When you realise you have been competing against more than 600 nominations and entries, it is, even more, good reason to celebrate three business awards wins. Overall Business of the Year, Large Company of the Year and Young Achiever of the Year.
A glittering black-tie awards event was the highlight of the tenth year of the Adur & Worthing Business Awards.
Steve Cropper, Group Managing Director, said he was so very proud of all his colleagues across the business – “These awards are a win for every person in our team – whether they have been in the company for more than 30 years or they are a new trainee just starting their Gemini career!”.
Steve went on to say “Thank you to all the organisers and sponsors and big congratulations to the finalists and winners for all the categories. It was impressive to see the level of skills and innovation in the area local to The Gemini Print Group head office – great business standards to keep us on our toes”!
2017 has been a major year in the development of The Gemini Print Group – unprecedented levels of investment in new technology, restructuring of the leadership team, further eco standards established and new senior skills focused on excelling at quality standards and unrivalled customer service standards.
Overall Business of the Year – Sponsored by Electronic Temperature Instruments Ltd
This award is the ultimate accolade for all the entrants, and the winner was selected from each of the category winners. The judges looked for the company who has shown the most enterprise, passion and drive in taking their business forward. Dedication and innovation were key to winning this most prestigious award.
“The Gemini Print Group operates in possibly one of the most competitive manufacturing sectors in the world. Yet, it has always remained top of the printing game – offered value for money printed products and services backed by exceptional customer service. Its ability to invest in the latest technology and the business’s exceptional knack for spotting fantastic opportunities has led to The Gemini Print Groups significant expansion and their ongoing success.
Large Business (50+ employees) – Sponsored by Worthing Pier, Southern Pavilion
The judges looked for a business that demonstrates outstanding organisation, exceptional financial returns, strong growth and innovation strategies plus market prowess in its sector. Although based in Adur and Worthing, entrants in this category may have a local, regional, national or international market.
The Judges citation at the awards:
“The future looks incredibly bright for The Gemini Print Group. A secure and solid print expert with an incredibly creative and strategic business team at the helm.
Through a period of significant growth and development, additional print firms came under The Gemini Print Group umbrella, now one of the larges print providers in the South of England with four divisions spanning the whole country.”
Young Achiever – Sponsored by Lancing College Preparatory School at Worthing
Aimed at recognising the outstanding talents of individuals aged 18 to 25 this award looks to highlight young people who have made a real impact in their field of business as either an entrepreneur or within a company. Judges selected Ben Griggs from The Gemini Print Group candidates with enthusiasm, commitment, and the ability to demonstrate results.
The judges summary stated:
“Ben has played a key role in the ever increasing success of his team at The Gemini Print Group with its HQ In Shoreham by Sea. Printing is a tough, fast-paced, competitive manufacturing business that also demands creativity and excellent communications skills which ben has demonstrated over the last four years enabling him to become an outstanding achiever”.
The entry for Ben focused on his progression and changes in roles within the company. His skills changes were initially as a result of an injury, which demanded months of recovery, but more lately have been fueled by excellent customer feedback and his determined ambition to succeed. All his colleagues were delighted to congratulate Ben (who is still recovering from the intensity of the celebrations at the awards ceremony!)
Always looking to celebrate the great standards of customer service he expects from all his colleagues Steve Cropper, Group Managing Director, The Gemini Print Group, is delighted to see that once again Account Executive Catriona (Cat!) Scobie has had the sort of client feedback that we all love to see.
We regularly look across the business to spot the GEM winners, and all of Cat’s colleagues were delighted to see her maintain her consistent success.
A big thank you to Emma Osman, Editor, Spinfish Publishing Limited who took the time to send Gemini Print Group this note which is an example of the sort of feedback Cat’s work regularly achieves.
“An enormous thank you to you all. The packaging, media packs, business cards and stationery have just been delivered, on time, looking absolutely amazing! We all breathed a collective sigh of relief when we saw the packaging boxes; they’re exactly what we need to make our books look professional and give our customers an idea of the quality of service and attention to detail we provide. They exceed all our expectations. Please pass on our thanks to everyone who worked so hard to meet our demanding deadlines.
It’s a pleasure to work with a company who show such enthusiasm and positivity for our brand. We are really impressed with the service at Gemini Print, thank you all for working so hard to get it right.”
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Steve Cropper, Group MD, is considered by some to be somewhat unusual in the commercial printing industry for welcoming females into senior roles in Gemini Print Group. He is happy to see the improving gender balance in his business – recognising that there are gains in communications, approaches to customer service, enhanced business focus, and the breadth of creativity and innovation.
Therefore, he and all his Gemini colleagues are delighted to be notified that Julie Beard has achieved a FINALIST shortlist position in the Sussex Region Business Women Excellence Awards 2017.
The Gemini Print Group have also been shortlisted for Large Company of the Year, and for Community Contribution of the Year – maintaining the ‘triple success’ with our recent award entries.
Julie Beard is respected throughout the South for being one of the ‘great names in quality commercial printing.’ Her grandfather established G.Beard & Son in 1952 in Gloucester Road, Brighton with her grandmother Ivy. After her father Dennis completed his National Service in 1952, he joined the printing business. Julie attended Brighton & Hove High School followed by university achievements with a First degree in Medical Physics followed by a Masters in Radiation Physics. Her academic success led to a globe-trotting senior career with the Ministry of Defence.
On her return to Brighton Julie worked in the family business until the point that she took over from her father. The legacy of innovation and advanced printing skills was firmly in place. Dennis Beard had recognised the birth of Digital Printing ‘ahead of the crowd, ’ and his success led to a merger with Gemini in 2007.
As a Board Director of The Gemini Print Group, Julie now enhances the business with her calm, intelligent approach (we think the yoga helps!), her knowledge and depth of experience, and exceptional longevity of client relationships of more than 20 years.
Congratulations to Julie. All your colleagues at Gemini Print agree that this is well-deserved recognition!
Celebrations for the Gemini Print Group colleagues now that the new Heidelberg XL105 Speedmaster is fully operational for clients across the U.K.
With high speed ten colour power the investment in this printing press ensures clients gain additional 24/7 litho capacity and a high standard of production.
With a team of 160 people Steve is actively involved with all the diverse range of printing, promotional products and communications services Gemini Print now provides – offering a lot more in addition to ‘simple ink on paper’.
Steve says “Our Gemini Print clients must always feel how passionate we are about ‘perfect printing’ – let’s prove that we really care about achieving the best standards, best value, and best customer service – on time, every time!”
The Gemini Print Group are delighted to confirm they are FINALISTS three times over in the Adur & Worthing Business Awards. https://awbawards.com/2017-shortlist/
Group Managing Director Steve Cropper is shortlisted for Business Personality of the Year (sponsored by the Martletts Partnership). Clients, charities, community organisations, and colleagues were all determined that the passion and commitment of the man who has developed his career from van driver to ‘the big boss’ was highlighted and celebrated.
Printing is recognised as a tough business with its unusual mix of creativity, manufacturing and production, with every project needing bespoke service from skilled teams, whilst operating at highly competitive margins in a sector that demands multi-million investments in presses and equipment to ensure the highest standards are maintained and enhanced.
With four bases across the UK providing a nationwide 24/7 service it is impressive that Steve still ringfences time to ensure local community partnerships are given hands on pro-active support and personal input.
The Gemini Print Group is also a Finalist for Large Company of the Year (sponsored by Worthing Pier) recognising the level of investment and development achieved by The Gemini Print Group and the skills of the 160 strong team providing high quality services including litho, digital and large format printing, advanced finishing, creative multi-media integration, printwear, promotional products, fulfilment, mailing, and managed print services, whilst gaining full eco and ISO accreditation
There was further delight at the Shoreham by Sea HQ when we received the news that Ben Griggs was shortlisted for Young Achiever (sponsored by Lancing College Preparatory School at Worthing). Working in the digital print team Ben gained excellent testimonials from his clients and recognition from his colleagues – a nasty accident led to a change in career direction for Ben but nothing will get in the way of his ambition to progress his career and his skills.
Good luck to all the Finalists!
The Gemini Print Group are proud to be the print partners for the Starr Trust. An evening of celebration at the Sussex County Cricket Ground showcased the varied talents and achievements of the young people who have been helped during 2017 with funding, support and mentoring. The event was attended by families, fundraisers, business supporters and partners – helping everyone really appreciate the importance of helping these young Champions.
Organisers of The Gemini Print Group Macmillan Coffee Morning Tracey Cooper and Mark Gretton were delighted when colleagues kept arriving all morning with an ever increasing supply of cakes, desserts, sausage rolls, cheese straws and cookies. With a 24/7 production at The Gemini Print Group there was a keen rush of enthusiastic buyers to enjoy all the goodies – and people were generous in their donations. Visiting clients such as b shared in the fun too (with an advance reservation for Victoria sponge!!).
Martin Newark from the Gemini Print Group estimating team achieved the dizzy status of Best Baker. Martin and his family are passionate about supporting the work of the Macmillan teams, so when the challenge of the World’s Largest Coffee Morning fundraising drive was set for the Gemini teams they moved into action creating five different bakes.
Mark Gretton, who heads up maintenance for Gemini sent in video evidence the night before proving he can manage operating an oven not just a large scale manufacturing environment. His calorie laden delicious chocolate cake with fresh cream and strawberries was quickly demolished. Maxine Cropper, production manager, responded to many requests for her famous sausage rolls whilst Richard Golds from the sales team and his wife created a fabulous giant pavlova and Cat Scobie baked a lovely ginger cake
£260 was raised and all the important Gift Aid forms were completed to increase the value for Macmillan by 20% – then the really good news was the generous match donation by the Group Managing Director, Steve Cropper, taking the grand total to £520!
The Gemini Print Group are pleased to share interesting results of an international survey by Two Sides provides unique insight into how print and paper is viewed, preferred and trusted by consumers around the globe.
In June 2017, a survey of over 10,700 consumers was commissioned by Two Sides and carried out by leading research company Toluna. Nationally representative surveys were undertaken in ten countries: Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The results reveal a strong preference for print when it comes to recreational reading e.g. books, magazines, news etc. 72% of global respondents prefer printed books, compared to only 9% preferring e-books. Significant country differences were also identified: in Germany, 75% of consumers prefer a printed newspaper, but in Spain, only 42%.
Not only is there a global preference for print, there is also greater trust in print. 76% of all respondents believe “fake news” is a worrying trend and only 24% trust the news stories they read on social media. In addition, 63% of all respondents believe reading news in a printed newspaper provides a deep understanding of the story.
The survey also revealed consumers have a negative perception of online advertising. 68% of global respondents say they don’t pay attention to online ads and 62% find them annoying and usually not relevant. 57% of global respondents do their best to block or avoid online ads.
Despite the shift towards receiving digital communications, 89% of consumers believe they should have the right to choose how they receive communications (printed or electronically) from financial organisations and service providers, with a further 77% agreeing they should not be charged more for choosing paper bills and statements.
The common claims assisting this drive to digital, such as “Go Green – Go Paperless” and “Save Trees”, are creating consumer suspicion as 62% of global respondents believe the switch to digital is because the sender wants to save money, not because it is “better for the environment”.
Concerns about security and privacy were also evident. 71% are concerned their personal information held electronically is at risk of being hacked, stolen, lost or damaged and 73% keep paper copies of important documents at home for safety and security.
Overall, findings conclude that consumers trust, enjoy and gain a deeper understanding of information read in print, with signs of digital fatigue and concern for electronic information security and privacy evident.
Paul Crimmen, Digital Development Director @The Gemini Print Group commented that “our clients are increasingly recognising the power of using the advances in combining quality print with direct access to their online, video or multi-media assets – a great way to provide up to the minutes updates, a really personal communication, and easy response driven customer engagement”.
Great quality printing power, 10 colour, B1 sheets, speed and efficiency – more investment in ensuring outstanding quality and service for all your printing your business or organisation may need – the UK print partner business people rely on!
Group Managing Director Steve Cropper and all the Directors are proud to be investing in this level of plant to be based at the Shoreham by Sea in the South East UK HQ. The Gemini Print Group is a key employer in Sussex and Bristol in a sector that has seen many challenges over the last few years.
A favourite challenge for Steve to all his Gemini colleagues is “dare to be different”, to be more innovative and creative, and to go beyond expectations in providing quality, service and superb value! With the arrival of the Heidelberg XL105-10P, the Gemini Print Group ensure they continue to provide the very best standards to businesses and organisations across the UK.
Directors Julie Beard and Mark Tulley joined other representatives of the business community to celebrate excellence – a wide variety of awards resulted in accolades for both established City brands and plenty of fresh new names highlighting the innovation that is alive and well.
Group Managing Director Steve Cropper was delighted with the positive feedback the Gemini teams gained from the Supporter Printing partnership – creating the nominations book and awards event programme.
Caraline Brown and Midnight Communications created this well established Awards 12 years ago and it continues to go from strength to strength.
CEO & Managing Director Steve Cropper and all his colleagues throughout The Gemini Print Group are proud of the ever increasing collection of fundraising certificates from The Starr Trust.
The Starr Trust is the Hove based charity that is family run, supporting young people aged 10 – 18 to fulfil their potential in sports, arts & education by giving a helping hand when they really need it – helping young people flourish as individuals, and to be recognised for making a positive contribution to their community.
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 (www.jane-postlethwaite.com) 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 (www.housetheatre.org.uk/venues/the-warren)
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 email@example.com. 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.
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.
www.bht.org.uk/about-the-greater-brighton-cycle-challenge – for more information and how to register.
www.justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/brightonhousingtrust/greaterbrightoncyclechallenge – link to BHT’s Justgiving page for the event.