2018 has been a little bit of a tumultuous yr for SMEs, with Brexit and a tense political local weather not precisely making issues straightforward for everybody. In the world of print, nevertheless, it’s been reaffirming to see companies come collectively in face of difficult circumstances, and proceed to thrive.
The world of OOH has continued to develop, and thrilling new merchandise and know-how have expanded the best way giant format printers can and can proceed to work (for extra on this, check out our current weblog submit on the outside promoting developments we anticipate to see in 2019).
For now, because the sound of sleigh bells dies down and the subsequent yr will get underway, we thought it might be good to look again on 2018, and reveal a few of our favorite moments, tasks, and some different highlights. We’re immensely pleased with the arduous work the staff at PressOn have constantly put in – right here’s what we’ve been as much as:
- 1 Constructing bridges
- 2 Enlargement and funding
- 3 Key tasks
- 4 Charity
- 5 Memorable moments
- 6 In conclusion…
Over the course of 2018 (the truth is, since December 2016) PressOn have been working intently with HS2, the corporate liable for setting up Britain’s new excessive velocity rail line, which can join the North with the South. After the success of HS1 within the South East, it’s been actually thrilling for us to have an opportunity to work on such a prestigious nationwide challenge.
We’ve been busy printing hoarding graphics for HS2’s development websites – over 40 of them thus far! These have concerned some actually implausible graphics, with some sensible examples of how hoarding graphic design can be utilized to bolster group engagement. With over 1000 metres of hoarding panels created, this has been an thrilling ongoing undertaking.
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On prime of the work we’ve been doing with HS2, we additionally had the pleasure of internet hosting their CEO, Mark Thurston, for a website go to and spherical desk dialogue in November. He was joined by James Richardson and Tim Burr of CSJV, together with Jo James, director of the Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce – for a spherical desk dialogue on the position and influence of HS2 on companies in Kent and the broader group.
Alternatives like this are so necessary, and we have been very proud to have the ability to reveal simply what it’s we do and the way we do it to one among our largest shoppers.
Enlargement and funding
2018 has additionally been a incredible yr of progress for PressOn. Because of the work we’ve been doing with HS2 (and our many different shoppers), we’ve been capable of make investments one other £250,000 into state-of-the-artwork printing gear, and new employees, to assist us proceed to develop and supply nothing however the most effective chopping-edge printing to our shoppers in 2019 and past.
Probably probably the most thrilling addition to PressOn HQ has been our new HP Latex 3600, which can allow us to satisfy the growing wants of our shoppers in 2019 and past. The 3600 is much more environment friendly and productive than its predecessor, and we’ve already seen a noticeable improve in buyer satisfaction.
As our MD Andy places it:
“We’ve got numerous HP machines – we purchased the World’s first HP LX 3000 again in 2013, and adopted that with the HP LX 3500 in 2015. As PressOn continues to develop we’ve discovered ourselves but once more at capability. The brand new options on the HP LX 3600 are enabling us to print quicker at an improved high quality, and maximise our income with in a single day unattended printing.
Bigger print rolls (300kg), 10L ink cartridges, decreased upkeep and cellular manufacturing management is already resulting in improved margins, a smoother workflow (therefore a happier group!) and a noticeable improve in buyer satisfaction for us. We’ve secured some very sizable contracts just lately on large infrastructure tasks throughout Britain and the addition of the brand new machine is enabling us to satisfy even tighter deadlines with out compromising on our manufacturing high quality.”
It goes with out saying that we’ve had a particularly busy yr when it comes to the tasks we’ve had within the pipeline. We’ve been printing, routing, putting in and eradicating as prolifically as ever, however as is all the time the case as we glance again and mirror on a yr passed by, a number of tasks stand out a bit.
2018 has seen PressOn engaged on the whole lot from thrilling and progressive retail briefs (corresponding to the material frames for buying centre shopper Intu) to distinctive and weird infrastructure tasks. Listed here are a number of of our specific favourites:
Trend model RIXO London contacted PressOn for a collection of inside retail graphics to rework the inside of their new pop-up retailer in Harrods’ Style Lab. These have been displayed on numerous surfaces all through the shop, to assist create a retail surroundings that authentically represents the RIXO model.
This was key in enabling RIXO to offer an immersive purchasing expertise for patrons that displays their distinctive strategy to style design. Check out our case research right here for extra!
Tideway are setting up the brand new London sewer tunnel, and PressOn produced a collection of spectacular graphics for the development challenge’s website hoardings, together with vinyl wraps to rebrand the tunnel boring machines used on the venture.
It’s not day-after-day you get an opportunity to wrap such an uncommon (and terrifying) machine in vinyl, and it was implausible to see how Tideway had included a few of London’s feminist historical past – naming the machines after iconic ladies from the town’s historical past.
You’ll find out extra about Tideway in our case research right here.
Probably one of the uncommon hoardings we’ve ever constructed, the ‘vault’ we printed and put in for Harrods in collaboration with 3D Eye was definitely eye-catching.
Lengthy-standing shopper Harrods employed PressOn to print a collection of monumental hoarding graphics within the type of an enormous financial institution vault. We helped to create a number of the most visually spectacular website hoardings we’ve ever labored on – this large set up was definitely distinctive… Discover out extra in our case research right here!
Material Field Banners for Intu
One of many extra uncommon merchandise that PressOn produce is the material field banner (also called the ‘show stopper’ banner or the ‘tension fabric frame’). These three dimensional banners are constructed from rigidity material methods, and have featured within the campaigns of a number of main manufacturers this yr.
PressOn have had the pleasure of working alongside retail purchasing centre agency Intu, to supply a number of of those banners in 2019. A shocking instance is the suspended ‘present’ commercial that jewellery model Swarovski adopted for his or her Christmas marketing campaign, pictured above.
Uncommon Challenge Award – Exoskeleton with Ram Shergill
At PressOn, we’re all the time in search of these uncommon tasks that push the boundaries of what might be achieved by giant format printing. We’re the go-to provider for a lot of companies on the subject of hoarding graphics, truck liveries or retail graphics – however every so often, we get a chance to work on one thing that stands out as a bit ‘special’.
We’ve had a number of of these this yr, but when we have been to select one, it might virtually definitely be the work we’ve finished with famend style photographer Ram Shergill. Ram has been working intently with PressOn to supply prints of his work, together with his unimaginable ‘EXOSKELETON’ exhibition happening earlier in 2018.
The exhibition was held on the Oxo Tower Wharf Gallery – curated by Daen Palmer Huse, the gathering of Ram’s work was printed onto quite a lot of substrates together with aluminium, and was displayed in a mixture of conventional framed codecs and extra uncommon shows, corresponding to layers of acrylic.
Working with Ram was a refreshing and rewarding problem for the workforce, and an incredible reminder that print is a artistic in addition to sensible career. It’s all the time a pleasure to work on one thing like this!
With the world apparently turning into more and more divided over all types of points, it’s been actually inspiring to see the group (and their prolonged networks) at PressOn doing their bit and rallying behind causes that basically matter. This yr we’re actually pleased with the charity occasions and work the workforce have been concerned in, with a number of highlights together with:
Sam Wootton ran the London Marathon
Samantha Wootton, the daughter of our caretaker right here at PressOn, took on the London Marathon this yr, and PressOn have been extraordinarily proud to have the ability to sponsor her. The marathon is about as difficult because it will get, and it was fantastic to find Samantha was elevating cash for Demelza Hospice Care For Youngsters.
In her personal phrases: “My niece Emma was recognized with Edwards Syndrome from delivery, this meant she was unable to stroll, speak, play like different youngsters. However with the assistance and help of Demelza Hospice meant Emma’s mum, dad and brother have been capable of be collectively, while her care and medical wants have been taken care of together with plenty of cuddles too. This help and care continued lengthy after Emma handed away on the age of 5.
It really is an distinctive charity, with probably the most unimaginable individuals at its core. I’ll by no means have the ability to absolutely repay them however hope with the cash I increase this can assist different youngsters and households. So please assist me to boost as a lot cash as attainable for this nice charity.”
Congratulations Sam, each for ending the marathon and for elevating fund for such an essential trigger.
Kieron Harrold cycled for Goals Come True
(Picture: Sludge G/Flickr)
Kieron, our manufacturing supervisor, has additionally made all of us at PressOn extraordinarily proud by participating in a report-setting charity biking occasion. Driving for Goals Come True (a nationwide youngsters’s charity working to complement the lives of youngsters and younger individuals dwelling
with critical medical circumstances) Kieron battled rain and powerful winds within the Prudential RideLondon Surrey 100 occasion, which raised greater than £13 million for charity – probably the most ever raised in Europe in a one-day biking occasion.
Kieron managed to boost an enormous £740 for Goals Come True, together with two of his driving friends who additionally raised a further £660 between. This cash is certain to make a big distinction to the lives of the younger individuals the charity helps, and we’re immensely proud and supportive of his efforts.
It’s not simply the work we’ve accomplished that leaves us with some lasting reminiscences of 2018. As with all SME, PressOn is comprised of a decent-knit workforce, with an actual household environment. As they are saying, ‘all work and no play makes the large format printing company a dull firm’, and there have been a couple of standout memorable moments over the previous 12 months, which have reminded us simply how a lot we now have working collectively:
Spooky goings on at Halloween…
PressOn don’t simply know how you can get festive – we all know how you can get spooky, as nicely! Halloween has develop into a little bit of a practice within the workplace, with the annual costume competitors displaying no indicators of slowing down. This yr, PressOn HQ celebrated the witching hour (or day?) with some notably frightful apparel…
The Hendrix expertise
Even the strongest and most profitable companies typically have to name in a advisor. We’ve been fortunate sufficient to usher in one of the crucial skilled and discerning enterprise analysts within the business, within the type of Hendrix the Shiba Inu.
He actually has his priorities straight, and all through his a number of visits to the workplace this yr has by no means did not remind us (notably Shaunagh) that the important thing to success virtually all the time includes consuming carrots. Numerous carrots.
Properly, there you’ve it. That definitely isn’t every little thing we’ve been as much as over the previous 12 months , however it undoubtedly provides you a little bit of a flavour of how the yr is gone – and protected to say, 2018 has been a blast on all fronts. We’ve been busier than ever, and the staff have continued to supply nothing however the easiest high quality work for all of our shoppers.
We’re excited to see what 2019 has in retailer, each for us and for the print business extra extensively, but when the previous 12 months are something to go by, it’s going to be an excellent one!
When you’d like to talk to PressOn about working with us in 2019 (or past!), head over to our contact us web page and fill within the type – we’ll get again to you very shortly.
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