Sexy, Sassy and Sensational

The judges for the Brighton Fringe and Gemini Print Best Design for Print Award 2018 have been announced!  Darren Smallman, Ian Trevett, Gemma King and Mark Tulley.   With expertise in design, print, media, arts and marketing they are working together to ensure another successful year celebrating the creativity and skills that play such an important role in the success of the Englands largest annual ars festival

To review the competition criteria the judges met on the Brighton Palace Pier in the new Palm Court restaurant.

In the true quirky spirit of the Brighton Fringe, The Sundaes with their stunning vocals and flamboyant costumes joined in the fun. The fabulous ‘sexy, sassy and sensational’ Chocolate, Vanilla and Strawberry broke into song delighting tourists and visitors to the Pier who ignored the rain to join in the fun.

The Gemini Print Group organise and sponsor the Brighton Fringe Best Design for Print annual competition with a prize of £500 printing and promotion.  Organiser Mark Tulley, Group Sales Director, Gemini Print says “the award is to encourage excellence in creativity and design promoting Brighton Fringe 2018.”

Any art director, designer, illustrator, typographer of Brighton Fringe participant can submit their designs to by Friday 27th April.  More information:

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd June.

2018-04-03T13:17:11+00:00 March 29th, 2018|Print|

Judges Announced for The Best Design For Print Competition.

It is good to see the first entries have started arriving into the Gemini Print Group for the Best Design for Print Award 2018.  With £500 printing prize to be won all designers and venue management involved with creating printed publicity for Brighton Fringe 2018 are invited to enter the competition that recognises the skill involved in successful event promotions.

The standards of entries we have seen so far are excellent – a little preview includes:

Theatre and Events Manager Henry Bruce of Purple Playhouse was first off the mark with the promotion for the award-nominated performance artist Anton Binder.  “Magic isn’t about showing off – it’s about the effect you create, bending the laws of the universe.  You don’t want them to think you have skills”.  Acclaimed comic book artist Shaky Kane designed the poster for ‘I Married An Alien Card Sharp‘.

A one-woman comedy show by the multi-talented performer, actor and writer Jane Postlethwaite ( is the Last Night At the Circus.  The graphic designer Chris Okse Oxenbury created her poster with the photography by Andy Hollingworth.  Janes show is on 7th and 19th to 20th May at the Warren Theatre (

Mark Brailsford, well known in Brighton for the long-running hit satirical comedy show The Treason Show, now in its 18th year, is certainly multi-skilled.  He is the Director/Producer in addition to creating a clever design for the artwork promoting the Brighton Fringe 2018 performance of The Moggfather with its warning of ‘may contain satire’!

Mark Tulley, Sales Director, Gemini Print Group said “It is good to see that the arts and creative community welcome our passion for the very best printing and design. We enjoy encouraging excellence in creativity and design for the Brighton Fringe 2018 – both the experienced talent and the first time designers.  This competition has run for five years and the skills it highlights never fail to impress everyone.”

Gemini Print are delighted to confirm that joining Mark on the judge’s panel will be:

Gemma King:  Managing Director Vivid Marketing & Design Consultants

Darren Smallman: Marketing Manager Brighton Fringe

Ian Trevett: Editorial Director Platinum Business Publications

If you are an art director, designer, illustrator, photographer, typographer or Brighton Fringe 2018 participant who is a DIY designer you are eligible to enter.

It is very easy to ensure you get involved. Simply e-mail a sample of your intended print communication (leaflets, posters, flyers, postcards etc.) created for Brighton Fringe 2018 by Friday 27th April 2018 to  In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can also contact Gemini Print at any time.

You may submit up to 5 PDFs or photographs per entry.

Please make credits and descriptions as complete, legible and accurate as possible.

The judging criteria are as follows:-

Eye-catching: the immediate appeal of the artwork, including impact, originality and style.

Informative: the quality and design of the information presented on the artwork?

Marketable: the overall marketing effect of the artwork – why does it make me want to see this show?

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd June 2018 and will receive £500 worth of professional printing by the Gemini Print Group – plus associated publicity and celebrations!

The Gemini Print Group is the official print partner to Brighton Fringe 2018, providing printing, support and advice to all participants and venues every year.

2018-03-12T12:12:43+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Print|

Get On Your Bike For BHT – Greater Cycle Challenge

One of the Gemini Print partner charities is BHT.

BHT (established 50 years ago originally known as Brighton Housing Trust) is the East Sussex charity that makes a recovery from addiction a genuine possibility for so many and works so hard in the battle against homelessness and rough sleeping for adults, families and young people.  They run centres and services in Brighton, Hastings, and Eastbourne.

This year BHT has teamed up with The Living Coast to create the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge comprising three exciting cycling experiences allowing for all levels of fitness:

BHT’s Around the World Cycle Challenge is a family-friendly event taking place the Preston Park Velodrome.

This challenge starts at 7 am and runs throughout the day, with cyclists aiming to reach the combined target of 69,215 laps (equating to cycling 40,075km around the world) in just 12 hours!

Laps can be completed in one session or over some sessions throughout the day, and there are designated slots for families and club cyclists. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, and there is a programme of entertainment planned to add to the fun.

The Living Coast rides are more of a physical challenge, with rides of 30 and 58 miles through the world-class environment on our doorstep, recognised by UNESCO as a World Biosphere Region.

The route of the Classic ride (58 miles) is very similar to last year Brighton Mayor’s ride. It is slightly longer due to starting and finishing in the velodrome at Preston Park, and a few other minor tweaks, and new for 2018 is the 30-mile ride called the Devil’s Dyke Loop,  for those less confident of managing 58 miles. This heads over to Hangleton to take the Dyke Trail up to Devil’s Dyke before going down to Poynings and Fulking and joining the longer (Classic ride) near Woodmancote.

This exciting cycling event will raise much-needed funds for BHT’s First Base Day Centre, so please sign up, tell your friends and family and share the links below, and the attached flyer, on social media. – for more information and how to register.   – link to BHT’s Justgiving page for the event.

2018-03-08T16:47:13+00:00 March 8th, 2018|Print|

Gemini Print Will Wear Blue and White For A Day

As we all know the way to get a heated discussion buzzing is to discuss loyalties to different football teams in any workplace!  While the majority of the Gemini Print team are delighted with the Brighton & Hove Albion win versus Arsenal, there are a few who are feeling rather more dejected!

However, a clever fundraising idea from Albion in the Community means we will be taking part in ‘wear blue and white’ on Friday, April 27th in return for a donation to the charity.  Plans to add to the occasion with football-related fun are in full flow.

Gemini Print organiser Tracey Cooper said “it is lovely opportunity to support our client Albion in the Community.  The fundraising helps so many. The cost of sessions for local people with disabilities who want to play sport can be up to £5000 per person for a year.  They also work across more than 100 schools across East and West Sussex!”

Albion in the Community is recognised nationally for inspiring people to be active, increasing participation for young people to play football whatever their ability or background and raise aspirations in local communities and improve life chances.  Their values are commitment, respect, quality and teamwork!  Sounds like the values any of us in business aspire to achieve at all times.

The range of disability-specific coaching includes Powerchair (reigning champions in the South East), Brighton & Hove Albion Deaf FC, Amputee FC and Cerebral Palsy FC.

To help ‘turn everywhere blue and white on April 27th’ you can get more information from

2018-03-05T13:42:24+00:00 March 5th, 2018|Print|

Brighton Fringe 2018

Best Design for Print Award 2018 –£500 Prize To Be Won

Mark Tulley, Sales Director, the Gemini Print Group has announced the fifth year of the Brighton Fringe – Best Design for Print Award 2018 – open to designs for print to celebrate the best-printed publicity for Brighton Fringe 2108.  He said “we are consistent in our passion for the very best printing and design. It is great to be encouraging excellence in creativity and design for the Brighton Fringe 2018.  This award can also be the opportunity to promote new talent, which is a fabulous outcome.”

If you are an art director, designer, illustrator, photographer, typographer or Brighton Fringe participant who is a DIY designer you are eligible to enter.

It is easy to enter – simply  e-mail a sample of your intended print communication (leaflets, posters, flyers, postcards and o on) created for Brighton Fringe 2018 by Friday 27th April 2018 to

You may submit up to 5 PDFs or photographs per entry.

Please make credits and descriptions as complete, legible and accurate as possible.

Brighton Fringe 2018 criteria is as follows:-

Eye-catching: the immediate appeal of the artwork, including impact, originality and style.

Informative: the quality and design of the information presented on the artwork?

Marketable: the overall marketing effect of the artwork – why does it make me want to see this show?

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd June 2018 and will receive £500 worth of professional printing by the Gemini Print Group – plus associated publicity and celebrations!

The Gemini Print Group is the official print partner to Brighton Fringe 2018, providing printing, support and advice to all participants and venues every year.

Please see below for some of more than 100 entries from 2017.  The judges selected Andrew Nolan’s creative design for comedy act ‘Richard Todd Sellotape at the Blue Man Café.  The judging panel said “Andrews work stood out as original, impactful, interesting and engaging.  All the ingredients for a winning creative”.

The Gemini Print Group and Brighton Fringe will shortly be announcing the judging panel for 2018

2018-02-26T11:57:44+00:00 February 26th, 2018|Print|

Thank You For Thank You’s

Although any successful business has to focus on efficiency, profits, revenues, cost controls, and yields the Gemini Print Group team believe that the best feeling of success comes when customers are so happy that they go to the effort of letting you know how pleased they are.

To produce quality lithographic or digital printing, large format print, specialised finishing, mail and fulfilment, and promotional products demands a multi-skilled client team for every project.  These teams appreciate the feedback and seeing that their extra efforts make a real difference so  ‘thank you’ to all our customers who take the time to send such lovely messages.

A small sample of some reviews and testimonials received recently include:

“The leaflets have arrived today as promised.  Many thanks to you (Zoe Tindall) and all at Gemini for processing this urgent order so quickly and efficiently.  It is much appreciated.”

P.H. – Orkney Boats

“Hello, Olga (Olga Saskova) Arron (Arron Clark), Lauren (Lauren Britton), Joanne (Joanne Manning) and all the team behind this job.  Thanks for delivering on time and spot on as always.  I am really chuffed with the printing and binding on this job; it looks fab.  Your support and advice throughout were much appreciated”.

C.E. – Graphic Design: The Arts Foundation

“Mike (Mike Webb) – thanks for the Adult Education leaflets, all arrived on schedule and looked great.  I am very grateful to you and all at Gemini for turning this around so quickly.  Please pass on my thanks to all concerned.”

Also: “Thank you for the delivery of the prospectus this afternoon. I know we have a very tight turnaround on this job but want to say thank you for delivering on time.  We are delighted with the finished result and would like to share our thanks with you and all involved at Gemini.  I look forward to the next project.”

J.H. – Windsor Forest College Group

“Darren (Darren McLachlan) …….we’re very pleased with The Annual Report, it looks very smart.  Thank you all very much!”

F.S. – The Superyacht Group

“Hi, Julie (Julie Beard) just a massive thank you to everyone for our AITC Magazine and health flyers!  You’ve done a superb job in record time again, and we really appreciate it!”

A.W. – Albion in the Community

“Dear Clare (Clare Kiff) and Max (Maxine Cropper).  Thanks for turning the job round so quickly.  Great job and they are on board the ship heading for France tonight.  Great team effort, so thanks to everyone involved.”

I.J. – Brittany Ferries

“Well done to Catriona (Catriona Scobie) – its great to see the recognition you richly deserve.  Great customer service to the Study Group over the last few years and I’d like to add a personal thank you too.  Its been and will continue to be a pleasure working with you Cat.”

J.B. – The Study Group

“Hi, Zoe (Zoe Tindall).  On behalf of Pyroban Limited I wanted to thank you once again for getting everything printed for me – so quickly and to such a great standard.  As a market leading company in the field of explosion protection for the material handling and oil and gas industry, it is very important to us that our standards of communication are really precise and effective.  Your friendly approach and willingness to do “that extra mile” for us are so appreciated.  I have worked with The Gemini Print Group for many years, and they have always focussed on the fact that everyone is ‘passionate about perfect printing’.

K.P. – Pyroban Limited

During 2017 the substantial investment in manufacturing plant, distribution and the installation of the Heidelberg XL Ten Colour B1 Speedmaster press was completed at the Gemini Print Group.  Group Managing Director Steve Cropper said that the goal in 2018 is simple.  “Ensure the Gemini printing expertise plus skilled consultative account management results in happy customers who feel confident to always refer us to their colleagues and friends.  We must always meet and exceed the standards expected from their ‘perfect print partner.  It is so rewarding for all the team when clients tell us they are really happy.”

2018-02-14T13:28:31+00:00 February 13th, 2018|Print|

A Gemini Gem Onboard With Brittany

One of the things The Gemini Print Group teams really enjoy is the huge variety of business sectors the company provides printing, managed print and promotional products services.  From major international corporates and institutions to entrepreneurial start-ups.  From the academic sector to zoos!

A success story in the transport sector is Brittany Ferries with its hub in Portsmouth.  The company has been hitting the 2018 news with the exciting announcement of the new direct sailings on The Connemara between Cork and Santander in Northern Spain – the linking of two beautiful destinations.

The Gemini Print Group works with Ian Jeffery, Design & Production Manager.  His Gemini account team Clare Kiff and Maxine Cropper had this note from Ian following a project to print some leaflets for Brittany Ferries.  “Thanks for turning the job round so quickly. Great job and they are on board the ship heading for France tonight.  Great team effort, so thanks to all involved.”

Clare, Maxine and all the team were delighted with this feedback, meaning they are eligible for the first phase of 2018 Gemini Gem awards when the Directors recognise outstanding customer service KPI achievement– the key to the continual drive for improved quality of consultation and client focus throughout The Gemini Print Group.

2018-02-02T14:13:26+00:00 January 30th, 2018|Print|

Resolution Re-Design Celebration

Resolution is the magazine for the high-end pro audio recording and media production professional recognised for technical expertise and insight, cutting-edge features and reports, and dynamic articles written by experts.

Printed by The Gemini Print Group, Resolution magazine has kicked off 2018 with an exciting re-design giving a clearer and sharper presentation style.  Go to to get a copy for just £5.

Sales Director Mark Tulley and Account Executive Catriona Scobie were delighted to be amongst the guests at the celebration party held at The Strongroom Bar and Kitchen.

The Strongroom is a most appropriate venue for Resolution – nestled in Shoreditch amongst recording and music industry creative businesses, adorned with artwork from the iconic artist James Reid, most revered for his work with the Sex Pistols.

Mark surprised Resolution Magazine owner Dave Robinson and Editor Nigel Jopson with ‘hot off the press’ copies of the January/February issue – something they were not expecting as it was not due for several days.

Catriona and Mark were delighted when Dave’s speech at the event highlighted the standard of work by The Gemini Print Group in producing such a high-quality magazine that reflected all the effort that had gone into the re-design so well.

The Resolution Magazine is certainly the one resolution you will find a pleasure to stick to all year!

The Gemini Print Group teams print and produce a large and diverse portfolio of magazine titles. Contact to find out how they can help you.

2018-01-30T16:02:05+00:00 January 30th, 2018|All, Print|

Sent to Coventry!

Even when you know you are working with the nationwide company, it still comes as a shock when Group MD Steve Cropper ‘sends you to Coventry’!

Seriously though, The Gemini Print Group were delighted to be invited to exhibit at the UK leading promotional product exhibition – PPD Live, held in the stunning Ricoh Arena in Coventry – what an amazing venue.

If you managed to get to PPD Live, we hope you have had a good and safe journey home.

Thank you so much to all of you who invested your time in visiting The Gemini Print Group stand.  In addition to chatting about the huge range of printing (lithographic, digital & large format) and finishing options many people told us that the opportunities of Gemini Augmented Reality printing inspired them.

“At last I can do something that enables an effective multimedia approach.”

“Lovey to talk to a printer who provides consultancy and support – and in-house skilled finishing too”.

“Good to see a UK printer still investing and developing.”

“Well done on having all the eco-certification and chain of custody accreditation our clients need to see.”

The Gemini Print Group innovative approach to integrating video, audio and online with the proven power of print and paper added to +40 years quality experience means we are proud to be trusted by so many companies as their  ‘perfect print partner’.

Thank you too to everyone who entered the competition at the stand. Congratulations to the WINNERS including Laura, Angela, Scott, Cheryl, Stu and Tony. Elaine Crees on or 07522 233 325  is looking forward to working with you.

For anyone who either did not make it through the bad weather to PPD Live or did not have time to visit our stand, please do contact Suzanne Heaven on or call 07812 162 283.

2018-01-22T12:03:51+00:00 January 18th, 2018|Print|

Paper Packaging Wins

The team at The Gemini Print Group complete a lot of printed packaging projects for a huge variety of products.  The variations in shape and size and design are exciting and provide a great opportunity for skilled commercial printers to demonstrate excellence in hand finishing skills too.

In the midst of heated discussions about avoidable plastic waste and a move towards a circular economy, a snap poll, conducted by Two Sides and international research agency Toluna, has revealed a strong preference for paper & cardboard amongst UK consumers.

A survey of 500 adults found paper & cardboard to be the most preferred packaging material for environmental friendliness, recyclability and practicality.

Paper & cardboard packaging is durable, renewable and recyclable and will be an essential material as we move towards a regenerative, circular economy, as outlined in the governments Environmental Plan published January 2018.

Respondents were asked which packaging material they prefer based on a number of different reasons.  Paper & cardboard received the highest score for being better for the environment and easier to recycle, and regarding practicality, easier to open and close, easier to store, lighter weight, more practical and safer to use!

Set us the challenge of creating packaging for your business.   The Gemini Print Group team can show you lots of examples that could inspire some great ideas. For any information, you can contact

2018-01-15T10:54:51+00:00 January 12th, 2018|Gemini Print, Print|