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Designing Special Event Flags and Memorabilia

Posted On July 17, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

Although the World Cup and Wimbledon have drawn to a close, there are many more sporting, local and international events taking place for viewers and spectators to get behind. Although we specialise in printed products for exhibitions and business marketing solutions, at AB Print we are very versatile. This means that we are also able to design and manufacture products for events such as festivals, graduations, sporting competitions, and charity events; a common product we design for events such as this are flags.

Wimbledon and the World Cup have provided plenty of opportunity for fans around the world to get behind their favourite players, teams and nations and show their support. One way in which this is done is through carrying national or symbolic flags, which is a skill we are more than comfortable in carrying out.

In addition to this, many festivals up and down the country may require promotional flags and to help signpost the facilities or bar areas. With the ability to produce a wide selection of flags and hardware, we also work with businesses to create flags for office use, for example, desktop flags which are sublimation printed straight onto fabric and built with a lightweight but sturdy frame so that they can sit on desks.

The August Bank Holiday is host to many events in West Yorkshire where festival-goers may want to invest in banners to support their artists, or flags to represent the city they are from. Additionally, the new 2018/19 football season is set to begin in August, so many football fans will be wanting to get their memorabilia sorted before the first match of the season.

Based in Batley, West Yorkshire, AB Print take joy in manufacturing and supplying customers throughout the region with customised printed products using our state of the art machinery. If you would like to learn more about how we design our flags and whether we can tailor them to your needs, then please send us an email at enquiries@abprintgroup.com. Alternatively, you can give us a call on 01924 473481.

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Baby Ballet Project

Posted On July 2, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

At AB Print, we pride ourselves on originality when it comes to our work. We believe that no request is too obscene or challenging for us and are always keen to get involved in bespoke projects for our clients.

Alongside our in-house printing presses, we also have a whole host of machinery to help with print finishing, some of which include Glitter Ink, Wiro-Bound binding and Spot UV, allowing us to create stunning designs and prints for brands.

One of our latest projects was particularly exciting for our creative team. We were approached with the task of designing and printing an A5 landscape folder with inserts, to promote and encourage young children to get involved in ballet!

The folder itself was printed using our Komori Litho Press machine, which delivers very stable, high-speed operation with a wide range of sheet thicknesses from ultrathin to thick sheets. The inserts were then designed and printed using the Kodak Nexpress, as they were all individually personalised.

We then die-cut the folder to shape, using Heidelberg Cylinder SB and our brilliant finishing team hand glued the parts together, to ensure ultimate accuracy and perfection. The inserts were then gloss laminated using the D7K Europe Jupiter 25 System Laminator – which offers gloss, matte and soft-touch laminate finishes.

Over the years, we have worked with numerous clients to create a variety of folders and inserts of all sizes, in addition to our other printing specialities including business cards, stationery, POS and exhibition stands. Our talented team of experienced designers and printers thrive on providing a high-quality service every time with excellent end results for all our projects.

For more information about AB Print or if you have a project you’d like us to undertake, give us a call today on 01924 473481 or contact us here.

 

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Pudsey 10K Run Results!

Posted On June 19, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

Last weekend was the Pudsey 10k charity run and a few of the team members here at AB Print are suffering from it now!

The charity event was held in aid of Marie Curie and Getaway Girls. You may recall an article we published in April about our involvement with the event – designing and printing the colourful leaflets used to spread awareness of this fantastic event. However, printing leaflets was not the only way in which our team got involved.

Three members of our team – Paul, Ian and James, undertook the challenge of running 10k to raise awareness for the charities Marie Curie and Getaway Girls, both of which help those in vulnerable places and stages in their lives.

Marie Curie is a well-established charity which provides hospice and nursing care to those with terminal illnesses.

Getaway Girls are a local charity who work with vulnerable young women to give them confidence and help them empower their lives. 

We’re always eager to participate in charitable events, as we truly believe in giving back and showing appreciation to our clients and our community. Our clients are the reason we continue to thrive as a company, meaning that we wouldn’t be here without them.

All the team here at AB Print are extremely proud of Paul, Ian and James who not only ran, but ran very well! Running a 10k is a fantastic achievement for anybody, but to hit it in the times mentioned below, and to do so while supporting such worthwhile causes, makes it extra special to us.   

To find out more about the Pudsey 10k, or how AB Print can help support your charity, give us a call today on 01924 473481.…

Why Choose a Bespoke Printer over Online Printers?

Posted On June 16, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

Over recent months we have had an increase in enquiries from SMEs who have been using online printing companies and have decided to leave those behind and work with our team at AB Print instead.

 

Using a bespoke printing company such as AB Print often has many more benefits than using online companies, not just in terms of quality, but also in terms of customer service. After speaking to many customers about their experience with online printers, we have listed some of the reasons they decided to leave:

 

Unsatisfactory Customer Service:

 

One of the issues with using an online printer is that there is no one point of contact, meaning queries and issues can be ignored. Having to wait weeks for a response, if receiving one at all, can be extremely frustrating and mean time and money are wasted on a service which did not provide you with exactly what you wanted. On the other hand, when working with a bespoke printer, such as AB Print, having a relationship with the customer matters. Every customer is dealt with on an individual basis and is contacted by the team regularly so that we can tailor our printing services to your needs and keep you informed.  

 

Not Meeting Expectations:

 

Another reason customers have moved from online printers is because they have been let down on lead times and delivery dates. For many businesses, meeting deadlines is crucial, so when we work with any of our clients this is something that is always a priority. At AB Print we work to your deadlines, meaning our team go above and beyond to ensure these are met.

 

Lack of Clarity over Quality:

 

Due to the nature of online printing, clients don’t get to see the final product until it is delivered to them. This can mean that there is lack of clarity over the quality of print, such as the paper weight, and how the finish and artwork might appear. This can often lead to printing of poor quality meaning the client ends up paying twice to get print work that meets their requirements. However, the benefits of working with a bespoke printer are that the client can meet face to face with team members and physically see and choose which materials and finishes they prefer before placing their order.

 

By being a fully serviced printing company, we can be a one-stop shop for all our clients printing which includes digital, litho, and with recent investments last year, we can now also provide large format printing. Our experienced team can create a variety of bespoke print materials such as business cards, leaflets, brochures, and for the retail sector we can even help with all the POS on our large format printers. No matter what quantity, AB Print can do it all and will always produce high quality print to your exact requirements.

 

To find out more about our services and how we can help you, feel free to call us on 01924 473481 or visit us at our Batley site!…

Spreading World Cup Fever at AB Print

Posted On June 12, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

As an accomplished and well recognised facilitator of printing services in Yorkshire, AB Print love to get involved with global events wherever possible, often supplying offices and businesses with themed products.

This time, it was the biggest event in football, taking place in Russia; the 2018 World Cup. 32 teams from around the globe were preparing for this international tournament and similarly, AB Print were busy preparing, as many of our clients requested printed World Cup themed products; something we have been able to carry out and enjoy.

The last month has seen us become inundated with requests for products to help businesses get their staff into the World Cup spirit, and to engage with their clients and customers too. Some of the products we have been producing include corporate marketing material such as:

  • Flyers advertising live coverage of specific games
  • Printed tournament trees for office sweepstakes
  • Retail Point of Sale indicating World Cup themed offers and incentives
  • Other World Cup related memorabilia

We have thoroughly enjoyed helping some of Yorkshire’s finest businesses get into the World Cup spirit, as well as having a little bit of fun ourselves. Hopefully this year’s tournament doesn’t disappoint, and maybe England can give us something to shout about this year?

If you are interested in introducing some printed literature to any upcoming events, whether it is a flyer, or a calendar, AB Print would be more than happy to help. You can contact us on 01924 473481. Alternatively, you can contact us by email at enquiries@abprintgroup.com.

 

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Geoff Ricketts’ Car Vinyl

Posted On June 11, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

For a number of years, AB Print have been designing and printing a variety of products tailored to clients, from business cards all the way through to commercial stands, used to advertise new products and services. Our experience and expertise mean that we are always up for a challenge, which is why we are always keen to undertake any given printing task, to show off what our fantastic team can do.

This month, we were faced with a new challenge, one which few of our clients are aware we offer – car vinyl stickers!

A local Freight company contacted us to enquire about a vinyl sticker for one of their vehicles and we were more than happy to undertake the project. Vehicle livery has always been something we were keen to get involved in, as the design and branding possibilities are endless.

The sticker was to be printed using our large format printer – the Acuity F Printer. Using this, we printed the design onto Contra Vison – a transform glass with one-way vision – a material perfect for privacy and security as the black-out window effect allows only those inside the vehicle to see out and prevents those on the outside from peering in.

The sticker showcased the company’s branding, allowing them constant business exposure as wherever the vehicle goes, whether driving down the M1 or parked up by the local park, your  branding follows. Vehicle livery and vinyl stickers are a great, low cost way of advertising any company.

AB Print don’t just print on paper. Our expert designers and printing engineers are experienced within a variety of printing sectors, including car vinyl. We’re able to offer bespoke printing solutions to all our clients. For more information, please do not hesitate to call us on 01924 473481 or visit our contact page.

Congratulations to James and Alan!

Posted On May 24, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

Over the years, AB Print have continued to grow to become one of the most successful printing companies in the Yorkshire region. In addition to offering a broad range of high quality and unique design and printing solutions, this success is largely down to the fantastic team who have been the driving force behind the business.  

The team have not only continued to expand, now comprising of 48 members, working in a range of disciplines including sales, design, litho printing, digital, screen printing, finishing and warehousing, many existing team members have also progressed into new roles due to their hard work and dedication to the company.

Two team members who have worked at AB Print for many years, and have been newly promoted, are Alan Goodall and James Kemp. Alan, who previously worked as the Group Commercial Manager, and is the face you see at many exhibitions (most recently, Buy Yorkshire), has now been promoted to Sales Director. James Kemp, has also been promoted to Production Director, overseeing the overall day to day production to ensure continued efficiency and quality.

It’s always great to see team members progress and grow with the business so we want to say a huge congratulations to both Alan and James! We wish you all the best in your new roles and look forward to our continued success together. 

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AB Print are always keen to take on new challenges, as we truly love what we do. If you’d like more information on how we can assist you with your printing needs, give us a call today on 01924 473481 or visit our contact page.

Buy Yorkshire 2018

Posted On May 23, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

This month AB Print attended the biggest networking exhibition in the North of England, at the First Direct Arena in Leeds. Buy Yorkshire, hosted by The Yorkshire Mafia proved to be an incredibly successful event for all who attended – meeting new people and developing relationships with other businesses.

The event was different to last year’s in the sense that it was hosted at a new venue and was condensed into a one-day conference. The timescale however did not disappoint as over 4000 registered delegates appeared at the event as well as 200 businesses with exhibition stands.

As it is one of our specialisms and most popular services, our stand was designed and manufactured in-house. It gave us the opportunity to showcase our talents to other exhibitors and attendees.  

The event was incredibly diverse and created an inspiring environment for all. We met many new and interesting businesses and even had the privilege of listening to speakers from international companies such as Microsoft, British Airways and Ogilvy.

The conference was a great chance for us to put our name out there and network with businesses from across the UK, displaying our high-quality services in design and print.

AB Print specialise in printing services throughout the country. Our experienced team and cutting-edge technology allow us to provide amazing results for our clients. For more information, contact us today on 01924 473481.…

Typography and Terminology

Posted On May 16, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

Anything relating to the size, space, shape and appearance of the text of a publication is classed as typography. An easy way to remember it is through the word ‘type’, which is the verb used to describe how we make text appear on a screen.

Copy is a fundamental part to most print works. It is how most messages are communicated and with a consideration in the typography of the text, designers can become even more creative. But what is typography and the terminology associated with it? As printing experts in Yorkshire, AB Print have broken down the basics of typography terminology:

  • Leading

This refers to the vertical space usually between the bottom of the characters of one line and the tip of the characters on the line below. The more leading between each line of text, the more space each line has to breathe individually. This can be useful for standalone sentences or words intended to give maximum impact.

  1. Tracking

This refers to the space in-between each letter within a word. The greater the tracking, the more expanded the word will be.  

  1. Kerning

Often confused with tracking, kerning refers to the spacing between a pair of letters, numerical characters or punctuation. In most common typefaces, capitalised letters AV often overlap into each other’s space.

  1. Point

Also known as PT, this is one many of you may have come across before. This is the smallest unit of measurement in typography and is used to measure point size, leading, and images on a printed page.

  1. White space

Many designs utilise white space to offer a clean aesthetic to the layout. Used correctly, it can emphasise imagery and copy. Creatively, it can even be used as ‘negative space’, where the space not used can create shapes and even words.

We hope this illustrated the fundamentals of typography and the terminology associated with it. Knowing these definitions can be helpful when negotiating artwork with printers for your designs. At AB Print, we work with many businesses to make sure their print-work and artwork contains the correct dimensions and has the necessary copy.

If you would like to speak to us regarding our printing services, feel free to get in contact with us on 01924 473481.…

The Stand of the Summer!

Posted On May 10, 2018 By Leave your thoughts

This month, AB Print were given the task of designing and creating a stunning summer themed stand for well-known company, The Organic Pharmacy.

The stand was to be used throughout the UK, to promote their new summer range of skin care products, accompanied by the slogan “Safe Summer Sun.” The products feature UV protection, like sun cream, whilst still offering nourishing skin care results.

A bespoke cutter was produced by our in-house team of printers, using our unique, Flat Bed Acuity F printer – it was then to be cut using a digital ‘cad-cutting’ system, named the Zund.stand of summer

To match the theme of Summer, the display features blue and white colours, in the form of stripes to mimic the idea of a beach house or lounger. As well as these stylish stripes, the stand was placed on a printed beach scenery – featuring waves, seashells, palm trees and sand.

Featuring two platforms, the lower base is to hold tester bottles of the products and the higher tier will contain the packaged range.

This stunning display brings attention to the Summer themed range with its bright colours and sandy beach imagery. The Organic Pharmacy have said that the new products are hydrating with natural UV protection and antioxidants – perfect for those with easily burning and sensitive skin. 

We love taking on projects like this, as we have a lot of fun exploring colours and using our unique Acuity F printer. We aim to provide the highest quality service for our clients each and every time as we believe this is what makes us one of the leading companies in the area.

AB Print offer an array of print services, including point of sale, brochures, flyers and commercial stationery! For more information about our services and how we can help you promote your products, give us a call today on 01924 473481 or contact us here.…