Finding a reliable commercial printer can take some time. Here’s a head start — UK print companies recommended by a few of the UK’s top (and friendliest) designers and design studios.
(Updated with reader favourites.)
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Click the blue pins in the map above for company info, or read on and see who recommended who.
Recommendations from Helen Jones of The Partners.
London — 020 8986 8969
London — 020 7549 3400
Recommendation from Katie Morgan of 300million.
Gavin Martin Associates
London — 020 7729 0091
“Not only do they provide an excellent, consultative service, but they also have a great resource called the ‘Print Lounge’ where you can go and browse through all the print they have done — a fantastic source of inspiration.”
Recommendations from Steven Willis, creative director at B&W Studio.
Harrogate, North Yorkshire — 01423 523449
Littleborough, Lancashire — 01706 370092
“Simon at Team helped us out when we first established B&W Studio nearly six years ago. We still enjoy a great relationship with them today and they’re always up to the task whatever ridiculous specification or timeframe we throw at them. Their quality and attention to detail is exceptional.”
Recommendations from Blair Thomson, creative director at Believe In.
Brighton — 01273 857449
“Proper printers who understand print and know no boundaries. Attention to detail at every level. The designer’s printer. Tip-top environmental credentials.”
Totnes, Devon — 01803 867087
“Local printers with great value and a high-quality service. These guys know their stuff and print some great work.”
Recommendation from Paul Ellerker, director at Branch.
London — 020 8558 9290
“They’re really responsive, competitively priced, and generally very nice people.”
Recommendations from David Hyde of Studio Hyde.
Verwood, Dorset — 01202 812203
“For high-quality printing from a company that specialises in working with and for designers.”
Fleet, Hampshire — 01252 851911
“For good, general commercial print.”
Park lane Press
Corsham, Wiltshire — 01225 815010
“For high-quality environmental (waterless) printing.”
Southampton, Hampshire — 0800 652 7299
“For ‘package price’ print (good for stationery).”
Eastleigh, Hampshire — 02380 650151
“For digital printing.”
Recommendation from Tom Lancaster, creative director at Stylo Design.
Verwood, Dorset — 01202 812203
“They’ve been super reliable and produce quality results.”
A second thumbs-up for Dayfold.
Recommendations from Lee Newham of Good People.
London — 020 7739 2451
“They are excellent. They are eco printers, are FSC certified, use vegetable based inks etc. I cant recommend them highly enough.”
Hot Metal Press
Barnsley, South Yorkshire — 01226 740498
“They print hot metal as the name suggests, they are incredibly helpful and good at what they do. They are also very reasonable.”
Recommendations from Jamie Wieck of Airside.
Paddock Wood, Kent — 01892 835005
“I can’t recommend them highly enough. They are competitive, inventive, and above all recognise that what they produce ultimately impacts the environment.”
London — 020 7739 1474
“The quality of their work is legendary, so they tend to be a tad more expensive than other printers — but remember — you get what you pay for.”
Jigsaw Colour Printers
London — 020 7394 2799
“Jigsaw are excellent at handling massive quantities of print work and are set up to take on your biggest projects without batting an eye lid.”
Updates from the comment thread
Recommendation from Alan Anderson of Blue Tube Design.
Belfast, Northern Ireland — 028 90705205
“Always a high standard of work, accurate and competitively priced.”
Recommendation from Simon Hutchings of Visualise Graphics.
Wincanton, Somerset — 01963 33643
“They’re a wealth of knowledge, great value and offer a superb service — highly recommended.”
Recommendation from James Greenfield of Proud Creative.
London — 020 7231 1166
“Great print and quality service.”
Brighton — 01273 857449
A second vouch for Generation Press.
Recommendation from Steve Bell of Zavial Design.
Sherborne, Dorset — 01963 250920
“We’ve been using Remous for seven years. High quality and reliable.”
Recommendation from Andrew Kelsall.
Retford, Notts — 0800 328 5064
“Not only do they have all the latest printing technology, they also have a smashing print catalogue that is reprinted and updated every year. If you go to their site, you can get a free copy if you’re in the design trade.”
Recommendations from Ebi Atawodi.
Beith, Ayrshire — 01505 500 000
“I’ve just done some foil blocking with Ian. Very cheerful/friendly and a great quality printer.”
Copytech Digital Print Solutions
Tunbridge Wells, Kent — 01892 538280
“Highly recommended, especially for short run bespoke work.”
Recommendation from Chris Skelton of What Creative.
Leeds — 0113 272 4800
“Amazing service. Top quality.”
Recommendation from Simon C Page.
Corsham, Wiltshire — 01225 815033
Recommendations from Morag Malloy of Fission Creative.
Glasgow — 0141 891 4700
Hay Nisbet Press
Glasgow — 0141 959 3325
J Thompson Colour Printers
Glasgow — 0141 429 1094
Recommendations from Rebecca Owen of Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.
Face Creative Services
London — 020 7713 9797
Pearl Print Management
London — 020 8875 9160
Additional print resources
Here’s a print resource I’ve featured before, Lovely as a Tree. Worth a second mention.
“It’s a fantastic resource that collects together the finest printers and paper in one place, but it’s killer application is that it rates everything by how environmentally friendly it is. Airside is committed to creating eco-friendly design and this website plays a significant role in allowing the studio to achieve this.”
— JAMIE WIECK, AIRSIDE
And here are a few money-saving questions to ask your printer.
Inker Linker is a resource that’s predominantly US-based (so far) where you can find printers specialising in various printing techniques.
If you have any additional UK printer recommendations, or if you can endorse the printers above, please leave details in the comment thread or send me an email. It’d be great to get some recommendations for companies in Scotland, Wales, and across the Irish Sea.