Media Pack 2020

Print Business is a bi-monthly magazine, publishing six times a year beginning with the January/February issue.


Print Business has always themed its issues, and these themes are chosen by topicality. Popular editions of Print Business are those that concentrate on subjects where there are news and innovation. Deciding a year ahead what is going to be topical is impossible. Print Business editor Gareth Ward is very good at spotting trends and predicting where the industry is going.

For more information on how to work in partnership and a detailed explanation of upcoming themed issues call 01580 236456.

Price List

Please note that Print Business does not publish ratecard prices, ie grossly inflated figures designed to be negotiated down to approximately 30% of the original. We instead set the prices at a fair rate that our advertisers seem happy with.

We are unable to offer agency discounts except by prior negotiation and our written agreement.

If your agency's accounts department automatically takes off 10%, make sure that you adjust these prices accordingly. For example, a one-off full page is £1,500.00 so you should add 11.1% (£1,666.50) then subtract your agency discount of 10% (£1,499.85).

Full Page in Print Business Magazine

One-Off £1,600 | 2-3 Insertions £1,400 | 4+ £1,200 | Inside Front Cover/Back Cover £2,000

Half Page in Print Business Magazine

One-off £950 | 2-3 Insertions £900 | 4+ £850
Half Page Solus within Copy £1,200

Banner on Print Business News Ezine

Print's best read email
One-Off £300 | 2-3 Insertions £275 | 4+ £250
For more information on the online presence of Print Business go to Why this site is different


Six for £800

Book six consecutive ads and each one will cost £800 Package price £4,800*. This takes away the task of working out which issue is the best. Also available as half pages for £475 each for six Package price £2,850*.

* This is a package deal, not a page rate. The ads must appear in six consecutive issues to qualify for the 33% discount. If the advertising is cancelled, the remaining amount will become due.


Print Business goes to about 5,400 people at about 5,000 companies, most of whom are decision makers at UK commercial and large format printers.

The Monday Morning News ezine goes to about 3,000 people who have opted in. It has a extremely high average open rate of 60% and click through (around 24%) rates and is free to subscribers. This is a very popular product, as is shown by its open rate.

Production Schedule 2020

Nov/Dec = 18 November 2019
Jan/Feb = 10 February
Mar/Apr = 23 March
May/Jun = 8 June
Jul/Aug = 27 July
Sep/Oct = 14 September
Nov/Dec = 16 November

Nov/Dec = 01 November 2019
Jan/Feb = 24 January
Mar/Apr = 6 March
May/Jun = 22 May
Jul/Aug = 10 July
Sep/Oct = 28 August
Nov/Dec = 30 October

Mechanical Data

Artwork must be supplied as PDF/X-1a or higher, 300dpi resolution, CMYK. All ads require 3mm bleed to all edges. Please ensure that the ad image extends beyond the crop area and to the bleed area. Clicking on 'Bleed' only shows the bleed area. That area must be filled. Print Business cannot be held responsible for white edges due to ads without proper bleed, or low resolution artwork.

Full Page 210mm wide x 297mm deep + 3mm bleed
Half Page 210mm wide x 140mm deep + 3mm bleed
Ezine Banner 631px wide x 115px deep, RGB Jpeg (Sorry, we cannot accept animated Gifs)

Artwork to be sent to:

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This slideshow displays each element of the Print Business Media Pack 2020. Most of it has been crammed into a PDF document located on the right of this red panel.

In 2013 and 2014 Print Business held this unusual event. It is a one-day conference, held in London, comprised of six sessions. At the front, specialists in the session subject sit on bar stools at audience level. A discussion takes place, with editor Gareth Ward as ringmaster, and the audience are free to chip in whenever they like.

It is informal and fluid and a delegate may be up on the bar stools as an expert in one session then having a conversation as an audience member in another.

Sponsorship packages are available on request.

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Sustainability is the mind of every brand, every retailer, every publisher. While print can deliver a strong environmental story, it cannot afford to rest. In order to meet carbon and CSR targets brands want to know where paper comes from, how jobs are printed and the impact caused. This will be at the forefront at Drupa. Suppliers to the industry simply cannot afford to deliver products that increase energy demands, that create more waste, that use harmful chemicals.

The round table will examine these questions and supporting features will look at the ways that printers can change processes and the consumables they use in order to improve their environmental footprint and at the early attempts to measure the real impact of print. It’s about recycled paper, but it’s far more than that. And it has to be taken seriously.

Alongside this we ask what it is that designers want from their printers. Certainly price is a factor, but we believe that ideas, innovation and impact are equally if not more important. This can mean high impact inks, varnishes and foils. It can mean the use of interesting papers. And it can mean different post printing effects: cut outs, mixed media binding, coloured threads. It is all about creating an instant impact in a noisy market place.

The subject is Sustainability, a core topic for Drupa. Sponsorship packages are available but the event is held in December. Apply for details.

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The round table takes automation, Industry 4.0 and the Internet of Things as themes. These are crucial for the future of the industry and essential to allow printers to cope as print jobs become more numerous with much shorter runs. JDF was a first attempt to get to grips with this, but has it now outlived its usefulness as newer ways to connect processes and to capture data are to the fore? Is lights out printing possible or is fully automated production too risky?

The supporting articles will continue the conversation looking at options on workflows, the extension of the cloud and Edge computing; cross technology and cross location colour management and press control. There is the question of whether to finish work inline or offline and what parts of finishing benefit from being linked and the use of robots in this area.

With Fespa and Sign & Digital in mind, we will look at what printers can do beyond the PVC banner and vehicle wrap. And how they can be more sustainable.

The subject is automation. Sponsorship packages are available and this round table takes place in February.

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It’s Drupa time with the Print Business unbeatable guide to which hall and which stands to visit in Düsseldorf.

The last pre-Drupa round table will discuss the print technologies that will be the attraction at the show: the future for litho and toner technologies; the maturing of inkjet in various guises and the eventual availability of nano. It is about understanding the strength and weakness of each and which best suits each application and print business.

The supporting articles will examine the direction that key suppliers are taking and what print companies want to see from prepress and consumables through to finishing.

This popular guide for visitors has grown into its own publication. There are three ads spaces (back cover, inside front cover and inside back cover). There are also opportunities for exhibitors to have interviews about what their customers can expect at Drupa. Details on request.

The subject is technology and we expect this to sell out soon. The round table format is limited to ten people round the table, one supplier with their customer of choice (ie two seats). Details available on request.

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This former section of the magazine is now a separate supplement after UK printers were spotted at Drupa 2016 with the hall by hall guide pages torn from the magazine.

Editor Gareth Ward’s pick of each hall in turn is very popular and designed to help the visitor make the most of their trip. Drupa is vast and it usually only journalists that make it into all 16 halls.

The guide carries a limited amount of advertising (back cover, inside front and inside back) plus interviews with key exhibitors describing the visitor experience expected on their stands. It is printed on uncoated paper with deep margins to allow for ease of notetaking.

There are three ads spots: back cover, inside front cover and inside back cover. There is the opportunity for exhibitors to talk to visitors about what they will experience on the stands in a series of interviews with key personnel. Details available on request.

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The issue will rake through the pile of announcements, the statements, the orders to understand what it all meant. Which were the star performers at Drupa, the surprises that excite and the disappointments. In short we will answer the key question What did all that mean?

We will then interpret that to help printers understand how to shape their business over the coming five years, from finding orders to finishing, the technologies and focus that are needed for success.

Away from Drupa we will look at the potential in the emerging markets for print, covering personalisation, 3D, direct to object, fabrics and surfaces.

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There will be more analysis and interviews from Drupa, understanding the way the landscape is shifting among the suppliers, which are going to lead the pack for the next few years.

This means understanding the way that the big markets for print are evolving: books, magazines, catalogues and direct mail and how these are changing the way that printers operate and need to offer more.

And we shine the torch on the autumn events, particularly the Print Show, perhaps the first opportunity for UK printers to see some of the technology launched at Drupa.

This is an event with a difference that will describe to an audience of printers what came out of Drupa and how they can take advantage for their businesses. The event will take place in early September. Sponsorship packages available. Details on request.

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Digital printing is talking to new markets in packaging, online retail, labels and cartons. It has already revolutionised the book publishing and printing sector and is starting to have a similar impact on these new businesses, helped by greater maturity in the printing technologies that can be used and substrates printed on.

This has an impact on finishing technology to cope with shorter print runs and more sophisticated product requirements and is also changing the way that litho and flexo printers work. These too are becoming digital printers in all but the final printing element.

We talk to the leading printers and leading suppliers who are shaping the future, and bring this key Drupa year to a fitting end with a series of face offs between traditional print and finishing technologies and the newer digitally focused technologies.

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Print Business does stick rather rigidly to this schedule. Artwork should be sent promptly.

Please use the publish date of the previous issue as a guide as to when to contact the editorial staff about submitting material for features.

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Gareth Ward is steeped in print. He comes from a printing family and has been a print journalist for more than three decades. As editor of the long standing leading weekly Printing Word for 15 years, he established his reputation for the most knowledgeable print journalist in the UK.

Although the print industry knows him as an editor, Gareth has superb showman skills and is an accomplished host, speaker and all round ringmaster. He is in demand for comment for media outlets outside the industry about print and also for consultancy.

His unrivalled 360° knowledge is valuable and available at rates far less than most consultants. Details on request.

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