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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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Printers in Borough, London SE1

Printers in Borough, London SE1

Borough market - blue plaque

We are printers in Borough, right in the heart of London SE1. Based in Tabard Street, Southside Print offers high quality printing to individuals, businesses, shops, charities and organisations across the Borough & SE1 region. So, whether you’re a resident who needs personal stationery, a cafe that needs printed menus, a pub that needs posters to promote gigs, an SE1 charity that needs fundraising literature, a shop that needs printed booklets or catalogues or one of the many businesses in the Borough that requires sales and marketing collateral, we can help. We’ll print everything for you at the highest quality, for a competitive price. What’s more, our turnaround times are hard to beat and we offer free local delivery and a click and collect service for those close by.

Further afield?

Perhaps you’re a little bit outside the Borough region. No problem! We print for companies and organisations everywhere in the UK and abroad and even have a web print shop where anyone in the world can order popular items like stationery, posters, brochures, leaflets and bound documents 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Simply choose your desired options, submit your payment and we’ll take care of the rest. And don’t forget that ‘click and collect’ service for local customers.

What can we print?

We can print pretty much anything you can think of! For example, brochures, catalogues, letterheads, business cards, compliments slips, NCR (multi-part) order pads, menus, posters, display graphics, exhibition panels, signs, newsletters, annual reports, leaflets, flyers, booklets, brochures, labels, stickers, wedding invites, postcards and a whole host of other printed items. In fact, if it’s produced by printing ink on paper, chances are we can supply it.

The Borough

Entrance to Borough Market

The Borough is an extremely cosmopolitan community, with a really good buzz about it. You have Borough Market right at its heart and there you can pick up anything from gifts to fruit, vegetables, street food from around the world, the finest delicacies and much more. Pubs, restaurants, cafes and other eateries abound and throughout the Borough you have a huge abundance of shops including independent traders and high street brands all competing for the attention of shoppers. All these businesses and traders need to be at the top of their game to attract passers by so it’s important that they get their message across in window displays, inside and on their printed promotional literature. Many of them also hand out flyers in the SE1 streets. We can help with all of that not only by producing the finest print, but also by making it look a million dollars in the first place, courtesy of our in-house graphic designers. That’s where we can make a real difference in your ROI (return on investment) to ensure that you communicate your service or product USPs (unique selling propositions) and key messages clearly to your prospects. That’s how you are most likely to turn them into paying customers. Supplying your own artwork? That’s Read more

Lamination, Encapsulation or U.V. Varnish?

Lamination, encapsulation or varnish?

Have you ever seen a super-glossy brochure and wondered whether it’s gloss laminated … or perhaps gloss U.V. varnished? Even printing experts have trouble spotting the difference! To all intents and purposes, they look the same, but their production methods, costs and properties are very different.

Lamination

Lamination is a process whereby a thin, transparent, plastic film is bonded, under pressure, to the surface of your printed paper or card. The plastic film can have a variety of finishes including high gloss, soft-touch and matt.

  • Gloss lamination adds an incredible shine to documents and tends to enrich printed colours, also giving photos a greater depth due to the extra contrast they lend them.
  • Matt lamination gives printed documents a lower contrast and, as such, tends to give them a contemporary, lighter appearance along with a high quality look and feel.
  • Soft-touch lamination is similar in appearance to matt lamination but has a softer, more tactile feel to the touch. Some describe it as velvety, others suggest that it’s perhaps even a little rubbery in feel … but in a good way!

Either way, once laminated, the printed sheets are cut and finished so that the edge of the printed sheet is an exact match to the edge of the bonded lamination, with no difference or overhang of either. Lamination can be applied to one side of the sheet, or both.

Lamination gives the printed job additional protection against wear and tear. In fact, one way to be sure that a printed document is laminated is to try to tear it. If it’s nigh on impossible to tear, chances are it’s laminated. Lamination also gives documents protection against moisture, simply due to the presence of the plastic film that’s bonded to the surface.

Lamination is suitable for even reasonably high quantities of printing because it’s a high speed, mostly automated process. It’s used for protection, to give printed documents a lovely finish and to give them a feeling of high quality.

Encapsulation

Encapsulation is similar to lamination but the plastic film tends to be significantly thicker and is applied to both sides of the printed sheet. Uniquely with encapsulation, the plastic covering protrudes a few millimetres beyond the edge of the underlying printed sheet and indeed the plastic on the front and the plastic on the back bond to each other where they meet. This forms a tough ‘frame’ of thicker plastic around the edge of the printed sheet.

As with lamination, encapsulation protects the printed sheet from wear and tear and from moisture, however even more so than lamination due to the greater thickness of the plastic and the edges of the sheet also being protected by a double thickness of heat-bonded plastic.

Encapsulation is usually used for one-off or low quantity printing because it’s relatively expensive and time-consuming compared to lamination. It’s ideally suited to printed items that perhaps need to be displayed, manhandled regularly or used in environments that might otherwise lead to the printed item becoming dog-eared or spoiled by water ingress. Menus would be a good example.

U.V. Varnish

U.V. varnish is almost always encountered in a high gloss finish. However, it is also available in matt finish although that’s rarely seen. To even a trained eye, an overall gloss U.V. varnish looks almost identical to gloss lamination, giving the printed document a high gloss sheen that enriches the saturation of printed colours and gives photographs a deeper contrast and ‘punch’. However, the U.V. varnishing process is remarkably different to that of lamination. Unlike with lamination, the gloss sheen is actually 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

Wedding Stationery — Bespoke Design & Printing for your Special Day

Wedding stationery & printing

Engaged to be married? Many congratulations and every good wish to you, from all of us. It’s an incredible milestone in anyone’s life and a cause for great celebration. It’s also the start of an incredible journey and one that needs some serious organisational skills!

If you haven’t already made arrangements, we would love to help out with the high quality printing of your wedding stationery, each part designed and produced to your exact requirements, to help make your day even more special.

Wedding Invitations

It all starts with your wedding invitations. We can make them look attractive — even ‘theme’ them if you like (see the examples below). Whatever style you decide upon, we’ll make your invites look just how you want them, to set the tone of your special day in just the right way. Whether you prefer a traditional theme, vintage feel, modern look or something light-hearted, Southside Print London Bridge’s in-house designers will conjure up something beautiful and memorable. Then, of course, we can print them perfectly, using your choice of card, whether textured, uncoated or even iridescent — there is a huge range of very special options that are available. Check out just a few examples of wedding stationery that we have printed and designed below — click the arrows to advance the slides … Read more

Printed NCR Sets, Menus & Posters for Nelson’s Restaurant, SE1

Design and printing for Nelson's Restaurant

One of our favourite places to eat in Borough High Street is Nelson’s Sandwich Bar & Restaurant. Their food is delicious, freshly cooked and very affordable, but more about that in a moment.  First, we’ll tell you a little about the kind of design and print work we’ve been doing for them recently:

  • Our very own graphic designer Matt Potter designed and supplied artwork, to the customer’s brief, for their brand new menus. These were digitally printed/colour duplicated onto 200gsm white ‘Mondi’ stock. We printed them in full colour both sides onto SRA3 (oversize A3) card, trimmed them down to A3, gloss encapsulated them and then folded them to A4. The reason for the encapsulation, which both laminates the menus and seals the edges, is so that they are waterproof and are easily cleaned after use in the restaurant. We supplied just 28 menus, hence digitally printing them rather than using our litho presses.
  • Matt also designed, printed and supplied two A3 laminated signs/posters which are attractive and eye-catching for use in the restaurant. What better way to announce a special deal to customers!
  • 3-part NCR order padA very practical piece of print was a batch of 3-part NCR sets (pads) which are now being used by waiters and waitresses when taking orders. The restaurant required 100 pads, consisting of fifty 3-part NCR sets per pad. ‘NCR’ stands for No Carbon (as in carbon paper) Required. An NCR set is a multi-part pad, where a person can write on the top copy and, due to clever properties in the paper itself, the pressure of writing duplicates what’s being written onto subsequent sheets, so that different people can all have a copy. In this particular case, each of the 3-part sets has a printed white sheet at the top, followed by a blue and a yellow sheet underneath. So, for example, the waiter or waitress can keep a blue copy, the customer can have the top, white copy and the kitchen staff can have the 3rd, yellow copy. It’s quick and easy, particularly as we ‘micro perf’ (perforate) the pads so that pages can be torn off easily and also because we design the wrap-around cover so that it doubles up as protection under each 3-part set being written upon. That way the next set of 3 sheets doesn’t also duplicate the order. Each order pad also has a board back, to keep it rigid when being used.

About Nelson’s Restaurant

Nelson's Restaurant, Borough High Street, London SE1Nelson’s Restaurant is literally a stone’s throw from Borough High Street tube and a just a few minutes’ walk from London Bridge station in London’s SE1. They offer breakfast, lunch and takeaways during weekdays from 7am to 5pm. Southside Print London Bridge can definitely vouch for how delicious their food is! They do a huge range of different teas, coffees and cold drinks along with a fantastic choice of tasty breakfasts – all at extremely reasonable prices. For example, a large breakfast tea is just £1.50 and a Full English Breakfast is just £6.50.

You can also go for something like a vegetarian ciabatta or focaccia (a Tricolore of mozzarella, avocado and tomato is just £4.90, for example). Yum!

The lunch menu includes anything from fried scampi and calamari, to soup, various fresh pasta dishes and salads, which include Nelson’s own take on a Caesar Salad; a salad of crispy leaves layered with capers, croutons, grilled chicken and parmesan dressing (£7.90).

The takeaway menu includes Read more

Marketing Collateral for Flint Wines

FlintWines-Marketing-CollatFlint Wines is a specialist trade supplier of exclusive wines to the very best restaurants and wine merchants in the UK and recently required bespoke marketing collateral for a specialist wine tasting event in late March.

Design, artwork, digital printing
& large format display work

A5 Electronic (Web) ReminderSouthside Print London Bridge supplied all the design, artwork, digital printing, large format display work and electronic mailers and e-invites for the event. This included:

  • Booklets for the event (printed digitally with full colour covers, black and white internal pages all wiro bound together with black wire, a protective acetate sheet to the front and black card to the back);
  • A roll banner sized at W850mm x H2000mm;
  • Two A2 posters printed onto 195gsm photo satin stock then mounted to 5mm Foamex board;
  • A6 double-sided invitations printed onto a 330gsm white, ‘Extreme Smooth’ card;
  • Electronic (web) ‘save the date’ notices, invitations, reminders and e-signatures.

About Flint Wines

Flint Wines particularly specialises in wines from Burgundy along with the West Coast of the United States although they also carefully select or commission wines from Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and other parts of France. In total they work with over 100 Domaines and wineries from around the globe, their portfolio being a mixture of highly sought-after, well-established domains and younger, rapidly-rising stars. Flint Wines only work with small producers who are passionate and totally committed to making the very best wine that they can. Knowing each of the producers personally through regular visits abroad results in an unrivalled access to the world’s most exclusive wines which each have a rock-solid provenance. Read more