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SAXOPRINT won the BAPC ‘Business of the Year’, Vivid Lamination Technologies captured 'Supplier of the Year' and It Has To Be Brilliant (IHTBB) the 'Environmental Printer of the Year' category.

Companies across Britain have been recognised by the British Association for Print and Communications (BAPC) awards for excellence in print that were sponsored by Duplo.

In a special luncheon in London yesterday, SAXOPRINT won the BAPC ‘Business of the Year’, Vivid Lamination Technologies captured Supplier of the Year and It Has To Be Brilliant (IHTBB) the Environmental Printer of the Year category.

SAXOPRINT is an international company with headquarters in Germany and service centre offices in London, which started as a small local printer in 1999. It employs 550 staff and describes itself as bringing a ‘human touch’ to online printing. SAXOPRINT markets for more than 4,000 orders per day are across the UK, in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain and Italy. Products focus on business, advertising and exhibition requirements.

Philip Foster, who runs the UK operation, said: “Personal professional service is always extremely important to SAXOPRINT as we continue to grow. We take enormous pride in winning the ‘Business of the Year’ award from the BAPC, an organisation constantly sharing expertise with printers. Its advice has certainly helped us develop and grow our business.”

Best supplier award winner Vivid Laminating Technologies designs and manufactures systems from its base at Coalville, Leicestershire, while London-based IHTBB (Environmental Printer of the Year) is a BAPC award winner for the second year running. In 2016, it was named ‘Business of the Year’.

An independent panel judged the entries to recognise outstanding achievement within the print and communication industry. Resonating with the BAPC’s aim to nurture a community of spirit and excellence, all nominees receive artwork for a certificate so they can demonstrate to their customers that they were in the running for an accolade.

Sidney Bobb, BAPC Chairman, said: “Throughout the many years of the awards, winners. among many other companies, have turned to the BAPC for help, support or guidance. Our independent panel of judges had difficult choices to make, but were unanimous on the winners. Everybody who was nominated should also be proud of their achievements.”

He added: “We’re also grateful for the generous support from Duplo – a company with an enviable reputation in the print industry – that enabled these awards to happen.”

Peter Jolly, Managing Director of Duplo UK, said: “Congratulations to all the winners and nominees! As a company with a proud heritage of supporting education and wider initiatives, this is another great opportunity to recognise excellence. The BAPC does a great job in helping companies, which is why we were delighted to sponsor the awards.”

The other short-listed companies were: Canon, Copy Color, Duplo, EFI, Fineline Printing, IFS, Kall Kwik, Farnham, Print4UK, Ricoh and The Magic Touch.