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Simon Tabelin awarded top BAPC accolade

Simon Tabelin awarded top BAPC accolade

Print companies have one again been recognised by the British Association for Print and Communications (BAPC) Awards for excellence in print, an event which was sponsored by Ricoh.

At a special London luncheon, PRINT4UK collected the coveted BAPC ‘Business of the Year’ award, while the ‘Supplier of the Year’ went to TheMagicTouch and ‘Environmental Printer of the Year’ to Severnprint. However, the surprise award was the honorary BAPC life membership presented to Simon Tabelin, It Has To Be Brilliant Managing Director.

“This is such an unexpected honour,” stated Tabelin. “I came here thinking that I was representing the BAPC Council. I am delighted to receive such wonderful recognition.”

Sidney Bobb, BAPC Chairman who presented the award said: “We wanted to recognise Simon for all the work he does on behalf of the BAPC. He devotes time and energy to helping other members and is happy to share his good and bad experiences with others. He is always available to give a helping hand and is happy working within the community and highlighting the benefits of working within this industry.”

Print4UK finally won the title of BAPC Business of the Year after being shortlisted in 2015 and 2016. It was founded in 2008 by Adrian Ford and Chris Brady, the former Production and Pre-press Directors at a litho company, joined forces to create a digital print business that addresses the market trend for smaller runs.

Now in its tenth year, Print4UK is one of London’s leading digital print companies. Its client base has grown from a dozen in the first year to almost one hundred and includes top brands from the high street, restaurant and museum sectors.

Before selecting Print4UK as the winner if the Business of the Year award, the judges appraised the financial aspect of the company, and its marketing activities and, employed secret shoppers to gauge how it dealt with customers.

Print4UK’s Adrian Ford said: “We are honoured to receive this award. We believe our ‘Partners in Print’ ethos was pivotal in this achievement as we encourage our clients regard us their own in-house experts, who are on hand to oversee all of their requirements. One has even said ‘You deliver pain-free print!”

TheMagicTouch, which was named Best Supplier, has been providing peripheral equipment and goods to the industry for more than 25 years. Jim Nicol collected the award with his sister Alison Nicol.

Severnprint was chosen as Environmental Printer of the Year – the award category sponsored by Two Sides – thanks to its reputation for being very environmentally aware, together with its solid sustainable marketing credentials. Director David Pealing received the award on behalf of the company.

Sidney Bobb commented: “This year was another fantastic illustration of the expertise and industry excellence that exists and, as always, our independent panel of judges had difficult choices to make. It is clear that what really stood out for the judges was Print4UK’s commitment to customer relationships. Too often, companies can lose sight of this all-important element of the business. Print4UK clearly values its ethos of cherishing customers in order to grow business.”

He continued: “I also want to thank Ricoh for its generous support, which facilitated this year’s celebration of leading industry operations.”

Chas Moloney, Ricoh UK & Ireland Marketing Director, said: “It is an honour to sponsor such an event that acknowledges so many positive aspects of the industry and it is fantastic that some of the great work being undertaken by the print industry is recognised with these prestigious accolades.”

The other short-listed companies were: N2 Group, Precision Printing, All Trade Printers, Xpress Image Communications, The Plastic Card Company, Tharsten, Renz UK, Duplo International, Morgana and Ricoh.

The awards recognise outstanding achievement within the British print and visual communication sectors and an independent panel judged the entries. All nominees will receive certificate artwork.

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