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There are lots of new and exciting things happening at CSD Print and we’d like to share them with you via our blog. If you have any comments or queries please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you

Wrap around customer service


Here at CSDPrint we love getting stuck into BIG projects just like we did with Bell Lighting’s new 120 page product catalogue. We do our very best to take all the hassle away by effectively project managing every aspect.

That starts with listening very carefully to what’s wanted. We then consider if there are any alternative options that might improve the quality of the finished materials or the efficiency of production.

Our team is hugely experienced and we have a big selection of machinery so we can often suggest more effective ways of printing things. When it comes to advising about which are the best materials, our 30 years’ experience means we’ve tried and tested pretty much everything you can print onto and a few you can’t! We are happy to provide samples to help ease the decision making process.

Next it’s all about getting the right artwork. This can be fraught with problems as there are so many different ways to generate a design but our approach is all about taking a bit of extra time to help make sure it’s absolutely spot on. Give Gemma or Glynn our artwork gurus a call if you need any guidance.

Then there are the proofing stages to check everything looks good including matching colours – see our previous blog for more colour matching info

Whilst the digital printing and finishing team are gearing up to make sure an order is collated and packaged to perfection our dispatch team set about the logistics. This can be where the hard work is won or lost. We are dab hands at getting packages of in-store point-of-sale to our retail clients or sales campaign materials to automotive dealerships wherever they are in the country.

Making absolutely sure everything gets to the right person on time and in the most effective manner is critical. We pride ourselves on the thoroughness of our delivery planning and proof of delivery checking. It’s all in the detail you know!

Suffice it to say, 30,000 fantastic quality Bell Lighting brochures were delivered on 12 pallets to the right place at exactly the right time.


We’ve changed just a bit…

exterior signage

Making an entrance

Looking around CSDPrint HQ it’s hard to remember how things used to look six months ago. Now we have machines cutting large format dibond exterior signs, heat bending equipment being used to make acrylic retail display units and our prefabrication team are assembling brushed aluminium and foamex door signs in the post production department. We used to be simply digital printers!

The range of products we produce now is huge and the types of projects we are getting involved with is very exciting. These images show just a few of the signs we have produced and installed at Leeds City College’s new Rothwell Centre.

We can now do pretty much every kind of digitally printed interior or exterior sign you can think of. When it comes to finding top quality signage for your college, office or shop leave it to CSDPrint.

Brushed aluminium and black foamex door signs

We can do it all for you


Have you considered bespoke boxes?

bespoke cardboard boxes


If you are looking for something a bit different to use when sending products or gifts to your customers why not try a bespoke box?

With our new CAD cutter we can cut and print virtually any size and shape of box you can think of. And what’s more we can produce very small quantities which means putting your products in boxes is very cost-efficient. Not so long ago you used to have to have a forme or cutting template made which added extra cost to the box making process but now you don’t. Our super clever digital cutting and printing technology makes the whole box making thing quicker, easier and less costly.

CSDPrint makes boxes in lots of different thicknesses and from a range of materials such as white box board, cardboard and Priplak.

We’ve just made these boxes in the picture below for ourselves. If you are interested in using boxes for your products, get in touch and we’ll send  you a sweetie-filled sample!

Bespoke boxes

CSDPrint cut and print boxes

Big, bold and reliable

Big pvc mesh banners

Looking for something big, bright and really strong? PVC banners are just what you need – they are perfect for outdoor graphic displays.

The heavy-weight PVC banners we produce are just the job if you want to advertise on the side of buildings, on construction site scaffolding, at automotive dealerships or garage forecourts, garden centres, festivals and events…in fact anywhere where you need something that will stand up to the whimsies of the weather.

We print banners to any size you like, in full colour and also onto tough mesh PVC which allows air to easy pass through. These mesh banners have the dual benefit of being light, very durable, wind and fade resistant.

Another great benefit of using promotional banners is they are one of the easiest graphics to display. They are hemmed and can then be finished with sturdy metal eyelets for use with bungee cords or with stitched pockets for inserting poles.

All of CSDPrint‘s PVC banners are printed in-house using state-of-the-art high definition digital printers so image quality is superb – just look at the super high quality of these mesh banners we’ve just printed for Leeds City College’s Park Lane campus.

May’s been a mega month

Shopping centre banners

So proud of Team CSDPrint

What a fantastic month we’ve had here at CSDPrint!

We’ve been awarded a 3 year contract to provide large format print, exhibition stands and signage for Leeds City College AND we successfully completed a landmark project in Leeds’ favourite retail destination Trinity.

The production and the installation of the graphics went like clockwork…for safety reasons it was an out-of-hours clock of course. Large format print at its best.


We’ve got some new equipment…

digitally printed bespoke whole sale lighting display unit

and we’re not afraid to use it!

If you’re not sure how best to display your products or would like a display unit made to your exact requirements, then please get in touch. We’d love to work with you to develop the best display solution for your needs.

We’ve been doing just this with Bell Lighting and we’re loving all the fab new things that we’re making here at CSDPrint.

The first quarter of the year has certainly gone with a bang. Business is very brisk and that’s got a lot to do with the investment we’ve made in new equipment and talented people.

Three years ago we really stepped out of our comfort zone by moving into large format digital printing. The scale of our investment in the very best digital technology was HUGE for a business of our size but we’ve not looked back, not for one minute.

Over the past 12 months we’ve had a gear change in staffing too. We’ve expanded our management capabilities; added to our print finishing and dispatch team and upped our commitment to training and development for everybody.

The response from our customers has been wonderful; we’ve never been so busy. Every month we are attracting new enquiries as well as receiving bigger orders from our lovely loyal existing retail, automotive, construction and design agency clients.

We are getting more and more large projects that consist of cut items such as retail point of sale and building signage. The new machine enables us to turn these jobs around much more quickly and efficiently because it integrates directly with our production equipment.

Now we’re cutting virtually every type of print material such as correx, vinyl, cardboard and foamex, PVC, dibond and acrylic.

There’s lots to tell you about but in a nutshell, whatever shape or size you need your print, we can do it!


Education sector case study

large format printed banners

We thought it would be timely to share a few details about the work we are doing for Leeds City College. The College is going from strength to strength and we are very fortunate to be involved.

Read all about it here…

Client: Leeds City College (LCC) is part of The College Group, Leeds’ leading education provider. CSDPrint has been working with LCC as they rebrand 8 separate buildings which are used by over 35,000 students and 1,200 staff.

Brief:  LCC awarded CSDPrint the contract to print and fit a large selection of exterior and interior signs and graphics at three of its city centre colleges. That’s not just a few exterior signs and interior wall graphics but everything from totem signs, 10m mesh PVC banners, 200 sq m of window vinyls and 100 sq m of wall paper to 20 wall display frames, open day exhibition stands and much much more!

Challenges: The biggest challenges have been adapting the designs and selecting materials and fixings to ensure that every item adhered to the exacting planning and conservation regulations.

For example the first phase of the project we tackled was the new Printworks Campus. This collection of buildings is on the 4.5 acre former Alf Cooke playing card printing works and is centred round a magnificent Grade 2 listed industrial building. Built in 1881, both the printworks’ exterior and interior are listed.

Secondly we set about applying the new brand identity to the 1960s 11-storey Technology College buildings. On one of the busiest streets in the city centre, this phase brought with it very different requirements. We not only needed to schedule fittings for when the college was closed to ensure the utmost safety of the staff and students, but also to avoid busy traffic periods.

The third phase was the rebranding of Park Lane College which whilst it is slightly away from the city centre and is therefore easier to access, it is much larger.

Solutions: The fantastic success of this extensive project hinged on a number of factors:

  • Meticulous project management with extensive liaison with the college’s capital projects, estates and marketing teams
  • Preparing detailed photo-visuals of all key aspects
  • Innovative use of translucent and contravison vinyls, framed banners and flags to overcome Grade 2 planning restrictions
  • Installing temporary signage to maximise awareness of the Printworks opening event whilst awaiting delayed planning approvals
  • Flexible production scheduling to meet particularly tight deadlines.

Happy client: Our client, Richard Lewis, Director of Student Recruitment & Marketing at Leeds City College, very kindly gave us this feedback…

“I’ve have worked with Gail and the team at CSDPrint many times over the past 20 years but this is by far the largest and most complex project we’ve tackled together. I knew they had the technology and the know-how but I hadn’t experienced their project management expertise on this scale before. They have been fantastic, taking responsibility for everything. There has been so many different aspects to consider and they have embraced everything with their excellent can do attitude whether that’s coming up with clever signage solutions to fittings logistics.”

It’s the ‘go to’ graphic for a reason

Banner stands


Not sure what you need to grab your customers’ attention? Want a quick and simple advertising solution that won’t bust your budget? Then we’ve got a great suggestion for you…banner stands.

They are probably the most popular display graphic we sell. Why? Because, they’re quick to put up, easy to change and very cost-effective. If you want to keep updating your graphics, banner stands will be perfect for you.

Lots of our retail and automotive customers love them because they are so versatile.

They work really well in a huge number of display situations for example: shops, showrooms, forecourts, receptions, schools & colleges, visitor attractions…anywhere where you want your promotional messages seen.

If you’ve got limited room you’ll probably only need a single, small banner stand but if you have a really large space to fill, a combination of several banner stands works really well. We have a fantastic range of formats – pull ups and pop ups for example – that can be used individually or linked together.

All our banner stands are top quality, we check everyone very carefully before they are dispatched.

Call for a chat about the benefits of super adaptable banner stand graphics or visit our economy stands web page

Simple but very effective exhibition tips

Exhibition stands made easy

Making exhibiting easy

Got an exhibition to organise? Don’t panic we’d love to help. CSDPrint has been taking the hassle out of exhibiting for over 30 years and we’ve learned a thing or two along the way. Here are just three of our top tips, there’s lots more where they came from so please get in touch…

Exhibition top tips

1) Have a clear budget in mind. It helps to achieve a cohesive and cost-effective look if you have the focus of what you can and can’t afford to guide you

2) Choose a company to work with who can offer lots of different graphics options and has lots of experience. There is a whole host of new and exciting exhibition stand formats out there

3) Always seek professional help when it comes to design. We all know how important first impressions are. Being able to stand out from the crowd at a busy exhibition is what it’s all about.

To find out more about the fab range of exhibition stands we offer get in touch – CSDPrint is here to help.


Have you tried the bubbles?

Bubble board is 100% recyclable

CSDPrint is always on the lookout for new products and services to offer our clients and we’re particularly keen to find really good environmentally-friendly materials…

Therefore we are really chuffed to have just taken delivery of a totally new polypropylene bubble board which is 100% recyclable and we can’t wait to show you how good it is!

Not only is it totally recyclable but a percentage of the materials used to make it are re-used factory waste.  So all round it’s a big step in the right direction.

It’s called bubble board because there’s a thin layer of bubble-shaped polypropylene sandwiched between two solid sheets which not only makes the board very light but strong and rigid too. On top of that, the board has been developed to take print really well – the ink adhesion is excellent.

Developed for all kinds of signage, displays and point of sale this new board would be great for retail in-store graphics, automotive dealership advertising and construction site safety signage. So if you want to upgrade your eco-credentials this could be the new material for you?

Get in touch if you are interested in this fab new eco board or any other environment-saving printing materials, we’d really like to help. Here at CSDPrint we’re doing our best to be kinder to the planet and we can help you to be too.