Nationwide Print x Chilly’s: Reducing Single Use Plastics

Our ongoing mission here at Nationwide Print is to reduce our environmental impact as much as possible. Over the past few years our focus has been on energy use; we’ve invested in solar panels, exterior cladding and an electric car amongst other things, and are proud to be a net contributor to the energy grid. We were crowned Environmental Printing Company of the Year at the PrintWeek Awards in 2018, an accolade which has given us even greater impetus to set high standards as an industry leader.

Our duty of environmental stewardship goes beyond investing in kit; it’s about helping to embed behaviour change too. Reducing single use plastic has become a massive issue for us, as it has for so many individuals and organisations. As a Cornwall-based company and workforce we cherish and value our beautiful natural environment and are becoming increasingly alarmed by plastic pollution on our beaches and in our rivers.

We’ve teamed up with high performance brand Chilly’s to provide drinking bottles for our staff to reduce plastic use here at Nationwide HQ. We also have ten of these bottles to giveaway – see LinkedIn for details.

Our beautiful new Chilly’s bottles keep liquids hot for 12 hours, or cold for 24hrs. We think you’ll agree they look great as well!

If you’d like to win your own Chilly’s bottle to keep you hydrated on the go, click here for the competition entry conditions.

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    Nationwide Print: UK Environmental Print Company Of The Year!

Nationwide Print: UK Environmental Print Company Of The Year!

Its been a memorable week here at Nationwide Print, as the whole team celebrated being crowned ‘Environmental Print Company of the Year’ at the prestigious PrintWeek Awards – known as ‘the Oscars of the print industry.’

Production Manager Matthew Pascoe attended the glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on 22nd October, when he was presented with the trophy.

Managing Director Julian Hocking was jubilant on hearing the news, saying: “This is such a proud moment for me and my team. These awards are hugely competitive and for an SME like us to come out on top is a great achievement.”

He added: “About eight years ago we made a commitment to become the UK’s most environmentally-friendly printer. Today we can honestly say we have achieved that. Our unwavering commitment, and the bold investments we made along the way, have been ratified by this award.”

Julian took part in an Eden Project initiative, the Green Foundation, in 2010/11 which set Nationwide Print on an exciting new course.

His participation kick-started a series of bold investments in green technology and energy saving measures, included the installation of two large solar arrays, energy-efficient office lighting, exterior cladding, the purchase of a fully electric e-Golf and many other small-scale initiatives.

Despite housing a highly energy-intensive operation, our HQ is now a net-contributor to the grid, producing more energy annually than it uses.

If you would like to discuss working with us please give us a call on 01726 72548 or email estimating@xhostcustomers.co.uk, and become part of the green printing revolution!

Nationwide Shortlisted For National Award

We are extremely pleased to announce that Nationwide Print has been named on the shortlist for the 2018 PrintWeek Awards – the most important set of accolades in UK printing.

The winners of the prestigious awards will be announced at a black-tie event on October 22nd at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

We have made the shortlist thanks to our sustainability credentials; we are in the running for the coveted title of ‘Environmental Company Of The Year.’ This follows our success at the 2014 awards when we scooped ‘SME Of The Year.’

These awards are incredibly competitive so to be up for another is fantastic, especially as this time it is our environmental record which is under scrutiny.

A series of bold investments in green technology and energy saving measures has been part of the strategy here at Nationwide Print since MD Julian Hocking participated in the Green Foundation initiative at the Eden Project in 2010/11.

The innovative business leaders programme prompted the installation of two large solar arrays, energy-efficient office lighting and exterior cladding – along with many other small-scale measures – transforming Nationwide Print into a green pioneer in the printing industry.

The most recent investment of a fully electric e-Golf for local meetings and small deliveries, which is charged using the on-site solar panels, has taken our sustainability credentials up another notch or two!

Cornwall is known as a centre of excellence for environmentally-friendly business practices. We are really proud to be flying the flag for Cornwall at these awards; it would be so great if we could bring home the trophy!

Going the extra mile…

We were pleased to take receipt earlier this month of a brand-new Volkswagen e-Golf, as we strive to live up to our reputation as the UK’s most environmentally friendly printing firm.

The new, 100% electric vehicle will be charged using power generated by a large solar array on the roof here at Nationwide Print HQ, and used for local meetings and small deliveries.

The e-Golf was pre-ordered with Inchcape Volkswagen Exeter – the nearest local stockist – last year, and installation of the electric charging point has been overseen by Ecodrive, Cornwall’s electric vehicle specialists.

The e-Golf has been specifically purchased to minimise the environmental impact of short trips. We meet with our Cornwall-based clients regularly to help them plan integrated marketing campaigns, and we also offer a turbo printing service for short digital print runs; using an electric vehicle for these journeys will immediately reduce our carbon footprint even further.

With a range of up to 186 miles, the fully electric vehicle is a practical investment and will be put to work for regular trips to clients such as the Eden Project and St Austell Brewery.

The Volkswagen e-Golf looks and feels almost exactly like a regular Golf – which is Europe’s best-selling car model – with the addition of stylish blue LED lighting; it has received positive reviews so far from the motoring press and is likely to become an increasingly common sight on our roads.

Our e-charging point here on the Holmbush Industrial Estate is open to the public, who are welcome to drop in and recharge their vehicles in the knowledge that their journey is powered by green energy and driven by zero emissions.

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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?

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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!

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Nationwide Print has installed 150 photovoltaic panels on its roof that uses natural sunlight to generate power. Click to view more.