We are always open to suggestions for new products. We always seek partners for a new range. If your organisation is considering the production of cards, posters or other similar material then do contact us for an initial discussion.
We have become experienced in photographing labour movement banners. We will travel to locations with a portable studio lighting system and other necessary equipment to photograph banners which can be hung. We now have substantial experience of photographing banners which can only be unrolled but not hung.
High resolution images of small enamel badges have enavbled us to not only produce the greetings cards but also enlargements for t-shirts.
High resolution images are produced. After editing they are used for both print of cards and posters and the production of replica banners. The image files are suitable for archive purposes.
In addition to using our A3 professional scanner, we are currently in the process of building a system to photograph large format posters, capable of handling images 1500mm x 1000mm.
Our digital retoucher produces excellent results. We will also undertake other photographic commissions.
We use a high resolution A3 flatbed scanner for copying documents. As for our photography, high resolution images are produced. After editing they are used for print and archive purposes. We will travel with this scanner to your site.
We generally use our friends at Kavita Graphics for design. They have a well-established relationship with our regular printers, The Russell Press, in Nottingham. We are therefore able to complete the design and print phase in an integrated manner.
We have produced postcards, greetings cards and posters and will be publishing pamphlets in 2014.
We pack a greetings card with an envelope in a clear peel n seal bag (sometimes called a cello bag). We are seeking alternatives to these cello bags.
We are moving from the use of clear plastic cartons for packs of greetings cards and postcards to printed cartons.
We roll the posters and insert them in what is called LFT (Lay Flat Plastic) tubing. It’s a thin plastic tube which is supplied flat on a roll. Then we insert the poster and LFT in a cardboard tube and attach end caps.
For tubes that will be mailed to a customer, we also staple the end caps to the cardboard tube for greater security.
We buy the tubes in bulk and recycle large quantities.
Royal Mail has a special arrangement for tubes which are no more than 450mm long and 75mm diameter. They are strict. Tubes which measure 450mm are too long, as the end caps themselves add at least 2mm. So we source tubes which are less than 450mm.
Posters which require a tube greater than 450mm are more expensive to mail out and to buy. We have a supply of recycled tubes which are 75mm and greater than 450mm. We cut them to suit the posters and are often to be seen when we do stalls at events.
Packs of postcards are now supplied in printed cardboard cartons which are shrink wrapped. One set of postcards (Strike '84) continue to be available in a clear cello bag.
We distribute our products to the retail trade except for some pamphlets.
Some pamphlets that we publish may be distributed to the retail trade by others. It will depend on the agreement with the partner
Local history booklets
We are keen to provide an opportunity for small scale and local publications to have a national platform for sales. An example would a short history of a Trades Council, which originally had a local audience and was priced with no distribution costs and retail mark up in mind. We will do this without expecting a share of the income (it could not work otherwise).We will undertake to put the publication on our site. We will discuss with the supplier how to manage the costs we incur; packaging, postage and any additional handling fess imposed by Paypal or similar.
Why do we offer this? Because the publications require and warrant a wider audience and secondly we would hope for more visits to our site.