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Earlier this year, Robert Horne Group launched a competition to find ‘the oldest printer in town’ with a combined digital hardware prize package worth over £37,000 up for grabs. The competition was developed as part of Robert Horne's campaign to promote its digital consultation service which provides advice on the potential opportunities offered by wide format print and is geared to helping print providers realise their business potential.

The competition offered three winners the opportunity to make 'a big impression' with no capital outlay. To enter, printers had to register details of their existing printer, so that the first prize winner - ‘the oldest printer in town’ - could be verified by serial number and date of manufacture.

First prize, a Mimaki CJV 130 was won by Eccleshall-based Creative Bee, whose Epson printer first started life in the mid-1990s. Managing Director Ian Douglass said he was thrilled to win. “We’ve seen the Mimaki in action and it’s really impressive. The addition of this new piece of kit will really help us to up productivity and increase our business; best news I’ve had this year!”

WPG Ltd, a print company in mid-Wales, close to the Shropshire border, was the winner of the second prize, a HP Z6200. Managing Director Paul Jones said, “In addition to traditional litho print services, we offer clients a fast 24-hour turnaround on short-run digital print jobs. The new HP wide format device will really help us expand our digital service further.”

The third prize winner - due shortly to take delivery of an Epson 7000 - was Clarendon Press whose purpose-built premises are in Alderley, Gloucestershire. Commenting on the win, Managing Director Pete Roberts said, “We are always keen to keep abreast of the very latest technology and the opportunity to install a brand new printer without capital outlay will be a real boon to our business. The new Epson printer will help us to manage a whole host of jobs and ensure that our customers continue to enjoy the highest levels of quality and service.”

In addition, the materials supplier offered two runners-up prizes:  Warwickshire-based Clintplan won a Seal 54EL laminator and Staffordshire-based JSW Print was awarded a Keencut Arc152 rotary trimmer.

Mark Gilbert, Robert Horne Group Commercial Print Divisional Director adds, “The range of applications that can now be produced digitally is increasing exponentially. The response to this competition was overwhelming and we’re delighted that three customers can now leverage the very latest in digital technology.”

For more information on Robert Horne Group, please visit www.roberthorne.co.uk