Blog Archive

Print Services to Keep Your Customers Safe

Even as the UK starts to emerge from lockdown, there’s no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the everyday lives of all of us and will continue to have an impact on daily life as the restrictions ease.

Here at AB Print Group, we are continuing to work while following government guidelines to keep our staff and customers safe.

How can printed graphics increase safety?

We will still face challenges after lockdown and this means adapting to follow increased safety measures.

AB Print can help with the following solutions:

Directional Arrows

One-way flow of pedestrian traffic is important to maintain public safety in the retail environment (and other areas too as lockdown restrictions are gradually relaxed). Directional arrows offer a highly effective, low-cost solution.

Floor and Pavement Graphics

Help customers, staff and visitors maintain correct two metre distancing with rugged but inexpensive floor graphics. From simple ‘Stand here’ spacing to branded messages of support, we can help you to follow safety guidance with the correct two metre measure.

Leaflets and Flyers

This is a time when information is key as we all adapt to new situations. Leaflets and flyers can carry messages of reassurance or provide guidance on new procedures and requirements in order to maximise the safety of everyone visiting or working in a building or facility.


Hi-vis vests/jackets provide the wearer with authority and give others the reassurance of knowing that someone is responsible for monitoring and managing safety procedures. We can provide a full range of branded clothing including hard hats.

Protective Screens

Clear protective screens have become essential in supermarkets and retail environments. Now with more retail stores starting to open to the public again, protection screens are another measure you can put in place to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission. We can provide freestanding or fixed options, printed with any brand or message, for reception desks, retail, hospitality, public buildings etc.

Restriction Cones

The use of lightweight, inexpensive cones enables areas to be closed off and access controlled in shopping centres, public buildings etc. We can also provide restriction cones for outdoor use that are designed to be weighted down with sandbags.

Hand Sanitising and Information Stations

Dedicated info stations in foyers/reception areas – complete with masks and hand sanitising facilities – are a likely next step as COVID-19 restrictions are slowly eased and we can supply complete units as well as traditional display/POS units.

Walkway Dividers

Branded walkway barriers are the perfect way to create safer queuing conditions or to divide spaces to reduce risk. We can supply bespoke or off-the-shelf systems for indoor or outdoor use, or produce retrofit graphics for any existing aisle divider system.

Wall and Ceiling Banners

Banners are a highly visible medium for directional instructions, health advice or reminders of the importance of social distancing. We can produce banners for indoor or outdoor use, and can also supply fixing accessories such as hanging kits for suspended ceilings.

Window Graphics

Window graphics are a high-impact medium for providing information and guidance to help keep customers, staff and other visitors safe – or simply to let people know you’re open for business! We have products for inside or outside use.

If you can’t see a product you need, please get in touch with the AB Print team today.


Print Services to Keep Your Customers Safe

When it comes to printing promotional items and marketing materials, you might have come across the terms ‘coated’ and ‘uncoated’ used to refer to paper, but what’s the difference? Is one better than the other for your individual print project? Read on to find out more.

What is coated paper?

Coated paper is paper which has been sealed with a polymer to give it a smooth finish. The smooth finish of the paper allows for a smooth print and uniform finished product. Paper that is coated in this way also stops ink from soaking into the paper so the reduced ink absorption results in a sharper finish and vibrant design. Coated papers come in various different finishes depending on your project and specification- they can be matte, gloss, silk etc so are not always a glossy coating like you might have imagined.

What is uncoated paper?

Uncoated paper does not have this coating, meaning it is more porous and ink absorbent. The finish of uncoated paper often looks more textured than coated paper and this can provide a vintage or natural feel depending on the marketing message you are aiming for.

What are the different paper types used for?

Coated paper is typically used for printed promotional materials like leaflets, flyers and posters- anything where you want to give your business a modern and high quality feel. You’re more likely to see uncoated paper used for commercial stationery like letterheads and compliment slips but this is not always the case. The natural, vintage feel can also complement your marketing if that’s the look you want to achieve with your printed materials.

Let the team at AB Print guide you through your print project from start to finish with expert advice and full in-house print capabilities. Get in touch with us using our contact form here or call us on 01924 473481 and see how we can help you.

Coated Paper VS Uncoated Paper

Lithography, known as litho printing or offset printing, is a print method involving printing from a plate covered in ink to produce the image you want on your printing surface.

The print material absorbs the ink from the plate to produce the final result.

What is litho printing used for?

Litho printing is great for all kinds of promotional marketing materials where you need maximum precision and high quality print finish. Some examples include:

  • Letterheads
  • Catalogues
  • Brochures
  • Posters
  • Leaflets
  • Newsletters
  • Folders
  • Mailer cards 

Litho printing vs digital printing

As a more recent technology, digital printing might be seen as a threat but offset litho printing remains the best option in many cases such as if your print project requires maximum control, colour accuracy and overall print quality. Digital printing can be quicker for small jobs as the setup is faster but litho is usually a more effective print method for larger quantities.

Alcohol-free litho printing

With our experience in lithographic printing and commitment to developing our print technology, we are proud to say we offer alcohol-free printing methods. This not only allows us to achieve the best print quality, but it also has a positive impact on the environment.

To find out more about litho printing and what we do, give us a call on 01924 473481 or contact us today and see how we can help.

Get in touch

To find out more, please call, email or send our enquiry form. We look forward to speaking with you.