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The Print Show is back with a vengeance

The Print Show is back for 2017; and it’s bigger and better than ever, thanks to exhibitors and the birth of its sister show, SignLink Live.

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Epson demonstrated their SureColor 2000 five-colour and its ability to print directly to garments

Its first day saw visitors eagerly waiting outside for the show to begin at 10am, and after hard work from staff and exhibitors to put the hall together, it was time for the entertainment to begin. 

Everything is covered here at The Print Show, bringing all potential aspects of a print business together. Indeed, whether it is all the big name manufacturers ranging from HP and Canon, to Konica Minolta, OKI, and Mimaki, or the smallest trade supplier, there is something for everyone. In the first 15 minutes of the doors opening of the show, Beechwood Finance (Stand E12) had already made two deals with customers. 

Beechwood was founded by Fraser Robson 26 years ago, and now has a partnership with PCF Bank. The beauty behind Beechwood and PCF working together is that they understand the needs of small businesses. 

Daniel Guest of PCF, comments: “We have close relationships which allow us to get deals done quickly. We’re small which makes us agile enough. There was one deal for £200,000 last week – we had the enquiry on the Tuesday and they had the money in their bank by Friday.”

We have close relationships which allow us to get deals done quickly. We’re small which makes us agile enough. There was one deal for £200,000 last week – we had the enquiry on the Tuesday and they had the money in their bank by Friday

Guest explains that industry knowledge is important and it allows them to offer the right advice to businesses, and allows them to make the best decisions. 

Robertson also says: “We’re small enough to care. We really care about our customers.” PCF and Beechwood describe themselves as “personable” and this quality is a key focus for their work. 

A more personable approach to type is also the way forward for New North Press, which is based in the Traditional Print Masterclass section of the show.  The company has worked on a number of interesting projects, including the creation of John Lennon posters for a fan of The Beatles. He requested that a run of 1967 be printed off to match the year of the original poster that he had. 


Paula Caffrey was a runner-up in the Golden Ticket competition, run by Print Monthly and The Printing Charity

The firm use three presses that date back to around 1860, and a further one that can be traced back to as far as the 1820s.  

Ian Macdonald, a partner of New North Print, comments: “These presses last a long time, they’re like old houses, they can be battered by rain and withstand it, but newer houses, they don’t always last.” However, New North Press is not averse to working with the latest technology, and often produces the original copies of posters or products, and then they are sent to be mass-produced. 

New North Press was set up in 1986 by Graham Bignell and now includes Beatrice Bless and Richard Ardagh, and have worked with clients such as Guinness, the BBC, Dulux, and Paul Smith. 

From typesetting to t-shirt printing with the Epson SureColor 2000. The machine can print a design on a white t-shirt in 28 seconds. On coloured or black t-shirt, printing takes a little longer¬¬ – about 90 seconds – as white ink is used to create a plain square before applying the CMYK colours of the design. On Epson’s stand, the five-colour version of the SC 2000 was being used to create the final products. 

The designs are created on Epson’s easy-to-use software, before being printed onto a t-shirt. These t-shirts need to be a minimum of 50 percent cotton for the Ultrachrome ink to work effectively. The printers are inkjet printers, rather than dye-sublimation, and the printheads found in the SureColor 200’s are the same as in most Epson printers. 

These presses last a long time, they’re like old houses, they can be battered by rain and withstand it, but newer houses, they don’t always last


Work from newcomer in the fashion industry, Richard Quinn, was also on display. I was told by Phil McMullin, sales manager professional graphics Epson UK, that Quinn is set to take the high-street by storm with future projects. All of his designs will continue to be printed on Epson technology. 

The first day of the show has certainly been busy, and the winners of the Golden Ticket competition – run by Print Monthly in conjunction with The Printing Charity – were presented with their prizes by Print Monthly editor Brendan Perring, and Neil Lovell, the charity’s chief executive. 

Paula Caffrey and Daniel Weatheritt were the runner-up and highly-commended runner-up for their entries, with Keir Mucklestone-Barnett the overall winner and the designer of the golden tickets printed and ‘Sleeked’ on the Special FX stand in The Printer’s Bazaar. So, if you have not had the chance already, check it out!    

It has been an electric first day here at the International Centre, and tomorrow ensures to be even better. We will see you there!

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