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.

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.

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.



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. 

Print on demand

A-Z Maps

A-Z Maps

The Geographers’ A to Z Map Company Limited is the largest independent map publishing company in the UK, producing iconic products such as the London A-Z and many award-winning maps. The business started in 1936 as The Geographers’ Map Company Limited and now produces over 320 mapping products in lithographic print as well as print on demand.

In common with many other book publishers, A to Z moved a proportion of its print to China some years ago. There were two main reasons for this; firstly, to reduce cost and secondly, due to the use of more durable sewn binding for the same cost as perfect binding. However, it has since moved this work back to the UK, with some being placed with Belmont Press. A to Z came across Belmont Press as both companies were suppliers to the London 2012 Olympic Games. A to Z then selected Belmont to produce some of its standard map books, which were litho printed and bound.


Belmont Press had to meet strict criteria to supply to the London 2012 Olympic Games, and The Production Manager at A to Z was impressed by Belmont’s environmental and quality certifications.

He also examined the set-up and ethos of the business, commenting: We don’t like to change suppliers very often, so we try to be thorough and look at every aspect of supply. We’ve had our fingers burnt in the past and don’t choose purely on price, but quality and delivery as well.

“Belmont Press ticked all the boxes – the quality has been excellent and they are very competitively priced for the print that we need. They are also very nice people to deal with!”.

Print on demand

Aside from our lithographic work with A-Z, we have also helped develop an online ordering and digital printing service for its large format maps. With demand for some of their product lines having reduced, A-Z required a service that provided copies of their maps via a print on demand service. This helped reduce wastage and ensured A-Z's spend matched the revenue generated by customer orders.

Belmont's system is integrated within the A-Z website. It receives customer orders automatically, sends print on demand requests to our digital press and posts direct to A-Z's clients. The process is a seamless one and all publications are printed and despatched within three working days from order.

Direct mail

IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX Laboratories

IDEXX laboratories are specialists in veterinary diagnostics, dairy and water testing. The busy UK marketing department relies on Belmont Press to print its range of marketing materials, from personalised direct mail to its 96-printed-page Directory of Products and Services. The UK Marketing Team at Idexx Laboratories commented: “With their range of presses from digital to 12-colour litho and HD, Belmont Press has the scale and flexibility to handle all of our printing requirements. They deliver a very professional service at a reasonable price and turn around work very quickly for us. They have never missed a deadline.”

Direct mail, print on demand, storage and distribution

As well as the company's direct mail requirements, Belmont Press also manages a storage, fulfilment and distribution operation on behalf of IDEXX Laboratories. The Marketing Team added: “We send over a spreadsheet with lots of requirements and multiple tabs and I know that Belmont Press will facilitate the distribution perfectly. I know that the right item will be delivered to the right person at the right time. They make the whole project very straightforward for us.”

Well established company

They continued: "I've dealt with Belmont Press for many years and it's a well-established company with a long history. It's always evolved to ensure that it has the right technology to meet the clients' needs. When I joined IDEXX Laboratories, I was fully aware of Belmont's quality and environmental systems, and this was another important factor in my decision to select them to print our marketing materials. They are a proactive, innovative print partner who always put their clients interests first"