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.
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.
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.”