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Business as Usual for the Integrity Team

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Following the latest announcement from the Prime Minister, we are taking every measure possible to ensure that we remain fully operational and protect the well-being of our staff and the wider public.

As Integrity Print manufactures and supplies products for the healthcare, Government, pharmaceutical, and food sectors, remaining fully operational is imperative for our support of these front line services. So, for our customers and suppliers, it’s business as usual.

Integrity’s MD, Mark Cornford stated:

“The impact and severity of Coronavirus has been enormous across the world. It is an unprecedented and an incredibly fast-moving situation. There is significant uncertainty and understandable fear among the population.

Events are unfolding by the hour and Government advice and instructions are helpful but can also be misleading.  We are committed to keeping our workforce fully informed and we will continue to give updates as and when it is appropriate.

Currently, we are regarded as an essential business and we are allowed to stay open and operate as best as we can.”

We continue to monitor all the latest advice from the Government and World Health Organisation and adjust our procedures in accordance with the latest guidelines. You can keep up to date with the communications on our response to the Coronavirus outbreak via our dedicated webpage.

Latest updates:

 

Production Capability: Normal Trading

Absence Levels: Low

Supply Chain: Unaffected

Logistics: Unaffected

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Communication

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Integrity Print is taking comprehensive and decisive measures to continue to fulfill our commitments to our customers, as well as protect the welfare of our employees during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

To minimize the opportunity for infection through close contact, we are staggering our shift patterns and utilizing the additional space in our site to separate our teams where practical. In line with the current guidelines, staff members who are able to work from home will be advised to do so.

We are fortunate to be operating our main site in a relatively isolated area of Somerset, one of the country’s least effected regions, and we currently have a full contingency of staff in our production and office areas. As Integrity Print operates several sites across the UK, we will look to utilize this capacity if and when required to maintain business continuity.

We are closely monitoring the latest Government updates and reviewing our contingency plans accordingly. We are also advising our staff, customers and suppliers to stay up to date with the latest information and guidelines via the below webpage:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

We will continue to update our communications as and when there are any further developments. If you have any specific concerns, you can get in touch with any of the below team members for a more detailed update:

 

Chris Walton – Transactional Director

Mobile : 07811311168

Email : chris.walton@integrity-print.com

 

Sean Davies – Commercial Director

Mobile: +44 (0)7971 494930

Email: Sean.Davies@integrity-print.com

 

Jason Burgon – Labels Director

Mobile. +44 (0)7813 995787

Email. jason.burgon@integrity-print.com

Exciting New Development in Integrity’s Label Division!

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A new development in the Integrity Labels Division has our team poised for rapid expansion:

Throughout the new year, we’ve reported on major investments that Integrity has made in state-of-the-art technology; partnerships with Canon and Digiflex have allowed to us expand the capabilities of our Secure Mailing Division, and now it seems like the Integrity Labels Division are positioning themselves to follow suit.

Over the past few weeks, the team have been preparing a large section of the Labels Division for a high-tech installation. But what are they up to?

Labels Director, Jason Burgon commented “Of the many operational projects we are currently undertaking, the digital upgrade will be the first to see the light of day, providing us with exceptional print and finishing capabilities”.

We’ll keep a close eye on this project and bring you the latest as and when it develops. Watch this space. . .

Integrity’s MD Plants 1000 Trees with the Woodland Trust

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Integrity Print’s MD, Mark Cornford plants 1000 trees with Woodland Trust

In February, Integrity’s Managing Director, Mark Cornford completed a landmark project by planting over two hectares of woodland on his land in South Somerset through the Woodland Trust’s MOREwoods project.

Since this scheme began in 2008, the Woodland Trust have helped landowners plant over 2000 hectares of native woodland in the UK.

Mark started this initiative last summer, with the first trees being planted in December. Seven different species of trees and five different species of shrubs have been planted at Cornford Wood; 1000 trees in total were planted over the new year.

When discussing his project, Mark explained:

 “I bought the land to farm sheep – there’s something so cathartic and relaxing about it . . . and the sheep never judge me!”

“I planted 1000 trees to, well, plant 1000 trees! I know there’s huge interest in all things environmental at the moment and of course that is important – trees are the lungs of the planet after all, but to me it was more than that. I didn’t do it to for kudos or for brownie points, I did it because there is something incredibly special about nature, and getting back to nature. For me, kids spend too much time on iPads these days and not enough time with muddy knees! And this project is a legacy is for my children. I’ve had so much great feedback from dog walkers and passers-by; it’s just fantastic that we’ve created something that everyone can enjoy for, hopefully, many years to come”

Last week, Mark was joined by children from the Butleigh C of E Primary School, who were invited to be a part of the project. The pupils drew sketches and created artwork of the trees and wildlife. Head Teacher, Helen Caines expressed the children’s enthusiasm:

“They absolutely loved it! They couldn’t stop talking about it when they got back. They loved the mud, freedom of space and being outside . . . The children are very keen to come again on a sunny day to have a picnic in the wood”

Mark’s project is one of many being undertaken by landowners, farmers, businesses and local authorities through the Woodland Trust. These projects have helped increase biodiversity, provide shelter, prevent soil erosion, and reduce the risk of flooding in rural areas throughout the UK. You can apply to take part in the MOREwoods project via the Woodland Trust’s website.

Integrity Launch the ‘Challenge Us’ Initiative

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Integrity Print have launched the “Challenge Us” initiative to encourage suppliers, customers and staff to help us make an even bigger impact with our environmental sustainability efforts

 

At Integrity, we believe that sustainability is not just a fad or a marketing buzzword; we are committed to making a difference and to making sure that we continually strive to do better.

Too often, organisations are content to do the minimum when it comes to environmental sustainability – get their ISO14001 certification, then sit back and wait until next year’s audit. While this may satisfy some, we simply don’t think it’s enough.

Whether it’s our accreditations and associations; our supply chain; or the day-to-day operation of the Integrity Sites, we have been proactive in developing an approach to environmental sustainability that is more than just ticking boxes. We recognise that genuine sustainability is a process of continual improvement – “good enough” isn’t good enough.

Along with our ongoing environmental projects, we’ve launched the Challenge Us initiative: We’re encouraging our suppliers, our staff and our customers to challenge us to do better – propose new projects, new initiatives, new ways in which we can have an even bigger impact with our sustainability efforts.

Since we launched the initiative at the beginning of February, we have received dozens of great suggestions from staff and customers on new and innovative ways in which we can make even more of a difference. From reducing single-use plastics to installing electric vehicle charging points in our car park, the list of potential projects has been growing by the week!

But we’re not just all talk and no action; our first Challenge Us project is well underway! A leading retail print provider and long-standing customer of ours, PaperUK.com, recently challenged us to produce a more environmentally friendly dispatch note with integrated labels for their client.

The challenge was to provide a fully recyclable product that was comparable in price to their previous, non-recyclable dispatch note. So that’s what we’ve done! Our team of specialists have designed and produced the “Ecosheet” – a 100% recyclable, integrated label sheet, that provides a robust and cost-effective solution to our client’s challenge.

Though the Ecosheet was developed for this challenge, we’re so happy with it that we’re now taking bespoke enquiries for this product. If this sounds like the ideal solution for your project, please contact our team.

If you have any thoughts on how we can make an even bigger impact with our environmental initiatives, we’d love to hear your ideas. No matter how big or how small. We can always do more!

Email us at challengeus@integrity-print.com or leave your suggestions and ideas on our Contact Page.

If we love it and we can do it, we will!

Integrity in top 55 of Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200

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Integrity Print ranked at number 55 in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table of private companies with the fastest-growing overseas sales, published on 16th February.

2020 marks the second successive year that Integrity has made the list, which recognises and celebrates Britain’s private companies with the fastest-growing international sales over their latest two financial years. It is compiled by Fast Track and published in The Sunday Times each February.

Integrity Print’s Managing Director, Mark Cornford commented, “Since 2008, a key strategy for us has been to diversify and expand into different sectors and regions, both nationally and internationally. Without this robust expansion plan, we simply wouldn’t be where we are today. Whereas print may be in somewhat of a decline in certain UK markets, in other parts of the world, it’s thriving. Our successful expansion into developing markets such as Ghana & Botswana is testament to this.”

Integrity continues to trade extensively with the EU market but is now seeing strong growth in the African and Asian markets, particularly with specialist security print products.

Nipson Digiflex Investment

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It’s here! Our Secure Mailings Division’s latest investment, the new Nipson Digiflex Duplex Digital Printer Line is up and running.

As the only readily available ‘flash fusion’ printing system on the market, the Nipson Digiflex sets new standards in terms of quality, flexibility and cost-effective productivity. The new system is replacing a Xerox 495 line and will deliver a 30% increase in capacity.

The investment is a key part of the strategy for delivering the planned growth of the Mailing division. The Nipson can personalise a wide range of substrates, including the work produced on our integrated finishing lines. Integrity will be able to offer a service to clients in the retail and charity sectors who need to personalise loyalty cards, labels and fund-raising packs.

The Nipson also has the facility to run MICR toner, ensuring that we can continue to process high volume cheque mailings for clients.

Gerald White, MD at Nipson Technologies visited Integrity Print last week and remarked on our partnership.

“I’m very excited to be working with Integrity Print. We already have a great relationship with their sister company A1 Security Print, so I’m looking forward to developing this new partnership together”

The installation of the Nipson line is the first step in an extensive investment programme at Integrity. The next two months will see the introduction of high-volume ink jet production, additional enclosing capacity and a major factory extension for the mailing division.

Canon i300 investment

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Integrity Print are delighted to announce that after an extensive review of the market place we have chosen to partner with Canon as we enter the high volume inkjet market.

We will be taking delivery of a Canon Varioprint i300 high speed cut sheet inkjet press with the latest high quality MX inks on 10th February, backed up by a full suite of PRISMA workflow and colour management software.

We are busy preparing our print room to accommodate the new press but wanted to share a video showing its incredible capabilities.

The investment forms a key part of our strategy to grow our secure mailing division to £10m annual sales and the i300 will play a key part in extending our capacity to meet same day turn rounds on our contractual business and the rapid growth of our Clarity Mail service.

Integrity Print enters Specimen Bag market

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Integrity Print Ltd, the £60m turnover print group, that includes A1 Security Print, has moved into the manufacture of medical specimen bags. The specialised nature of the products has involved acquiring two finishing lines from the assets of the recently closed Tressanda print business. Tony Pelgrave, formerly Sales Manager at Tressanda, has joined Integrity to help develop and grow sales of the product, along with two key members of the production team.
Specimen bags are widely used in the NHS to securely transfer fluid samples between departments and laboratories and feature a leak proof adhesive seal. The Specimen bags can be combined with a pre-printed paper form to create multi- part carriers with integrated labels. Integrity also have the facility to add variable barcodes and unique numbering to the product to ensure accurate distribution and reconciliation of samples.
The specimen bag department will be run as part of the Security Print Division headed up by Jim Richardson of A1 Security Print limited.
Commenting on the decision to produce the Specimen Bags, Sales and Marketing Director Andrew Law said “We are providing increasing amounts of print to NHS Trusts and Tressanda’s customer base was closely aligned with many of our existing trade clients. This gives our clients the opportunity to source a wide range of products more effectively through a single supplier. Our business strategy is to diversify our print offering, enabling us to add more value to our clients, and the ability to produce specimen bags meets this objective.”