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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

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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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

Digital Printing for St George the Martyr, Borough

Digital printing for St George The Martyr, Borough High Street, London SE1

Poster printing for St George The Martyr, Borough High StreetSouthside Print have been producing a huge variety of digital printing recently for St George The Martyr, a church just down the road in Borough High Street in London’s SE1 district. Having selected us as their local printer some years ago, we’re delighted to say that they’ve remained a very loyal and regular customer and, as such, we’ve printed rather a lot for them in recent months!

Print Examples

Here are just a few examples of print work that we’ve recently supplied:

  • A series of stunning business cards were printed in full colour on our digital presses before being ‘soft touch laminated’ to both sides. This protects them and gives them a lovely velvety feel to the touch. We printed the cards on 450gsm silk coated stock and the finished result is superb. Note the beautiful imagery that features on one side of each card (see main image above).
  • The ‘Quest for Community’ poster/leaflet was printed in full colour, both sides onto 170gsm art paper, which has a beautiful gloss finish. This was part of the St George in Southwark Festival back in April 2016 and we rather like the graphics!
  • More recently, we printed a series of leaflets for the 2018 version of the same festival. Again, these were printed on our digital press, in full colour, once more using 170gsm glossy paper.
  • Digitally printed full colour leaflets and programmesAnother item that we printed recently for St George The Martyr is the A5 folded ‘New Home’ leaflet/brochure shown in one of the photographs on the right. Like the other leaflets and programmes mentioned above, these were also printed onto 170gsm paper stock except, this time, they had a silk coated finish rather than gloss.
  • Last but not least in our featured printing for St George The Martyr is a very interesting, perfect bound, 64 page A4 book. This details the history of the church and its surrounding community (see below for further details). The book features 340gsm covers and 170gsm ‘Arcoset’ internal pages and is printed digitally.

Brochure printing for St George The Martyr near London BridgeSt George the Martyr

Today, as an integral part of the local community, the church is open most days and offers regular religious services and a Sunday School along with a varied array of inclusive programmes and events. These include anything from lunchtime concerts to Easter festivals. The church also runs a food bank, hosts The Dragon Café (the flagship project from ‘Mental Fight Club’) and offers a wide variety of additional opportunities to meet other people, get advice and to offer or indeed receive help of one form or another. The church also has a close relationship with its own school, St Jude’s Church of England Primary School, whose pupils sometimes sing at the services. Visitors to the church are always welcomed with open arms including those who would simply like to see the beautiful building itself or to take a look inside.

For some historical facts about St George the Martyr, please see our previous post from October 2015. That touched upon the Medieval and Roman structures uncovered during restoration works, the location originally being the site of a Norman church and the church’s links to Charles Dickens and Marshalsea Prison — it’s quite fascinating!

A4 perfect bound book, printed and produced by Southside Print, London SE1St George the Martyr’s Heritage

As mentioned above, St George the Martyr has produced some very interesting new booklets which detail the church’s history and that of the surrounding community. It provides a fascinating insight into the ever-changing area around Borough High Street. The lovely new books are available for sale from the church office.

The Church’s Lunch Club

During the summer holidays, St George the Martyr will be running a lunch club for local children and families who may be facing food poverty over the long holidays, particularly in the absence of free school meals during that period. The lunch club will provide a hot 2 course meal, free of charge, along with some fun activities for the children. The club will take place on Tuesdays, from 11am –1pm, between 24th July and 28th August 2018.

The club organisers would love to hear from any volunteers who may be able to offer help including assisting in the kitchen, serving meals, helping with the children’s activities (they are of pre-school and primary age). The church would also be happy to receive any food donations or financial contributions towards the running costs from any willing parties. Please see the contact information below if this is of interest.

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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

Flyer & Poster Printing for Street League

Printed flyers & posters for Street League, London

Southside Print is pleased to include ‘Street League’ amongst its many customers. We’ll talk in depth about them in a moment but, before that, here’s a little about the kind of thing we print for them (the accompanying images show the examples discussed):

  • A3 posters for a Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair. These were digitally printed on 200gsm silk stock using the customer’s artwork supplied.
  • Digitally printed A5 flyers, which are shown below, to the left. Again, these were from design and artwork supplied by the client and used the same 200gsm stock as the posters above.
  • Turnaround for was less than a day in both cases.

Southside Print is able to print pretty much anything you could ever need in the way of sales and marketing literature. Whether it’s small jobs like business cards, compliments slips, letterheads, booklets, brochures and flyers, or larger jobs like posters, banners, in-store graphics and exhibition displays, Southside Print offers fast, high quality printing and design along with competitive pricing. We have graphic design, digital printing, litho printing and large format printing solutions available, to cover every printing need. Printed flyer for Street League, SE1We are convenient for businesses, shops and organisations in and around SE1, London Bridge and Borough in particular. However, with inexpensive overnight couriers readily available, we are happy to supply anywhere in the UK including, of course, South and Central London, North London and beyond.

About Street League

What’s not to love about Street League! Street League is the leading sport for employment charity in the UK. Working across the United Kingdom and with four bases around London, it helps 16-24 year olds learn key skills to move them into employment, training, apprenticeships or college. This is done through career planning, mentoring, improvement to employability and life skills, help attaining nationally recognised qualifications, CV writing workshops, mock interviews and, last but not least, 100 hours of work experience. Sports, dance and fitness activities are available every day from trained football and dance coaches and there are social activities daily too. What’s more, travel expenses are paid and there is £50 worth of free Nike sportswear for each member! Those involved in the programme benefit from improved confidence and much greater employability. At the end of the 10-12 week programmes, typical opportunities can be found in retail, hospitality, sport administration and more.

Printed flyer for Street League's Jobs Fair event in early October“We believe that school is not a one-size-fits-all approach, and that you can find your own success in many different ways. Sport teaches teamwork, leadership, discipline and competitive spirit – not only beneficial on the pitch or in the dance studio, but also essential for the world of work.”

Street League hosted a free Jobs & Apprenticeships Fair in early October at Corams Fields Band Room in Guilford Street WC1N, London. The event was a great way for young adults to meet employers, learn about apprenticeship opportunities and improve networking skills. They could also take part in free fitness, dance and employability workshops at the event. Click the poster thumbnail for a larger view and for more detail.

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Our HP Z6200 Large Format Printer – Perfect for Posters & Much More!

HP Z6200 large format printer

Back in May, we wrote about all the new, high tech printing and finishing machines that we’ve recently added to our printing arsenal here at Southside Print in London SE1. However, we only briefly touched upon our new HP Z6200 large format printer, with a promise to tell you more about it in a future blog post. Well, that time has now come and below we tell you all about the HP Z6200 and what it can do for you — which is potentially quite a lot!

It’s a versatile large format printer

The HP Z6200 or, to give it its full name, the “HP DesignJet Z6200 Photo Production Printer”, is a professional, high quality large format thermal inkjet printer, which can print up to 42″ (1.067 metres) wide by almost any length. HP Z6200 Large Format PrinterSo, a couple of obvious examples of what it can be used for are posters and banners. However, it’s actually way more versatile than that, as we’ll see.

While Southside Print typically uses the machine to print out onto 200gsm (thick paper/thin card) photo stock with a satin finish, the machine will actually print on a huge variety of base stock should the need arise. That includes backlit material for signs, canvas for fine art prints, roll-up banner material for pop-up banners, glossy paper and photographic paper for beautifully glossy photographs, bond and coated papers, films for technical use, self-adhesive materials, and some types of media even right up to 460gsm in weight — that’s a very thick card!

So, this printer is extremely versatile and can print you pretty much anything, including:

  • engineering CAD drawings,
  • event graphics,
  • fine art prints,
  • posters,
  • banners and signs,
  • exhibition graphics,
  • POP (point of purchase) graphics,
  • architectural (AEC) prints,
  • glossy photos,
  • backlit displays,
  • detailed maps
  • and so much more.

What we print mostly with this machine, though, is posters. Take a look at the images below to see just a small selection of the diverse range of posters that we’ve produced using this printer in recent times. Quite a range! Regular readers may also spot some local clients who have Read more

Printing for Options Consultancy Services in London E1W

Litho, digital and large format printing for Options Consultancy, London

Southside Print London Bridge has recently produced a whole range of different printing for Options Consultancy Services Ltd in St Katharine’s Way, E1W. That’s in the St Katharine Docks area, close to both Tower Bridge and The Tower of London.

Roller banner produced for Options Consultancy, LondonThe Printing

Recent printing includes:

  • A double-sided full colour A6 postcard.
  • A tall roller banner (size: W850mm x H2m) printed in full colour and produced within a week.
  • 100 copies of each of ten different A4 leaflets, printed double-sided onto 170gsm Essential Silk stock. These were produced on SRA2 as multiples (‘ganged up’) then cut down to A4 so as to save money on production.
  • A2 full colour printed posters (4 kinds, all landscape format), printed with a very quick turnaround onto 190gsm Photo Satin stock.

Printing of postcards for Options, London

Design and artwork was supplied by the client and the printing represents a good mixture between digital, litho and large format printing processes, as appropriate for each individual piece.

About Options

Options is an International Development organisation whose aim is to transform the health of women and children, primarily across Africa and Asia as well as in the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean. Their work, in over 50 countries to date, focuses on three key goals: Read more

Say it loud with a Banner

Printed banners

Printing and production of banners is another natural application of our large format printing service so, for our next post we thought we’d show you a couple of different banners that we recently produced for local client The Dragon Café, in Borough High Street, London SE1 and The Green Street Green Society, which is over in Orpington, Kent.

Roller banner for Green StreetRoller Banners

Roller banners are a great way to present your brand, service, product or message in a near instant. What’s more, they ‘say it loud’ due to their large scale — options start from 850mm wide by approximately 2m high. Roller banners take literally seconds to erect and, after use, seconds to dismantle again, with the display graphics rolling down into a compact cassette that’s easy to transport and store in the supplied storage case, ready to be re-used at any time.

Southside Print London Bridge‘s roller banners are suitable for indoor use and are ideal for use in situations like office presentations, receptions, showrooms, trade fairs, events and shopping malls, to name just a few. Whether you’re using one or several, they’re an excellent way to make a splash with the minimum of time and effort. Many models are even robust enough to be used semi-permanently if required. All our roller banners use robust 400gsm ‘SoFlat’ material, for true lay-flat properties. They also have a matte finish to the front and a grey backing coat to the reverse. This combination helps to present the printed graphics in the best possible way, without any show-through from behind even when backlit. The surface is scuff and scratch resistant and is printed in fade-proof UV-based inks.

We offer various sizes and various different models, from economy grade right through to luxury. We can usually even replace the graphics in the future, should you need such a change. For more details, quotations and artwork specifications, contact us and we’d be delighted to help. We can even provide the design and artwork if you like.

Hanging Banners

Hanging banner for The Dragon Café, London SE1Hanging banners are great when you need to catch the eye of the public and let them know your message, or draw attention to an event, all in an instant. The best thing is that they can be used just about anywhere and are available in just about any size you can think of.

Our outdoor banners are printed on a flame-resistant, light-fast PVC, most commonly using a 440gsm weight/thickness although lots of other options are also available. These include 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