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November News

This month we tell of 2017/18’s programme of investment designed to future proof our service to you. We announce Octobers #TwitterCritter competition winner and there’s also a reminder of those important postal dates running up to Christmas. Plus don’t forget to grab a desk pad before they’re all gone. Visit here to order yours!

Make Sure You Don’t Miss the Post

The last posting dates for a Christmas arrival are as follows:
1st Class and 1st Class Signed For – Thursday 21 December
2nd Class and 2nd Class Signed For – Wednesday 20 December.

If you want more information including international and parcel delivery click here.

Don’t Forget

We need as much notice as possible if we are mailing your job, it’s a busy time of year what with all those letters to Father Christmas. Ring our team on 01772 435050 for up to date news of how our schedule looks in the lead up to Christmas.


A Year of Investment

2017 Has seen us invest in excess of £600,000 in the next generation of printing technology. Our latest in print technology will be delivered in January and installation should be complete early February, in time for our operators return from their training.

This investment is designed to enable us to provide the best print available anywhere. We have always set the bar high, but we are raising our game once again. We are now able to offer HD print giving high resolution images with an amazing depth and range of colour. When you combine this with white ink, Matt black and our range of coatings and finishes you have a service that can produce unique marketing collateral.

So, from a one off individual poster to a small run of highly individual personalised pieces or a brochure run into the thousands we have everything you need to stand out from the crowd.

Call one of our sales consultants on 01772 435050 now and see what we can do for you.



L – R: Katherine Newall, Debbie Edwards (Lancashire Wildlife Trust)
October’s Competition Winner

October’s winner of the #TwitterCritter competition was Katherine Newall, she correctly identified ‘Sonic’ as the answer and she was randomly chosen from the correct answers to become our winner. Katherine received £40.00 of “Love2Shop” vouchers, a framed print of the #TwitterCritter and two books from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Thank you to everyone that entered and supported the LWT. Better luck next month!

To enter the current competition go here


October News

This month we reveal our FREE 2018 deskpads & calendars, we announce our September’s #TwitterCritter competition winner and there’s also information about how to supply artwork for print. Plus, can you keep a secret?


Christmas Is Coming

We can now reveal the design of our FREE desk pad, wall planner and desk calendar! Please visit here to see the designs and send us your details to receive your FREE copies.

*stocks are limited




L – R: Rosemary Rankin, Keith Benson (B&D Print)
September’s Competition Winner

September’s winner of the #TwitterCritter competition was Rosemary Rankin, she correctly identified ‘Scrat’ as the answer and she was randomly chosen from the correct answers to become our winner.

Rosemary received £40.00 of “Love2Shop” vouchers, a framed print of the #TwitterCritter and two books from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust. Thank you to everyone that entered and supported the LWT. Better luck next month!

To enter the current competition go here


September News

This month we have news of Pantones new colour and we reveal Augusts #TwitterCritter competition winner. We have a perfect stress free offer for your Christmas cards and you can also order your FREE 2018 deskpads and calendars. There’s also information about how our wide format and pop up solutions can get you noticed.



Christmas Is Coming

The tubs of chocolates are in the shops and mince pies are on sale, so we don’t feel too bad when we mention Christmas cards. Everybody loves to get them but there is an almost universal dislike of writing them, licking the envelopes and trudging to the post box. So why not let us do all of that for you? We can design, print and mail your Christmas cards list for you. As well as saving you oodles of time, you will be pleasantly surprised by how cost effective it can be to send a high quality personalised card direct to your clients.

We are in the process of producing our new 2018 desk pads, calendars and wall planners, they are very popular and stocks run out fast, so to reserve your FREE copies, send your details here

Get in touch with our sales team NOW on 01772 435050 and find out what we can do for you.




L – R: Helen Rawcliffe (B&D Print), Andrew James, Emma Ackerley (Lancashire Wildlife Trust)
August’s Competition Winner

August’s winner of the #TwitterCritter competition was Andrew James, he correctly identified ‘Beatrix Potter’ as the answer and he was randomly chosen from the correct answers to become our winner.

Andrew received £40.00 of “Love2Shop” vouchers, a framed print of the #TwitterCritter, two books from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and one of our gorgeous 40 year anniversary notebooks. Thank you to everyone that entered and supported the LWT and better luck next month!

To enter the current competition go here


 
Love symbol #2

Pantone have released a new colour ‘Love symbol #2’ to represent and honour recently passed pop icon Prince. This unique Pantone system colour is to become the official colour of the brand he left behind.

It also provides a timely reminder for us to check the way we are appearing to the world.

Do you know the pantone reference of your corporate colours?
Are you happy with the way your colours are reproduced on different platforms?

For example if the colour on your website doesn’t match your letterhead or brochure, subconsciously you are sending out an inconsistent signal and missing the opportunity to create a strong recognisable relationship with your market. We can advise you on all aspects of colour so you are ‘you’ from your business card to your twitter profile and everything in between.

July News

This month we have news of our partnership with Chorley FC. We reveal June’s #TwitterCritter competition winner, and you can also request a new deskpad if yours has run out. There is a long awaited wedding, and information about some of our unique finishes that can literally make you stand out from the crowd…


B&D Wedding

A chance workplace encounter has led to a romantic Scottish wedding. Michael, who is our Commercial Director, and Helen, who is our Sales Manager, married after 10 years together following their very romantic 2015 engagement in Rome (good job Michael). A small gathering of family and close friends witnessed Michael and Helen begin their new life together on the 8th of July in Gretna Green. Everybody here at B&D towers wishes them all the very best for the future. Hip Hip………



L – R: Dave Riche – CEO (Chorley FC), Bob Spendlove – (B&D Prints), Josh Vosper – Commercial Manager (Chorley FC)
Chorley FC Partnership

We are pleased to announce our partnership with Chorley FC for this coming season. Their match day programme the Magpie Review will be joining our other sporting publication, Burnley’s award winning ‘The Turf’. We are looking forward to working with Chorley in the coming season and wish them and our other sporting partners all the very best for 2017/18.



L – R: Debbie Edwards (Lancashire Wildlife Trust), Adam Priest, Helen Rawcliffe née Ames (B&D Print)
June’s Competition Winner

June’s winner of the #TwitterCritter competition was Adam Priest, Adam correctly identified ‘Truffle Hunter’ as the answer and was randomly chosen from the correct answers to become our winner. Adam received £40.00 of “Love2Shop” vouchers, a framed print of the #TwitterCritter, two books from Lancashire Wildlife Trust and one of our gorgeous 40 year anniversary notebooks. Thank you to everyone that entered and supported LWT and better luck next month!

To enter the current competition go here


Finishing Services

Did you know we can apply a scented coating to your job? So if you wanted your mailer to smell of freshly cut grass then it can indeed do so. As well as matt and gloss finishes we also have dimensional which mimics the surface of the printed image so you can feel the grain of the wood, the skin of the orange or even the blades of grass. We also have metallic inks, pearlescent coatings and foiling. When you throw our ‘creative’s’ into the mix there is an infinite number of ways to showcase your brand in a unique way.

May News

This month you can read about how to make mailing work for you without it costing the earth, and how we can manage your data for you to find your ideal customer. There is news of Leanne’s volunteering to save a Lancashire treasure and of course this months #Twittercritter competition winner is announced.


You don’t need to mail the whole world!

Small, regular and targeted niche mailings can greatly enhance your sales pipeline, without attracting a huge cost and giving a good return on investment.You don’t need to mail the whole world, you can choose a postcode area that’s efficient for your business to service and the beauty of a small mailing is it doesn’t cost the earth plus you can measure your success and perhaps tweak the mail piece before you send it again.


Find your ideal customer!

We can help you hone in on the demographic of your ideal customer, then we can supply clean pertinent data enabling the accurate delivery of your beautifully designed high quality marketing collateral.

Alternatively, if you have your own data we can clean and audit it with the latest Royal Mail PAF files, ensuring that every mail piece you send is going to the correct person at the right address.


 

Clearing overgrown paths. Before and After.waterfall from reflection pool

Waterfall from the Reflection Pool, above the Japanese Lake

Rivington Terraced Gardens

Most weekends you will find Leanne, our digital designer, hard at work revitalising Rivington terraced gardens. The Gardens were designed for Lord Leverhulme by Thomas Mawson and in their heyday were a mix of terraced and ornamental gardens complete with a manmade ravine, Italian and Japanese gardens complete with lakes. The gardens fell into disrepair after the death of Lord Leverhulme in 1925 and are now covered in woodland rather than planted, Rivington gardens are however a grade two listed park and there are eleven grade two listed structures within the now established woodland.

It is this legacy that Leanne and all the other volunteers are working hard to preserve, so that future generations will be able to experience the hidden secrets to be found ‘up Rivi’.

To find out more visit here


Aprils’s Competition Winner

Aprils winner of the #TwitterCritter competition was Karen Williams. Karen correctly identified Wendy Craig as the answer and she was randomly chosen from the correct answers to become our winner. Karen received £40.00 of “Love2Shop” vouchers, a framed print of the #TwitterCritter, two books from
the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and one of our gorgeous 40 year anniversary notebooks. Thank you to everyone that entered and supported the LWT and better luck next month!

To enter May’s competition go here

April News

This month we feature our wide format digital solution, you can also read about the 6° of B&D which tells you something of our philosophy and the way we do business. Plus you can see how our April Fools joke went, and of course the winner of March’s #Twittercritter competition.


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01. We’ll get you a proof out the next day

You’re busy; we will never slow you down. Once you have submitted your artwork, be confident that your proof is on its way. It’s not a dark art, we use the latest technology, and we’re efficient. For smaller jobs we can text you a proof.

02. You’re in the loop…

We’ll keep you informed every step of the way. You will only speak to your dedicated representative they’ll oversee your job from start to finish, you’re virtually onsite.

03. After Sales

We will never bombard you with sales calls. However we won’t give you the silent treatment either, from time to time we’ll give you a call to see if there is anything we can help you with. If you ever need advice or help with a project, call us, we’ll make our geeks talk!

04. No Late Deliveries

This will not happen with us. 95% of our jobs are delivered on or before the required date, the 5% that are delivered after that are negotiated and agreed. We will never ‘not turn up’ we will work with you to find a solution; we will never let you down.

05. If it’s not right, then it’s wrong

Having been ISO accredited for over 20 years you can be assured we have a robust and tested quality system in place. From the Job to the box it’s packed in we care. However should something go wrong we will put it right, straight away, it’s like a no quibble guarantee

06. Adding Value

If we can see a way to save you money we’ll tell you how it can be done. We will also, where appropriate, collaborate with ideas that will improve your project creating more ‘bang for your buck’.


Wide Format Printing

Our Mutoh wide format inkjet printer can achieve high ‘photo’ quality prints (1440dpi) on a wide range of surfaces, the maximum width is 162 cm whilst the length is only limited by the roll length.

Contact our sales team who will take you through the wide range of options available to you.

artwork ebook


March’s Competition Winner

March’s winner of the #TwitterCritter competition was Suzanne Walton. Suzanne correctly identified India as the answer and she was randomly chosen from the correct answers to become our winner. Suzanne received £40.00 of “Love2Shop” vouchers, a framed print of the #TwitterCritter, two books from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and one of our gorgeous 40 year anniversary notebooks. Thank you to everyone that entered and supported the LWT and better luck next month!

To enter April’s competition go here

That blurred gig photo, made clear!

Following the breakthrough of Vantablack the blackest, black thing known to man, here at BD towers we are proud to announce the breakthrough of REI.

Resolution Enhancing Ink

REI or Resolution Enhancing Ink uses the same nano technology as Vantablack it has however been reverse engineered by our dotologists to generate AHTD.

AHTD or Added Half Tone Dots is a fine powder made up of tiny graphene digital information nano particles which is mixed into ‘normal’ printing ink.

Leaked footage from our lab

Gig Images

The best way for us to describe this to you is for you to flick through your phone to the last gig you went to, caught up in the moment you fail to realise how far from the stage you are and just how dark it is. The resulting images you still have saved on your phone are like these typical gig images, out of focus dark and grainy – no good to neither man nor beast.

Quantum Powder

Well that is so yesterday, now with the recent breakthroughs here at BD towers we can add digital information into your poor quality photos.

The addition of our patented quantum powder to ‘normal’ ink regenerates image in the areas of the picture that didn’t get enough light or depth of field.As you can see the results are stunning with the AHTD powder and our Resolution enhancement engine in our plate maker or digital machine you can finally print directly from your phone images like the one below.

Before

After

Happy April Fools!

March News

This month we feature our new and improved mailing service, Mailmark® via Royal Mail. You can also read our blog which tells you why we ‘post’ letters. We have an opportunity for you to download our free E-Book ‘All you need to know about artwork and print preparation’. Plus there is Greenery, Pantones colour of the year, and of course the winner of February’s #TwitterCritter competition.


artwork ebook

All you need to know about print preparation

We want the same thing that you want. We want your graphic files to print with no fuss and look like you meant them to. Even if you’re a seasoned professional and are used to supplying files for print, read this guide anyway – our process may be different to what you are used to.

Go here to download!


Introducing Mailmark® to B&D!
What do we do?

We add a simple barcode to your mail piece; this barcode is scanned by the royal mail as it enters its network, when it is sorted and finally when it is prepared for delivery.

How does it work?

This enables your mailing to be tracked right through the royal mail process, for the first time you can track your whole consignment to the delivery round.

Why do it?

From 10:00 am the day after the royal mail receives your mail we can access real time reporting on where your letters actually are we can even tell you the predicted delivery time of your mail and the percentage of your post that will be delivered in the agreed time frame.

This can be a fantastic help if you are planning follow up phone calls, actually knowing your marketing has arrived as opposed to hoping it has can generate real savings in time and money and create a real advantage in knowing you are striking when the iron is definitely hot.

Also Mailmark® can be cheaper than other types of mail.

Fancy learning more about Royal Mail?

Click on the icon below to read our blog!


Pantone colour of the year

Pantones colour of the year for 2017 is Greenery; Pantone selects its colour each year to be a symbolic reflection of what is taking place in our global culture.

They (Pantone) describe greenery as bursting forth in 2017 to provide reassurance amid a tumultuous political and social environment.

Interestingly when we were preparing our rebrand last year we chose a shade of greenery which was then only a twinkle in pantones eye to reflect one of the four pillars of the customer journey you can take with us.

Read more about Pantone Colour of the Year here


February’s Competition Winner

February’s winner of the #TwitterCritter competition was Chris Eccles. Chris correctly identified Sesame Street as the answer and he was randomly chosen from the correct answers to become our winner. Chris received £40.00 of “Love2Shop” vouchers, a framed print of the #TwitterCritter, two books from the Lancashire Wildlife Trust and one of our gorgeous 40 year anniversary notebooks. Thank you to everyone that entered and supported the LWT and better luck next month!

To enter March’s competition go here

Royal Mail

The Royal posts came into existence in 1516 long before Rowland Hill was born, let alone become the inventor of the world’s first gummed stamp.

Henry the VIII was embroiled in what was to become the hundred year’s war with France, Henry needed a reliable flow of news back from the continent. To establish this he gave a knighthood to Brian Tuke and made him the first ‘Master of the Kings Posts’.

Sir Tuke set up a series of posts every ten to fifteen miles, this was considered the maximum range of a galloping horse, at each post they tethered fresh horses, riders carrying dispatches from the various campaigns could make good speed changing mounts before galloping on to the next post. The sack the letters were carried in from post to post onward to their destination was known as a ‘male’ which at the time was French for ‘travelling bag’.

In this way news could quickly travel across France to Henry in England, and it was using this same method that letters were carried when on the 31st of July 1635 by Royal proclamation of Charles I, the letter office as well as the maintenance of six post roads was authorised.

Each postal road had several ‘posts’ you addressed and sent your mail to the most convenient ‘post’ for the recipient to collect from. In those days postage wasn’t pre paid so the recipient had to pay to collect his letter, it was this method of collecting revenue that gave rise to the problems that Rowland Hill solved and thereby ‘bagged’ his Knighthood, but we’ll come to those in good time.

All the original six postal roads were in London but as letter writing became fashionable and gathered pace so the network branched out to cover more of London it also handled all of the mail coming in to the country.

All of this growth in letter writing and trust in the ‘post’ was to prove fortuitous to Cromwell both perhaps during and most certainly after the civil war.

As the country waged war upon itself the need for communication grew across the land, taking the post out of London and to the smaller towns and shires as the parliamentarians and Royalists needed to send news of their battles, losses and victories to their comrades. It was during this time that Cromwell realised the valuable intelligence that could be gained from intercepted mail, and when he won the day and became Lord Protector, Cromwell wasted little time in making John Thurloe his former head of intelligence, the new postmaster general.

Every evening at 11:00 pm Thurloe would take himself to his private chamber that adjoined the foreign office from then until 4:00 am he would peruse the days mail, opening then resealing the ones of interest. As it was common use to impress one’s own unique emblem into the wax, sealing the letter before it cooled, Thurloe knew which letters would be of interest to him and therefore had his pick of the available intelligence. In this way he brought about the downfall of the ‘sealed Knot’ a royalist group determined to bring back Charles II from exile in Paris and return him to the throne of England.

Despite Thurloe’s spying which eventually led to his arrest for treason in 1660 the ‘General Post Office’ continued to grow however not without competition from private enterprises such as William Dockwra’s London penny post which covered a ten mile radius of the capital and charged the recipient one penny to be served their mail.

Docwra proved to be just as untrustworthy as Thurloe so although the penny post became adopted by King James II and Docwra made comptroller he was dismissed from office on the charge of opening and detaining correspondence.

The growing need to communicate in a safe timely manner drove the setting up in 1711 of a unified postal service that covered England, Scotland and Wales, by 1784 mail coaches were introduced and it now only took 16 hours for a letter to travel from London to Bristol. In 1793 letter carriers were given a uniform this was originally designed to make the ‘mail man’ stand out when he was loitering in inns or ale houses, however over time it was this uniform that gave authority and importance to the mail.

Some of the main problems facing the GPO in the mid 1800’s were the emerging competition from telegraph and the fact that despite mail travelling all over the world in the UK it still relied on the recipient paying for it.

You see the wily working class who travelled the length and breadth of the country looking for work, many of whom could neither read or write had worked out how to get a free message home.

They addressed an envelope home; often there was no letter inside however there was a prearranged secret mark somewhere on the envelope that told the recipient all was well on seeing the mark the addressee simply refused the letter and had nothing to pay. If there was no mark on the envelope, trouble was afoot and the envelope probably contained a message that must be read, on these rare occasions postage was paid.

Enter stage left soon to be ‘Sir’ Rowland Hill with his Penny Black adhesive postage stamp, with the launch of the Penny Black on the 1st of May 1840. Now for the first time ever, anywhere in the world the sender had to prepay the postage on a letter by buying and affixing the postage stamp.

Revenues went through the roof as all the mail now carried was paid for, and as for telegraph the Telegraph Act of 1868 gave the Postmaster general the right to acquire the inland telegraphic companies in the UK. A new building was commissioned and opened in 1870 to house the monopolised telegraph communications division of the General Post office.

That pretty much was the way things remained until the early 1980’s which saw the creation of BT and the Post office as separate entities, and kind of brings us whizzing through time as it were to the Royal Mails Mailmark® which you can read about here


Introducing Mailmark® to B&D!
What do we do?

We add a simple barcode to your mail piece; this barcode is scanned by the royal mail as it enters its network, when it is sorted and finally when it is prepared for delivery.

How does it work?

This enables your mailing to be tracked right through the royal mail process, for the first time you can track your whole consignment to the delivery round.

Why do it?

From 10:00 am the day after the royal mail receives your mail we can access real time reporting on where your letters actually are we can even tell you the predicted delivery time of your mail and the percentage of your post that will be delivered in the agreed time frame. This can be a fantastic help if you are planning follow up phone calls, actually knowing your marketing has arrived as opposed to hoping it has can generate real savings in time and money and create a real advantage in knowing you are striking when the iron is definitely hot. Also Mailmark can be cheaper than other types of mail.


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