Printing throughout our history, since 1969
1969 is remembered by many as the year man first walked on the moon, Concorde first flew and the Beatles released their Abbey Road album. But it was also the year that Stephen Tew and John Newbold established Midland Regional Printers (MRP) in Nottingham and the award-
MRP now occupies over 50,000 square feet and employs 65 staff. MRP is listed in the top 500 UK printing companies and provides a diverse range of lithographic, flexographic and digital printing services to a number of market-leading national corporations as well as smaller local businesses. MRP has been a major print supplier to the UK government and in 2008 was awarded the printing contract for the much-publicised “Real Meals” cookery book Commissioned by Children, Schools and Families secretary Ed Balls, “Real Meals” is part of a major Government incentive to encourage youngsters to learn to cook and eat more healthily. MRP was proud to be playing a key role in this important project that is helping to ensure a healthier future for today’s kids.
Stephen believes that this “one stop shop” service has been the key to their continued growth and success over the last 48 years, commenting: “We take the time to understand each client’s unique requirements and the specifications of the individual product. Our skilled and experienced staff can provide as much or as little guidance as they need: from simply printing existing designs to offering advice and creating concepts and CAD designs from scratch. From materials and colours to foiling and finishing, it’s all about finding the right format for the job in hand.
It’s a very personal service, too, with our clients involved at every stage (if they want to be!) We’ll invite them in to discuss progress and see for themselves how their packaging and labels are taking shape. They can even “press the button” on their own print and finishing jobs if they like.”
Another important investment was a new management information system called Imprint. This is a Windows-based, fully-automated workflow system that gives MRP more control and transparency across every area of their business, from job creation and production management, through to cost control and invoicing.
“Our investments in 2017 show that MRP are serious about giving our clients the best possible quality and service,” says Catherine. “We firmly believe there’s an even brighter future ahead for us. Our new systems and equipment are the springboard we need to push our business onwards and upwards in 2018 and beyond”.
Over the decades, the printing industry has faced many challenges –