Print Image Network like to support and help the wider community and every year, we select three charities to be supported by our team. This is also integral to our current social and value policy and supports our Corporate Social Responsibility Policy.
Our chosen charities for 2023 were Andy’s Man Club, Francis House Children’s Hospice and Mind, for which we raised over £400 from our Customer Service Excellence survey responses alone; not to mention the charity fundraisers that we took part in throughout the year.
Continuing to Make a Charitable Difference for 2024
In a bid to make a tangible impact on society for 2024, Print Image Network has proudly announced its newest selection of charities for the year. As we run nomination and election processes for third party organisations, we utilised our pioneering technology to allow our team to determine the three most popular charities out of those preferred charities that were nominated by the team. The chosen beneficiaries for this year’s charitable initiatives are Cancer Research, The Trussell Trust, and Mind. With a commitment to supporting vital causes, Print Image Network aims to raise awareness and funds to aid these organisations.
Empowering Communities: Cancer Research
Cancer Research stands at the forefront of the battle against one of the most formidable adversaries of our time. With groundbreaking research, innovative treatments, and unwavering support for patients and their families, Cancer Research strives to make advancements in cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment. Print Image Network’s partnership with Cancer Research underscores its dedication to empowering communities and driving progress in healthcare.
Fighting Hunger: The Trussell Trust
Amidst the challenges of food poverty, The Trussell Trust emerges as a beacon of hope for vulnerable individuals and families across the UK. Through a network of food banks, advocacy, and community engagement, The Trussell Trust provides vital support to those in need, offering not just sustenance but also dignity and support during times of crisis. By aligning with The Trussell Trust, Print Image Network reaffirms its commitment to combating hunger and addressing the root causes of food insecurity.
Supporting Mental Health: Mind
In an era where mental health awareness is paramount, Mind plays a pivotal role in promoting mental well-being and supporting those facing mental health challenges. With a range of services including counselling, advocacy, and community outreach, Mind endeavours to break the stigma surrounding mental illness and ensure that everyone has access to the support they need. By partnering with Mind, Print Image Network demonstrates its dedication to fostering a society where mental health is prioritized and supported.
We are thrilled to announce that Print Image Network has been shortlisted for the prestigious PrintWeek Award in the category of Innovation of the Year. This recognition highlights our commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and delivering cutting-edge solutions to our clients.
As a leading UK electoral print provider, we aim to remain at the forefront of innovation, this was particularly exercised in response to legislative changes introduced by the Elections Act 2022. With photo identification becoming compulsory for in-person voting in Great Britain, the traditional A5 Poll Card design was no longer sufficient. Print Image Network therefore developed the 'Flexi Poll Card,' a reel-fed white paper one-piece mailer that maintains the appearance of a traditional A5 card. Through a meticulous R&D process, the company ensured compliance with legislation, engaged voters, and saved costs.
Consulting with industry experts, obtaining approval from the Electoral Commission and Royal Mail, Print Image Network successfully produced over 2 million 'Flexi Poll Cards' for 35% of our customers during the 2023 combined elections, achieving a 100% delivery rate and aiding in the transition to the new electoral administration.
Being shortlisted for the PrintWeek Award for Innovation of the Year is not just a recognition of our achievements; it's a glimpse into the future of Print Image Network. Print Image Network is committed to continuing our pursuit of customer service excellence, pushing the boundaries of innovation, and shaping the future of the electoral print industry.
Sustainability in Print:
In addition to technological advancements, we are proud to express our commitment to sustainability. We understand the environmental impact of the print industry and have implemented eco-friendly practices in our operations and suppliers in delivering exceptional print solutions.
Print Image Network are once again proud to have been a part of the annual Association of Electoral Administrators (AEA) conference earlier this week. The 3 day event took place Sunday 14th January to Tuesday 16th January; we attended as an exhibitor and as one of the sponsors.
It was a delight to see the various stands busy with attendees and a fantastic opportunity for our team to have face to face catchups with many of our loyal customers, as well as speaking with many of the other delegates who took the time to come and say hello whilst visiting our stand, keeping us busy with questions about our sample packs and ancillary items. We aimed to ensure nobody walked away empty handed as we offered goody bags containing some fab freebies, which always prove very popular. Our Print Image Network letter openers always go down a treat, so if there is anybody who didn’t manage to get hold of one on the day, or you were unable to attend, you can request one using the contact form here, or using the details below, and we will send it to you in the post.
Our prize draw offering an afternoon tea hamper was very popular with conference delegates too. The lucky winner was Kimberley Edwards from Conwy County Borough Council, who collected her prize on Tuesday. We hope you enjoy your afternoon treats Kimberley!
Thank you to the AEA team for hosting and thank you to all the attendees for making our time at the conference so enjoyable!
In line with our dedication to both information security and quality management, we are delighted to declare the successful completion of our annual audit for ISO 27001:2013 and ISO 9001:2015, with a record of zero non-conformities.
The ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management Standard is a framework that ensures a common set of policies, procedures, and controls are in place to effectively mitigate information security risks. This framework empowers us to manage these risks diligently and consider legal and regulatory obligations.
Likewise, the ISO 9001:2015 certification is internationally recognised as the most established quality framework, based on a number of quality management principles including strong customer focus, continual improvement and increasing efficiencies.
Print Image Network places the utmost importance on both information security and quality management. We are committed to going above and beyond the requirements of these policies, ensuring that our customers and their data is in safe hands, as we continue to provide unrivalled services to the elections and ballots market; this includes some of the country’s leading membership organisations which have stringent internal procedures in relation to their supply chains. So, retaining both accreditations is pivotal for Print Image Network.
For many years, it has been practice for Print Image Network and UK Engage to support three charities throughout the year, chosen by our team. This is something that we have always liked to do as a business to support and help the wider community, and it supports our well established Corporate Social Responsibility Policy as well as being integral to our current Social Value Policy.
Our previous three charities were Dementia UK, Derian House Children’s Hospice and The Teenage Cancer Trust, who received £1,739.30 in total during 2021 and 2022. Charitable donations are generated in several ways and our customers are often involved. For example, we ask our customers to vote for a charity in lieu of receiving a Christmas Card and all customer satisfaction surveys issued for PIN and UKE include a donation option as an incentive to complete the questionnaire. So, thank you to all our customers who have contributed to those values.
In March this year, we ran another democratic process to select our next three company charities; As we run nomination and election processes for third party organisations, we utilise our pioneering technology to allow our team to determine the three most popular charities out of those preferred charities that were nominated.
The charities who came out top this time were:
The Print Image Network team have landed back in the office, after attending the AEA conference 29th to 31st January, which was the first face to face conference for two years. The annual AEA conference provides an opportunity for delegates within the electoral sector to learn of the latest developments though a schedule of workshops, which are complimented by an exhibition of electoral product suppliers. Understandably, after a two-year break, this year’s conference proved to be extremely popular.
For Print Image Network, this was a good opportunity for us to catch up with our clients and contacts and we would like to thank all delegates who spent time at our stand. It’s always great to see so many familiar faces and meet new ones too!
Whilst delegates visited the exhibition area at breaktime, the hot topic this year was Poll Cards and Voter ID, and trepidation about the forthcoming changes in Postal Vote eligibility. And we were very flattered to be told by several stand visitors, that we have a fantastic reputation within the industry, and our people are held in very high esteem.
We held our usual prize draw, this time offering a Thornton’s chocolate hamper. Congratulations to the lucky winner (we hope you enjoyed them)! Thanks to everyone who entered our prize draw.
We hope you all had a safe journey home. See you again next time.
Important legislative changes were introduced by The Elections Act 2022, with the introduction of several measures to cut down on the potential for voter fraud. With this, there is a new requirement for voters to show photographic identification at the polling station in Great Britain. This will apply for the first time in England at local elections Thursday 4th May 2023.
In addition to commonly used photographic identifications being accepted at polling stations, an electoral identity document will be available for electors to apply for, which is known as the Voter ID Card. This is to assist those groups of voters who will likely experience barriers in obtaining access to photo ID.
The Electoral Commission Voter ID public awareness campaign officially launched Monday 9th January, which includes a support pack, which has been issued to organisations working directly with voters, including local authorities and charities, can play an important role in supporting voters to ensure they have photo ID ahead of the elections. The pack contains various guides and resources, that can be printed and distributed or placed at sites and offices, including:
Print Image Network have resources and availability to print the printable resources contained in Voter ID partner packs, and we have artwork designs and multiple mailing options available for producing Voter ID cards. We have an expert team of account managers and print specialists to offer extra assistance if your election department is not fully staffed. Our production sites are primed and ready to print your important mailings, ahead of the 2023 elections.
Print Image Network is once again exhibiting at the annual AEA Conference in Blackpool, 2 -5th February 2020. As a leading provider of electoral print solutions, we have supported the Conference and the AEA for many years. Once again will be on hand to offer help and advice to electoral administrators from councils across the UK on all aspects of electoral print and mail.
The agenda promises a full schedule including fringe events, plenary sessions, and workshops, not to mention the exhibition where we will be meeting delegates and customers at Stand 3 from Sunday afternoon.
Providing no fewer than 80 councils across the UK with electoral print solutions, we still have print capacity for the May polls. 2020 sees Police, Commission and Crime Commissioners elections in England and Wales, as well and local and mayoral elections – we welcome the opportunity to discuss these elections with local authority delegates attending the event.
With such as busy year last year and so many potential changes in 2020, we will be on hand to talk to delegates about how they found 2019, plus how we can help support them through 2020 changes concerning their print and mail requirements.
On the customer service front, we have recently (January 2020), achieved another year’s compliance for the Cabinet Office’s Customer Service Excellence Standard. A big factor in our success is our staff, which year-on-year is praised for the way we support electoral administrators through election periods. Throughout Conference, every member of our account management team will visit The Grand to speak with customers and other delegates. We have a growing team of experienced account managers that help councils through busy, and sometimes complex, election and canvass periods. You can see some of the wonderful comments we received following the 2019 elections by downloading our Customer Survey results from last year>>
We have lots to discuss, so please feel free to come along and speak with the team at Stand 3. You can enter our chocolate hamper competition and you could win a Waitrose Hamper which is our raffle prize at the Annual Dinner. We look forward to seeing you at Conference!
Print Image Network is once again exhibiting at the annual AEA Conference in Blackpool, 4 -7th February 2018. As a leading provider of electoral print solutions, we have supported the Conference and the AEA for many years.
The agenda promises a full schedule, including more workshops and interactive plenary sessions, not to mention the exhibition where we will be meeting delegates and customers at Stand 3 from the Sunday afternoon.
Providing no fewer than 70 councils across the UK with electoral print solutions, we still have capacity for the May polls and delegates can speak to members of our account management team to discuss printed postal vote solutions, poll cards and ballots papers. Furthermore, our friendly team will be on hand to discuss to canvass, NPRs, PI Refresh and our hybrid mail solution, Network Post.
For customers who are familiar with our team, we have a rota which details when our each of our electoral print specialists will be attending the event, should you wish to drop by and say hello.
|Sunday 4th February
|Monday 5th February
|Tuesday 6th February
|Simon Milnes (AM)
|Nicola Greaves (AM)
|Dermot Carty (AM)
|Simon Starkie (AM)
|Kelly Mallon (PM)
|Lisa Sheldon (PM + social night)
|Craig Poyser (PM)
|Sharon Guy (PM + social night)
This year, in addition to our usual support, we’re pleased to announce that we’ll be sponsoring the Practical Count Methods workshop, where the AEA team will use our electoral print solutions, including election counting methods, such as grass skirts, count sheets and summary sheets, to carry out the training.
We look forward to seeing you at Conference!
The Print Image Team
Following a busy year of elections, Print Image Network Ltd has today issued its annual online customer satisfaction survey to council customers across the UK.
Many councils had local elections in May and all councils were involved in the Snap General Election, which was called for 8 June 2017. With tight timescales, electoral print and mail specialist, Print Image Network was responsive to the task and ensured that all council customers deadlines were met and poll cards, postal votes and ballot books were delivered, in advance of the country’s vote.
With an impressive track record when it comes to customer satisfaction, Print Image Network is the only electoral stationery printer to hold the Cabinet Office’s Customer Service Excellence standard. The results of the questionnaire will be reported to the CSE Assessor for our assessment in January 2018.
If you are a council customer of Print Image Network, look out for your online survey which will be delivered to you by email. As with previous years, Print Image Network will donate £5 to one of its three chosen charities for customers who complete the online survey and contribute to the company’s continuous improvement.
For more information about electoral print and mail, or to discuss requirements for next year’s elections, please contact the Print Image Network team on: -
Tel: 0161 209 4800