Recommended by Helen Jones of The Partners.

Orchid Print
London — 020 8986 8969

Screaming Colour
London — 020 7549 3400

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Recommended by Katie Morgan of (the late, great) 300million.

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.”

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Recommended by Steven Willis, creative director at B&W Studio.

Harrogate Print
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.”

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Recommended by Blair Thomson, creative director at Believe In.

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.”

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Recommended by Paul Ellerker, director at Branch.

Wellington Press
London — 020 8558 9290

“They’re really responsive, competitively priced, and generally very nice people.”

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Recommended by David Hyde of Studio Hyde.

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).”

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Recommended by Tom Lancaster, creative director at Stylo Design.

Dayfold Print
Verwood, Dorset — 01202 812203

“They’ve been super reliable and produce quality results.”

A second thumbs-up for Dayfold.

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Recommended by Lee Newham of Good People.

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.”

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Recommended by Jamie Wieck of Airside.

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.”

coloured paper stockImage via Thinkstock.

Updates from the comment thread

Recommended by Alan Anderson of Blue Tube Design.

Minprint Ltd
Belfast, Northern Ireland — 028 90705205

“Always a high standard of work, accurate and competitively priced.”

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Recommended by Simon Hutchings of Visualise Graphics.

Wincanton Print
Wincanton, Somerset — 01963 33643

“They’re a wealth of knowledge, great value and offer a superb service — highly recommended.”

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Recommended by James Greenfield of Proud Creative.

Push Print
London — 020 7231 1166

“Great print and quality service.”

Generation Press
Brighton — 01273 857449

A second vouch for Generation Press.

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Recommended by Steve Bell of Zavial Design.

Sherborne, Dorset — 01963 250920

“We’ve been using Remous for seven years. High quality and reliable.”

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Recommended by 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.”

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Recommended by Ebi Atawodi.

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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Recommended by Chris Skelton of What Creative.

Team Impression
Leeds — 0113 272 4800

“Amazing service. Top quality.”

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Recommended by Simon C Page.

Ripe Digital
Corsham, Wiltshire — 01225 815033

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Recommended by Morag Malloy of (the late) Fission Creative.

Glasgow — 0141 891 4700

Hay Nisbet Press
Glasgow — 0141 959 3325

J Thompson Colour Printers
Glasgow — 0141 429 1094

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Recommended by Rebecca Owen of Nathaniel Lichfield and Partners.

Face Creative Services
London — 020 7713 9797

Pearl Print Management
London — 020 8875 9160

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Other print resources

Lovely as a Tree collates the finest printers and paper, rating everything by how environmentally friendly it is.

Inker Linker is predominantly US-based and lets you find printers specialising in specific printing techniques.

And a few money-saving questions to ask your printer.

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July 20, 2010


For Northern Ireland I cannot recommend MinPrint in Belfast highly enough. I’ve been putting print work through them for the past 8 years and my Dad, a desktop publisher, has been using them for many many years before that. Always a high standard of work, accurate and competitively priced.

Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve added them to the map, and included your own site links in the post. Much obliged.

Vanessa, I hope your plans come together well. Is it a permanent switch from SA?

Thanks for the resource David.

The printers that I have used for a few years are RCS, who are based in Retford. Their website is:

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, etc. Anyone can also just download it from their site, too (but obviously, you dont see the print quality and paper stock).

The print catalogue shows examples of their printed works, and is printed onto various paper stocks that they offer; they even have printed examples of Metal FX inks and Hexachrome.

No, I’m not on commission, but RCS are a worthy choice :)

I’ve just done some foil blocking with Ian at very cheerful/friendly and great quality printer.

Principal colour are also good and I’ve heard only good things. Some of the catalogue magazine work is just superb and great comment of paper types.

Another great find for me, came highly recommended, especially for short run bespoke work is Copytech – They have a part of the business called definitely recommend as well and worth checking out.

Been using Ripe Digital for about 5 years commercially (and also as a student) Based in Corsham, they are just such brilliant printers and also a very knowledgeable, friendly, helpful team.

Moved to London in the last 2 years but despite the distance I still send work back to them, not found a better printer in London. They’re so good at what they do, I trust them, along with the fact their printing accuracy means I barely ever bother getting proofs printed. Perfect every time!

I do a lot of brochures of all shapes, sizes, perfect bind, ring bind with all sorts of print finishes, and so I can go on. I can highly recommend in London (020 8963 0123) – but I am sure they will deliver anywhere. Not just your average pizza flyer corner print shop. But specialise in high end print jobs and focus on quality.

Hi David,

I can thoroughly recommend Mid Wales Litho as my absolute favourite printers in South Wales.
I have requested spot varnishing, silver coating, wavy die cutting, ridiculous paper folds and all manner of weird printing tasks and they have never failed to produce wonder results. Very personal, very experienced and always lovely print results. Some of my best work has come back from these printers. Exceptional.

Hello All,

What a great idea to start this discussion. Is there anyone who can recomend a printer in the North East of England, Durham area?

Thank you,

Best wishesw

Hi everyone,
Thanks for these printer suggestions, its a brilliant post (and FAB website David!). I’m also currently looking for a reasonably priced printer (in the UK) and have requested many samples from varies companies.

I’m really struggling though in finding one which will do smaller print-runs (0-100) with a variety of quality papers (I am trying to start up a wedding stationery business). All the ones I find are pretty standard paper stocks. Does anyone have any advise or tips?

I’d love to get into letterpress printing when im a bit more established, but one step at a time! Just to find a good printer to send my invites off to would be wonderful!

I can certainly recommend Taylor Bloxham based in Leicester. Excellent commercial printers with high definition printing facilities and a wide range of finishing options. They specialise in high quality commercial print and excel in high-end brochure printing. Everything they have done for us has been gorgeous and the staff are incredibly helpful. I cannot speak highly enough.

I would just like to comment that Team Impression “amazing service, top quality” are in my experience anything but. I used them a few years ago and yes they have very slick account handlers who promise the world but the first job they printed for me had to be reprinted 3 times due to their poor quality printing and bad finishing. They promote themselves as pushing printing capabilities but really need to focus on their finishing quality and back-end customer service. Oh, and they can’t deliver on time as promised. I would highly recommend ProCo print in Sheffield, excellent customer service and great print quality – they have great digital facilities.

@Penny, alot of printers mentioned above and in general will order papers in on your behalf. Always nice to have them in stock but anything can be ordered in really. Not sure what aspect of stationery you are looking to do but if you’re in wedding business might want to look into letterpress “printers”? I took a workshop at Harrington and Squires – and it was brilliant. You can also pay the workshop fee of £150 to go in for the day and work on your own projects, they use mostly 540gsm colourplan which is pure joy to me. Definitely worth checking out.

@Rebecca, I’m on the fence with Face Creative – I met one of the guys at a freshbusinessthinking event and they had some amazing amazing work on display. Lots of large format books/portfolios. The guys there are cheerful and will work with whatever you through at them. However I had a job done and it came back with lots of blotches, not sure what happened and never got an explanation but now I’m a bit paranoid.

This sort of list is great, choosing a service definitely feels safer with recommendations. Though it is a shame that none have been recommended in Cornwall!

How often do you find yourself dealing with screen printers, David? Would love to see a similar post for that.

Ebi, Thanks so much for your recommendation for the letterpress workshop, will definitely look into doing that one day, would be a very interesting skill to learn. Also interesting to hear many printers will order stock in at your request too, i worked in a printers for a while and never heard that before, so will ask next time, thanks!

Hi David,
A bit late to add my suggestion I know, but I can very highly recommend
I recently completed a rebrand requiring bottle labels and found their suggestions and advice brilliant, particularly as my client had to unexpectedly cut costs.
I’ve recently moved to Belfast. Any local suggestions other than Minprint (as it’s already been mentioned).
Thanks for your blog.

Hy David,
Loving your blog, it’s absolutely exceptional. I adore the way you share your knowledge with other designers.
I browsed through the printing houses mentioned above but haven’t found any flexible printing. Is it just not popular in UK when it comes to packaging industry? I would be grateful if you could shed some light on that. Thanks.

Thanks, Alex. No more local suggestions as yet.

Renata, packaging production is an area I’m not so clued-up about. Thanks for the compliment. Sorry I can’t be of more help.

Great work with your blog and getting such a useful list of design and print resources together.

You’re a good read so I’ve added you to my bookmarks for identity brand designers.

Check out our design/print blog print.quote when you get the chance.

I was in dire need of a UK printer who could deliver my Firm’s corporate materials within a very short time and not compromise on the quality. In my desperation, I did an online search which led me to your blog. After seeing all the wonderful reviews by everyone, I decided to brave it and contact some of them.

Richard, of Ripe Digital took a chance with my job, especially because I am a Nigerian, based in Nigeria and representing a Nigerian law firm. I am glad to say that the quality and turnaround time was quite astonishing and I was impressed. Highly recommended and very friendly company. They have my highest esteem.

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