Print-Leeds becomes sole label supplier to Marston’s Beer Company

Print-Leeds, the specialist print house based in Leeds, has become the sole supplier of wet glue labels to Marston’s Beer Company. This is the result of a competitive tendering process.

Print-Leeds has printed wet-glue labels for Marston’s for seven years in a contract that was split across two suppliers. The new sole supplier contract is for a three year period and is worth in the region of £2m per annum. The labels will be used right across Marston’s bottled beer brand portfolio including Wainwright, Hobgoblin, McEwan’s and Pedigree.

Rod Fisher, managing director at Print-Leeds said: “We have become a brand synonymous with the food and beverage industries. Marston’s is a long-standing client and we are really pleased to be appointed its sole wet glue label supplier. This wouldn’t have been possible before we invested £5m in new premises and a state of the art Heidelberg 7-colour press.”

Colin Mackenzie, Marston’s corporate procurement added: “We are really pleased for Print-Leeds and look forward to working with them on future projects over the next three years.”

Print-Leeds moved premises just over a year ago to a much larger 30,000 sq ft factory which has now been fully refurbished on a four acre site. At the same time the company invested in a new £2.5m Heidelberg XL106 7-colour press with coater which is running alongside its existing Heidelberg 7-colour UV litho press. This was part of a planned £5m investment to double the company’s production capacity, streamline production, provide greater flexibility and bring the all-important contingency option in-house for the production of wet glue labels, composite tube wraps, litho box laminates and UV litho work.

Print-Leeds prides itself on being the most technically advanced printer in the UK, constantly investing in new machinery to open up new markets and better serve its clients. The company acquired a wet glue label printer five years ago which trebled its turnover. MD, Rod Fisher, is currently looking at a digital press which will launch the company into the self-adhesive market.

Rod explains: “We are constantly being asked by clients and prospective clients about self-adhesive labels. The beauty of moving into this market means we could print labels for any industry. The press we are looking at is one of the most technically advanced on the market.“

This would be a further evolution for Print-Leeds which started life as a repro house, moving into printing in 2001 and into labels in 2013.

Print-Leeds strengthens team with three new appointments

New recruits: L-R Richard Tandy, Isobel Hainsworth-Brear and Adam Rider

Specialist printing house Print-Leeds has strengthened its digital print and management team with three new appointments bringing the total number of staff to 39.

Richard Tandy and Adam Rider have joined the digital print team – Richard as an Account Manager in Digital Sales and Adam as a Digital Print Operator.  Isobel Hainsworth-Brear has joined the management team as a Director.

Richard Tandy joined Print-Leeds from Bluetree Design & Print where he managed the POS channel.  At Print-Leeds he is responsible for the sales strategy of the POS division, client liaison and business development, negotiating client contracts, project management and technical reviews.  Richard has worked in the printing industry for 18 years, starting as a trainee estimator.  He has a broad industry knowledge and a wealth of technical experience which is key to keeping on top of all developments in the digital printing industry.

Adam Rider joined the firm from Dominion Digital Print.  He also has 18 years’ experience in the printing industry starting in screen printing, moving to Litho and then Digital.  Adam has extensive experience on a number of different printing machines from a Heidelberg four colour press to a flatbed digital press.  At Print-Leeds, Adam will be operating the Truepress wide-format digital press.

Isobel Hainsworth-Brear has joined Print-Leeds from Deloitte where she was Clients & Markets Lead for Yorkshire and the North East.  She will be heading up the marketing function and working on a number of special projects for the management team.

Rod Fisher, owner and managing director of Print-Leeds said: “The company continues to grow as we find new markets across all the divisions and the addition of highly experienced staff is of great value to us. We are renowned for our high quality digital work and this division is showing strong growth.”

Print-Leeds prides itself on being one of the most technologically advanced printers in the UK.  The digital print facility uses the latest technology and complements the rest of the business, producing large format banners, stickers, kiss-cut stickers, vinyl lettering, decals and canvasses, as well as posters, exhibition displays, signage, stationery and general promotional print.


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