Gemini Print Will Wear Blue and White For A Day

As we all know the way to get a heated discussion buzzing is to discuss loyalties to different football teams in any workplace!  While the majority of the Gemini Print team are delighted with the Brighton & Hove Albion win versus Arsenal, there are a few who are feeling rather more dejected!

However, a clever fundraising idea from Albion in the Community means we will be taking part in ‘wear blue and white’ on Friday, April 27th in return for a donation to the charity.  Plans to add to the occasion with football-related fun are in full flow.

Gemini Print organiser Tracey Cooper said “it is lovely opportunity to support our client Albion in the Community.  The fundraising helps so many. The cost of sessions for local people with disabilities who want to play sport can be up to £5000 per person for a year.  They also work across more than 100 schools across East and West Sussex!”

Albion in the Community is recognised nationally for inspiring people to be active, increasing participation for young people to play football whatever their ability or background and raise aspirations in local communities and improve life chances.  Their values are commitment, respect, quality and teamwork!  Sounds like the values any of us in business aspire to achieve at all times.

The range of disability-specific coaching includes Powerchair (reigning champions in the South East), Brighton & Hove Albion Deaf FC, Amputee FC and Cerebral Palsy FC.

To help ‘turn everywhere blue and white on April 27th’ you can get more information from
www.albioninthecommunity.org.uk/wear-blue-white-27-april-support-albion-community/

2018-11-01T14:59:10+00:00March 5th, 2018|Categories: Print|

Brighton Fringe 2018

Best Design for Print Award 2018 –£500 Prize To Be Won

Mark Tulley, Sales Director, the Gemini Print Group has announced the fifth year of the Brighton Fringe – Best Design for Print Award 2018 – open to designs for print to celebrate the best-printed publicity for Brighton Fringe 2108.  He said “we are consistent in our passion for the very best printing and design. It is great to be encouraging excellence in creativity and design for the Brighton Fringe 2018.  This award can also be the opportunity to promote new talent, which is a fabulous outcome.”

If you are an art director, designer, illustrator, photographer, typographer or Brighton Fringe participant who is a DIY designer you are eligible to enter.

It is easy to enter – simply  e-mail a sample of your intended print communication (leaflets, posters, flyers, postcards and o on) created for Brighton Fringe 2018 by Friday 27th April 2018 to marketing@gemini-print.co.uk

You may submit up to 5 PDFs or photographs per entry.

Please make credits and descriptions as complete, legible and accurate as possible.

Brighton Fringe 2018 criteria is as follows:-

Eye-catching: the immediate appeal of the artwork, including impact, originality and style.

Informative: the quality and design of the information presented on the artwork?

Marketable: the overall marketing effect of the artwork – why does it make me want to see this show?

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd June 2018 and will receive £500 worth of professional printing by the Gemini Print Group – plus associated publicity and celebrations!

The Gemini Print Group is the official print partner to Brighton Fringe 2018, providing printing, support and advice to all participants and venues every year.

Please see below for some of more than 100 entries from 2017.  The judges selected Andrew Nolan’s creative design for comedy act ‘Richard Todd Sellotape at the Blue Man Café.  The judging panel said “Andrews work stood out as original, impactful, interesting and engaging.  All the ingredients for a winning creative”.

The Gemini Print Group and Brighton Fringe will shortly be announcing the judging panel for 2018

www.brightonfringe.org/take-part/participants/awards

2018-11-01T15:14:10+00:00February 26th, 2018|Categories: Print|

Thank You For Thank You’s

Although any successful business has to focus on efficiency, profits, revenues, cost controls, and yields the Gemini Print Group team believe that the best feeling of success comes when customers are so happy that they go to the effort of letting you know how pleased they are.

To produce quality lithographic or digital printing, large format print, specialised finishing, mail and fulfilment, and promotional products demands a multi-skilled client team for every project.  These teams appreciate the feedback and seeing that their extra efforts make a real difference so  ‘thank you’ to all our customers who take the time to send such lovely messages.

A small sample of some reviews and testimonials received recently include:

Orkney Boats Pilot House

“The leaflets have arrived today as promised.  Many thanks to you (Zoe Tindall) and all at Gemini for processing this urgent order so quickly and efficiently.  It is much appreciated.”

P.H. – Orkney Boats

“Hello, Olga (Olga Saskova) Arron (Arron Clark), Lauren (Lauren Britton), Joanne (Joanne Manning) and all the team behind this job.  Thanks for delivering on time and spot on as always.  I am really chuffed with the printing and binding on this job; it looks fab.  Your support and advice throughout were much appreciated”.

C.E. – Graphic Design: The Arts Foundation

The Arts Foundation
Windsor Forest Colleges

“Mike (Mike Webb) – thanks for the Adult Education leaflets, all arrived on schedule and looked great.  I am very grateful to you and all at Gemini for turning this around so quickly.  Please pass on my thanks to all concerned.”

Also: “Thank you for the delivery of the prospectus this afternoon. I know we have a very tight turnaround on this job but want to say thank you for delivering on time.  We are delighted with the finished result and would like to share our thanks with you and all involved at Gemini.  I look forward to the next project.”

J.H. – Windsor Forest College Group

“Darren (Darren McLachlan) …….we’re very pleased with The Annual Report, it looks very smart.  Thank you all very much!”

F.S. – The Superyacht Group

superyacht group logo
Albion in the Community

“Hi, Julie (Julie Beard) just a massive thank you to everyone for our AITC Magazine and health flyers!  You’ve done a superb job in record time again, and we really appreciate it!”

A.W. – Albion in the Community

“Dear Clare (Clare Kiff) and Max (Maxine Cropper).  Thanks for turning the job round so quickly.  Great job and they are on board the ship heading for France tonight.  Great team effort, so thanks to everyone involved.”

I.J. – Brittany Ferries

Brittany Ferries
Study Group logo

“Well done to Catriona (Catriona Scobie) – its great to see the recognition you richly deserve.  Great customer service to the Study Group over the last few years and I’d like to add a personal thank you too.  Its been and will continue to be a pleasure working with you Cat.”

J.B. – The Study Group

“Hi, Zoe (Zoe Tindall).  On behalf of Pyroban Limited I wanted to thank you once again for getting everything printed for me – so quickly and to such a great standard.  As a market leading company in the field of explosion protection for the material handling and oil and gas industry, it is very important to us that our standards of communication are really precise and effective.  Your friendly approach and willingness to do “that extra mile” for us are so appreciated.  I have worked with The Gemini Print Group for many years, and they have always focussed on the fact that everyone is ‘passionate about perfect printing’.

K.P. – Pyroban Limited

Pyroban Limited

During 2017 the substantial investment in manufacturing plant, distribution and the installation of the Heidelberg XL Ten Colour B1 Speedmaster press was completed at the Gemini Print Group.  Group Managing Director Steve Cropper said that the goal in 2018 is simple.  “Ensure the Gemini printing expertise plus skilled consultative account management results in happy customers who feel confident to always refer us to their colleagues and friends.  We must always meet and exceed the standards expected from their ‘perfect print partner.  It is so rewarding for all the team when clients tell us they are really happy.”

2018-11-01T15:58:28+00:00February 13th, 2018|Categories: Print|

A Gemini Gem Onboard With Brittany

One of the things The Gemini Print Group teams really enjoy is the huge variety of business sectors the company provides printing, managed print and promotional products services.  From major international corporates and institutions to entrepreneurial start-ups.  From the academic sector to zoos!

A success story in the transport sector is Brittany Ferries with its hub in Portsmouth.  The company has been hitting the 2018 news with the exciting announcement of the new direct sailings on The Connemara between Cork and Santander in Northern Spain – the linking of two beautiful destinations.

The Gemini Print Group works with Ian Jeffery, Design & Production Manager.  His Gemini account team Clare Kiff and Maxine Cropper had this note from Ian following a project to print some leaflets for Brittany Ferries.  “Thanks for turning the job round so quickly. Great job and they are on board the ship heading for France tonight.  Great team effort, so thanks to all involved.”

Clare, Maxine and all the team were delighted with this feedback, meaning they are eligible for the first phase of 2018 Gemini Gem awards when the Directors recognise outstanding customer service KPI achievement– the key to the continual drive for improved quality of consultation and client focus throughout The Gemini Print Group.

Brittany Ferries
2018-11-01T16:00:23+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Print|

Resolution Re-Design Celebration

Resolution is the magazine for the high-end pro audio recording and media production professional recognised for technical expertise and insight, cutting-edge features and reports, and dynamic articles written by experts.

Printed by The Gemini Print Group, Resolution magazine has kicked off 2018 with an exciting re-design giving a clearer and sharper presentation style.  Go to resolutionmag.com to get a copy for just £5.

Sales Director Mark Tulley and Account Executive Catriona Scobie were delighted to be amongst the guests at the celebration party held at The Strongroom Bar and Kitchen.

The Strongroom is a most appropriate venue for Resolution – nestled in Shoreditch amongst recording and music industry creative businesses, adorned with artwork from the iconic artist James Reid, most revered for his work with the Sex Pistols.

Mark surprised Resolution Magazine owner Dave Robinson and Editor Nigel Jopson with ‘hot off the press’ copies of the January/February issue – something they were not expecting as it was not due for several days.

Catriona and Mark were delighted when Dave’s speech at the event highlighted the standard of work by The Gemini Print Group in producing such a high-quality magazine that reflected all the effort that had gone into the re-design so well.

The Resolution Magazine is certainly the one resolution you will find a pleasure to stick to all year!

The Gemini Print Group teams print and produce a large and diverse portfolio of magazine titles. Contact marketing@gemini-print.co.uk to find out how they can help you.

Resolution Magazine
2018-11-01T16:00:53+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: All, Print|

Gemini Green Growth – Funding Available

Green Growth PlatformThe Gemini Print Group is proud of always working hard to maintain the highest green and eco certification standards.  As a commercial printer who has maintained an environmental policy long ahead of any legislative demands to do so, the team are proud of the care taken at every stage.

Vegetable based printing inks, colour management ISO certification, FSC paper purchasing controls, Woodland Trust forestry replanting, major recycling programmes, power and fuel management – the list goes on.

Working with like-minded green focussed companies throughout East and West Sussex The Gemini Print Group is a member of The University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.  A team of university specialists, industry experts, business advisors and members work together to reduce any negative environmental impact of every business and to focus on increasing environmentally friendly and low carbon products and services.

If you are based in East Sussex The Green Growth Platform you may even be eligible for grants and funding to help your business transformation. https://www.brighton.ac.uk/business-services/green-growth-platform

To talk to The Gemini Print Group about our FSC Chain of Custody and the other eco-management standards we bring to quality commercial printing, please contact marketing@gemini-print.co.uk or call Suzanne on 01273 464884

2018-11-02T09:24:42+00:00January 23rd, 2018|Categories: All|

Sent to Coventry!

Even when you know you are working with the nationwide company, it still comes as a shock when Group MD Steve Cropper ‘sends you to Coventry’!

Seriously though, The Gemini Print Group were delighted to be invited to exhibit at the UK leading promotional product exhibition – PPD Live, held in the stunning Ricoh Arena in Coventry – what an amazing venue.

If you managed to get to PPD Live, we hope you have had a good and safe journey home.

Thank you so much to all of you who invested your time in visiting The Gemini Print Group stand.  In addition to chatting about the huge range of printing (lithographic, digital & large format) and finishing options many people told us that the opportunities of Gemini Augmented Reality printing inspired them.

“At last I can do something that enables an effective multimedia approach.”

“Lovey to talk to a printer who provides consultancy and support – and in-house skilled finishing too”.

“Good to see a UK printer still investing and developing.”

“Well done on having all the eco-certification and chain of custody accreditation our clients need to see.”

The Gemini Print Group innovative approach to integrating video, audio and online with the proven power of print and paper added to +40 years quality experience means we are proud to be trusted by so many companies as their  ‘perfect print partner’.

Thank you too to everyone who entered the competition at the stand. Congratulations to the WINNERS including Laura, Angela, Scott, Cheryl, Stu and Tony. Elaine Crees on e.crees@gemini-print.co.uk or 07522 233 325  is looking forward to working with you.

For anyone who either did not make it through the bad weather to PPD Live or did not have time to visit our stand, please do contact Suzanne Heaven on  s.heaven@gemini-print.co.uk or call 07812 162 283.

PPD Live Welcome
PPD show stand
PPD win £250

2018-11-02T09:26:47+00:00January 18th, 2018|Categories: Print|

Paper Packaging Wins

cardboard boxThe team at The Gemini Print Group complete a lot of printed packaging projects for a huge variety of products.  The variations in shape and size and design are exciting and provide a great opportunity for skilled commercial printers to demonstrate excellence in hand finishing skills too.

In the midst of heated discussions about avoidable plastic waste and a move towards a circular economy, a snap poll, conducted by Two Sides and international research agency Toluna, has revealed a strong preference for paper & cardboard amongst UK consumers.

A survey of 500 adults found paper & cardboard to be the most preferred packaging material for environmental friendliness, recyclability and practicality.

Paper & cardboard packaging is durable, renewable and recyclable and will be an essential material as we move towards a regenerative, circular economy, as outlined in the governments Environmental Plan published January 2018.

Respondents were asked which packaging material they prefer based on a number of different reasons.  Paper & cardboard received the highest score for being better for the environment and easier to recycle, and regarding practicality, easier to open and close, easier to store, lighter weight, more practical and safer to use!

Set us the challenge of creating packaging for your business.   The Gemini Print Group team can show you lots of examples that could inspire some great ideas. For any information, you can contact marketing@gemini-print.co.uk

2018-11-02T09:30:49+00:00January 12th, 2018|Categories: Gemini Print, Print|

New Consultant For New Services

elaine creesWith the recognition by business that the power of paper and print has undergone an exciting level of renaissance The Gemini Print Group has welcomed Elaine Crees to the team to underpin a real consultative approach to business development.

Elaine has joined as Business Services Consultant so all clients can now benefit from her recognised expertise in supporting business to run effectively with efficient print services, promotional campaigns, and managed fulfilment.

Sussex born and bred Elaine commenced her working life in the legal sector before breaking to bring up two sons, Alex and Stuart.  Her career success continued working with clients from every sector, from small independents to major companies such as Nestle, Nokia and Wates Construction.

Elaine is also known for her long experience in the wholesale sector working with major office supplies companies across the south of England who always welcomed her positive, smiling approach – someone who consistently cares about successful results development, superb customer service and supporting clients to achieve the best return on their investments.

Whether running along Shoreham beach, skiing with her partner James, doing long walks by the river with friends or simply enjoying a glass of good wine, Elaine is still always ready to help people with input on how they can grow and develop their business.  Her father and brother are passionate Brighton & Hove Albion supporters, while Elaine gets into fierce debates predicting match results for QPR. She also supports the Suters Yard team in organising the annual Shoreham RiverFest and the Dragon Boat Racing on the River Adur.

If you think your business could benefit from a free review meeting to ensure you are gaining the most effective approach to printing, promotional products or related communication services, please do contact Elaine on e.crees@gemini-print.co.uk or 01273 464884

2018-11-01T16:16:24+00:00January 9th, 2018|Categories: Print|

New Year Predictions – Interview with Print Week Magazine

Name:             Steve Cropper
Job title:         Group Managing Director & CEO
Company:      The Gemini Print Group

What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year?
Have the fun come back into the printing industry – at the right price

What trend (business or technology) do you think 2017 will be remembered for?
The smart phone getting even smarter – and the opportunities this gives printers to link digital and print.

What do you think will represent the single biggest opportunity for printers in 2018 and why?
The renaissance of understanding how powerful print and paper is for effective communication – even young people are stating that they love the tactile experience of quality print

What do you think will represent the single biggest threat for printers in 2018 and why?
The Brexit effect for the unknown impact on sales growth and costs

What’s the one thing that the industry should do more of, or do better, in 2018?
Less battle ground and price fighting – more collaborative approach to protect the overall standards and yields.

What was your biggest disappointment in 2017?
Having to work during my honeymoon

What was your highlight of 2017?
Significant business award wins recognising the skills and efforts of all the Gemini colleagues along with the installation of the new ten colour Heidelberg 105XL Speedmaster

What are your hopes for 2018?
To maintain consistent investment in the team, the plant and customer centric skills

What was the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
Two ears – one mouth, and use them in those proportions

What was the most important thing that you learnt in 2017?
The advantages of balancing the genders and ages throughout the team

What if anything will you do differently in 2018?
Increasing my focus on listening to what the clients want to achieve, ideas from our suppliers and input from my colleagues

What’s your favourite Christmas cracker joke?
Q: What did Cinderella say when her photos didn’t arrive
A: One day my prints will come!

What was the best Christmas present you ever received?
Not suitable for publishing!!

Are you making any New Year’s resolutions? If so, what?
Remember there is only 24 hours in a day and some of those are for sleeping and relaxing (and playing rugby!)

Full Print Week article can be found here:
https://www.printweek.com/print-week/news/1163207/new-year-predictions-steve-cropper-gemini-print-group

2018-01-03T15:09:46+00:00January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Print|