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GEMINI WEST NEWS

Welcome to Your New Job With Gemini Print!

With consistent investment and development of services for customers across all aspects of printing, promotional products, mailing and fulfilment plus exciting innovations the award-winning Gemini Print team is looking for new people to join.

Established in Sussex for more than forty years the Gemini Print headquarters in Shoreham by Sea is well situated to be reached by road, rail or the coastal bus service so applicants from across Sussex can apply.

Matt Cooper, Production Director Gemini Print said “we are very proud to be recognised as the leading commercial printer who attracts the best skills and experienced people to join as they spot the chance to develop genuine career opportunities with a company that ‘dares to be different’.  Printing is not a glamorous industry.  It is however full of variety and challenges at Gemini Print as every project for our customers demands a bespoke high-quality response.  It is this creativity and adherence to precisely what customers need that provides the satisfaction that skills and performance excellence are respected and valued”.

Many apprenticeships and trainee opportunities that lead to progression and stable career development for roles that do not demand previous experience have disappeared from lots of business sectors across Sussex.  Gemini Print is delighted to be recruiting school leavers plus new trainees.

Criteria for trainee roles includes common sense, good communication,  team spirit, good honest work ethic, demonstration of the capability to listen and learn, and the promise of great performance!

Roles to apply for include:  www.gemini-print.co.uk/about-us/vacancies/

  • Pre Press Operator
  • Print Room Assistant
  • Print Finishing Supervisors
  • Print Room Assistant
  • Trainee Finishing Operator
  • Print Sales Consultants
  • Print Finishing – Continental Night Shift
  • Trainee Finishing Machine Operators

The Gemini Print Group Managing Director and CEO Steve Cropper is a great example of Gemini Print career progression. More than 30 years ago he joined as a van delivery driver!  Throughout the company, there are lots of examples of multi-generation and family team members – all goes to show that it is a good business to join!

For any information email marketing@gemini-print.co.uk

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Help Protect Yourself

The Value of Paper

How to Help Protect Your Business from Paper Shortages & Price Increases

Most professionals have recognised that reliance on online promotion and communication is a serious weakness for any business – motivating a strong renaissance in the understanding of the trust and unique responsiveness of print and paper.

Even the most passionate ecowarriors now understand that plastics can cause serious harm while the developments in effective environmental controls and processes for paper production can result in a positive green impact.

Did you know that European Forests have grown by an area the size of Switzerland in just ten years?  Eco-certified printers such as Gemini Print have committed to play their part in helping ensure the unique qualities of print and paper can be enjoyed without guilt for generations to come.

While appreciating the value and power of print and paper all businesses and organisations need to prepare for substantial increases in paper prices due to continuous cost pressure combined with global supply/demand balance. Both coated and uncoated and all stock levels from the thinnest newsprint to the most refined artboards. Costs will also hit products ranging from packaging boxes to toilet paper.

Paper suppliers and printers did their best to absorb many of the increases that hit in 2017, but the ongoing price levels mean that increases will have to impact customer prices now.  Gemini Print, in partnership with our supply chain, works hard to protect maximum value for customers at all times.

Steve Cropper, Group Managing Director, said: “Supply and price issues with paper means those customers who work with us to agree their longer-term requirements will enable us to provide the best options and solutions. To ensure you get the paper quality and price you want for your project, earlier planning and close consultation with the Gemini Print team is more important than ever.  We have increased the number of our account management and customer service teams to maximise the support we can give customers.  Gemini Print has also developed some innovative approaches to integrating print and digital solutions to increase responsiveness and to reduce wastage.”

Worldwide factors driving price increases e.g:-

  • Brexit influenced sterling uncertainties, and fluctuations -80% of UK paper supplies imported from Europe
  • Increase in pulp prices throughout 2017, continuing through 2018
  • Low margins on paper plus increased legislative demands discouraging investment resulting in many mill closures
  • Increased demands for all grades of raw materials and paper in China together with a ban on importing waste paper
  • Panic buying of toilet paper in Taiwan following forecasted price increases of 30%
  • Calls to replace plastic backing on packaging and nappies with paper
  • US pulp prices have risen more than 35% in the past year
  • A truck drivers strike in Brazil, the worlds largest producer of eucalyptus pulp has led to a production and supply bottleneck.

For any information, please contact your account director/manager or marketing@gemini-print.co.uk

www.printweek.com/print-week/briefing/1164589/forecast-worsening-for-paper-supply

By |June 20th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Best Design for Print 2018 Awarded

On a warm evening, the Brighton Fringe 2018 finale was the awards ceremony held at The Warren. Gemini Print Group Sales Director Mark Tulley announced the following winners of the Gemini Print & Brighton Fringe Best Design for Print Awards 2018.

WINNER

Rosy Carrick who wrote and performed Passionate Machine.  Posters design credit Foz Foster and photography credit Ashley Clark

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Ross Dinwiddy who designed and conceived the promotions for Frank Kafka Apparatus, produced by Rich Bright of Blue Devil Theatre.

Mark again highlighted what a tough decision it had been for the judges to select and agree on a winner.  He said, “the standard of entry continues to develop every year – all the creative work to promote such a wide range of entertainment has become such a strong feature of the Brighton Fringe, highlighting the skills, innovation and diversity.  Gemini Print is proud to be involved with the Brighton Fringe and all involved”.

The shortlist who gained COMMENDED certificates were:

  • The Treason Show designed and conceived by Mark Brailsford
  • Last Night at the Circus:  created and performed by Jane Postlethwaite.  Photography Andy Hollingworth. Graphic Design Chris Okse Oxenbury
  • David McIver Is A Nice Little Man graphic design Sam Nicoresti
  • Sussex Symphony Orchestra art direction Kate Benjamin. Illustrator Huw Roberts, Brighton University
  • I Married An Alien Card Sharp:  entered by Henry Bruce, Purple Playhouse Theatre.  Designer Shaky Kane
  • Gayz into Space:  Brighton Gay Men’s Choir.  Entered by Silvio Grasso
  • The Woman Who Conceived The Pill:  Brass Tacks Theatre.  Produced by Sarah Hickingbottom.  Artwork design Vince Haig
  • Diva Las Vegas: The Sundaes.  Created by E3. Designed by Danilo Raino

Many congratulations from all the team at Gemini Print to the winners and commended and well done to everyone who entered this highly competitive award – every piece of work was a pleasure to review.  We look forward to seeing everyone at next years Brighton Fringe.

By |June 5th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Blue is the new Orange

For one day only!  Everything at the Gemini Print Group went blue (and white!) for the day.  Even those who dislike football or have passionate allegiances to other teams recognised the important work that Albion in the Community does across Sussex to help people of all ages.

A fabulous selection of blue and white cakes set the sugar levels for people to go to the Shoreham & Adur FC ground ready for the penalty shootout.
Joined by the Brighton & Hove Albion official mascot Gully plus ex-star player Ian Chapman with a team from Albion in the Community the battle commenced.  Maintenance manager Mark Gretton had created a very challenging alternative to a goalkeeper, so it was a tough competition.

Thanks to the generosity of Pulse Environmental voucher prizes were awarded to the champions.  Representing the ladies was Laura Macintosh of Portslade who works in the Gemini Print Digital & Hand Finishing Team.  Doing Brighton proud was Richard Golds, Sales, who casually scored top points beating many energetic contenders who had several attempts to take his trophy away!
The fundraising for Albion in the Community continues with the auctioning of some signed football shirts.  Suters Yard and the Harbour Club in Shoreham are inviting all their customers and members to raise some more funds.

By |April 27th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

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 marketing@gemini-print.co.uk by Friday 27th April.  More information: https://gemini-print.co.uk/best-design-print-award/

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd June.

By |March 29th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

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 (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 marketing@gemini-print.co.uk.  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.

www.brightonfringe.org/take-part/participants/awards

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

GEMINI WEST NEWS

Welcome to Your New Job With Gemini Print!

With consistent investment and development of services for customers across all aspects of printing, promotional products, mailing and fulfilment plus exciting innovations the award-winning Gemini Print team is looking for new people to join.

Established in Sussex for more than forty years the Gemini Print headquarters in Shoreham by Sea is well situated to be reached by road, rail or the coastal bus service so applicants from across Sussex can apply.

Matt Cooper, Production Director Gemini Print said “we are very proud to be recognised as the leading commercial printer who attracts the best skills and experienced people to join as they spot the chance to develop genuine career opportunities with a company that ‘dares to be different’.  Printing is not a glamorous industry.  It is however full of variety and challenges at Gemini Print as every project for our customers demands a bespoke high-quality response.  It is this creativity and adherence to precisely what customers need that provides the satisfaction that skills and performance excellence are respected and valued”.

Many apprenticeships and trainee opportunities that lead to progression and stable career development for roles that do not demand previous experience have disappeared from lots of business sectors across Sussex.  Gemini Print is delighted to be recruiting school leavers plus new trainees.

Criteria for trainee roles includes common sense, good communication,  team spirit, good honest work ethic, demonstration of the capability to listen and learn, and the promise of great performance!

Roles to apply for include:  www.gemini-print.co.uk/about-us/vacancies/

  • Pre Press Operator
  • Print Room Assistant
  • Print Finishing Supervisors
  • Print Room Assistant
  • Trainee Finishing Operator
  • Print Sales Consultants
  • Print Finishing – Continental Night Shift
  • Trainee Finishing Machine Operators

The Gemini Print Group Managing Director and CEO Steve Cropper is a great example of Gemini Print career progression. More than 30 years ago he joined as a van delivery driver!  Throughout the company, there are lots of examples of multi-generation and family team members – all goes to show that it is a good business to join!

For any information email marketing@gemini-print.co.uk

By |June 22nd, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Help Protect Yourself

The Value of Paper

How to Help Protect Your Business from Paper Shortages & Price Increases

Most professionals have recognised that reliance on online promotion and communication is a serious weakness for any business – motivating a strong renaissance in the understanding of the trust and unique responsiveness of print and paper.

Even the most passionate ecowarriors now understand that plastics can cause serious harm while the developments in effective environmental controls and processes for paper production can result in a positive green impact.

Did you know that European Forests have grown by an area the size of Switzerland in just ten years?  Eco-certified printers such as Gemini Print have committed to play their part in helping ensure the unique qualities of print and paper can be enjoyed without guilt for generations to come.

While appreciating the value and power of print and paper all businesses and organisations need to prepare for substantial increases in paper prices due to continuous cost pressure combined with global supply/demand balance. Both coated and uncoated and all stock levels from the thinnest newsprint to the most refined artboards. Costs will also hit products ranging from packaging boxes to toilet paper.

Paper suppliers and printers did their best to absorb many of the increases that hit in 2017, but the ongoing price levels mean that increases will have to impact customer prices now.  Gemini Print, in partnership with our supply chain, works hard to protect maximum value for customers at all times.

Steve Cropper, Group Managing Director, said: “Supply and price issues with paper means those customers who work with us to agree their longer-term requirements will enable us to provide the best options and solutions. To ensure you get the paper quality and price you want for your project, earlier planning and close consultation with the Gemini Print team is more important than ever.  We have increased the number of our account management and customer service teams to maximise the support we can give customers.  Gemini Print has also developed some innovative approaches to integrating print and digital solutions to increase responsiveness and to reduce wastage.”

Worldwide factors driving price increases e.g:-

  • Brexit influenced sterling uncertainties, and fluctuations -80% of UK paper supplies imported from Europe
  • Increase in pulp prices throughout 2017, continuing through 2018
  • Low margins on paper plus increased legislative demands discouraging investment resulting in many mill closures
  • Increased demands for all grades of raw materials and paper in China together with a ban on importing waste paper
  • Panic buying of toilet paper in Taiwan following forecasted price increases of 30%
  • Calls to replace plastic backing on packaging and nappies with paper
  • US pulp prices have risen more than 35% in the past year
  • A truck drivers strike in Brazil, the worlds largest producer of eucalyptus pulp has led to a production and supply bottleneck.

For any information, please contact your account director/manager or marketing@gemini-print.co.uk

www.printweek.com/print-week/briefing/1164589/forecast-worsening-for-paper-supply

By |June 20th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Best Design for Print 2018 Awarded

On a warm evening, the Brighton Fringe 2018 finale was the awards ceremony held at The Warren. Gemini Print Group Sales Director Mark Tulley announced the following winners of the Gemini Print & Brighton Fringe Best Design for Print Awards 2018.

WINNER

Rosy Carrick who wrote and performed Passionate Machine.  Posters design credit Foz Foster and photography credit Ashley Clark

HIGHLY COMMENDED

Ross Dinwiddy who designed and conceived the promotions for Frank Kafka Apparatus, produced by Rich Bright of Blue Devil Theatre.

Mark again highlighted what a tough decision it had been for the judges to select and agree on a winner.  He said, “the standard of entry continues to develop every year – all the creative work to promote such a wide range of entertainment has become such a strong feature of the Brighton Fringe, highlighting the skills, innovation and diversity.  Gemini Print is proud to be involved with the Brighton Fringe and all involved”.

The shortlist who gained COMMENDED certificates were:

  • The Treason Show designed and conceived by Mark Brailsford
  • Last Night at the Circus:  created and performed by Jane Postlethwaite.  Photography Andy Hollingworth. Graphic Design Chris Okse Oxenbury
  • David McIver Is A Nice Little Man graphic design Sam Nicoresti
  • Sussex Symphony Orchestra art direction Kate Benjamin. Illustrator Huw Roberts, Brighton University
  • I Married An Alien Card Sharp:  entered by Henry Bruce, Purple Playhouse Theatre.  Designer Shaky Kane
  • Gayz into Space:  Brighton Gay Men’s Choir.  Entered by Silvio Grasso
  • The Woman Who Conceived The Pill:  Brass Tacks Theatre.  Produced by Sarah Hickingbottom.  Artwork design Vince Haig
  • Diva Las Vegas: The Sundaes.  Created by E3. Designed by Danilo Raino

Many congratulations from all the team at Gemini Print to the winners and commended and well done to everyone who entered this highly competitive award – every piece of work was a pleasure to review.  We look forward to seeing everyone at next years Brighton Fringe.

By |June 5th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

Blue is the new Orange

For one day only!  Everything at the Gemini Print Group went blue (and white!) for the day.  Even those who dislike football or have passionate allegiances to other teams recognised the important work that Albion in the Community does across Sussex to help people of all ages.

A fabulous selection of blue and white cakes set the sugar levels for people to go to the Shoreham & Adur FC ground ready for the penalty shootout.
Joined by the Brighton & Hove Albion official mascot Gully plus ex-star player Ian Chapman with a team from Albion in the Community the battle commenced.  Maintenance manager Mark Gretton had created a very challenging alternative to a goalkeeper, so it was a tough competition.

Thanks to the generosity of Pulse Environmental voucher prizes were awarded to the champions.  Representing the ladies was Laura Macintosh of Portslade who works in the Gemini Print Digital & Hand Finishing Team.  Doing Brighton proud was Richard Golds, Sales, who casually scored top points beating many energetic contenders who had several attempts to take his trophy away!
The fundraising for Albion in the Community continues with the auctioning of some signed football shirts.  Suters Yard and the Harbour Club in Shoreham are inviting all their customers and members to raise some more funds.

By |April 27th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

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 marketing@gemini-print.co.uk by Friday 27th April.  More information: https://gemini-print.co.uk/best-design-print-award/

The winner will be announced on Sunday 3rd June.

By |March 29th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

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 (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 marketing@gemini-print.co.uk.  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.

www.brightonfringe.org/take-part/participants/awards

By |March 8th, 2018|Categories: Print|0 Comments

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