If the right choices are made the printed product is truly sustainable
Environmental status: ISO 14001, FSC
Technology: KBA Rapida B2 litho press, chemistry free platemaking
Innovation: Employee ownership
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Employee Ownership

Colchester Print Group are an innovative, award winning commercial printer that has just celebrated its first year of Employee Ownership!

Our transition into Employee Ownership was accomplished in 2014 after 3 years of research. We opted for a structure very similar to the business model favoured by John Lewis, and we were very grateful for the support and advice The John Lewis Partnership openly and willing shared with us.

This exciting step for our business heralds a strong future focussing on the long term. It is an excellent way of securing and sustaining the business for generations to come, and as co-owners our staff are highly committed and aligned to the interest of their company and its success, which delivers superior business performance.

Our business is run in an open way where everyone is consulted and information is shared about the company. We hold regular monthly staff 'Huddles' to discuss thoughts and ideas ensuring clear communication throughout the business. We publish performance results, nominate staff members for our monthly 'Shining Star Awards', and 'Thank You Gifts' are awarded for general Good Deeds from one colleague to another.

We are extremely proud of our outstanding credentials and have a strong commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility in the communities we operate in. We access and take responsibility for our company's effects on environment and social wellbeing, actively promoting positive social and environmental change.

This dedication means we continuously strive to improve and is endorsed by the technology we use. To maintain our outstanding Green Credentials we have invested into waterless and plateless technology with a Presstek machine, which takes advantage of modern technology to reduce environmental impacts. We are proud to say that we absolutely gain business because of our Environmental Credentials, proving we are making the right choices by going the extra (green) mile!

We definitely see print as an evolving market with exciting times ahead, and we are proud of the collaborative relationships we have with our clients, resulting in us becoming their print advisors rather than just another supplier. As part of our commitment to our clients and the print industry, we hold regular complimentary Print Workshops in London and Norwich to anyone looking to enhance their knowledge of print production. We also arrange group Workshops at clients offices.

With over 30 years experience under our belts we are looking forward to the future, leading the way and being an inspiration to other businesses.

* The Colchester Print Group produces every type of specialist multi-colour print, from digital on demand to traditional litho print all complimented by a complete finishing and mailing service.