It takes time to find a reliable commercial printer, so here’s a head start — UK print companies vouched for by some of the UK’s top designers and studios.
Katie Morgan of (the late, great) 300million recommends:
Gavin Martin Colournet, London — 020 8985 0805
"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."
Steven Willis, creative director at B&W Studio, recommends:
Harrogate Print, Harrogate, North Yorkshire — 01423 523449
Teamprint, 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."
Blair Thomson, creative director at Believe In, recommends:
Generation Press, 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."
Kingfisher Print, Totnes, Devon — 01803 867087
"Local printers with great value and a high-quality service. These guys know their stuff and print some great work."
David Hyde of Studio Hyde recommends:
Dayfold Print, Verwood, Dorset — 01202 812203
"For high-quality printing from a company that specialises in working with and for designers."
Park lane Press, Corsham, Wiltshire — 01225 815010
"For high-quality environmental (waterless) printing."
Indigo Press, Southampton, Hampshire — 0800 652 7299
"For 'package price' print (good for stationery)."
A second thumbs-up for Dayfold.
Lee Newham of Good People recommends:
Kopykat Printing, London — 020 7739 2451
"They’re excellent. Eco printers, FSC certified, use vegetable-based inks, etc. I can’t recommend them highly enough."
Hot Metal Press, Barnsley, South Yorkshire — 01226 740498
"They print hot metal as the name suggests, are incredibly helpful, and good at what they do. Also very reasonable."
Jamie Wieck of Airside recommends:
Principal Colour, Paddock Wood, Kent — 01892 835005
"Competitive, inventive, and above all recognise that what they produce ultimately impacts the environment."
Calverts Co-operative, London — 020 7739 1474
"The quality of their work is legendary, so they tend to be a tad more expensive than other printers, but you get what you pay for."
Jigsaw Colour Printers, London — 020 7394 2799
"Excellent at handling massive quantities of print work and are set up to take on your biggest projects without batting an eye lid."
A second vouch for Generation Press.
Andrew Kelsall recommends:
RCS, 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."
Ebi Atawodi recommends:
ist printing, 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."
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