Collingwood Lighting

Collingwood Lighting

Collingwood Lighting has specialised in LED technology since 2002, producing the first high-performance fire-rated LED downlight in 2008 which revolutionised the industry.

LED lights are extremely energy-efficient which reduces CO2 emissions significantly.

As an innovative, environmentally sensitive company, Collingwood Lighting required a print partner with impeccable green credentials, which mirrored the ethos of their own environmental policies, to produce their latest catalogue.

Belmont Press has demonstrated its commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance for over a quarter of a century. We have been certified to the internationally recognised ISO14001 Standard, FSC and PEFC schemes since 2006.

Together with our latest investments in print technology, renewable energy, and carbon reduction strategies, all operations at Belmont Press were certified as carbon neutral in 2022, with ambitions to be certified carbon zero by the middle of 2024. Collingwood Lighting therefore had no hesitation in approaching Belmont Press to produce their flagship publication.

World Land Trust

In support of the World Land Trust, (WLT,) Belmont Press procured carbon balanced paper to be used for the production of the substantial 492pp A4 catalogue. The WLT is an international conservation charity that protects the world’s threatened habitats. All of their forest protection and restoration projects have measured and verified positive benefits for communities, climate impact, and biodiversity conservation.

In supporting the WLT in this way, Collingwood Lighting were also able to use a recognised WLT logo within their publication, under-pinning their green policy statement to current and prospective clients.

As a reference publication subject to continued use, the print brief required the outer covers of the catalogue to be given some sort of protection. To ensure the highest possible environmental standards were maintained, this was achieved by using Cellogreen Matt Laminate which has all the benefits of a standard film laminate but is sustainable, biodegradable, and can be recycled. Cellogreen lamination is an eco-film that is made from highly refined wood pulp sourced from the Sustainable Forestry Initiative’s managed forests.


The requirement for longevity of the publication was achieved by PUR binding which is approximately 2.5 times stronger than perfect binding. PUR binding is more durable and offers greater stability as the catalogue ages. PUR glue is solvent free and therefore does not emit any solvent emissions during the process.

As well as being produced using the most environmentally sensitive production methods, the catalogue for Collingwood Lighting also had to be fit for purpose as a reference guide for their clients. The foredge was therefore tab index cut in 13 positions to create defined sections for each lighting category.

Upon completion, a number of catalogues were required for mailing purposes which were enclosed into ColomPac Wraps. These postal wraps are climate neutral and FSC certified whilst offering maximum safety and protection of the catalogue in transit. ColomPac Wraps are 100% recyclable.

Collingwood Lighting explained why partnering with Belmont Press was so important to them in upholding their environmental principles:

“Here at Collingwood Lighting, sustainability is at the core of everything we do, we aim to become Carbon Neutral by 2030. We use Belmont because of their core values. Working with an environmentally aware printer helps to reduce our own carbon footprint and contributes to saving the planet. This allows us to send out marketing materials to our customers, knowing that we are doing the right thing.”


Cirencester College

Cirencester College

Cirencester College is a specialist sixth form college in a rural setting on the outskirts of Cirencester, Gloucestershire.  One of only three designated specialist Sixth Form Colleges in the Southwest, the College is one of the top ranking Sixth Form Colleges in the country.

Belmont Press have an established relationship with Cirencester College spanning over a 15-year period. In June this year we were delighted to be working with Cirencester again to produce the 2023 Freshers Magazine. This 20pp A5 sized magazine provides essential information for first-year students.

The artwork was very well prepared by the college team and passed through our online artwork processing portal with no file error warnings.

As well as preflight checks, our portal offers the opportunity for artwork to be viewed in page turner format which helps clients visualise and examine image spreads and style format.

Dedicated fulfilment and mailing team

The magazine was to be printed on 120gsm uncoated paper stock with the additional requirement of a coater to be applied throughout the publication. This was achieved using our XL75 Heidelberg Press equipped with an in-line coating unit.

Upon successful completion in production, the finished magazine was transferred to our dedicated internal fulfilment and mailing team which are located on our premises.

Our team are adept at managing varied and complex mailings, handling multiple projects with mixed quantities of recipients and different mailing drop date requirements every week.

Just over 2,500 copies were poly wrapped in recyclable clear material, sealed with postage label attached.  These were mailed on an economy service to suit the college’s budget whilst maintaining the required delivery date. A further smaller quantity was delivered to the campus for internal distribution.

Long lasting relationship

The Head of Marketing & Communications at Cirencester College, had this to say about the experience of working with Belmont Press:

"Belmont produce various publications for us, from A5 magazines to College prospectuses. Good turnaround time, trust, quality, service, and colour consistency are all really important to us.

The team always provide excellent customer service, quick responses to requests and they are always accommodating.  They also help us work through and resolve any issues/problems and generate new ideas for our projects.

All of our joint projects have been well received.  Having worked together for circa 15 years, I would highly recommend Belmont Press to others."

Cranfield University

Cranfield University

Cranfield University is a British postgraduate public research university specialising in science, engineering, design, technology and management.

Following the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, the University made the difficult decision to close its own internal printing facility. The facility was responsible for all internal communications and stationery as well as facilitating individual student requests.

As the University's incumbent supplier for the printing of their Undergraduate Prospectus, Belmont Press were invited to tender for the opportunity to step into the print teams big shoes to fulfil staff and student reprographics and print requirements.

The successful bidder would need to ensure a smooth transition from the existing print unit while making certain the transition was sensitive in it's nature due to the existing members of staff who were being relocated.

The brief

The University had four critical requirements: -

1. The web2print solution would incorporate all stationery, student coursework submissions as well as campus signage, including pop up displays and banners.

2. The supplier must be able to build a functional and user friendly web2print solution, tailored to their specific needs.

3. The supplier must have their own, internal technical support team to help train University staff on the functionality of the site.

4. The supplier must illustrate the right balance, offering value for money, quality of product and customer service.

The web2print solution would incorporate all stationery, student coursework submissions as well as campus signage, including pop up displays and banners.

Successful tender

Following an in depth competitive tender process, Belmont Press were chosen as the University's contracted parter for the service. Our proposal scored highly in the award criteria and our business fulfilled all four areas identified on the clients wish list. Our first priority was to kick start the contract with introductions of the two person team dedicated to the University account.

The team of two - consisting of an internal account manager and a regionally based representative - implemented a transition management plan, to ensure continuity of service from the University print team to Belmont Press.

The plan consisted of ensuring colour standards were set, guaranteeing brand consistency; making certain we had a supply of any stock held in storage at the University, enabling us to fulfil orders on transition day and making sure an effective service level agreement was in place that all key stakeholders were familiar with. 

Result and ongoing relationship

The plan also built time into the schedule to ensure the web2print portal we were developing was effectively stress tested, training courses for Cranfield staff were implemented and the portal was fully operational by the time of contract commencement.

12 months on from the go live date, Cranfield University orders are flowing seamlessly and we have built an excellent working relationship with all members of the University team.

Our service is reactive, often accommodating 24 hour turn-around and even same day deliveries.

The web2print portal is evolving all the time, as we build in new requirements for the team. In the first quarter of 2023, the Belmont team have successfully delivered over 120 projects for Cranfield University.

Birmingham 2022

Birmingham 2022

We’ve always been proud of our portfolio of clients in the sporting sector. From London 2012, Glasgow 2014 through to our work with first class sporting teams such as the Northampton Saints and MK Dons football club. So when we were approached to become a print partner to Birmingham 2022 we were delighted to be involved.

Birmingham 2022 proved to be a spectacular sporting showcase: 877 medals were awarded, 96 Commonwealth Games records and 4 world records were broken.

Hosts Team England sent the most diverse and inclusive English sporting team to compete at Birmingham 2022 and were rewarded with a record 176 medals, including 57 golds, representing the most medals ever won by England at a Commonwealth Games.

After working on a number of previous successful publications with Birmingham 2022, Belmont Press were consulted by the Publications team to help deliver a final flagship publication named ‘Our Story’, in celebration of a successful historical event. ‘Our Story’ complied the entire story of the Games and the legacy beyond. The book needed to reflect the overwhelming success of Birmingham 2022; be of superior quality; and provide longevity to allow readers to reflect on the Games for years to come.


Legacy publication

The 164pp A4 Landscape text pages, filled with exceptional photography, were printed and sealed throughout on 170gsm FSC Silk. Production on our Heidelberg press with inbuilt impress bar technology meant that colour was checked and recalibrated every seven sheets, ensuring colour consistency and accurate reproduction of the photographic images. The outer covers were soft touch matt laminated and had spot gloss UV varnish applied, before being case bound with the text sections.

To protect the publication, Belmont Press created and manufactured a bespoke outer 2mm board slip case at the request of the Birmingham team. To compliment the prestigious nature of the ‘Our Story’ case bound book, the slip case was also soft touch matt laminated and had an additional paper inner lining applied. Die -Cut thumb cuts allowed ease of use when removing the book from the casing.

Upon the successful conclusion of the project, we made fully recyclable cardboard boxes to distribute ‘Our Story’ to countries across the globe. These perfect fit outer boxes prevented movement in transit ensuring the project reached the worldwide recipients in perfect condition. It was an honour and a privilege to play our part once again in such a prestigious and historical occasion, which culminated in this superb keepsake of the Games produced in print for lasting prosperity.

Client testimonial

The Lead Publications and Studio Manager with Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, had this to say about his experience with us:

“Having worked with Belmont Press previously, it was great to have them on board with Birmingham 2022 to support our print requirements for the Commonwealth Games. The flagship publication of the Birmingham 2022 ‘Our Story’ book is the complete journey of the Games - from award to legacy - and Belmont Press were trusted with its production and delivery.

The project was managed by Tim Brown, and his advice and suggestions really made an impact on the look and feel of the book and slipcase. He was always available and on hand to answer any questions and process any requests made from myself. Timelines and production details were always accurately communicated, and I felt confident that Belmont Press would deliver a best-in-class product exactly to the specifications expected.

When my copies arrived, I was delighted with the result and feedback from recipients of the book were positive and very well received. This is a real coffee table publication designed to tell the story of the Games and will be kept as a souvenir and memory by a wide audience from members of the Commonwealth to local schools and libraries.

Thank you, Tim, and thank you Belmont Press, for a fantastic service and a quality book and slip case delivered to exacting standards as usual.”

University of Plymouth

University of Plymouth

The University of Plymouth is a cutting-edge, vibrant institution with a long history in education going back to 1862. The university is well known for its first class, cutting-edge research, education, and innovation. Plymouth is one of the top ten UK young universities, according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2021, with a mission to advance knowledge and impact lives.

Prior to Belmont securing a place on the official framework in 2022, the university had enjoyed a very long term relationship with a trusted local print partner. So when the time came to go out to formal tender and switch suppliers, understandably there was apprehension. This wasn't lost on our team, we were mindful of making any transition as smooth as possible, offering support, advice and ensuring the trust placed in us paid off for the university print team.

At contract commencement we immediately assigned a dedicated expert team of two contacts, internal and external, to project manage all requirements, and nurture the beginnings of a supportive and robust relationship. With the first project being one of the institutions flagship publications (the PG Prospectus), it was an opportunity for the Belmont team to prove our worth!


Postgraduate Prospectus

The University of Plymouth Postgraduate Prospectus 2023 needed to be a sector leading publication, which added stature to the message of promoting Masters education. The marketing team delivered a design concept for the outer covers to represent the elevated status of education at Masters level, using the contrast of soft touch matt laminate with high-build spot UV varnish on specific wording.

The tactile distinction between the raised gloss finish wording ‘WITH A MASTERS’ and the flat, velvet like finish of the laminate, gave the postgraduate cover a real physical prominence. The specialist finishes on the outer covers were set upon a bright peacock feather background. The colour management of the project was achieved using our Heidelberg presses equipped with impress bar technology that records and recalibrates colour every seven sheets, ensuring colour consistency throughout the entirety of the print run.

Finally, the prospectus was PUR bound with 232pp inner text pages, trimmed to a finished size of 230 x 175mm, and packed in bespoke perfect fit, fully recyclable cardboard boxes. It was delivered on schedule to Plymouth and further copies held in Belmont’s own warehouse ready for fulfilment and mailing to students.

Client first impressions

Kat Keay, the University's print team manager, had this to say about our new relationship and her teams first impressions of Belmont Press: -

“The undergraduate and postgraduate publications are the university’s flagship publications, and the most important tools in our recruitment of new students.

In moving to Belmont away from an existing supplier, who we had used for many years, it was important that we had a supplier who could deliver the quality we required, particularly the finish and presentation of the covers, as well as providing a fulfilment service we could trust. 

My team have found Belmont's customer service to be very good, we always get prompt replies to our enquires and the staff are incredibly helpful in offering advice when required.

Despite being quite a distance from where Belmont are based, we have regular visits from them and feel that there is already a strong working relationship in the relatively short time we have been working with them. We are really happy with the first projects we have worked together on and would not hesitate to recommend them.”


Howdens Joinery

Howdens Joinery Group is a supplier of kitchens and joinery products to the building trade. They have more than 75 kitchen designs to choose from, plus more than 10,000 products across kitchens, joinery, and hardware. This is a lot of products, and their catalogues reflect this with the average page count of the publications being over 400 pages long.

In 2018 Belmont Press were given the opportunity to tender for the Howdens range of catalogues, with the flagship publication being the Consumer Product Catalogue, which is printed twice every year.

This is Howdens main piece of annual marketing so it's a thick, circa 400pp PUR bound book, with a print run of over half a million copies. The product is printed in 4 colour process throughout with a matt lamination to the outer cover, to give it durability for use on site with trades people.

Belmont Press were subsequently awarded the contract, and so by the time the 2020 edition came around for planning late in 2019, we had already printed the catalogue three times previously (twice in 2018 and then again at the start of 2019). The artwork for this latest edition was available from mid June 2020, with regular deliveries commencing from early July through to late August.

Potential pitfalls

A kitchen is one of the most significant investments a person can make in their own home. Therefore, the literature advertising Howden's range of units has to be an exacting representation of how the fitted kitchen will look in the flesh. Measuring colour from a physical item and replicating it onto paper (made from a living breathing raw material) can be challenging. It's important to understand the pitfalls right from the outset, before the first page is even designed.

The other area identified as requiring special attention is the size of the project. The catalogue equated to over 175 million sheets of A4 paper through press and over 500,000 books being bound. It is a sizeable  undertaking which required effective project management right from the start. Prior to production commencement, we were also faced with an unprecedented pandemic, which resulted in staff being forced into self isolation and our working practices changing for safety reasons, almost overnight.

In January 2020 we set up a temporary studio for the Howdens design team, on our own premises at Belmont Press. This enabled the team to bring in physical samples of their range of kitchens, design a page and then run out proofs to match. This fluid, live 'design to print process' enabled the team to achieve exactly the right colour before the first sheet through press.

Solutions and result

Once colour standards were set, the catalogue was placed into the copy design phase with print ready files being available by mid June 2020. By this time, we had already implemented our robust disaster recovery plan to counter any effects from the ongoing global emergency.

Almost all of our staff are multi skilled, from the trained machine operators through to our external sales force. Many of our account management team started as apprentice machine operators before moving into the commercial side of our business. This formed the backbone of our plan, with multi-skilled staff being able cover crucial production roles for other team members if required.

By the time the 'peak' had passed in April, we had remained operational throughout the entirety of the pandemic. Once the artwork was approved for press we commenced printing without any deviation from the original plan and schedule. By mid August 2020 we had made over 30 deliveries, outputting in excess of 500,000 quality product catalogues. Our staff delivered the project on time in exceptionally demanding and unprecedented circumstances. We are currently in the planning phase for the 2023 range.

Manchester Printer

Manchester Printer

Manchester printer

The relationship to a city centre community in Greater Manchester may not be immediately apparent for a Manchester printer whose main production facility is actually based in Northampton.

However, Belmont Press has a long standing affinity and established relationship with Manchester. We're proud to work with many of the city's well known brands and institutions.

All over the nation, from Edinburgh to Falmouth, Bristol to Ipswich, our work can be seen in the centre of local communities. While every location is different, regardless of where our clients are located, we want them to always feel at least partly at home with us. We aim to create that sense of comfort, security, and proximity.

Greater Manchester office

It is important to us that our business has a genuine and thorough understanding of the communities it joins, cultivating long-lasting relationships with our client base, and tries to comprehend the particular social, historical, and cultural nuances that make each location special.

With this in mind we felt it was vital to have a presence in Manchester,  employ a team who understood the values of the location and spend their time living and working from the city.  We also want our staff to feel engaged with our own business, cementing us as a go to Manchester Printer, aligning with our values, keeping the company's principles and culture constant.


Greater Manchester Good Employment Charter

The social difficulties that already existed in society have received more attention in recent years as COVID-19 has driven changes in achieving the work life balance. These changes often mean that employees are separated from the businesses they work for, working remotely. We want all of our employees to feel engaged with our business, feel a sense of common purpose, and in turn align our social values with like minded organisations.

To help create this synergy with the city, and ensure we improve on our social values year on year, we became an official supporter of The Greater Manchester Employment Charter in 2022. GMEC is a voluntary membership and assessment scheme that aims to raise employment standards across Greater Manchester, for all organisations of any size, sector or geography.

We felt the charter was an excellent fit with our own social values and helped reinforce the link we feel with Greater Manchester, our diverse customer base and our employees representing Belmont Press from the city.


Liverpool John Moores University

Liverpool John Moore University

Early in 2022 Belmont Press took part in a large and comprehensive print framework tendering opportunity for Liverpool John Moore’s University (LJMU). This incorporated a strong emphasis on supporting the environment and further complimenting the civic commitment held by LJMU which extends throughout its curriculum and supply chain. LJMU is committed to playing a leading role in finding sustainable solutions and adopts suppliers to their supply chain that can further support their aims. LJMU are in the top third of universities in the People and Plant League and are a member of the Universities Climate Network.

The tender process scoring scheme was led with non-price criteria accounting for 70% of the total tender score, allocating Management of the Contract at 45% and Social Value and Carbon Reduction at 25%. The print requirements were split into Lots incorporating flagship publications to wide format projects. The bids from Belmont Press were measured in accordance with the tender requirements and judged to offer the best solutions, instilling confidence that all projects would be delivered, mirroring the University's own ethos.

Social values

Our achieved score highlighted that as a print partner, Belmont Press would prove exceptionally responsive to meet the needs of the University, and consequently, Belmont Press were successful in winning the contracts on all three Lots for which they bid.

The attributes of Belmont Press as a green print partner culminated earlier this year with certification as a Carbon Neutral Printer. As part of the LJMU contracted supply chain, Belmont Press are able to provide data to assess the impact any product will have upon the environment in terms of CO2. This supports the objectives of LJMU’s policies to decrease their carbon footprint.

Social Value and Governance good practice is also embedded within the contract. Belmont Press recognise the importance of these elements which encompasses the support of our team members and wider community projects, underpinning the ethos of our business and our value as a print supplier.

Carbon neutral printer

One of the first projects under the new contracts for LJMU was for the print production and mailing of the Applicant Handbook. This consisted of 68 pages printed in five colours with an additional aqueous (water based) coater applied to the covers to prevent ink transfer and marking. The Handbook was PUR bound and prepared for mailing to prospective students.

A key element within the specification set by LJMU was the procurement of carbon balanced paper. This was achieved working with the World Land Trust - their Carbon Balanced programme supports action on climate change and biodiversity protection. With the paper purchased using this scheme the LJMU Applicant Handbook bears the World Land Trust Logo.

The reduction of waste and surplus packaging is a key aim within the contract.

What the client says

The Applicant Handbook was then mailed via the most cost effective route to market by our fulfilment team, using a perfect fit recyclable outer wrap. Our client from LJMU had this to say about their experience with the Belmont team: -

"Colour, brand consistency, quality and delivery are all equally important for our brand. All these elements were achieved and not comprimised, with some very challenging deliveryes met!

All products have been very well received. Belmont has a fantastic accommodating team- exceptional.

I would absolutely not hesitate to recommend them if you are look for competitive costs, quality without compromise and excellent delivery."

Unit Editions

Unit Editions

Unit Editions is an independent publishing venture that retails hard backed books for an international audience of designers, design students and followers of visual culture.

Unit Editions books are only available via their website and a handful of specialist bookshops, therefore a warehousing, fulfilment and mailing partner was sought to help them reach their international client base.

Belmont Press were chosen as Unit Editions favoured storage, fulfilment and international mailing partner in 2017. Our solution was chosen due to our large in-house storage facility, our in-house fulfilment team and competitive international mailing rates.

Unit Editions also required their chosen partner to integrate within their shopify account, retrieve orders automatically and process them daily for despatch all over the world.

Belmont Press warehousing

Belmont’s internal IT department provided the necessary experience and skill set to write a bespoke application programming interface key (API), which would provide the right solution.

Due to the high-quality nature and retail value of their publications, Unit Editions also needed the assurance that all case bound books would be despatched in superior protective packaging to ensure arrival in pristine condition to clients located worldwide. Our box converting equipment was employed to manufacture made-to-measure cartons for each order, while larger format books were shipped with protective corners.

Orders are received directly via shopify, collated, carefully packaged, and shipped from our own warehouse. The dedicated operations team at Belmont Press source the most cost effective route to market for mailing and delivery to ensure the cost and service meets the requirements set by Unit Editions.

Delivery reporting

Stock level figures are instantaneously updated, allowing Unit Editions to log on to a bespoke customer facing stock management system called Dashboard.

This enables clients to monitor stock levels held in our storage facility, keep track of orders and access proof of delivery reports.

Detailed reports are generated via Dashboard, listing all transactions within a set time frame which are sent with accompanying monthly invoices.

Unit Editions fulfil a unique niche, creating and distributing high quality publications on a wide variety of topics that are generally neglected by mainstream publishers.  The efficient system built in partnership with Belmont Press ensures safe storage and reliable distribution to their clients around the world.

Uclan case study

University of Central Lancashire

The University of Central Lancashire is one of the UKs largest universities with staff and student numbers approaching 38,000. UCLan’s student population comes from over 100 countries around the world, creating a truly diverse global community. Belmont Press successfully tendered for the printing of the university's Undergraduate Prospectus 2022, a publication that needed to be of first-class quality. It also needed to reflect the huge changes underway on campus, with the radical £200m transformation of the Preston Campus nearing completion.

The Undergraduate Prospectus is a substantial publication of 256pp, with matt laminate and spot UV varnish applied to the outer covers, with a finished size of 240 x 170mm.

As the flagship publication to showcase the University’s revitalised brand, we first output two fully bound book proofs on our Digital printing press to help the UCLan team visualise their artwork in a finished format.

Prospectus printing

Once the final artwork tweaks were completed, our production team got to work, with all printed text being produced on our Heidelberg B1 lithographic presses that are equipped with impress technology.

“Impress” technology automatically measures and records colour and re-calibrates every seven sheets. This ensures colour consistency throughout the entirety of the print run, maintaining brand consistency and quality of product.

An additional requirement of the contract was to fulfil and mail the publication to prospective students. The UCLan team mirror our own ethos and try to avoid the use of single-use plastics.

With this in mind, we designed a suitably sized environmentally friendly, fully recyclable outer cardboard wrap. Artwork supplied from the University is printed onto the outer wrap and it is die-cut to shape.


The finished result is an eye-catching prospectus, introducing new students to the University’s exciting ‘We See YOU’ campaign, and produced to the highest quality and environmentally friendly standards. Dan Mills, Publications Officer for UCLan had this to say about the project:

“Belmont have demonstrated excellent customer service throughout. Whenever we had a query and needed some advice, they responded promptly and were always friendly and helpful.

Having a good relationship with our appointed printer is crucial, because the prospectus is a huge project with lots of components and it's essential that when it lands in student's hands it showcases our University as effectively as possible.

Belmont delivered on time to the tight deadline we set them, and every aspect was carried out exceptionally and professionally - from the printing of the prospectus and its packaging to delivery and their ongoing liaison with our mailroom and recruitment teams.

Belmont have exceeded our expectations and we would be very happy to work with them again in the future.”

Scotlands Gardens Scheme

Scotland's Gardens Scheme

Scotland's Gardens Scheme supports over 250 charities each year with the opening of a fantastic selection of gardens across Scotland to the public. Belmont Press have worked with Scotland's Gardens since 2018 producing their flagship publication “Our Guide” to the Open Garden Scheme.

This handy A5 sized book contains details of all the participating gardens over 296 pages, and is packed full of quality horticultural imagery. With this in mind, Belmont Press produce a full digitally printed and bound sample version prior to starting the main print run to help the team at Scotland's Gardens view the guidebook layout and photography.

As all Belmont’s printing presses are equipped with impress bar technology, our clients can be assured of colour consistency, with automatic readings and adjustments made after every seven sheets that pass through the press.

Customer service focus

With a regional contact based in the north of England, Belmont Press can respond quickly to deliver proofs in person or attend any face-to face meetings to discuss any topic, including new technologies that may enhance the project. Our expert team were always on hand via email, telephone or virtual link to help create a quality, fit for purpose publication.

Once printed, folded and PUR bound, a proportion of the completed guidebook needed to be collated with a covering letter and free admission card, then inserted into an environmentally friendly padded envelope and mailed. Belmont Press have in-house fulfilment and mailing capabilities which merged the supplied data and sourced the most cost-effective mailing option, ensuring the guidebooks arrived in time for the opening season. A further 23 separate bulk deliveries across Scotland were packed and delivered to schedule.


Liz Stewart, National Organiser, had this to say about using Belmont Press as Scotland's Gardens preferred print partner:

“Belmont Press gave excellent customer service for our 2021 book - we had a new team working on the project and due to lockdown, had to work entirely remotely and it was a complex process for our team as a result. Belmont helped us hugely with some technical problem solving and were very supportive throughout. The Belmont team is very quick to respond to queries and problem solve as required. They also helped us to create a new distribution plan for our book and we made use of the fulfilment service for our direct mailouts. This has made life significantly easier, is cost-effective and something we have carried through into our 2022 book. Although Belmont is not in Scotland (we are based in Edinburgh) and I had wondered whether this might make things more difficult, the reality is that the service has been seamless - complete book proofs have been provided overnight. We have made use of video conferencing on occasion, and have had the opportunity to meet Paul in person on visits to Edinburgh. A great quality finish is important to us to ensure that our heritage and branding shine through. As a reference guide it has lived up to the wear and tear very well and it looks beautiful! We are using Belmont again for our 2022 book”.

Belmont Press are proud to work alongside Scotland's Gardens and look forward to developing our partnership further for the future.

Southampton Solent University

Southampton Solent University

Since becoming a university, Solent has helped over fifty thousand students, from all walks of life, to make the most of their potential. Belmont Press has been a key print partner to Solent for over a decade, during which time the University has changed dramatically  – from campus improvements to the latest state-of-the-art facilities.

Our services to Solent incorporate their flagship undergraduate prospectus, as well as supporting marketing literature, personalised direct mail campaigns, storage, fulfilment, mailing and distribution solutions.

All of these services are performed in house, under our own roof, meaning everything is produced inline with our own ISO credentials and manufactured by our own skilled workforce.

Cluster book mailings

An important aspect of Solent's prospective student engagement strategy are their cluster book mailing campaigns. Each cluster book focuses on a different faculty and is produced in a saddle stitched format, typically around 64pp in pagination. Once the booklets have been finished, they are held in our storage facility, awaiting fulfilment for each bulk mailing campaign.

The cluster books are mailed out as part of two different campaigns: - either with a prospectus, with the cluster book being specific to the prospective students chosen field of study, or sent out with an invitation to one of the University's open evenings. Again, the correct course specific cluster book must be mailed out to the correct student whose area of interest matches the booklets content.

Bulk mailing facility

A key requirement of our agreement with Solent for their cluster book mailings is our ability to provide an end to end solution internally, without the need for third party involvement. From receipt of artwork for the prospectus, the cluster book and the invitations, along with the data, our team ensured an efficient printing and bulk mailing solution.

Our cost effective bulk mailing solution has ensured the project ramins cost viable for Solent, while providing a more targeted student communication approach for their external relations team.

University of Derby

University of Derby print supplier

The University of Derby is located in the heart of England and is currently home to around 34,000 students. Four campus sites offer over 300 study programmes at undergraduate level.

Derby are the only university in the country to own a professional producing theatre which offers a rare learning experience for students. In addition, the University of Derby campuses boast a variety of specialist facilities including computing laboratories, two computer games development suites, a general practice surgery, recording studios, and concert venues.

Belmont Press have been working as the primary University of Derby print supplier on a number of projects over the years and were delighted to be able to produce their latest Undergraduate Prospectus.

Specialist finishes

Given the amount of courses available, a high pagination publication was required. To maximise the amount of pages we could print up together on a large B1 sheet, a finished size was chosen of 240 x 170mm. This also ensured a minimal amount of paper wastage. The cover was cleverly designed to be simple but impactful. It contained large pink text sporting spot UV varnish, whilst the remainder of the cover text was created using white foil blocking.

Environmentally friendly 'cellogreen' matt laminate protects the block colour on the covers that encase the substantial 160pp text. The finished result is a modern, sleek PUR bound publication that showcases all that the University of Derby has to offer. Great thought was also given to the fulfilment and mailing of the prospectus to potential new students.

Environmentally friendly

The striking front cover design was replicated in print onto the outer board mailing wraps which gives a great uniformity to the overall project. The printed board mailing wraps are FSC certified and 100% recyclable which is a far more environmentally friendly option than utilising single use polythene bags or wrap.

Working with sustainable initiatives in reducing plastic waste is further supported by the University of Derby in their local area. The University work alongside Rolls-Royce and the Derby & Sandiacre Canal Trust to help tackle plastic pollution in local Derbyshire canals. The introduction of a waterfront in Derby is seen as vital to the success of the city’s regeneration, as well as preserving and extending green spaces across the city and the surrounding area.

Heinz case study


Heinz are a household name, with many of their tinned products and sauces reaching legend status amongst British shoppers. In December 2020, Belmont were approached with the concept of producing personalised labels, so shoppers could buy well-known products such as Tomato Ketchup, Soup and Mayonnaise as a novelty gift for a loved one. The brief was for data to be extracted from the Heinz website, sent to Belmont for it to be merged with standing artwork, before personalised digital printing and kiss-cutting taking place. The labels are then delivered to Heinz chosen fulfilment partner to attach onto product and mailing direct to the client.

The project was a perfect fit for our Digital Print and Online Solutions teams!

Personalised printing

From an ease of fulfilment sense, it was vitally important that Heinz fulfilment partner was able to process orders in a particular sequence. For example, if one customer ordered 1 x Ketchup label along with 1 x Tomato Soup label then the fulfilment team wanted the labels to run consecutively so distribution could be consolidated.

Our Online Solutions team created an API to retrieve the data, cleanse it, check for profanities and sort it into a very specific order, before sending it to our Digital Print team for personalised printing. Once the labels were printed, we then utilised our laser-guided Veloblade machine, which kiss-cut the labels to size before being packed. Throughout the entire process, the order of the labels was maintained.

Quick turn around

Due to the nature of the product that Heinz are selling, it's important that their customers are not waiting around for their orders. Our reactive team are able to turn labels around within 24 - 48 hours from receipt of artwork. This has enable Heinz fulfilment partner to handle large volumes of requests during peak periods.

Since contract commencement in December 2020, our team has processed tens of thousands of personlised printed labels, delivered on time and on budget.

Bristol print supplier

University of Bristol

University of Bristol print supplier

With a former chancellor none other than Sir Winston Churchill and a history that can be traced back to 1595, the University of Bristol has a long and illustrious past. Now a member of the Russell Group of research-led British universities, it is renowned for its medical and engineering subjects and offers over 200 undergraduate courses. Belmont Press have worked with the University of Bristol for over a decade and were delighted to retain the contract this year for the organisations printed prospectus.

The University of Bristol has won numerous awards for its sustainability actions, aiding the city to become the UK's first with certified European Green status in 2015.


With this in mind, the paper used to produce the prospectus had to be a good fit with the university’s sustainability values. Belmont Press therefore sourced paper from suppliers that support the World Land Trust’s environmental initiatives around the UK.

The carbon was offset for the paper used in the production of the prospectus, which qualified the publication to display the World Land Trust logo. Belmont Press also further contributed to the sustainability of the project by printing cardboard environmentally friendly wraps to mail out the prospectus. The wrap replaced the previous single use plastic poly bags as a greener alternative. The card used for the wrap was also FSC certified and 100% recyclable.

The end result

The partnership of the University of Bristol and Belmont Press has resulted in the sustainable production of a striking 80 page Undergraduate Prospectus, finished in the handy size of 210 x 210mm.

It is held within our 12,880 cubic meter, temperature controlled warehouse and fulfilled by our own dedicated staff. Tomorrow’s students receive a unique, quality publication that is carefully produced, keeping a greener, more sustainable future in mind.

Printed banners

Cinch case study


Cinch is a nationwide, online car retailer, making it easy for buyers to purchase cars via their website and delivered directly to their clients front door. They are also one of the leading sponsors of premiership rugby club, the Northampton Saints.

In early 2021, Cinch approached Belmont Press to install a number of giant decals and printed banners at the Northampton Saints ground, to showcase their partnership with the club and help convert the stadium to the rebranded 'Cinch Stadium'.

The banners were required along the roof line of one of the stands and dotted internally, at key points around the stadium. All the materials needed to be durable and, in some areas, all weather proof.

Onsite challenges

The elements to be installed within the stadium, were not always a straightforward fit. The positioning of the external banners meant they would be exposed to all elements and the height meant they would be particularly exposed to high winds. Cinch also required their logo to be laser cut out of aluminum and placed at the entrance of the players tunnel.

Our large format print team utilised a combination of our flatbed printers and brand new laser cutting technology to achieve the high quality results required. Our Installations team also utilised scaffolding, a cherry picker and a scissor lift to ensure safe access to the highest parts of the stadium.

A durable all-weather material was chosen for the banner, and our installations team fabricated custom brackets before stringing the steel cables from which they mounted the banner. For the remaining roofline graphics, an outdoor long-life self-adhesive was used to mount onto the hoardings.

Printed banners

The result has seen the Cinch branding displayed in prime positions throughout Franklins Gardens (now named The Cinch Stadium). The giant printed banners are also strategically placed to be picked up by the Sky Sports production team from all angles.

The rigid media installations are imposing, displayed throughout the external parts of the ground underneath the Saints black, green and gold colours. The laser cut Cinch logo at the opening of the players tunnel is the centerpiece, with the lettering being mounted onto the company's brand purple.

As Northampton's leading large format print partner, it has been our pleasure to work with Cinch and The Saints to help tastefully convert this historic stadium and famous Northamptonshire landmark.

Exeter College

Exeter college

Exeter College is Devon's only Ofsted Outstanding further education college. As an organisation, nationally they are in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not for Profit Employer list. In 2021 Belmont Press were chosen as the college's lithographic print partner for the production of their School Leavers Course Guide - a stitched booklet that details everything students need to know about college life, the options they have to offer and how to apply.

The guide had a bold, striking design. The header on the front page 'Your future is bright' had to stand out and it was essential we achieved the desired effect. To ensure expectations were met we put forward three lithographic wet proofs to the Exeter team, experimenting with florescent ink and foil to gain feedback on the best solution.

After a couple of specification tweaks, an appropriate foil was chosen and we got to work.

Customer service

It was important that the jet black cover didn't dull down the vibrant foil, so the ink was knocked back from underneath the foil avoiding any show through. This meant special attention was required to the 'fit', ensuring variation of the foil position was kept to an absolute minimum.

The marketing team at Exeter College had this to say about their first experience of working with Belmont Press.

"We were very happy with Belmont Press's customer service. The communication was clear and quick. Where there were any concerns about print finish (we wanted to achieve a neon foil finish on the cover which was not straightforward to do) these were communicated clearly on videocalls with us and potential resolutions were discussed and trialed quickly to ensure that the finish and quality would be as we wanted."

Lithographic print partnership

The team concluded "The actual sign off process was one of the smoothest we have had to date and all went to plan, in time for the print deadline. We have been happy with the quality of the print and the special finish too. It is exactly what we had hoped to achieve and the bright colours have received excellent feedback."

"On price, print quality and customer service Belmont Press have been very good and we are already planning our next print product with them."

With the University Level Course Guide now firmly in the planning stages, we look forward to developing our partnership further with the college team.

Northampton printers

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi Ellen Malpas is a number 1 New York Times Bestselling Romance Author and Northants entrepreneur. She has written a portfolio of 19 novels in total and has commissioned a range of scented candles, gifts, signed books, art prints and greetings cards via her own website. In 2021 Jodi contacted Belmont Press, as her local Northampton printers, to collaborate on a 2022 printed calendar she planned on publishing. Jodi was pretty open minded on her initial brief.

She had just one initial stipulation: - the calendar must be a quality product to reflect her brand and the other items she makes available on her website.

Leading Northampton printers

It was important we understood client expectations right from the off, so the Belmont Digital Print team put together a couple of different concepts for Jodi to consider.

These were printed on the proposed board before being trimmed and wiro bound so the proof was an exact representation of the final job. After a couple of specification tweaks the artwork was approved for press. Jodi chose a high quality 350gsm coated board, to be used throughout.

We bound the finished calendar in house using black wire before wrapping, ready for onward distribution to Jodi's fan base.

Local partnership

The finished result showcases some great photography in print and achieved the high standard that Jodi was looking for, with her describing our collaboration as follows: -

"The team at Belmont were as passionate about my project as I was, offering advice, options and working efficiently to meet my goal. It was truly a pleasurable experience from design phase to the finished product, which surpassed my expectations."

We loved having the opportunity to work with a local Northampton girl come internationally renowned author and we hope to work together again in the future!



Easydry is the global, multi award-winning pioneer of the eco-friendly disposable towel. Used by hair salons and beauty companies, Easydry disposable towels are a super absorbent, eco-friendly and hygienic alternative solution to traditional cotton towels. Easydry makes a number of promises as part of their business model, which assures clients of an efficient distribution from their chosen storage facility, direct to their customers.

Their service level agreement states to clients that orders will be delivered within the UK in 1-2 business days, the EU in 3-7 business days, USA and Canada in 3-7 business days and the rest of world within 5-10 business days.

Belmont Press storage facility

To help Easydry deliver on this promise they were looking for a partner that had the space to store all of their products safely, had the ability to receive customer orders and had access to a reliable distribution network domestically and internationally. In early 2021 Belmont Press were awarded the contract as Easydry's chosen storage, fulfilment and distribution service provider.

Upon contract award, our warehouse immediately took delivery of over 200 pallets worth of Easydry stock. Meanwhile our IT department got to work creating a bespoke management information system which would monitor stock levels, receive orders and generate shipping labels.

Delivery reporting

Since the start of the contract, our fulfilment team have processed thousands of orders on behalf of Easydry, ensuring their clients' hair and beauty salons are replenished with business critical items. The nature of the contract means a constant flow of incoming and outgoing pallets, all monitored by our bespoke MIS and web-based client dashboard, which provides live stock data 24/7.

All goods are shipped from our storage facility via our full track and trace service, which means that we know exactly where the goods are, and when they will be at their destination.

University of Exeter

University of Exeter Alumni Magazine

The University of Exeter publish an annual magazine, known as Exeter Magazine, which is sent to all alumni and supporters of the University. The publication has a mailing circulation of 53,000 copies and consists of the main magazine and a letterhead, which is then personalised, fulfilled into a printed envelope and mailed out to 41,000 UK addresses, with the remaining 5,000+ copies being mailed out internationally.

In 2019 Belmont Press took part in an Invitation to Tender for, and were subsequently awarded the contract to print, Exeter Magazine. The publication is A4 in size and consists of 52 PUR bound pages. We retained the contract to print our second edition in May 2020.

Potential pitfalls of the mailing

  • The University required an outer cover which made an impact, specifically soft touch laminate.
  • Lamination can be seen as not environmentally friendly.
  • Eco / green laminate options can be price prohibitive.
  • Lamination requires an extra machine make-ready which can impact delivery schedule.
  • Some of the University data was known to be obsolete.
  • The address on the envelope needed to be matched with the corresponding letterhead.
  • The drop deadline was a no fail date.
  • A priority postage was required which, including the VAT, can be costly.

The solution

Belmont Press put forward our Sapphire soft touch in-line coating as a solution in place of lamination.

  • The coating is applied on the press, in-line with the printing.
  • It does not require a second machine process.
  • It is completely recyclable and is more cost effective than lamination.

Our mailing solutions facilitated the following:

  • Undertaking a full data cleanse prior to processing.
  • Camera-matching the carrier sheet and envelope to ensure they corresponded.

The result was a success. The magazine cover had the tactile feel that the University of Exeter required and all magazines were printed, fulfilled and mailed out on time and on budget.