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.
Gemini Sales Director Mark Tulley (pictured far right) was delighted to attend the Lewes District Business Awards recently.
Mark said ‘’Gemini were delighted to sponsor the print for this prestigious occasion. It was very encouraging to see so many superb Sussex businesses performing very well despite the difficult economic climate’’
Gemini were delighted to print the programme for this ground breaking event at the Amex.
Sales Director Mark Tulley attended on behalf of Gemini and supplied pics from the weekend.
‘’The weekend was absolutely superb and I was delighted that the Programme was so well received. Many thanks to Maarten from Platinum Business & Bud from Rivervale for placing trust in Gemini to deliver.’’
We like to say a big thank you to all those who made it down to our recent Summer Party on Friday 9th June at Alfresco Bar/Restaurant on Brighton Seafront. We had a fantastic turn-out, and really hope you all enjoyed the food, drinks and live entertainment!
Here are a few snaps taken from the night..
The shortlist for the Stand Out Print Award in association with Artists Open Houses is announced. This year’s short list compiled by Gemini Print is:
Artists at 3
submitted by Naomi Sack
submitted by Melanie Thomas
submitted by Simon of Boing Graphics
The accolade plus a £500 print voucher will be presented by Gemini Print to the creative judged to be the most eye-catching, informative and marketable printed collateral developed for Artists Open Houses 2017.
The winner will be announced at The Artists Open Houses Awards ceremony on June 20, 2017 at My Brighton Hotel.
This is the third year that Gemini has been the official print partner to Artists Open Houses. The festival runs twice a year and is open to anyone in the 01273-telephone code area.
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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.”
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.