Northend News...

Book printed by Northend for Lowry Theatre gets BBC mention

One of Northend's productions for the Lowry Arts Theatre in Salford has been featured on the BBC News website.

The Hedgehog and her Hoglet has been written by a group of young parents from Greater Manchester and is based on the experiences of new mothers and fathers in Salford.

The project, funded by the Lowry Arts Centre and Salford Council, aims to raise literacy standards and encourage families to spend more time reading together.

Read the full story HERE


Northend prints the 2014 BPIF 'Best British Book'

The winning book, Sensuous Lines - a 284pp catalogue raissone of the intaglio prints of John Buckland Wright - was printed by Northend for The Fleece Press.

CLICK HERE to see the featured article in Print Week.


Northend Celebrated 125 years

It was our 125th birthday last year and a few of you have been around for over a third of that time which is just amazing.

We had a very successful Open Day with clients and suppliers. Long may we continue.


Northend applies the finishing touches

Significant changes have been made in our finishing area. New racking and new picking and packing layouts.

New smaller flexible and easy to use digital finishing equipment, all designed to allow us to better cope with the continued growth we are seeing in the numbers and amounts of digital jobs. Already we are reaping the benefits from hard work around process improvement and it will certainly allow us to cope better in the busier periods.


Northend embrace Wide Format

With our partners, PosterFriend, Northend started producing personalised posters to consumers earlier in the summer, our first venture into printing for consumers and not other businesses.

The initial experience was so successful that we, very quickly, had to ramp up our production capability and bought a new 60in wide HPMODEL Z6200, the latest, state-of-the-art full colour output device.

On the back of this latest investment, an opportunity was taken to produce posters for a national cinema chain and because of the volumes and short time frame to turn them around, Commercial Director, Sue Taylor had no hesitation in ordering another.

Both are now happily churning away at a rate of knots satisfying the demand for wide format for an array of customers, both national and more local.


Geoff clocks up 40 years...

It was a long time ago since glam rock bands topped the charts. 40 years ago in fact. The same year that a young lad fresh out of school, aged 16 started work in the plate making department at Northend.

These days you are just as likely to see Geoff operating the digital press as you are to see him grappling with a complex imposition! The skills may have changed but Geoff’s commitment and loyalty certainly haven't.

Many of the jobs Geoff originally trained for have disappeared and it his to his eternal credit that he is always up for a new challenge and ready to learn and develop in a new direction, so critical in a fast changing where speed and flexibility are so important.


PrintWeek Awards 2013

Almost 900 people congregated in The Great Room at the Grovenor House Hotel on Park Lane, London; all expecting to win! Northend were shortlisted in the most hotly contested category of Book Printer of the Year, along with 5 other companies, some of the biggest Book names in the UK.

Despite our high expectation, we were sadly pipped at the post and had to settle for a gallant loser position. It took the edge off the night but we still danced the light fantastic until after 1a.m. and had an opportunity to network with many of our supply chain as well as with other printers.

It took the 4 of us all week to recover from our late night on the town but won’t put us off entering again if we have worthy publications in 2014!


Nigel goes AWOL... and returns in one piece!

With a few of his friends, the fatdads, Nigel embarked on his toughest challenge yet. Lands End to John O’Groats by bike in nine days, averaging a hundred miles a day. The event raised funds for a number of local charities, all very worthy causes in their own right.

So far the fatdads have raised over £50,000, and, having been featured on the Alex Jones show on radio 2 on 5th September, they hope to raise even more. The ride started on 6th and ended in John O’Groats on 14th September where the fatdads were tired but not quite as fat! As you can imagine, it’s gone a little array since. “of them haven’t even put their pedals back on!

Meanwhile Sue and the rest of the team are continuing to do all the hard work, even though he’s back at the day job… or so they tell him?