14 Dec 2019

PrintIT! Looks to Ipex 2010 to Celebrate Britain’s Best Young Talent and Launch PrintIT! Year Six

Printit 2006 Finalists
Finalists from the PrintIT! 2006 competition gather in the atrium of the Birmingham NEC at Ipex 2006

With the final judging of the 2009/2010 competition entries complete, PrintIT! is looking to Ipex 2010 to join with industry supporters and sponsors to celebrate the best of Britain’s young talent, honour all the finalist students and their teachers, and present category winners with individual awards as well prizes for their schools in the form of print-related equipment.

Ipex 2010 marks another significant milestone for PrintIT!, and sees the culmination of the first five years of the initiative, which celebrated its inaugural awards ceremony at Ipex in 2006. Since then, PrintIT!, which has maintained its partnership with leading charity The Fairtrade Foundation, has engaged over 100,000 students from over 1,000-schools in England, won two awards, gained endorsements from Government and Royalty, as well as seen the launch of a new version for schools in Scotland. Designed to meet the curriculum criteria of the Scottish Qualifications Authority, PrintIT! Scotland has already attracted registrations from 30% of all Scottish secondary schools and nearly 4,000 students in the first few weeks. PrintIT! has also provided the framework for the introduction of ‘DigIT! to BuildIT!’ developed by Proskills, and covering a similar scheme of work and objectives for youngsters linked to the Building Products and Extractives industries.

Since taking over the management of PrintIT! from Picon in April 2007, Proskills has itself invested over £500,000 in the project, supplemented by the sponsorship and support gained from industry. Each year, on average, PrintIT! costs in the region of £200,000, of which approximately 25% comes from industry sponsorship, in the form of cash, prizes, advertising, paper, print, in addition to the time taken by printers who ‘twin’ with their local schools as part of the Twinning Programme which remains a vital element of the course.

“The significance of the support PrintIT! achieves from Industry is without question, and it is a testament to the commitment of Industry as a whole that we have been fortunate enough to maintain this level of support during a very difficult economic climate”, says Tom Bowtell, general manager of Proskills who is responsible for the team delivering PrintIT!. “We remain fully committed to the project and are currently working on plans for PrintIT! 2010/11 and I am delighted with the commitment we have already received from several sponsors to date.”

In addition, the recent restructuring of project resourcing within Proskills has resulted in the creation of a larger project team going forward. The new PrintIT! team is led by Jo Chapman, the Proskills Education & Schools Programmes Manager. Jo is supported by Jan Cassidy, Schools and Industry Co-ordinator, who will continue to provide the backbone of day to day project administration, and Richard Moore, Proskills Industry Lead for Print and Paper, as well as having access to the resources of the Proskills marketing team headed by Terri Jones, head of marketing & communications.

Jo Chapman, a former teacher, has been the Education Manager at Proskills for the last three years working on the development of the new government-backed 14-19 Diplomas. With her background in education, and her knowledge of working with industry partnerships gained when she managed an award winning ‘Schools Into Industry’ programme in the glass industry, Jo is well positioned to take over the role of Project Manager for PrintIT! and engage the support of the industry to develop PrintIT! going forward.

The PrintIT! team is already reviewing new developments for PrintIT! 2010/11, which will be launched to schools for the start of the new academic year in September 2010, with the awards ceremony scheduled for Spring 2011. While PrintIT! is keen to enlist feedback and suggestions from its sponsors and industry stakeholders, current proposals for next year include revisiting the scheme of work to update workbooks for students and teachers, introducing new paper and sustainability modules, taking a more proactive tracking of PrintIT! students through social networking sites, apprenticeship schemes and school career programmes as well as reviewing and updating the website.

Tom Bowtell adds, “PrintIT! remains a flagship initiative within our portfolio of education and schools programmes at Proskills. We are all immensely proud of PrintIT! and of what has been achieved over the past five years, and acknowledge the support and hard work that everyone involved has put into making this programme such a success. With the expanded PrintIT! team now in place, with access to greater resources and specialist skills, I am confident we can continue to work with stakeholders and industry supporters to build on a truly successful initiative and secure its long term success.”

The 2009/2010 PrintIT! Awards Ceremony takes place during Ipex 2010, on Saturday 22nd May 2010 in Concourse Suite 1 & 2. George Clarke, chairman of PrintIT!, managing director of Heidelberg and president of Ipex 2010 said, “Having been part of the final PrintIT! judging panel, I have been extremely motivated by the creativity, talent and understanding of print that these entries displayed, and where better to celebrate this talent and showcase our industry to these youngsters than at Ipex. To know that over 100,000 students have engaged in PrintIT! and learnt something about our industry can only help our long term goal to improve the image of UK Print plc and encourage this wealth of talent to consider a future career in print.”

City & West End Solutions Embrace Life in Latex!

Hp Designjet L25500

City & West End Solutions Lead the HP Latex Channel

City & West End Solutions will be exhibiting the new HP Designjet L25500 Latex ink printers on its stand (C30) at Sign&Digital UK this year. Having already built an enviable lead in selling over 85% of all the larger L65500 latex printers in the UK this year, the company is looking forward to repeating its success with the smaller version of this ground breaking printer.

Managing Director of City & West End Solutions, Doug Gilbertson, is positive both about the forthcoming exhibition ‘Sign & Digital is the ideal showcase for the new 60inch and 42inch L25500 models, its already making a deep impact into the traditional solvent sign maker market. Quite simply if you’re a sign maker who wants to grow your business you need to look at these printers, the productivity benefits from its performance alone warrants this, if you add the wider environmental benefits as well its essential’

City & West End Solutions is also showcasing a full range of solutions with the HP Designjet L25500 at the core. With Summa cutters available in bundles with the new printer there is a solution for every user. As the leading Onyx RIP reseller in the UK there will be software upgrade and bundle offers through out the show period.

Gilbertson continues ‘Our philosophy is to help our customers at every stage in their investment in new technology whether it’s a new printer or updating their current Rip. We know that getting the best support possible is crucial to making new technology produce the profit our customers expect. Our customers simply get the best service in the market and will always do so.’

City & West End Solutions solution lead philosophy also extends to how new equipment is financed for their customers. With capital expenditure under constant pressure the availability of competitive leasing options is a vital element in putting the right solution together.

‘Our relationship with our customers is guided by the simple objective of getting the best possible overall solution for them and their business. This mean getting the right hardware, software and media to produce the result they want. It also means we give our customers the best options in how to pay for their solution. In terms of leasing options we are able to obtain the most competitive rates in the market so they have all the flexibility possible in ensuring that their solution produces the right return for their business.’ concludes Gilbertson.

Ipex 2010 Exhibitors and Distributors Set to Find Perfect Match with Ipex Connect

Ipex Connect

The Ipex organisers have launched Ipex Connect, a sophisticated and free online service on the Ipex website, designed to link up exhibitors interested in expanding their business globally with suitable agents and distributors. Based on the hugely successful Agent & Distributor Matchmaking Scheme in 2006, Ipex Connect provides a comprehensive list of active dealers and exhibitors in specific locations, allowing all users from around the world to get in touch with distributors and suppliers that they may otherwise not know about.

In addition to searching for companies, users can create a comprehensive profile of themselves on Ipex Connect with a picture, then tag their favourite content, contacts and search results. Once they have located a potential business partner, they can instantly communicate with the target company using a secure, built-in email facility. From the beginning of April, they will also be able to make appointments to meet with suitable companies at Ipex 2010. Once exhibitors and agents have finalised their diaries, Ipex Connect will enable them to create and print a PDF of the personalised itinerary within seconds or access it via an iPhone at the show.

Nick Craig Waller, Marketing Director of Ipex 2010 says, “This matchmaking scheme was hugely popular in 2006 so we’ve enhanced the service using the global reach and power of the Ipex website. So far, over 1,750 agents and distributors have already signed up for Ipex 2010.

“Ipex Connect helps achieve two crucial goals: encouraging attendance from agents and distributors from every corner of the world as well as maximising business opportunites for our exhibitors. Selecting the right distributor is absolutely crucial for growing a business successfully in countries where they currently don’t operate in. Ipex Connect will ensure that exhibitors find the best match for their company and by arranging an agreed time and place to meet at Ipex prior to the show, both parties can maximise their time at the event.”

To start using Ipex Connect, distributors and agents will need to register for Ipex 2010 at www.ipex.org/register. They will subsequently receive an email with login details to access the service at www.ipex.org/connect. Exhibitors at Ipex 2010 can join Ipex Connect via the Exhibitor Zone at www.ipex.org/ezone. For further information, please contact Nick Craig Waller, Marketing Director at Ipex 2010, on +44 (0) 20 7017 7020 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .uk.

Sign & Digital 2010 Announce Free Seminar Programme


Signuk Seminar

Sign & Digital UK 2010 see's the introduction of 3 NEW features; the Sign Makers Workshop the Software Theatre and the New Product & Demo 'Launch Pad'.


Adobe Theatre

Adobe will once again be hosting their own software theatre that was expanded with great success to make it even more accessible in 2009. Hosted by Terry Steeley from Iridius, demonstrations, tips and creative solutions for using Adobe Creative Suite 4 will be available including Adobe Bridge, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator and Acrobat Pro. In addition, representatives will be on hand from Apple, giving a session on getting the most out of Mac OS X v10.6 ‘Snow Leopard’.

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Corel Theatre

Running alongside the Adobe Theatre once again are the FREE Corel semina sessions, full of the latest features and advice. Make sure you take in these presentations.

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Signmakers Workshop

Presenting this new feature is expert Paul Hughes from Western Signs & Printing and the popular Price It Guide who has owned and run a successful sign making business for 13 years! Running the demo theatre where he will be hosting a live demo area on the basics of sign making, a must see for anyone one in the sign making industry or anyone who wants to be! One of the sessions entitled ‘the sign clinic’ is a questions and answers forum with live / hands on demos.

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Software Demo Theatre

Bringing you the very latest software packages for the Sign & Digtial market. Presented by industry experts to give you the benefit of FREE advice. Each FREE session consists of 45 minutes, repeated each day of the show.

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Race Ahead with Grafityp UK at Sign & Digital 2010

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Grafityp UK Ltd will be exhibiting on Stand No’s.  F10 & F21 at this year’s Sign & Digital UK Exhibition.  A broad outline of just some of the products you can see on display include - Grafitack & Graficast self-adhesive sign making films, GrafiPrint digital media and GrafiFlex CAD cut and CAD print textile materials.

A first showing of the all new, just launched, Roland VersaCAMM VS-640 print and cut machine with white and metallic ink configurations can be seen on the Grafityp stand – the widest VersaCAMM to date.  A large selection of digital printers and print and cut machines can also be seen including, to name a few, the VersaCAMM SPi/VPi 300 and 540 print & cut machines from Roland, the Zephyr UV printer and the ValueJet Hybrid 1608 which utilises newly developed vegetable origin inks for roll to roll, roll to sheet and rigid board printing, both from Mutoh.  There will also be a StellarJet K72UV printer from GCC on site.

Also from GCC, there will be a selection from the large range of LaserPro laser engraving/cutting machines performing their capabilities throughout the exhibition.

Vehicle wrapping demonstrations will take place for the duration of the show and visitors will be given the opportunity to take part in a “have a go” competition to win a fabulous full day Formula 1 driving experience including hotel stay and meals, memorabilia and an F1 Certificate! Be sure to stop by and try your hand with GrafiWrap vehicle wrap film.

The full range of Grafityp products can be found in the very latest edition of Express Sign Products magazine/price list, which can be collected on the stand.

Register now to get FREE entry to Sign & Digital UK 2010, and then come along to Stand No’s.  F10 & F21 and try your hand with GrafiWrap vehicle wrap film to be in with a chance of winning this amazing prize.

Sign Makers Workshop at Sign & Digital UK

Price It

Sign & Digital UK is renowned for being at the fore front of innovation and ideas. This year is no different! We are unveiling the all NEW Sign Makers Demo Theatre. This dedicated area onsite is where visitors can come and see an expert demonstrating some of the most commonly asked for jobs in the world of sign making. This forum not only allows you to watch and learn but also ask questions 1 on 1 and get hands on with the tools and equipment involved!

Presenting this new feature is expert Paul Hughes from Western Signs & Printing and the popular Price It Guide who has owned and run a successful sign making business for 13 years!

Paul says ‘I’m delighted to be return to Sign & Digital UK to publish our latest guide as it is where we published our first guide three years ago’. Paul will be busy at the show as not only is he promoting his guide but is also running the demo theatre where he will be hosting a live demo area on the basics of sign making, a must see for anyone one in the sign making industry or anyone who wants to be! One of the sessions entitled ‘the sign clinic’ is a questions and answers forum with live / hands on demos.

‘Panel Swap’ competition as part of the NEW Sign Makers Workshop'...

The Rules for the Panel Swap are, your panel must be brought to the show, be no bigger than 2ft x 2ft, have reference to Sign & Digital 2010 on it – other than that it is an open brief with a ‘sign industry’ theme – as an example you could have something like: ‘a business with no sign is a sign of no business’.

Register now online at www.signanddigitaluk.com for FREE entry and come along with your panel to be in with a chance to WIN a Graphtec CE5000-60 and software worth £1395

Find out more about the Panel Swap, ask our expert Paul - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Find out more about the competition prize and Graphtec at www.graphtecgb.com or call 01978 666700.

Register now online at www.signanddigitaluk.com for FREE entry and come along with your panel to be in with a chance to WIN a Graphtec CE5000-60 and software worth £1395

Timetable for the workshop

  • 10.30 - Back to Basics - what we make signs from.
  • 11.00 - Sign Clinic
  • 11.30 - Basic Vinyl Application.
  • 12.00 - Sign Clinic
  • 12.30 - Basic Layout
  • 13.30 - Back to Basics
  • 14.00 - Sign Clinic
  • 14.30 - Basic Vinyl Application.
  • 15.00 - Sign Clinic
  • 15.30 - Basic Layout
  • 16.00 - Sign Clinic

Click here to see all the details on these and all the other seminars at Sign & Digital 2010.

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