Ayr Independent Shops to Inspire You

March 31, 2010 by  

A group of local independent shops in Ayr (led by Christopher Woodland of Bella Home & Gifts and Jeff Whittle of Minuteman Press Printing) have banded together to promote independent shops in the town centre.

A leaflet has been produced and is designed to promote local shopping, as Ayr town centre has a vast selection of boutique, specialist and general shops to cater for all tastes.  Coupled with this, 13 of the 16 shops are offering at least 10% discount off their prices (until the end of May), on presentation of the leaflet.  You can keep the leaflet and present it more than once, to benefit from the discount multiple times.  Details about the individual shops are shown on the inside of the leaflet and the location of each shop is highlighted on a handy map of Ayr town centre.

There’s no need to go to the out of town retail parks.  Ayr town centre has all the shops you’d need AND in close proximity to each other.  You also benefit from the warm and friendly welcome from the proprietors who actually own and run their shops.

The initial distribution of leaflets will be in Alloway and Doonfoot or pop into any one of the 16 shops listed below to pick up a free leaflet.

Selected other locations will also have the leaflet on display.

Enjoy shopping in Ayr town centre and we hope to see you soon!

Ware in Hertfordshire: lovely old town with good print services

March 31, 2010 by  

Ware is a commuting town for London, with regular rail services between Ware rail station and London Liverpool Street. The population of the town is around 18,000 people and it is situated close to the county town Hertford. The modern name of the town dates from the Anglo-Saxon period when weirs were built to stop the invading Vikings from escaping in their longships after defeat by Alfred the Great.

The town’s main employer is GlaxoSmithKline which has a large plant in the town. The town also has many other small businesses like, for example, Brochure printing companies and litho printers. It is a town where you can find a solution to all of your printing requirements. One example of a good printing company in Ware is Pegasus Printing. The printing company was established in [Read more]

Altrincham town centre Cultural Quarter good for business

March 30, 2010 by  

Altrincham printing companies, like brochure printers and stationery printers, may well pick up some new work from new businesses that will take premises in the newly refurbished Goose Green area. An old building in Back Grafton Street had lain empty for two years and has now been sympathetically restored, offering new potential for shops, restaurants and other businesses.

The building, of some historical interest, was set for complete demolition after falling into disrepair after being empty for so long. It had also become a hangout for antisocial behaviour. The original idea was to replace it with a five story commercial development. However, a design studio, Planit-ie Ltd, stepped in and bought the building in November 2008 with the intention of redeveloping it.

Planit-ie Ltd, specialists in master planning and urban design, had very different plans. After successfully completing the purchase the company managed to [Read more]

New advertising and community magazine for Falkirk district

March 29, 2010 by  

Are you a business, for example, a retailer, brochure printer, or maybe a service provider in or around Falkirk? If so you may be interested in a brand new printed publication which may be useful to you. The Falkirk and District Post was established in January this year in conjunction with partners The Best of Falkirk and Print Central Ltd.

The aim of the new print magazine is to provide an interesting read for people of all ages, to give younger people a chance to showcase their sports team or group and, primarily, to give businesses in Falkirk an opportunity to promote themselves.

5,000 copies of the magazine will be distributed monthly. If you are a business looking for affordable, effective, printed a [Read more]

How many printers know what SAPPHIRE is about?

March 28, 2010 by  

There are still a significant number of people employed in the printing industry in Scotland. But would current employees in, for example, a brochure printing firm in Leith or a litho print company in the middle of Edinburgh, know about the importance of the print and publishing industry to 20th-century Scottish economic, social and cultural development.

About ten years ago three people, David Finkelstein, Sarah Bromage, and Alisair McCleery were involved in an initiative, with collaborative partners Napier University and Queen Margaret University College. The aim of the initiative was to document the history of the Scottish printing industry in the 20th century. The Scottish Archive of Print and Publishing History Records (SAPPHIRE), was a aural history project which [Read more]

PPA praise for quality of school magazine publishing

March 27, 2010 by  

All kinds of printing companies in and around Coatbridge, including brochure printers and magazine printers, will be aware of the PPA. The Periodical Publishers Association evolved into its present form on 29th August 1967 when other periodical publishers associations merged into one body. The PPA is now one of the UK’s largest and most effective trade associations.

PPA Scotland is the association’s Scottish arm and it recently named The Dumfries & Galloway Life as Scottish Magazine of the Year in 2009. They also presented an award for the best PPA Scottish School Magazine. The quality of school magazines being printed in Scotland is now very high and makes the judging extremely difficult. However, a judging panel comprising of some of the UK’s leading publishing industry figures ensured the task was tackled with great care.

Last year, Coatbridge High School was picked in [Read more]

Young Potters Bar man takes on Mount Kilimanjaro

March 26, 2010 by  

If you are a brochure and flyer printer in Potters Bar why not consider sponsoring a local young man in his quest to reach the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro? You could donate to his effort, or even print some flyers in Potters Bar to help him attract sponsors.

Tim Dixon, who only last year completed his A levels at Chancellors School, is determined to reach the summit of Africa’s highest mountain in an effort to raise funds for Childreach International. The organisation works to improve child living standards around the world by improving sanitation, rights and education.

Tim is now attending the University of Leeds and he has joined the Raising and Giving society (RAG), which has organised the climb on Kilimanjaro. He has completed several challenges in the recent past and he was one of the riders in the A to B team to cycle from Andorra to Britain, riding through the Alps. They raised £10,877.89 for Cancer [Read more]

Ayr agency campaign to raise regional profile

March 25, 2010 by  

Retailers, manufacturers, brochure printers and other businesses in and around Ayr could all benefit from a new initiative which is being led by local body VisitScotland. They have hired an agency based in Ayr to develop a new brand for the Ayrshire and Arran region.

The campaign is being funded by Ayrshire Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Scottish Enterprise, East Ayrshire Council, North Ayrshire Council and South Ayrshire Council. The Ocean Agency won the contract to develop the new branding. The objective of the campaign is to distinguish the unique features of the region from other regions in Scotland.

The agency will work to identify the unique selling points of the region. They held a series of workshops on [Read more]

Edinburgh print event explores digital opportunities

March 24, 2010 by  

Smaller brochure printers and larger litho print firms in Edinburgh will all be interested in new opportunities offered by the developments in digital print. The printing industry publication Print Week recently hosted a breakfast briefing in Edinburgh on emerging digital opportunities in the UK. The event took place on 18th March at the Edinburgh Malmaison hotel and featured three speakers.

APS Group managing director, Mr. Allan Doyle, spoke about the power of data and how it is crucial to realising the digital opportunity in print. APS Group recently secured the managed print service element of the Scottish Government’s print management contract, worth up to £170 million. Mr. Doyle revealed how the utilisation of data can enable printing companies to develop a collaborative relationship with clients, helping them to [Read more]

Kings Lynn campaign for superfast broadband

March 23, 2010 by  

There are a range of printing companies in Kings Lynn, for example brochure printers or litho printers. Many print firms in the area now operate on-demand digital print services via online ordering. Their online business would benefit from a superfast broadband connection, as would the customer experience.

West Norfolk Borough Council has launched a campaign to bring super-fast broadband to the area, which is good news for print companies in Kings Lynn. The council are asking broadband users to register their interest in superfast in order to show service providers that there is a ready market for the service in the area.

If successful, users could look forwards to receiving broadband speeds of up to 40 Megabits per second with the [Read more]

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