Wood Richardson meet tall order with ‘I’m as big as…!’ height chart for young ‘Team GB’ climber

Demonstrating the flexibility of digital printing, Wood Richardson proves they will go to extra lengths with the production of an ‘I’m as big as…’ height chart, a recent commission by Snowhome owner Angus McArthur, for his enterprising son Hamish – a rising young British climbing star.

Joseph Rowntree School pupil Hamish, who is 14 years old, is fresh from achieving first place in the Lead Climbing and third in Bouldering at the BMC Open Youth climbing competition. As a member of the GB Youth Climbing Team, his early success is now taking him to competitions in Europe and further afield. Sponsorship and ongoing support is key to help raise the necessary money to fund Hamish’s passion which proved the inspiration behind the design of the height chart.

The fun new ‘I’m as big as…’ charts feature famous climbers as well as a child’s height to scale compared to major mountain peaks of Great Britain and the world. Available for sale through Snowhome, Angus’s contemporary design store based in Gillygate, York and Hamish’s local training centre and sponsor The Red Goat Climbing Centre in Redness Street, all profits help to fund Hamish’s future competitions.

Bringing the job to fruition was Simon Pirie, Sales Manager, Wood Richardson. He said: “It was a delight to work with Angus on developing this 2.1 metre climbing themed height chart for Hamish.  It’s not the sort of thing most printers can produce, but with our Xeikon digital press and its sheer flexibility, we were able to rise to the challenge, but more importantly, help Hamish with his.”

“The job was printed in one continuous piece, using Wood Richardson’s reel fed Xeikon 500D digital press on 350gsm Mondi Color Copy board. With 5 parallel creases performed on a modified Morgana AutoCreaser Pro 50, the job suited the press perfectly and the result exceeded even our expectations.”

And the height chart is proving very popular. Angus McArthur said: “It allows young and old, tall or small to measure themselves against an amazing scale of inspiring climbers and consider the contrast in size to GB’s major mountain peaks. This is one in a series of ‘I’m as big as…’ height charts that I have developed with the help of Mode Design and Wood Richardson, all inspired by my son Hamish and his ambition to conquer Europe!”

Based in purpose built facilities in York, Wood Richardson was established in 1905 and has been run by the Richardson family since the 1920s.  Its ongoing investment in the latest technology and innovations in print and production machinery combines with the skills and experience of a century of craftsmanship to provide a team of print experts.  Dynamic and responsive, the company works closely with a wide range of customers throughout Yorkshire, delivering high quality print and customer service.

Read the PrintWeek article  here

Pulling out the stops for York Artists

Spring is in the air for Artists and Makers in York as an ever changing group, selected to present a different mix of people and media, form the York Open Studios event across the City. This Year, more than 70 venues will exhibit the work of almost 100 artists over two consecutive weekends stating Friday 15th April 2016.

Over the group’s 14 year history, Wood Richardson have been involved in producing the all-important Directory, guiding visitors to the Galleries and Artist’s Studios that open especially for the event.

Working closely with members of the YOS committee, Sales Manager, Simon Pirie has helped evolve the directory from a simple map form, to the Full colour 36 page Directory needed to represent the growing number of Artists and Makers.

“YOS is a really important project that puts the spotlight on some of York’s most creative people, says Simon. From behind the scenes access to studios and workshops, to fantastic exhibitions and the opportunity to own some unique objects, it’s a wonderful way to spend a weekend too!”

Perfect bound Directory with Pull Out Map

Perfect bound Directory with Pull Out Map

Intrinsic to the success of the Directory is the pull-out map that pin points the locations and cross references the artist listings within. It’s specially die cut, folded and inserted during the binding process so that it is held securely and is conveniently perforated to be removed for use.

To get your free copy of the YOS 2016 Directory look for pick-up points on the YOS website.


York Open Studio – April 15th, 16th, 17th, 23rd & 24th April 2016.


Blog | Little things can make a big difference!

Most, if not all, printing companies will lay claim to excellent quality, cost-effective pricing and ‘on-time’ delivery; in this highly competitive market, who would blame them?  These ‘big things’ can go a long way to securing long-term partnerships with clients.  Having said that ‘it is the little things that make the difference’ and this will separate you from the crowd.

For example, answering emails promptly. Even if it is just a quick reply saying, “I’m looking into this” or “we will get back to you soon.” If an email is left unanswered for too long, even if you are looking in to the issue, a lack of a response will lead to frustration and then, inevitably, follow-up emails or phone calls, as the customer is left wondering if the issue or question is being worked on at all.

Also look at the final steps of a job; proof of delivery, invoices, stock reports etc.  If you take care of these promptly, you can make a big difference. In fact, these steps can be almost as important to the overall customer satisfaction as the production work itself.

Sometimes, with all else being equal, it is these things that can tip the scales in your favour. Even if your price is slightly higher, if your client knows they’ll have a more seamless experience, with less prompting for needed information, it should be an easy decision to go with the printer that remembers the ‘little things’.