-talkers’ as they’re known, can tell customers about special offers, today’s specials, or about some kind of loyalty club or scheme. We can print and produce these for you, of course. Table-talkers are a great way to impart your sales message to a captive audience if you place one at every table. As with menus, they can be matt or gloss laminated so that they are protected, durable and easily wiped clean.

NCR order pads for Nelson's RestaurantNCR Order Pads

One of the key tools in virtually every eatery is the waiter or waitress’s order pad. We can supply multi-sheet, multi-part ‘NCR’ (no carbon required) pads so that everyone gets their own copy of every order. Perhaps the customer gets a white copy, the waiter gets a blue copy, the chef gets a pink copy and the accounts staff get a blue copy. With NCR sets, as we call them in the trade, several copies of each order are automatically made when the waiting staff writes out their notes with a pen. They come with a board back so they’re easier to write on and can be made into multiple sets and convenient pads.

Posters printed for 28-50 restaurantsPosters & Banners

Large format posters or banners displayed on walls or in the front window can also be a great way to announce your menu, special offer, seasonal dish or special of the day. They’re really a no-brainer and are also a great way to cross-sell to your captive audience of customers while they’re waiting or relaxing. We can supply posters at pretty much any size whether it’s A3, A2, A1, A0 or larger and hanging banners can be enormous if needed. They can also be waterproof and eyeleted for exterior use, if required — great for when you want to announce availability for a special date (e.g. booking up for Christmas, public holidays or special occasions).

Leaflets and flyers for Blackfriars Wine BarFlyers & Leaflets

Flyers and leaflets are another marketing item worth their weight in gold, for any walk-in business. Leaflets for customers inside your establishment can also help to cross-sell and communicate your products, events, specials and special offers in a timely way. What’s more, your audience is ready and waiting to read them during a relaxed moment while they await their food and drink. Perhaps give them an excuse to take your leaflet home with them, then keep it, for instance using a voucher code for their next visit or some kind of special deal that’s appealing. Flyers handed out in the streets nearby can also work beautifully to attract people to your establishment. Southside Print would be 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

Design and printing for Art & Motty, London SE1

Litho, digital & large format printing for Art & Motty Litho, Digital and Large Format Printing

Southside Print London Bridge produces design, artwork and many different types of printing for Art & Motty, a local business with an HQ in London SE1 (more about them below). The printing covers all manner of stationery, labels, point of sale displays and more, including:

  • a series of signs in various sizes and some A1 posters. These were printed, quickly and efficiently, on our large format colour printing machine using a 190gsm ‘photo satin’ stock. The signs were then matt encapsulated for additional protection when in use outdoors;
  • double-sided business cards, which were printed in full colour onto 450gsm silk stock with the addition of a ‘soft touch’ lamination to give them additional protection and a lovely feel;
  • letterheads, which were litho printed using specially mixed spot colours and a 120gsm white stock;
  • loyalty cards, which were printed in full colour onto a 300gsm offset stock;
  • various labels, which were printed on white uncoated ‘crack back’ (easy-peel) label stock. These were then used on the actual product packaging.

All design and artwork was generated by Matt Potter, the in-house graphic designer at Southside Print London Bridge. The stationery, sales and marketing collateral was produced via a mixture of digital, litho and large format printing, as appropriate.

About Art & Motty

Art & Motty, founded in 2015 by Peter (‘Art’) Hall and Dermot (‘Motty’) Egan, began as a spin-off from Art’s other business venture, Food Matters. While Food Matters supplies food and event services to corporate and private clients in high profile London venues, Art & Motty’s purpose is to bring delicious, bespoke food products to the street, via market stalls. Within that new, wider audience, Art & Motty has become known, in particular, for their ridiculously delicious chilled range of brownies, ‘Brownie Points’. The unique range was created originally by Motty when working as Head Chef at Food Matters. The brownies use only natural ingredients, have zero additives and no preservatives. They are also available in an increasingly popular gluten-free variant. Here are just a few of the brownie flavours, to whet your appetite:

  • ‘Raspberry & White Chocolate’, which leaves a lovely mellow, bittersweet taste on the tongue.
  • ‘Double Chocolate Chip’ combines luxurious white and milk chocolate chunks with aromatic Madagascan vanilla extract resulting in a ‘sweet, heavenly taste finishing with delicate floral notes’.
  • For nut-lovers like me, Art & Motty provide ‘Pistachio & White Chocolate’ and ‘Macadamia & White Chocolate’ options. Yum!
  • ‘Chilli and Dark Chocolate’ featuring rich dark chocolate infused with a mild dried chilli powder, creating a smooth, velvety warmth on the throat.
  • New seasonal flavours are added to the range all the time and Motty is finalising a version of their ‘Madagascan vanilla-infused sea salted caramel sauce’ and this is now available in sealed glass jars.
  • Motty has been working hard to create the perfect vegan brownie containing delicate flavour combinations of banana and beetroot which have already proven to be a big hit with our customers at Crave Market in Paddington. These are available to purchase from our market stalls or on-line.
  • Check out more flavours on the website and up-coming additions on their blog.

Art & Motty have their production headquarters in Borough, SE1 and, we are pleased to say, often Read more

RECENT PRINTING FOR BRINDISA

Here is a selection of printed items (price lists, loyalty cards and A6 postcards) which we’ve just produced at Southside Print, London Bridge, for Brindisa. The literature was printed on a variety of papers and boards using both digital and litho printing processes, as appropriate for each item of marketing collateral.

Brindisa offers fantastic Spanish gastronomy, drawing on 25 years of carefully sourcing fine Spanish food for the U.K. market. The classic ingredients of Spanish cooking are available from their Shop at Borough Market and their online shop. They also  serve  Spanish cooking daily at their four London Tapas restaurants, including a local one at London Bridge.

Their name comes from the Spanish word “Brindis”, the act of raising your glass in celebration. ¡Qué Aproveche!

Brindisa Price Lists, Loyalty Cards and A6 postcards