2017/18 News and Investments for MRP

We are both excited and proud to share our news including all the latest investments throughout 2017 and continuing into 2018.

2017 was an amazing year for Midland Regional Printers Ltd (MRP), Nottingham’s Packaging and Labels Specialists. The company enjoyed growth and success across several areas – including reaching the finals in two prestigious industry awards, and investing over £1.5m in new equipment and software.

Catherine Tew, MRP’s Sales & Marketing Director and daughter of company founder and Chairman, Stephen Tew, explains: “2017 really was an important year for us at MRP! Business flooded in from new and existing clients which led to us expanding our team from 50 people to 65 – and we’re still recruiting! It’s our committed workforce who make us what we are, and we’re very proud that no fewer than 9 team members celebrated their 25th year of working with us during 2017.”

At a time when many printing firms face difficult market conditions, MRP are enjoying a major growth surge. A few years ago, the company took the brave decision to change its focus from commercial print to packaging and labelling which have always been two of the company’s strengths. With equipment already in place, this put MRP in a strong position to provide a solution for their client’s needs – working alongside household names from the health and beauty, toy, retail and leisure industries.

What’s more, they gained serious recognition from the print world. Says Catherine: “It’s great to see the industry sitting up and taking notice as it shows all our hard work is paying off! Back in 2016, we were delighted to win an award at the FlexoTech International Print & Innovations Awards. Last October, we found ourselves back at the FlexoTech awards, this time as a finalist in the ‘Line and Tone’ category. We were also honoured to be shortlisted for ‘Luxury Packaging Printer of the Year’ in the PrintWeek 2017 Awards – we are very proud of the quality of the work produced by the MRP team.”

With business gaining momentum throughout 2017, MRP made some major investments to make sure they could keep meeting and exceeding their clients’ expectations. Their first acquisition, in February, was a Heidelberg XL B1 6 colour press, which has increased print capacity and enabled MRP to offer a greater variety of packaging options. This was followed in October by an Easymatrix Die-cutter which can handle stocks from 90gsm – 2,000gsm (and corrugated up to 4mm thickness). Then a Flexographic Bar Graphics Rewinder. These machines will run alongside existing plant to boost capacity for both packaging and labels.

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.

Apart from print quality and customer service, what are the other secrets of MRP’s success? It’s the company’s ability to provide a complete, end-to-end solution under one roof, coupled with a refusal to adopt something that’s all too common in today’s print industry: a ‘one size fits all’ approach.

We take the time to understand each client’s unique requirements and specifications of their 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.

We offer a very personal service and our clients are 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.”

However, it’s not all ‘work, work, work’ at MRP. During 2017, the company raised over £600 for Children in Need, plus an amazing £1,600 for School for Parents (a local educational charity), when Catherine ran the Robin Hood Half Marathon in September. MRP further supported School for Parents by printing the programmes and menus for their Summer Ball and events. The company also sponsors Nottingham Rugby Club, providing a range print services all their marketing material, to all their match programmes.

Please get in touch if you would like any further information or advice – we look forward to hearing from you.

New Heidelberg Easymatrix Die-cutter

Midland Regional Printers enhances its die-cutting capacity with an Easymatrix

We are pleased to announce we have just invested and installed a brand new Heidelberg Easymatrix die-cutter to run alongside our existing Sanwa die-cutter. We feel we offer our clients a complete end to end solution for their products, and believe this machine will offer better support to our existing clients as well as open up new sales opportunities.

MRP – our family run packaging and label company has been in business for close to 50 years and are pleased to serve big brand market retailers such as Sainsbury’s, Speedo and Slimming World, plus many more illustrious clients. We recently installed a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L to operate alongside a similarly specified Speedmaster CD 102, therefore we needed to invest in the die-cutting area to keep up with our increased volume of work.

Our Managing Director Steve Bates, Michael Tew our Technical Director and an experienced machine operator went to the Heidelberg Packaging Centre at Wiesloch, Germany for a demonstration of the EasyMatrix die-cutter. After rigorous testing, results were impressive, leading us to invest and acquire this up to date die-cutter. “This is a machine that will give us significantly shorter make-ready times, a faster mechanical speed, increased overall output and will without doubt complement our presses with its similar running style.” says Catherine Tew.

The Easymatrix is a 7,700sph machine which can handle stocks of 90 to 2,000gsm (and corrugated up to 4mm thickness) and in formats from 400 x 360mm to 1060 x 760mm. It is a very automated model and the stripping station takes away the waste to increase efficiency.

Packaging is just one part of the Midland Regional Printers portfolio. It also offers complete product design, commercial print, self-adhesive labels and in-house finishing with storage and distribution options.

Paul Thompson, product specialist for Heidelberg UK, says: “The Easymatrix is great for Midland Regional Printers and their applications. We see this as a very versatile and affordable model which suits a range of applications including packaging, greetings cards and POS.”

For more information and to find out how MRP can help provide a solution for your needs, please get in touch –


Labels Awards Evening

FlexoTech International Labels Awards Winner

As you may know we entered one of our favourite range of labels into this year’s prestigious FlexoTech International Print & Innovation Awards – and guess what… we did it! We had been shortlisted in the ‘Best use of flexo within a single forme’ category and were delighted to be named the winner at a black-tie awards ceremony and dinner at the Hilton London Metropole on the 13th October.

It was a great honour to win this award for a range of labels we produced for food manufacturer, Pureety’s, Ultimate Marinade Glaze product. The labels were printed on our 7 colour press in 4 colour process and were then given an overall matt varnish, and finally a spot gloss UV, to give a really striking effect,’ said Stephen Tew

The FlexoTech judges agreed, describing the winning label range as ‘One of the best examples of the use of flexo in printing a complex set of designs from the four colour set, with registration and vibrancy being maintained throughout.’

Stephen Tew, Stephen Bates, Catherine Tew and Matt Seaford attended the event hosted by Whitmar Publications, this was a truly international evening, with around 450 people in attendance from leading labelling manufacturers around the globe. And whilst the companies themselves might not be household names, many of the nominated products certainly were, with ranges from top brands such as Asda, L’Oreal, Sharwood’s, Dettol and Coca-Cola all up for Flexo-Tech awards.

We are now looking forward to entering into next year’s awards – thank you to everyone for all your support.


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Finalist in Flexotech International Print & Innovation Awards

MRP are proud to announce that we have been nominated for the FlexoTech International Print & Innovation Awards in the category of ‘Best use of flexo within a single forme’.

It has been confirmed that we are in the top 3 along side DS Smith Packaging and Pa-Hu Oy. The labels were produced for Pureety and form part of their “Ultimate Marinade Glaze Range”. They were printed by one of our long serving printers, Glen Harrod on our 7 Colour KDO press in 4 Process colours, with an overall matt varnish and finally a spot gloss UV to give a really striking effect.

We are all looking forward to an amazing evening when the results will be announced on the 13th October at the Hilton London Metropole, please keep an eye out for pictures of the evening!!

Please see http://www.paperandprint.com/flexotech/awards.aspx?utm_content=buffer4a96a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer for more information.

Colour Psychology for Packaging

Your choice of colours for your packaging will set your product apart from your competitors’ products. This is one of the most important elements when designing your packaging. 

White is an excellent choice where you want to create the impression of cleanliness, purity, efficiency or simplicity. However it can also stand for basic and conservative, depending on the message you want to portray.

Black is the colour of power, authority and control. It tends to stand out as it makes products appear more expensive and can create a higher perceived value. Black can add a degree of mystery and intimidation or elegance and class, depending on your target audience.

Blue builds customers trust, it creates the feel of honesty and reliability, strength and unity. Blue can indicate a product that will contribute to the buyer’s relaxation and calmness. Use darker blue to create the more professional feel and light blue for a more creative product.

Using red for your packaging draws attention to your product, it stimulates the senses and excites the potential buyer. Red stands for energy, action, passion, excitement and strength.

Pink packaging is generally most appropriate for products relating to the female market such as cosmetics, fashion, beauty and romance. Pink creates a feeling of warmth and compassion, whilst being calming and comforting.

Green creates packaging that will represent a balanced, calming design. If you want to show that your product is natural or organic use this colour. Dark green can also be used to show wealth and luxury whilst adding a professional quality to your package.

Gold packaging suggests expensive, luxurious and high quality. However your product should reflect this high standard or you will lose credibility – a poor quality product inside gold packaging will appear cheap.

Silver packaging implies elegance and sophistication. It is more gentle than gold and it combines well with almost all other colours highlighting anything printed or decorated on the packaging.

Importance of Packaging

6 tips to make your packaging stand out

Packaging isn’t just about making a box. There’s a science and an art behind all forms of really good packaging and packaging sells. In fact, this is one of the few marketing components with which every potential customer interacts, and it’s one of the most important factors in consumer purchasing decisions. With nearly 76 percent of purchasing decisions being made at the point of purchase, a product’s design must immediately stand out from the competition. Here are six tips to help you achieve this.

Target Audience

Always take the time to keep your target audience in mind, put yourself in their shoes to see what motivates them to buy – what is their age, their gender, their economic status or their education level. Determine what message you want the packaging to send to your buyer, whether it be luxury, professional, elegant, serious, make sure you are sending the right message.

Colours – Colour Psychology

Your choice of colours will set your product apart from your competitors’ products. This is one of the most important elements when designing your packaging. Always choose the colours that truly reflect your Brand, this is key to building awareness and keeping customers loyal.

Clear Front Design

Consumers usually spend only a few seconds looking at a new product. This doesn’t give you much time to hold the buyer’s attention, make sure everything is compelling and clear. Avoid using fonts that are difficult to read and always use high resolution images. The front should include only the most essential information.

Use Premium Quality Materials

The branded packaging experience for the consumer is so important! How this looks and feels will play a big part in whether or not someone buys your product. You want the quality of your packaging to reflect the quality of your product. Spend time considering the board you will be using, this can make a big difference to your finished product including the choice of gloss, silk or uncoated material where vibrancy and colours are an important consideration.

Foiling and Embossing

Foil finishing options can provide the ultimate in Product Packaging . You are not limited to gold and silver foils, this also extends to an impressive range of pigmented, pearlescent, opalescent, holographic and security foils. All of these can be combined with embossed images to produce a product with varying tactile effects – any one of which will uplift your product and provide great shelf appeal.

Why Packaging is much more than just a box

There can be many elements to well-designed branded packaging and the experience you give the customer. Here are a selection of ideas which can deliver the best experience and value to your customers: promotional material, business cards, tissue paper, branded stickers, small gifts or samples.

Packaging sells!

At MRP we deliver more than standout packaging. We’re here to make it easy for our clients. We don’t just print and deliver, we add value through design, fulfilment or multiple despatches and much more.

If you are looking for a solution and would like to discuss it, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Please call 0115 955 1000 or email katet@mrp.uk.com


It’s One call, One company, One solution!

L’Occitane’s BLOOM: the box opens up like a blooming flower! Designed by Shanti Shiue, a student attending the Art Center College of Design.

Beauty UK 2016

We have had an excellent time visiting Beauty UK 2016 at the NEC! It is always great to see world’s Beauty Companies showing off their latest product ranges, including makeup, skincare, male grooming and treatments. We always take great inspiration from this show, the glamour and atmosphere give us lots to work with when we are back in the office and we love passing new ideas on to our clients. We are proud to see the stands and displays full of packaging and printing we have produced. We look forward to working with our existing clients and many new brands through 2016 and beyond.



We are proud to announce the installation of our second gluing line, a Vega 100 which will complement our current Vega Junior by offering even more versatility. With ever-increasing demands in efficiency and performance, the VEGA 100 can glue a vast array of products including Straightline, Sidewall, Lockbottom/Crashlock and 4 Corner gluing. With HHS Xtend Glue line detection & Bar Code/Pharma Code scanning, this checks every code to ensure that there is no cross contamination of products. Other features include the MPC Pafra 3 Gun glue system and electronic backfold 4 corner unit. The VEGA 100 can glue cartons as small as 110mm flat up to 1000 wide. 
Did you know we specialise in packaging development and design? Please check out our blog –
‘Frequently Asked Packaging Questions’ https://mrp.uk.com/frequently-asked-packaging-questions/ and see how we can help you or alternatively please contact us for further information.
Customer quote “Just received my parcel of samples, so many thanks again. Everyone here is most impressed with the quality and you sent me enough copies for me to divi them up amongst the sales force to allow them to show prospective new customers what can be achieved with this method. So much more interesting than boring brown boxes. Hopefully, this will lead to more business for us both.” Megapak

Top Tips to design your artwork

Sharing a few tips and advice for preparing artwork before sending it to print. At MRP we always take the time to check any artwork supplied to us, offering the best advice if needed, I hope these help.


Don’t go overboard with your fonts, as a rule, limit them to 3 sizes – headings, sub headings and general text. Include all fonts when supplying artwork or embed them within PDFs. Try to avoid Truetype fonts.


Should be supplied as vectorised EPS files and set up as either Spot colours or CMYK depending on how they are going to be printed.

Images / Photos

Make sure your image is saved as 300dpi (please be aware, any enlargement of this image will reduce the dpi). This should also be set up as CMYK, do not leave it as RGB which is a PC format and not suitable for printing litho. Try not to use images found online as these will probably be low resolution.


Bleed is an essential part of creating your artwork, if any images or elements touch the edge of your page, 3mm bleed on each edge will need to be added to avoid any of your artwork being trimmed off.


Please be aware that colour can appear differently on screen to when it is printed. It is advisable to have a digital proof which allows you to check images, layout and colour. Alternately you can press pass your job at no extra cost. Set up all artwork as CMYK only unless using Spot Colours.

Proof Read

Finally it is important for you to proof read your project to make sure it is perfect and ready to go.  Get your colleagues to have a look with a fresh pair of eyes. We have an internal proof reader who also checks all your work and we preflight every job for you.

If we has missing anything out or you are unsure about anything, please don’t hesitate to contact us directly where we will be happy to explain any of the above.

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In PrintWeek’s Top 500 Companies again

We are really proud to be named as one of the top 500 printers in the UK again for 2016 by PrintWeek. Building on over 47 years of experience, we pride ourselves on our professional service and the long term relationships we build with both our customers and our loyal team. We feel we are small enough to remain personal but large enough to provide a professional standard of service.

Sharing some interesting printing facts and figures:

  • £600 Million – spent in Capital Investment
  • The UK is the World’s fifth largest producer of printed products
  • £13.5 Billion – Turnover
  • 122,000 – Employees
  • £750 Million – Positive Trade Balance
  • £6.1 Billion – Gross Value Added
  • 8,600 – Companies in the UK

Please see http://www.printweek.com and http://www.britishprint.com for more information.