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.

Helen Jones of The Partners recommends:
Orchid Print, London — 020 8986 8969
Screaming Colour, London — 020 7549 3400

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."

Paul Ellerker, director at Branch, recommends:
Wellington Press, London — 020 8558 9290
"They're really responsive, competitively priced, and generally very nice people."

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)."

Tom Lancaster, creative director at Stylo Design, recommends:
Dayfold Print, Verwood, Dorset — 01202 812203
"They’ve been super reliable and produce quality results."

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."

Alan Anderson of Blue Tube Design recommends:
Minprint Ltd, Belfast, Northern Ireland — 028 90705205
"Always a high standard of work, accurate and competitively priced."

Simon Hutchings of Visualise Graphics recommends:
Wincanton Print, Wincanton, Somerset — 01963 33643
"They’re a wealth of knowledge, great value and offer a superb service — highly recommended."

James Greenfield of Proud Creative recommends:
Push Print, London — 020 7231 1166
"Great print and quality service."
Generation Press, Brighton — 01273 857449

A second vouch for Generation Press.

Steve Bell of Zavial Design recommends:
Remous, Sherborne, Dorset — 01963 250920
"We’ve been using Remous for seven years. High quality and reliable."

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."

Chris Skelton of What Creative recommends:
Team Impression, Leeds — 0113 272 4800
"Amazing service. Top quality."

Simon C Page recommends:
Ripe Digital, Corsham, Wiltshire — 01225 815033

Morag Malloy of (the late) Fission Creative recommends:
CCB, Glasgow — 0141 891 4700
Hay Nisbet Press, Glasgow — 0141 959 3325
J Thompson Colour Printers, Glasgow — 0141 429 1094

Rebecca Owen of Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners recommends:
Face Creative Services, London — 020 7713 9797
Pearl Print Management, London — 020 8875 9160

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