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  • Grand Prix

    Fujifilm UK supplies a wide range of award-winning solutions for the newspaper industry all designed to help improve production performance. Due to an unprecedented investment programme in plate R&D and manufacturing, Fujifilm is now able to offer the most complete, high quality, environmentally-friendly range of CTP plate products in the industry. Fujifilm UK’s Brillia range of CTP plates for the newspaper industry now comprises violet and thermal versions with both processed and chemistry-free derivatives available. This means there is a Fujifilm plate solution to suit the specific needs of any newspaper printer. Underpinned by a world-wide support infrastructure and plate manufacturing capability, Fujifilm has developed a platform to build on its position as the number one plate supplier in the market. It is not just through consumables where Fujifilm adds value. Fujifilm UK’s Elara software allows newspaper publishers to improve the quality and efficiency of image optimisation in busy newspaper publishing environments, and working together with leading suppliers, Krause and FFEI, Fujifilm UK offer plate setters designed specifically for the most demanding newspaper environments. For more information, visit: https://www.fujifilm.eu/uk/products/graphic-systems/newspaper-printing
  • UPM – Young Achiever of the Year

    The UPM Premier Award
    UPM delivers renewable and responsible solutions and innovate for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. They offer alternatives to replace non-renewable fossil-based materials. We develop new innovative and sustainable businesses. Biofuels, biocomposites and biochemicals are based on our extensive know-how and strong position in the forest biomass sourcing and processing value chain.

    In the paper business UPM is the world’s leading producer of newsprint, magazine and fine papers and a committed partner for printing, publishing and retail businesses. It also provides copy and envelope papers for home and office use. UPM paper mills are located in Finland, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Austria, the United States and China. Within the UK, UPM has three production facilities and sales offices for its paper, timber and plywood products. Its paper mills are located in North Wales and South West Scotland.

    UPM’s Biofore strategy has received external recognition. For the sixth year in a row UPM was listed as the industry leader in the Dow Jones European Sustainability Index (DJSI) for 2018-2019. The company’s commitment to sustainability extends even further with the use of renewable energy generated from biomass.

    To learn more, please visit: www.upmpaper.com, www.upm.com
    Regional Daily Newspaper of the Year

    The Aktrion Atalian Servest Premier Award
    Aktrion, now part of the multinational Atalian Servest group employing in excess of 125 000 people worldwide with annual turnover of 3 billion Euros, has been an innovator in the development and delivery of cost-effective support services to Newspaper and Commercial Printers since its establishment in 1993. A unique combination of business improvement skills, management expertise and a partnership approach means Aktrion deliver excellent performance faster and over sustained periods. Long term Customer relationships have resulted, and as Customer needs have changed, Aktrion has focussed on the continued development of skills, breadth and depth of capability to meet those challenges with its Customers. We have an extensive knowledge of the print production process and the associated maintenance requirements across a wide range of production equipment. Working flexibly to meet individual Customer requirements Aktrion deliver a range of solutions from single tasks or services to a fully managed integrated solution. All underpinned by externally validated Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality Management Systems. Change management activity is adopted to ensure higher productivity and a consistently high quality of service. Our people are key to delivering excellence and we provide training and development opportunities and appropriate career paths. We have extensive experience of managing people through the process of TUPE transfer without having any negative impact on the production environment. Services include: Transport Management, Planned Engineering Maintenance and Projects, Reel Intake, Plate Making, Pressroom Support, Bindery Management, Mailing, Despatch, Materials Handling, Facilities Management, Professional Services (Health, Safety and CDM, Fire Safety, Compliance and Value Engineering, Training and Consultancy) www.aktrion.com
    Sunday Newspaper of the Year

    The Prinovis Award
    Prinovis UK is one of Europe’s best invested, financially secure publication gravure printing businesses and is now the last publication gravure printer in the UK, maintaining a competitive position in the European print market. Prinovis is Europe’s largest printing services provider; founded in 2005 as a merger of the gravure operations of Arvato (Bertelsmann), Axel Springer and Gruner + Jahr.  Now Prinovis is part of the Bertelsmann Printing Group.  In total it employs 2,300 people across our three production sites in Ahrensburg, Dresden and Nuremberg in Germany, corporate headquarters in Gütersloh, a Paris office and Prinovis UK in Liverpool where we employ almost 500 full time employees. As a gravure printer Prinovis UK produces a mix of supplements, contract magazines, flyers and catalogues for many of the UK’s leading retailers, as well as magazines and supplements for many of the UK’s leading publishers. These include The Times, The Daily Telegraph, Daily Mail, Argos, Ikea, Shop Direct, OK! Magazine and Hello Magazine. With the recent investment in its first web offset press, Prinovis UK’s production site is now evolving into a hybrid print plant providing customers an even wider range of print marketing services under one roof.
    Newspaper Printer of the Year

    The Agfa Premier Award

    More value for the entire newspaper printing business

    In this hugely competitive market the newspaper industry is always looking for ways to minimise their production costs, whilst also looking at new sources of revenue. Agfa investment in the development of leading edge innovations to help the newspaper market respond to the challenges of the sector is unrivalled with the continued focus to bring new services, software, hardware and plate technologies to the market. Agfa Graphics’ ECO³ program for newspaper printers makes a printer’s business more ecological and more cost-effective and profitable, with systems that are easier to operate and maintain. To maintain profitability, Agfa´s ECO³ solutions aim to reduce operating costs, to increase efficiency and process automation, to lengthen the maintenance cycles of clean-out units, to achieve the first sellable sheet as soon as possible, and finally, to enable ink savings. The ecological aspect of ECO³ includes the elimination or minimization of chemistry, reduction of waste (paper as the critical factor), water and energy consumption, and the possibility to re-use consumables. Spiral Screening adds a whole new dimension in quality for the customer with new screening capable up to 150 LPI Agfa can also provide hosted software services, from full cloud based systems to colour manipulation and storage, with no hardware at site and 24 hour seven days a week coverage and support. We are continually looking at our plate technology to allow the best fit for our customers with new products like the zero heat Avatar plate. So, all in all Agfa has the entire newspaper market covered.
    International Newspaper of the Year

    The Resolute Forest Products Premier Award
    Resolute Forest Products is a global leader in the forest products industry with a diverse range of products, including newsprint, specialty papers, tissue, market pulp and wood products. The company owns or operates over 40 pulp, paper, tissue and wood products facilities in the United States and Canada and power generation assets in Canada. Marketing its products in close to 80 countries, Resolute has third-party certified 100% of its managed woodlands to at least one of three internationally recognized sustainable forest management standards. Resolute is a leading global producer of top-quality newsprint with mills strategically located to serve major markets throughout North America and abroad. The company also produces a wide spectrum of coated and uncoated mechanical papers that offer an attractive solution for practically any commercial printing application. Its hardwood, softwood, recycled and fluff pulps are a renewable and biodegradable resource that can be transformed into a host of everyday products. Resolute Forest Products recently acquired Atlas Paper Holdings, Inc., a leading U.S. manufacturer of at-home and away-from-home tissue products, including recycled and virgin paper grades, and covering economy, value and premium grades. Finally, Resolute is a major producer of lumber and other wood products for the residential-construction and home-renovation markets, as well as for specialized structural and industrial applications. The company has received multiple national and international awards for its leadership in corporate social responsibility and sustainable development, as well as for its business practices. Visit resolutefp.com for more information
    International Printed Innovation of the Year

    The Printing Charity Award for all UK and overseas published newspapers
    Set up in 1827, The Printing Charity is the UK’s second oldest occupational charity and the only dedicated charity for the printing, paper, publishing, packaging, and graphic arts sectors. The industry has changed beyond all recognition, but our work is as relevant today as it has always been.

    Our aim is to help those in genuine need across the sector through our practical and emotional support, as well as championing the sector as a vibrant place to work with a great range of opportunities for young rising stars.

    We help people of all ages throughout the UK who might face changes in their personal circumstances, such as ill health, redundancy, or changes at work. Applicants need to have worked in the sector for at least three years, not necessarily consecutively or for the same employer, or they may be dependants of people who have. For those needing further support, we signpost to specialist services such as debt advice, housing, and counselling. It is not always easy for people to ask for help, but our Welfare & Wellbeing Team are a friendly voice at the end of the phone.

    We also work strategically with industry partners to attract and retain new talent in the sector and are passionate about the younger generation having access to training that provides pathways into employment and career progression. Our annual Print Futures Awards offer grants of up to £1,500 to help UK residents aged 18 to 30 years develop their workplace and personal skillsets.

    Please see www.theprintingcharity.org.uk for more about our work.
    National Newspaper of the Year

    The manroland Goss Web Systems Award
    manroland Goss web systems is the world leader in the creation of innovative and highly productive newspaper, commercial web offset printing and digital finishing solutions together with new innovative packaging solutions. The manufacturer’s market-leading position has been emphasised recently with the introduction of Market – X e-commerce trading platform providing printing companies and suppliers an efficient online parts ordering and supply system.

    manroland Goss web systems can provide the complete newspaper package with its “Total Solution” initiative. This begins with overall factory design and includes a full range of products in planning, plant design and management. manroland Goss web systems provides its PECOM-X features and workflow management via MasterQ to integrate all of the sub-supplier systems involved in production from booking ads through to printing, finishing, mailroom and delivery.

    manroland Goss web systems is the world leading supplier of heatset web offset presses from 16pp to 96pp and every format in between.

    manroland Goss web systems has recently introduced the industrial digital folding solutions FoldLine and FormerLine for the production of format variable and pagination variable products. From books to newspapers to commercial applications manroland Goss web systems legendary folding performance is now available for 24/7 digital print production at the highest accuracy and output levels.

    The service portfolio of manroland Goss web systems is the broadest available. It provides customised 24/7 service, maintenance packages plus integrated services and training measures as well as software products and workflow management systems. The company provides consultancy services covering all aspects of investment and building planning, organisation, management, systems engineering and process optimisation.

    manroland Goss web systems (UK) Ltd also provides the Schur Packaging range of equipment which completes the company’s involvement in virtually every stage of the production process. Products from Schur can be combined to provide a highly automated and highly efficient mailroom for newspaper and magazine publishers. The comprehensive range includes gripper conveyers, inserters, stackers, packaging lines, palletising, loading bay equipment, underwrappers, film wrappers and cross strapping machines. Schur Packaging has over 50 years of experience in providing the very best mailroom solutions throughout the world.

    To be successful you need equipment that performs reliably from a company that provides a complete service solution.

    manroland Goss web systems – your reliable high performance business partner.

    For more information please visit www.manrolandgoss.com
    Regional Supplement/Magazine of the Year
    The Precision Colour Printing Awards
    With over 30 years experience in commercial print, with an established reputation for producing high quality magazines and catalogues precision colour printing is at the forefront of the printing world. Not only this, but precision colour printing has gone on to win the award for Print Week’s Consumer Magazine and Catalogue Printer of the year on three occasions. Putting our customers at the centre of their business Working closely with their customers to gain a full understanding of their needs, they pride themselves on a true partnership approach with effective communication. With a dedicated Customer Service Representative managing each account, their customers can rely on a reliable and responsive service. What PCP do Specialising in Magazines, Company Brochures, Catalogues and Mailers, print is their business, their livelihood and at the very heart of all that they do. They foster a culture where employees take pride in their work and with a policy of providing their staff with continual training of the highest standard they have the latest skills at their disposal. It is an approach that continues to attract the very best print professionals. Working within the community As well as attracting and recruiting experienced staff from within the industry, Precision Colour Printing recognises the need for recruiting and training from the ground level, creating employment opportunities and training for people in the local area. Precision Colour Printing has recruited a number of apprentices in conjunction with the British Printing Industries Federation. By working alongside local colleges they plan to offer sustainable employment in the Press Room, Bindery and Engineering departments. Investment Since 2000, they have also invested over £20m in new equipment, including a Xerox C1000 colour digital press from Fuji. Their Komori web press was installed in September 2013. The 50K cph press comprises of 2x16p or 1x32p duplex will add a further 45% capacity for business growth to handle an increased volume of contractual work and to strengthen their relationships with long standing and new customers to provide the highest levels of service and quality levels to be proud of. Quality Investment in the latest equipment would mean little if their finished product did not meet client expectations – this is why they employ a rigorous checking process throughout all of their print runs – achieving the ISO9001 Quality Control accreditation. They’ll confirm that they are committed to every project, treat each piece of work as if it were their own, always respond to requests quickly, can be relied upon for speedy turnaround, apply the utmost care and attention to their work and are cost effective. Caring about the environment With a serious commitment to the environment, they continue to reduce their carbon footprint by the usage of recycled paper and paper from sustainable forests, the recycling of waste products, complying with recently introduced solvent emissions and by constantly reviewing their energy efficiency. Through these measures they have achieved both ISO14001 Environmental accreditation and are fully FSC and PEFC certified.
    The ICNN Independent Community Newspaper of the Year

    Sponsored by Google News Initiative
    Google is a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information. The Google News Initiative, launched in March 2018, is Google's effort to work with the news industry to help journalism thrive in a digital age. The GNI will advance solutions across 3 major pillars where the news industry faces challenges and opportunities today: elevating and strengthening quality journalism, evolving business models to drive sustainable growth, and empowering news organisations through technological innovation.
    The ICNN Independent Community Newspaper of the Year

    The Independent Community News Network (ICNN) is the voice of over 100 community news outlets. From the Shetland Islands to the Southern tip of Cornwall, from Northern Ireland to north Wales, our members span the length and breadth of the UK.

    ICNN is the UK representative body for the independent community and hyperlocal news sector. We are committed to supporting and championing new sustainable forms of local digital and print journalism. Our focus is at the local and hyperlocal level; the place where journalism is most valued, but also most at risk.

    Our mission is to promote quality journalism, help address the democratic deficit in news poor communities and help create more jobs in journalism at the local and hyperlocal level.

    Our objectives are to increase recognition of community publishers, make representations on their behalf to policy makers, regulatory bodies, third sector funders, businesses and other organisations, and fight for opportunities and fair treatment.

    In addition to lobbying and advocacy work, the network will draw upon the Centre for Community Journalism’s ongoing research in order to inform high-quality journalism and sustainability in the local and community news sector.

    We broker collaborations with industry partners such as the BBC, Nesta, and the NUJ to contribute to sustainable and innovative development within the sector.

    We offer free consultancy services to start-ups and established publications alike on issues concerning media law guidance, funding, and new media.

    ICNN is free to join. Our members are independent of commercial, political and religious interests. They are community focused and are producing contemporaneous news content. All uphold high professional standards, including accuracy, transparency, integrity, accountability and fairness.

    They have committed to adhere to Ipso’s Editor’s Code of Practice or the Impress Standards Code and all demonstrate a clear and transparent management/ownership structure.

    Our members are fully inclusive of all ethnicities and backgrounds and are non-discriminatory.
    Niche Market Newspaper of the Year

    The Flint Group Award
    Flint Group offers newspaper printers the ease of mind that comes with working with a dedicated industry leader. With a 250-year heritage and forward-thinking strategies, Flint Group remains fully committed to the news industry and looks forward to continuing to help publishers and printers inform readers across the region.

    Newspaper printers choose Flint Group’s conventional, and eco-friendly news inks for many reasons, including: Reliability of products, support and security of supply; Continuous Improvement that drives the company’s efforts to continually increase customers’ ease of doing business, improve safety, process innovation and efficiency, and reduce product complexity, waste and costs; and Trusted, committed leadership backed by an expert team of employees who are undaunted by technical challenges and collaborate with customers to help them manage their total cost to print.

    Flint Group’s vision is clear: to be the leading printing ink supplier to heatset, coldset and sheetfed segments, offering the best quality and reliable service at the lowest possible cost, creating a sustainable future for the company and its customers.

    While coldset ink has been a staple of Flint Group since their early beginnings, the company offers many other products as well, including: a vast range of conventional and energy curable inks and coatings for most offset, flexographic and gravure applications; pressroom chemicals, printing blankets and sleeves for offset printing; photopolymer printing plates and sleeves, plate-making equipment and flexographic sleeve systems; pigments and additives for use in inks and other colorant applications. With a strong customer focus, unmatched service and support, and superior products, Flint Group strives to provide exceptional value, consistent quality and continuous innovation to customers around the world.
  • Brand Partnership of the Year

    The Newsprinters Award
    Newsprinters delivers tailored print, logistic solutions to the UK publishing industry. In a challenging market, we believe working with other publishers ensures that greater efficiencies are achieved in getting publications to market and unnecessary costs are removed from the supply chain. Newsprinters, offer three-world class print facilities located at Broxbourne, Knowsley and Eurocentral. Newsprinters strive to be the best newspaper printer in the world. Every day we ensure that many of the UK’s best-selling national newspapers reach their audience including The Telegraph, Metro and London Evening Standard. We also print a significant number of regional and local newspaper titles for major publishing groups. Our commitment to progression and improvement is unyielding, as demonstrated by our numerous awards. In addition to our Newsprinter of the Year awards, we are ISO 9001 and BS 18001 accredited, and the only organisation in the news industry worldwide to be awarded the prestigious Shingo Prize for operational and manufacturing excellence.
    Commercial Advertising Initiative of the Year
    The Papermule Award
    Papermule are the UK’s leading Digital Asset Management provider specialising in the printing and publishing industry. Papermule have played a leading role in streamlining the digital production processes at many of the country’s leading publishers. With over a century of combined experience Papermule understands where the industry has been and where it needs to go.

    Recently Papermule have been at the heart of a venture that promises to revolutionise the the supply chain for digital advertising. The Publishers Advertising Data Network (PADN) is connecting major publishers directly with ad agencies and will facilitate the targeted sharing of production data via ad delivery vendors such as Qmuli, Adsend and Specle.

    Papermule will continue to lead the way in providing bespoke production services that make a real difference in day-to-day operations. From printer to publisher - Papermule has a solution.
  • International Digital Innovation of the Year

    The Drag+drop Award
    Drag+drop Ltd. have been partnering the Newspaper and Magazine industry in the UK since 1999 and in that time have offered many great products, however, we have become well known and extremely well respected for our online Property and Automotive advertising solutions, building up relationships with many of the UK’s major media groups as well as many independent newspaper and magazine publishers. We also have a partnership with a US based company and distributors and clients in Ireland, Canada, Australia and South Africa. One of our core strengths as publishing experts is that we understand future trends in our industry and react ahead of the pack. Consequently, the last few years have seen us investing significant resource into Social and Mobile solutions, these include iPhone, iPad and Android applications – aimed at all regional publications not only for Properties and Automotive, but now include complete newspaper mobile applications with many features, for example:- weather, traffic, all editorial content and of course, many advertising links throughout the content. On a completely different path, our latest ventures in the UK include outsourcing opportunities for property ad production. For this we have drawn on our expertise gained in our US operation Outsourcing is a way of life for our customers there, in fact, over the past 5 years it has become part of the overall service on offer to our US clients. Nearer to home, we have been servicing large estate agent groups in the UK for at least 4 years with the same service. We feel that, with the shift to outsourcing within our industry, it will become a larger part of Drag+drop’s future business in the UK.Looking further ahead, automated augmented reality for all sections of newspapers is also at the top of our development list – the word “automated” is the key here. We are convinced that it will play a large part in the future of publishing and intend to be the forerunners in the introduction of this technology.
    News Website of the Year

    News Website Award
  • Reach Printing Services
    Reach Printing Services Limited (RPS) is the manufacturing arm of Reach plc, formerly known as Trinity Mirror plc.  With six print sites, conveniently located throughout the UK, RPS offers print solutions for internal and external clients with the expertise and facilities to provide a range of formats and finishing options.

    Representing a large part of all our print activity, our external contract portfolio includes: independent publishers, brands, retailers, agencies, councils, universities, print buyers - just about anyone who requires print! Alongside our print options, we offer a range of distribution services via our internal and external providers including newsstand sales or free pick-up for independent publishers and insert advertising to door-to-door distribution for a regional or national marketing campaign.

    Having invested heavily in all our print sites, RPS can offer a competitive, reliable and comprehensive print and distribution solution.