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News: Portal To Growth!

We are proud to become the first printer in the country to use a pioneering digital marketing tool, having invested in Ricoh’s MarcomCentral marketing asset management software.

The innovative system is designed to allow businesses with multiple sites and complex needs to streamline the process of designing and ordering printed collateral, via an easy-to-use online platform.

The software will help organisations control their brand and budget more effectively, as everything is stored in one central and secure portal.

We are really excited to be launching this new system, which will help us improve efficiency for existing customers, as well as reach new markets. We will be using this new technology to grow our business – particularly in the travel and leisure sectors, as the system is ideal for hotel and restaurant chains. Innovative digitisation will allow us to expand, employing more people and up-skilling our workforce, contributing to Cornwall’s future economic growth.

St Austell Brewery is already exploring the capabilities of the system, which links seamlessly to our digital printers and significantly reduces manual handling between client orders and final print.

If you would like to find out more about how Nationwide’s marketing asset management system could benefit your business, email mail@nationwideprint.co.uk.

Team Profile: Mike Pascoe, Print Production Manager

Meet our Production Manager, Mike Pascoe! Mike has been in the trade for over forty years. He is on a mission to motivate the next generation to join the print industry, and reveals that it is far from a dying trade…

I was 16 years old when I started out in the printing trade… By chance I took a job packing boxes at a printing firm in Truro, and before long I was promoted to Machine Minder on an old Letterpress Printing Machine. The industry was very different back then and individual jobs took a lot longer, but I found the whole process fascinating. Right from the start I loved creating something out of nothing, and the fact that every individual job is different.

I’ve moved up through the ranks, and diversified… The first part of my career was spent as a Machine Minder, both at printing companies and in various in-house positions (these days printing equipment is so specialist and expensive that most organisations – even the largest – outsource it.) In the second half of my career I took a step sideways; I’ve been working on the production side of things for 20 years, the last four with Nationwide Print.

I’ve seen incredible changes in the industry over the years… I’ve seen Lithograph presses replace Letterpress machines, and the rise of digital printing – which has quickly become a dominant force. I’m always ready to embrace change, which is lucky as the print industry is evolving faster than most! It’s exciting to see the spirit of innovation – led by companies like Nationwide Print – take hold and transform an industry through new products and ideas.

Digital printing is helping smaller businesses compete with the big [...]

Case Study: Made For Life By Spiezia Organics

Olivia Harriss, Operations Manager at Made for Life by Spiezia Organics, choses Nationwide Print in St Austell to fulfil the skincare company’s printing needs; it’s a partnership built on environmental principles as well as good business sense.

Can you give us an idea of what your Nationwide Print order book looks like?

We order a very diverse selection of printed material from Nationwide. There are some long-run jobs, such as our Prescription Cards (treatment information) and point of sale material – which are uniform and distributed at our Spas across the UK. Then there are treatment menus, which are specific to each spa, and training manuals for our new therapists; these require smaller, bespoke print runs. We also use Nationwide for specialist jobs; these could be anything from the tiny inserts in sample product packaging, to very large banners for use at trade events such as Professional Beauty.

What do you most value in a printer?

Customer service is incredibly important, and Nationwide Print offer the best customer care of any printer that we have come across.

We also value the fact that they are a fellow Cornish enterprise – we work in partnership with as many Cornish businesses as possible in order to nurture that positive feedback loop.

Finally, Nationwide Print share our commitment to the environment. Sustainability is a founding principle of Made for Life by Spiezia Organics and Nationwide’s investment in renewables, energy saving and clean technology – as well as their Forestry Stewardship Council accreditation – helps us to minimise our impact on the world we live in.

Are there specific benefits of using a local SME rather than a larger printing company based outside Cornwall?

Nationwide are able to turn things around quickly for [...]

Report: PrintWeekLive! 2017

MD Julian Hocking attended PrintWeekLive! in Coventry this month; the first event of its kind for the UK printing industry.

Julian was asked to take part in a panel discussion focusing on achieving success in a rapidly evolving sector.

The inaugural PrintWeekLive! – billed as a show ‘for the industry, by the industry’ – took place at Wasps Arena in Coventry on 7th – 8th March. Organised by PrintWeek, the leading publication for the printing trade, the event was designed as a showcase for technological advances, an arena for sharing best practice, and an opportunity to network and do business.

Over 2,000 people visited the event over two days, where they browsed a show floor featuring brands such as Ricoh, Canon, Heidelberg and Xerox.

We used the event to make sure that we knew and understood the capabilities of the new technology coming onto the market. We are currently looking at investing in some cutting-edge digital finishing equipment, and we made some useful contacts in that area.

It’s crucial that we keep up with rapid changes in printing technology; it’s one of the many reasons that our clients – local, national and international businesses – stick with us.

A conference schedule boasting inspirational speakers covered topics including ‘The Changing Role Of Print In A Multichannel World’ and ‘Blurring The Line Between Digital And Print Marketing’.

Julian reflected: “The talks I attended reinforced my strongly held belief – backed up by talking to our clients – that print is evolving alongside digital, and remains an important part of the marketing mix.”

Julian was asked to take part in the panel discussion ‘Small Is Beautiful’.

All panel members represented companies which have previously won the prestigious title of SME Of The Year at [...]

PrintWeek Awards 2016: ‘Highly Commended’

We are extremely pleased to announce that Nationwide Print has achieved national recognition in the most prestigious and competitive printing industry honours – the PrintWeek Awards.

We were awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the closely fought Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) category; just pipped at the post for the top spot!

The exclusive award ceremony was held on 17th October at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Our success in the PrintWeek Awards over the last few years (we won the same award back in 2014) has been a contributing factor in our continued growth. It has helped give us the confidence to invest in new technology and staff, and spurred us on to become a green leader in the printing industry.

We are proud to be counted as one of the best printing companies of our size in the whole of the UK. The team here at Nationwide are dedicated and ambitious, and it won’t be long before we secure the top spot once again!

One of our clients is St Austell Brewery. Kristian Andrews, Design Manager at the brewery, said: “We work very closely with Nationwide Print and have a really effective partnership. This latest award is a fitting endorsement for a great Cornwall-based SME, which is at the cutting edge of the printing industry.”

Returning from London off the back of this award success, Nationwide Managing Director Julian Hocking will now turn his attention to rolling out new technology upgrades, including colour management software and digital finishing equipment.

We will also be continuing our programme of sustainability improvements, with external insulation and cedar cladding, and investment in electric vehicles for local deliveries.

Nationwide Print Shortlisted For PrintWeek Award

We are pleased to announce that Nationwide Print has been included in a prestigious shortlist which recognises the top print companies in the UK.

We are one of just five firms now fighting it out to be crowned Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) of the Year 2016, at the PrintWeek Awards – the most important set of accolades in UK printing.

The PrintWeek Awards are the pinnacle for our industry. They are extremely competitive and the high standard of entries demands that a lot of effort is put into the application process. The judges take into account hard figures on profit and loss, as well as investment in technology and people, and other achievements – such as winning new contracts.

Managing Director Julian Hocking knows what it’s like to scoop the top spot, after Nationwide Print won the same award in 2014.

He commented: “Winning SME of the Year at the PrintWeek Awards in 2014 was one of my proudest moments in business and a fantastic achievement for our team. It gave us renewed confidence to invest in new equipment and staff – investments which have paid off as the firm continues to go from strength to strength.”

Innovation and sustainability are at the heart of our bid for this year’s trophy.

We have invested in new Ricoh digital and Heidelberg litho machines, recruited additional skilled team members, and are currently trialling Marcom Central asset management software to help clients manage their brand across multiple sites.

Meanwhile, new solar panels, office lighting and energy efficiency savings have made Nationwide Print an industry leader in environmental policy; remarkably the firm now produces more energy annually than it uses.

We have a very clear vision, which involves staying at the cutting edge of print technology – [...]

Renewable Energy Investment Pays Off

We have significantly added to our sustainability credentials this summer, helping Nationwide Print vie for the title of the UK’s most environmentally-friendly printing business.

Remarkably, our energy-intensive printing operation now produces more energy than it uses; this is thanks to investments in solar panels, energy-efficient lighting and, most recently, external wall insulation.

Reducing our environmental impact has been a major priority for us over the past five years. With careful planning and bold investment decisions, we are now where we aspired to be; carbon neutral, energy efficient, and sustainable in our use of resources.

The latest improvements, which took place this summer, saw our 1970s production building (which is solid block construction and leaks heat) externally insulated and clad with cedar – improving both heat retention and appearance.

We have also invested in Dyson Airblade hand dryers, which are up to 79% more energy-efficient than other dryers or paper towels, and are considering the purchase of an electric vehicle for local distribution runs.

These improvements follow the replacement of all office lighting in 2015 with a modern LED lighting system, reducing energy usage by 75% and saving over four tonnes of CO2 every year. An additional 20kW of solar panels were also installed in 2015, adding to the existing 30kW array and helping Nationwide Print meet its energy requirements – with some left over.

Taken annually, we now produce more energy than we use, thanks to the extended solar array and the efficiency savings we have instigated. However, natural fluctuations mean that sometimes we still need energy from the grid, while at other times we sell it back. We are looking into solar energy storage systems, as we would be very keen to invest!

Here at Nationwide Print, sustainability is both [...]

Case Study: The Eden Project

Andrew Holden (Procurement Director) and Tamsyn Lewis (Graphics Team) of The Eden Project, explain why they choose Nationwide Print for their printing needs…

Can you give us an idea of what your Nationwide Print order book looks like?

Nationwide Print cover all our printing needs – everything from simple business cards to 100 page bound books. They print our menus, invites, leaflets, flyers, packaging, brochures and posters. Recently we have also commissioned some food wraps on specialist foil papers. Typical jobs could include a small digital print of 100 A5 flyers for an event, or up to 100,000 Welcome Leaflets. There isn’t often a week when Nationwide are not printing something for us.

What do you most value in a printer?

Flexibility, as well as the usual preoccupations around lead-time and cost. Quality is paramount, and Nationwide have always impressed in this respect.

We also value their proximity, and the fact that it is easy to meet and discuss our requirements face to face if we need to. We often end up printing things with a very short deadline; Nationwide always go above and beyond to deliver in time.

We enjoy working with Julian and the team because innovation is really nurtured, and they are always receptive to new technologies and efficiency improvements. The fact that Nationwide Print is a leader in green printing and has invested in renewable energy is really important to us. Nationwide use solar to meet almost all of their energy needs, as well as getting approval from the Forest Stewardship Council. Their proactive attitude helps us meet our own procurement standards.

Are there specific benefits of using a local SME rather than a larger printing company based outside Cornwall?

It’s great to be able [...]

Report: Drupa 2016, Dusseldorf

Nationwide Print MD Julian Hocking was invited to attend Drupa 2016, which took place in Dusseldorf. Here is Julian’s report from the event:

Drupa is the most important international event in the print industry; taking place every four years, it gives businesses and investors a platform to discover new technology, discuss global trends and develop key relationships.

The motto for this year’s conference was ‘Touch The Future’, highlighting its ambition to place “the industry’s innovative power centre stage” and provide a platform for future technologies. Next-generation print, packaging production, multichannel, 3D printing, functional printing and green printing were all given special attention.

Drupa is important because it’s a key forum for new technologies and ideas. Print is changing rapidly and here at Nationwide Print we need to be at the forefront in order to remain competitive.

Digital print is going to become dominant in all forms and sizes – including B1. The quality of digital is now matching litho and the cost is becoming more attractive, especially for SMEs like us.

Other interesting developments also caught my attention. For example nano technology is a new way of printing and it’s to do with nano-sized pigments having very powerful colorants. It’s extremely interesting and is happening now!

However, perhaps the most important development for Nationwide Print is the evolving ‘total solution’ and ‘added value’ approach to printing needs showcased at Drupa.

Print has become more than ink on paper. We recently purchased state of the art equipment and software from global technology company Ricoh. MarcomCentral offers a complete online Marketing Asset Management solution for delivering cross media campaigns. One of the reasons I travelled to Dusseldorf was to promote this collaborative project with Ricoh.

One of Nationwide Print’s biggest clients, St Austell Brewery, [...]

Case Study: St Austell Brewery

Kristian Andrews, Design Manager at St Austell Brewery, reveals how the company works in partnership with Nationwide Print…

Can you give us an idea of what your Nationwide Print order book looks like?

The vast majority of our orders with Nationwide Print are short run print jobs, as these make up almost everything we require these days. Sometimes this could be around 30 separate orders a day including various menus, wine lists and promotional materials for different properties. Nationwide Print also produce posters (up to A3) for our portfolio of food and drink establishments across the country.

What do you most value in a printer?

Industry prices are competitive and fairly flat – what is much more important is reliability and responsiveness. We have a small in-house creative team here at St Austell Brewery and we work very closely with Nationwide Print; it’s a really effective partnership. Once we send them a job we know it will be carried out to our own high specification, and delivered on time. We never have to check or chase and, unlike some other national companies we have worked with, we know they are entirely trustworthy.

Are there specific benefits of using a local SME rather than a larger printing company based outside Cornwall?

Nationwide Print has all the values of a local, family business, with the professionalism and service quality that we prize in all of our business relationships. Because they have a relatively small team, we work with the same people all the time, and they understand our needs intuitively. Meeting face to face if we need to is easy, and they deliver direct to our local properties, saving us time and hassle. They are extremely supportive and are always [...]