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Lockdown 2.0 but fully operational

Following on from the Government announcement regarding the Lockdown 2.0 we will still be fully operational.

We remain totally Covid compliant and safety of our staff and customers is paramount.
Flexible working hours, home working wherever possible, reduced staff numbers, extra cleaning and social distancing measures are in place. Visitors and delivery drivers are not allowed into the building.

We meticulously follow Government Guidelines and advice from Public Health England.

Temporary Interruption To Normal Service

Following the government’s announcement on 23rd March, we are only running a skeleton staff to complete essential work for our customers.

All enquiries will be dealt with remotely – please email or call us as usual if you have urgent enquiries.

Look after yourselves.

Not Quite Business As Usual

Nationwide Print Covid-19 Business Continuity Statement 

This is a quick note update to let you know that it’s not quite business as usual here at Nationwide Print — but you can still rely on us to provide high quality print, as always.

We will be operating a skeleton staff to complete jobs for our customers.

There have been no reported cases of coronavirus in our workforce and we’re carefully following recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the UK Government to make sure it stays that way.

We have had a robust remote working structure in place for a while meaning that we can access everything we need to for when staff are working in an out-of-office environment. The staff within the factory are operating a ‘self – distancing’ policy wherever possible.

There is still a skeleton presence in our factory each day – but this will be constantly reviewed in line with government guidance.

We would like to reassure you that we, at Nationwide Print are fully committed to the safety and health of our employees, clients and wider communities. Whilst we appreciate that we have a social responsibility to ensure maintaining good health as a high priority, we also are working to ensure that there is minimal disruption to our work and to maintain our usual high level of client services during this critical time.

All of us at Nationwide Print are committed to ensure the provision of all of our services to our clients continues without hurdles, delays or disruption, and we are confident in the plans and approach we are taking. In order to ensure seamless business continuity we have put the following measures in place:

We are meeting regularly and actively seeking up to date guidance [...]

Graphic Design Trends For 2020 And Beyond

Read our latest feature for Business Cornwall on graphic design trends to watch at the start of a new decade. With the help of our friends at Leap we’ve compiled an inspiring list! We are proud to work with this B Corp Certified ‘design for change’ agency on a regular basis, creating a low-impact feedback loop for businesses who put the environment first.

We know from past experience that some hotly tipped trends will catch on and others won’t, so we have selected those that we think have both style and substance. So, why not take a moment to digest these creative concepts and reflect on how you might incorporate them into your communications strategy in the year ahead? Then get in touch, we’d love to help!

Overall, there is a strong environmental leaning to design this year, which we’re pretty thrilled about given our own green credentials. Nature is big for 2020, as brand managers and lead creatives seek to emphasize environmental credentials and appeal to young audiences. In the face of growing alarm about the state of the climate, and the impact of technology on society, reconnecting with nature is becoming a major preoccupation and design is increasingly reflecting that.

Colour Trends

For some clients we’re seeing a return to muted, harmonious tones and natural imagery (lots of brands are using striking stock images which celebrate nature at its most remote and majestic). However, others are reveling in the vibrant application of bright colour they are able to achieve with our print technology, pairing this with a minimal design feel. Talking of palate, Dulux have helpfully come up with an antidote to our “increasingly disconnected” world in the calming hazy green tones of [...]

PrintWeek Awards 2019: Shortlist Announced

We are thrilled to feature once again on the shortlist for the PrintWeek Awards – the most important set of accolades in UK printing.

We have been shortlisted in the category ‘SME Print Company of the Year’, just a year after clinching the coveted title of ‘Environmental Company of the Year’ at the same awards.

The winners of the hotly contested ‘prisms’ will be announced at a black-tie event on October 21st at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Being a small printer is both a challenge and an opportunity; we’ve risen to the top by being agile, keeping pace with technology, and maintaining outstanding customer service. In our world SME stands for Small, Mighty and Energised!

We have previously been successful in this category, winning the title of top SME in 2014.

In such a fast-paced industry we continue to work hard to stay on top of our game, investing in productivity-enhancing technology, upskilling the workforce, and constantly striving for the highest environmental standards.

Commenting on the release of the shortlist, Darryl Danielli, Editor and Publisher of PrintWeek said: “Congratulations to all of the companies that made the grade this year. The task of separating the great from the good is something that the 20-plus Awards’ judges, all leading print buyers or independent experts in their field, took incredibly seriously.”

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.

Introducing our new digital press, the Ricoh ProC9200

Our shiny new digital press has arrived and it’s so large that we had to build a new room in which to house it!

Launched last year, the Ricoh ProC9200 is eight metres long and can print up to 9,000 pages per hour; it is Ricoh’s flagship printer and has been designed to deliver the highest quality finish demanded by today’s exacting standards, at a fast pace.

We’ve had this press on order since it was released and we’re really excited about its next-generation capabilities, particularly the capacity to print large sheets up to 1260mm with excellent colour saturation and image quality.

The press is also extremely versatile. For example, we can use it to print both sides of board up to 470gsm, and it can be used for textured media, envelopes and translucent stock.

A dedicated new room has been constructed here at Nationwide Print HQ, and the team will undergo a full week of specialist training to help us get the most out of our new piece of kit.

The impressive machine compliments other recent purchases, including a new Komfi B2 Laminator, a Duplo Perfect Binder, a Duplo Saddle Stitching Machine and two creasing and folding machines, along with a complete upgrade of our Tharstern MIS system.

All these power-hungry technologies are run using solar energy generated by a large roof array; we officially became the UK’s most environmentally-friendly printer last year, winning the coveted title at the 2018 PrintWeek Awards.

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    Why the best brands are turning back to print (and why you should too!)

Why the best brands are turning back to print (and why you should too!)

 

Our daily lives are now saturated with every form of digital marketing imaginable – some of it engaging, creative and informative, and some of it alienating, irritating and even misleading. The digital world is fast-paced and impactful, yet also totally ephemeral and forgettable.

This is a real danger for companies who have put all their eggs in one basket, and are now struggling with customer acquisition and retention online. Add to this the increasing cost of digital marketing in pay-per-click terms, and the new data protection rules under GDPR, and it’s unsurprising that big brands are taking another look at that most retro of marketing channels; paper and ink.

Over the last few years there has been increasing interest in the brand publication as the counterbalance to transient online culture. To create a last impression – for example marking milestones or celebrating legacy projects – or to demonstrate their core values and purpose-led principles, major brands are increasingly turning back to the analogue world of the printing press to create beautiful publications which have an aura of craftsmanship, value and longevity.

Brand magazines offer quality editorial content and eye-catching design without an overt sales agenda. They tell stories around the periphery of a brand and build a sense of community buy-in. Some are so successful that they have gone on sale and become collectable coffee-table essentials. So, if brands like Kodak, Facebook, Red Bull and Airbnb are doing it, should you?

Here are some examples of brand publications from Cornwall and beyond…

Fathom, The National Maritime Museum

This annual journal delves into the museum’s permanent collections and temporary exhibitions, sheading light and revealing unexpected connections with essays and illustrated articles by historians, curators, journalists, poets and artists.

Watergate Bay Magazine, Watergate [...]

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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!