Pinstripe Print Group Ltd

Overview

Pinstripe's primary business activity is the provision of print, print management and general marketing services to a diverse range of public and private sector clients. Our comprehensive manufacturing operation means we can provide an end-to-end print solution.

History

Pinstripe Print Limited was incorporated on 1 May 1998.  Initially the directors set out to develop a sound business supplying a quality design and print service.  At this time our services comprised an artwork and design function, full reprographics, quality print and finishing.  Since 1998 the company has secured the business of several major customers and developed a reputation for quality, service and reliability.

Today, Pinstripe’s core business activity is the provision of “marketing support services”.

As a “marketing support services provider” we deliver design, in-house print (litho, digital and large format) and print management services and can offer a full range of services to deal with any design, print, print management or print related project, however complex.  
This may be dealing with graphic design or artwork, print or fulfilment, through to the storage and delivery of a printed, promotional or ancillary item.  Alternatively, it may be variable data, personalisation, data manipulation, technical support, consultancy, print management or general facilities management.

Pinstripe is well respected in the market place.  We work under 14 Framework Agreements and several Preferred Supplier Agreements.  We are based in the centre of Birmingham and work with an enviable list of customers including; Centro, NHS, Mitchells & Butlers Plc, Lloyds TSB, The BBC, Specialist Computer Holdings, NEC Group, Birmingham City Council, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Warwick, Jaguar Land Rover, Bentley, Rank/Grosvenor Casinos, Stonegate Plc, Marston’s Plc and Wolseley Plc.

Our customers demand a high quality product and service at all times.  We operate to strict quality and environmental guidelines and staff undergo regular training to ensure we maintain and continually improve our quality standards and service.  We are:

    BS-EN ISO9001:2008 accredited
    BS ISO12647-2:2013 accredited
    BS-EN ISO14001:2004 accredited
    FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)
    PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification) Chain of Custody certified
    Carbon Balanced Publication Printer
    BS-OHSAS 18001:2007 accredited

To encompass all of these services, Pinstripe adopted the trading style of the Pinstripe Print Group.  

To demonstrate Pinstripe’s commitment to being the best at what we do, we have invested  £1.1m since 2012. This included:

    Upgrading our digital equipment
    Acquiring the latest Heidelberg XL75 litho press – the most sophisticated B2 press in the world, with   coater, extended delivery, IR drying, full inpress (in-line) colour control and capable of printing up to 800 micron
    Implementing and operating a “closed loop colour system”. (Meaning: any artwork sent from any studio will be printed exactly how it should be. This is achieved by the same colour data being sent to the proofer and press (digital or litho) which ensures the proof you see and sign-off is identical to the final printed job)
    Chemical free prepress
    Upgrading our studio and prepress facility and installing the latest Heidelberg Prinect workflow system
    Upgrading our MIS systems
    Acquiring new digital finishing equipment
    Acquiring the latest Heidelberg Stahl ST100 B2 folder
    Acquiring the latest Muller Martini stitching line
    Implementing BPIF ISO12647, the Colour Management standard

This investment, along with Pinstripe’s existing capabilities, places Pinstripe as one of the most technically advanced print and print management businesses in the UK.



Client List

Our customers include the following: University of Birmingham, Aston University, University of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire County Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council, Birmingham City Council, Central Office of Information (COI), BBC, Mitchells & Butlers, Greene King Brewing & Retailing, Bay Restaurants, Lloyds TSB, Williams de Broe, Birmingham City Council, Financial Training Company, Specialist Computer Holdings, Land Rover, Bentley, Midland Art Centre, Scrivens Opticians, Allied Domecq, Tropicana Health Foods, Magnetic Media, National Farmers Union, Calor, Corus, Central Trains, Aquatic Options, Seoul Nassau, Solus Garden and Leisure, Deanwood Furniture, Baldwin Events, Sequential Solutions.



Market Focus

Pinstripe provides a complete print solution covering a whole range of services meaning that a customer can obtain all market support services from one supplier. We operate in the following markets: Brewery, Retail, Banking and Financial, Local Government, Service and Agency; Pinstripe is well respected in the market place. We work in the public and private sector and work under several Framework Agreements. We are based in the centre of Birmingham and our enviable list of customers including; Mitchells & Butlers Plc, Lloyds TSB, The BBC, Specialist Computer Holdings, Central Office of Information (COI), Birmingham City Council, Aston University, University of Birmingham, University of Warwick, Land Rover, Bentley, Jaguar, Marston's Plc and Wolseley Plc.



Environmental Credentials

Carbon Bananced Publication Printer

In January 2013 Pinstripe were declared a Carbon Balanced printer.

To achieve this, we undertook an extensive analysis of our activities and CO2 output. This was then independently examined and verified to confirm our CO2 impact. We then committed to balance this, thus ensuring the impact was neutral – ie ZERO CO2 output.

We are the first printer in the Midlands to become a Carbon Balanced Printer – demonstrating Pinstripe’s commitment to the environment.

The benefit to our clients is that the printed products Pinstripe supply will be Carbon Balanced – meaning, they will have a ZERO CO2 impact on the environment.

This will have a direct effect on our clients environmental emissions.

Councils, Universities and many others are already showing a huge amount of interest in this offering.

 

Colour Quality Management – ISO12647

Of particular note, is Pinstripe attaining the BPIF ISO12647 colour management scheme certification in January 2014. This UKAS accredited certification, establishes a UK first for Pinstripe, in becoming the first B2 printer in the UK to achieve this vitally important colour standard.

Developed by the BPIF, the ISO12647 colour management scheme is the only scheme where certification is accredited by UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service). Hence, it is the only scheme, which gives a totally independent certification and is completely separate from any manufacturer.

The scheme is a certification with full global recognition that requires printers to operate a colour quality management system, which is independently audited by a third party specialist auditing body. To attain certification, Pinstripe had to pass an independent and third party audit of both the management system and a test product, and do so annually.

The BPIF ISO12647-2 colour quality management certification scheme is the standard upon which most serious printing specifications are based.

The scheme covers a range of printing conditions, including sheet fed and web offset litho printing and various paper types, and defines the requirements for predictable and reproducible print quality. By attaining certification, print companies can run print campaigns at different locations using a variety of technologies to the same exacting standards. The scheme enables production to be standardised, providing consistent colour reproduction regardless of the production process or substrate, thereby reducing wastage and allowing faster make-ready times to be established.



Contact Details

Mr Tim Smith, Environmental Manager Tel: 0121 236 0101 Fax: 0121 236 3059 Mobile: 07740 522159 Email: tim@pinstripegroup.co.uk Website: www.pinstripegroup.co.uk Address: 60 Hampton Street, Birmingham, B19 3LU



Pinstripe Print Group Ltd