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August 30, 2005 | 10 min read

Back in April of this year PrintYorkshire announced the launch of a new, dedicated forum for print buyers and printing companies - to come together and share best practice and new innovation.

PrintYorkshire, a partnership between Yorkshire Forward and the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF), aims to ensure that the print and printed packaging sector in Yorkshire and Humber maintains its position as a major national player, builds upon its successes and excels as the region’s next key cluster.

By sharing best practice, encouraging training and development, seeking out funding and enhancing networking opportunities PrintYorkshire aims to create the most productive and profitable print cluster in the UK, one that is up there with the best internationally.

Showcase2005 aims to attract and engage buyers while offering printers and print-related companies the opportunity to demonstrate excellence.

Taking place at the Royal Armouries on the 6 October in Leeds, the event will provide a genuine opportunity for anyone involved in the purchase of print to get a truly unique insight into the industry and many of the potential new innovations and print opportunities on the horizon.

Part conference and part trade exhibition, Showcase2005 will offer delegates the chance to share best practice, network with peers and discover new ways to buy and manage print whilst improving margins and maintaining quality.

This event is based on the tried and tested formula of PINC in the US, which is in its fifth year and attracts 975 attendees and 78 exhibitors.

Mike Hopkins, regional director for the BPIF said of the event, “We have some great speakers lined up for this event and no doubt the PINC representatives will give us a real insight in to how successful print businesses are created across the pond! Given the US is usually some years ahead of us in these areas I think there will be some genuine opportunities for us to learn something new. They also know how to bring the fun back into the industry and we want to try and do that in Yorkshire and build a real community of print”.

Drawn from an impressive array of international print industry figures – Showcase2005 will have experts from both sides of the Altlantic and heavy-weights from the client/ supplier relationship in the print industry.

Kicking off the event is Jim Frey, founder and executive vice president from the Print Industries of Northern California, who is coming over from the US exclusively for the seminar. He will be revealing what the US print supply chain does to optimise service and quality and how print buyers can stretch budgets without pain.

Other speakers will include Margie Dana, the US goddess of print, and one of America’s top consultants on “So, you’re a print buyer, what the heck does that mean”, with some hands-on practical solutions and case studies that show how to do it effectively and with some US innovations.

Watt-Gilchrist will present their outstanding customer service model that includes an exceptional insight into how they provide a total solution for ASDA Walmart. The “Reputation Risk – a buyer’s burden” will focus on how buyers can find positive advantage in what is the ogre of legislation through providing current examples and practical guidance on how to manage risk. This session will be led by Toby Marchant, managing director of The Robert Horne Group.

The climax of the day will be the Great Print Debate chaired by Lauretta Roberts, editor of Print Week. Arla Foods, Duffield Printers and TripleArc will each make their respective case for the sensitive issues: web auctions, print farming and full-service print vs out-sourcing; an exceptional opportunity to learn and comment and allow everyone to have their say on how to better the industry.

PrintYorkshire’s Robert McClements commented on the event line up, stating, “We have reserved some suits of armour in case the Great Print Debate proves to be a battle but we are expecting to see some more constructive ways to resolve the issues and manage these issues which are an unavoidable element of print. Showcase2005 has been designed to add value to the industry with practical ideas from live case studies and international best practice. The speaker line up is great and exhibitor and delegate places are almost sold out. The response from the industry has been overwhelming – we have clearly tapped into a well recognised need and provided something that everyone was wanting to see”

Demand for Showcase2005 has exceeded all expectations with over fifty companies booking stand space within the exhibition.

Organisers PrintYorkshire originally had hopes of attracting in the region of 40 companies to take part but has extended the show to include more companies as demand continued to rise. Interest and support continues to go from strength to strength with Sun Chemical and Polestar signing up to sponsor the event. This comes off the back of a long list of prestigious companies that have already been associated with this unique new print forum including: Yorkshire Bank, PrintBuyer Magazine, The Robert Horne Group, BPIF, Océ, Yorkshire Forward and BroCARD.

Representing all aspects of the print industry, companies will demonstrate a wide variety of examples of print excellence from manufacturing and production through to supply.

The show is an absolute must for anyone working in or with print. Tickets are available from only £10+VAT and can be booked online at

The Great Debate

Hosted by PrintBuyer, Showase2005 has been brave enough to allow representatives from printing, print management and print buying to share the stage in the final seminar.

Hear first-hand from each of these individuals their views. Discuss the issues and fuel the debate. This session will conclude the speaker programme of 2005 and will no doubt be a lively finale.

The Print Management Company

Jason Cromack, CEO, TripleArc Group

Voted #20 in the PrintBuyer Power 100 Poll

Jason Cromack is chief executive officer of the TripleArc Group plc, the UK’s fourth largest print management company, listed on AIM (the Alternative Investment Market) with over 350 employees.

Jason began his career in marketing, with the marketing services company, Option One Ltd (now Tequila) and Godfrey Lang Limited, a print management company specialising in the publishing sector, before founding his own print management company, GL2, in 1998. GL2 specialised in servicing the print needs of the marketing and advertising sector and acquired Jason’s former employer, Godfrey Lang, in July 2001.

In October 2001, Jason sold GL2 to start-up company TripleArc and became chief operating officer of the group, overseeing its highly successful IPO in December 2001. Jason was appointed CEO in October 2002 and since this time has led the TripleArc Group from strength to strength, developing its customer base and winning large contracts with companies such as BAA, Matalan, BMI Healthcare, Virgin Retail and Virgin Mobile.

The Printer

Martyn Duffield, Founder and Managing Director, Duffield Printers

Martyn is the owner and manager of no less than three highly successful businesses, Duffield Printers, Duffield Properties and Seasol.

Established in 1985, Martyn is best known for the former of his three businesses, Duffields Printers, which has a strong reputation and high brand awareness within the Yorkshire and Humber region.

Not only is the company accepted as being unrivalled for its excellence but Duffields Printers is also famed for its high moral values among employees, its business partners and the community at large.

He will be presenting a robust case for the printer.

Richard Taplin, Packaging Manager, Arla Foods

Arla Foods UK plc is the UK’s leading dairy company. With a turnover of £1.4 billion and more than 5,000 employees, the company owns many of the UK’s leading dairy brands including Lurpak, Anchor and Cravendale Purfiltre®.

As packaging manager, Richard is directly responsible for new packaging development, specification, control, quality and performance.

While his role does not specifically include buying, Richard’s expertise within the print process as well as Arla Food’s customer requirements and filling line capabilities / limitations, ensure that he is a direct influencer on the print supply chain.

With an ‘Institute of Packaging’ diploma, Richard has been with Arla Foods for three years, prior to which he worked as a packaging engineer at Barr Soft Drinks for over six years.

Tickets can be booked by calling 0113 243 6086, or


For more details on the conference go to

Ticket prices: £65+VAT full programme (seminars and exhibition) or £10+VAT for theexhibition only.

Exhibitor List



Acorn Webb

Anorak Digital

A Pinder



Best Cover UV

B Media



Calf Hey Designs


City Press


David Stilwell


Diji Group

Direct Marketing Association


Faraday Packaging


Garnett Dickinson

GRG Print

HH Associates

Inprint Design

Kingsway Printers

Leeds Media

Leeds University


Metal FX



Pindar Group



Pro Co

Quarmby Productions

Regent Print

Robert Horne


Ryedale Group

Screen Print

Sun Chemical

Team Impression

West Yorkshire Ventures

White & Farrel

Wood Richardson

Wyndeham Press Group

Yorkshire Bank

Conference Agenda

11.004impression Workshop

12:00Event Registration


Jim Frey, executive vice president, Printing Industries of Northern California,

and founder of the US version of Showcase2005

13:00Seminar Programme begins

Margie Dana, US goddess of print

14.00showcase2005 exhibition opens

Ian Schofield, sales director, Watt-Gilchrist - The ASDA model, Outstanding Innovation in the supplier/buyer relationship

15:00Coffee Break

15:15Reputation Risk – The Print Buyer\'s Burden

David Robottom, DMA

Toby Marchant, MD, Robert Horne

Tim Barker, environmental specialist, Robert Horne

16.15The Great Debate, hosted by Print Buyer

How printers, print buyers and print management companies can survive

and thrive together?

Jason Cromack, CEO, TripleArc

Martyn Duffield, MD, Duffields Printers

Richard Taplin, packaging manager, Arla Foods

17.15The Entertainment Networks Session

Enjoy spectacular entertainment, food and drink.

The exact timings and content of the agenda may be

subject to variation at the discretion of the organizers.


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