Minuteman Press, Stockport
BounceBack Stockport

  90 Lower Hillgate, SK1 3AL

sales@minutemanpress.uk.com 


Design business cards

£24.00

Design a card

Our in-house studio will design a business card and stationery.

Design stationery

£25.00

Design a letter

Our in-house studio will design all your stationery for you.

Poster and banners

£35.00

Design an A2 poster

Our services include the design and print of posters and banners.

Design of signage

from £99.00

Signs designed

From the creation of signs to the design of web sites. Social media marketing help is also available.

Web site designs

from £120.00

Web sites

Draw on our years of experience creating web sites. Simple to advanced with shop fronts.

Design a brochure

£35.00 per side

Brochures

Magazine, brochures, leaflets and folder can be expertly designed for print and web.

New businesses are arising every day. On average 1500 every day of the year. (In the UK). I think this is an impressive number. (There are a huge number going out of business every year too! Maybe 50%.) But new businesses will need Minuteman Presses design and printing services and our industry is very dependent on the 'business to business' trade. Often signs come top of the list of wants. Signs are an expensive purchase and difficult to take short cuts on.
Often forms are required, the types required depending very much on the chosen industry. Some businesses get stressed by the need to manage customers; customers might order a bespoke product but not thoroughly checking the work before hand and expressing shock when it's produced incorrectly. Printing terms and conditions can help but only usually in court cases when terms and conditions can be useful ammunition. Especially when bigger purchases are involved. Forms help manage a business and will help with the reduction in fraud.
Getting the name of the business out there will usually be a priority. Business cards are useful sales tool here and a company employing sales staff will require loads of business cards in their arsenal of sales weapons. Next, flyers, leaflets and brochures. Some business seem to get by with digital systems such as Facebook but companies are finding this is not sufficient. Communicating with suppliers and customers requires printed mailings, compliment slips, purchase orders, invoices and letter heads. Digital printing systems mean that short print runs are now more viable. It's not a good use of resources to print loads of products, only to find they need reprinting because a mistake has been made and they aren't working as expected.


Business Cards, the battle goes on


If you aren’t aware of which battle I’m talking about…


it’s the battle between virtual business cards on phones and printed ones.
Most people know what a printed business card is; the virtual business card is held on a smart phone and like making a contactless payment, a touching of phones exchanges details. On one side we have the Covid thing going on and businesspeople haven’t been meeting in person so much; there is less need for printed business cards under these circumstances.
Then we have the unsubstantiated fake news that printing business cards is environmentally unfriendly!
I beg to differ because the environmental cost of making phones continues to be frightening and most people have not got into the habit of upgrading phones but rather confining them to a drawer when the better model is released.



The energy costs of maintaining data centres that feed mobile phones continues to rise at mind boggling proportions. The iea.org states…
‘A hyperscale data centre can require 100 150 MW of grid capacity and consume hundreds of GWh of electricity annually.
In smaller countries with expanding data centre markets like Denmark and Ireland, data centres are quickly becoming a major source of electricity demand.
In Ireland, projections by transmission system operator EirGrid show that electricity demand from data centres and other large energy users could more than double in a decade to account for almost 30% of the country’s electricity demand in 2028 (Eirgrid, 2019). In Denmark, data centre electricity consumption is projected to grow from less than 1% today to 15% of total electricity consumption in 2030 (Danish Energy Agency, 2019).
However, these projections still have considerable uncertainty, given the potential for new project announcements as well as cancellations.’


One key advantage of printed business cards is their ‘wow’ factor.
Many clients spend serious time and skill generating a rather special version of their business card.
Two business cards spring to mind, the first a diamond encrusted business card (surely only appropriate for Saudi Arabian princes)
and a steel business card that included etching and perforations.
That particular customer was in the personal security business, and he felt it an appropriate expense for his clients. A second key advantage of the printed business card is that they are very convenient.
One can quickly distribute them around a room full of people or they can be strategically scattered around like flyers.
Alternatively, they can be stacked up so interested people can pick them up as required.
I read a blog that claimed business cards were put into one’s wallet and forgotten.
Putting aside the sexist implication that all businesspeople are men (what about purses and handbags?) printed business cards are often pinned to notice boards, magnetically attached to fridges and Blue tacked for easy accessibility. No, I feel printed business cards have a long life ahead of them.
I will see how the virtual business card develops down the line.
There has been scant sign of the virtual business card taking off so far.