A lIttle Chrsitmas Gift from Us to You

FREE Personalised Workbook












Each new order placed by 22nd December 2017 will be delivered along with a FREE Polkadot Personalised Workbook! A little Christmas gift from us to you.

Maybe you’ll want to order some for your own customers, with your own branding. Ask us for details.

Conditions – This offer applies only on new orders placed on/by 22nd December 2017. You must refer to the offer at the time of ordering simply by quoting “Polkadot Workbooks Offer.” This offer cannot be applied retrospectively after your design or print order has been confirmed. One personalised workbook will be dispatched with each order.




Tactical campaigns continue to have a healthy and positive effect on our business sales. If your own business would benefit from some tactical campaign activity, call Elaine or Lynn on 0161 876 5111 now!




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Our Top 10 Tips when ordering Business Cards…


We have seen thousands of business cards over time. Of course, there is no absolute right or wrong, but we think we may have some reasonable thoughts to share……..


  1. Your Business or Company name? Make it nice ‘n bold.
  2. Text & Fonts? Keep your text nice ‘n clear with easily readable fonts, which are not too thin!
  3. Text colours? Light greys and silvers are lovely, but little point if you can’t easily read them.
  4. What’s your service or product? Does your card say? Is it clear?
  5. Bullet points on the reverse? By all means, if not made clear enough on the front.
  6. Print in colour? Yes, to create a better and lasting impression. Your business card represents you when you’re not there!
  7. Use Photographs? There’s not much room on a Business Card to do your image/s justice. Perhaps look at a product leaflet or brochure as well as business cards where we can use your images to greater effect?
  8. Litho or Digital Printing? At Polkadot, we have both available. We can guide you towards the most suitable for you!
  9. Folded Cards? Why not? They are not much dearer. Ask us for the simple options available.
  10. Best cost saving? Print as many sets, at once as you can! This will avoid you extra “set up” costs.
  11. Card weight? Insist on a good solid card (or board – trade speak!). Ask for a sample – 350gsm Min. A floppy business card is about as confident as a floppy handshake.
  12. Proof, proof & proof very carefully. Check every number. Double check before tears!
  13. Matt/Gloss Laminate? for a better feel and long lasting card. Laminate one side if intending to write on the reverse.
  14. Spot UV for that extra touch of class! Everything is possible and produced “in house” at Polkadot!
  15. Rounded Corners? By all means, though extra processes always cost extra. Ask us to estimate as you wish.
  16. Buy from Polkadot wherever possible! We’ll take you carefully through all our top tips and more!

Ok. That’s six extra tips for no charge! We’ll happily give you an honest appraisal of your current business card or, any other item of your marketing portfolio! All you have to do is ask. There is no charge for this!






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Call us today on (0161) 876 5111 or contact us here to find out how we can help.

Our Top 10 Tips when ordering a new Roller Banner are here…


Pod-DisplaysAs you might imagine, we design, print & supply lots of Roller Banners. They are a really cost effective way of displaying your products and/or services. So we thought we would write some brief notes on what to look for when purchasing a new model.

  1. Choice – The hardware itself comes in all sorts of quality levels. Some are lightweight, some a little sturdier. Choose the model best suited for you. There are a wide range on the market and we have a wide selection available.
  2. The Cost – Prices charged are directly proportional to quality. Don’t necessarily choose the cheapest!
  3. Lights – Some models have a top light fixing facility. For a small extra charge, choosing one of these can stand you out from the rest.
  4. Design – Logo usually positioned at the top, so your brand can be seen from across a crowded room.
  5. Design – Use good hi-res graphics every time. Minimum 300dpi.
  6. Design – The use of bullet points is good. Your audience may only view for a few seconds.
  7. Laminating – Have your Roller Banner fabric laminated for extra durability and lifespan. We do this as standard.
  8. Demo – Get a full demonstration of how to put up and take down your Roller Banner. It only takes a minute or two.
  9. Careful Handling – When taking down your Roller Banner, never, ever let the fabric go, so that it collapses. You will damage it.
  10. Take Care – Look after your Roller Banner. Treat it with respect & care and it will last you for years and years.
  11. Replacement – With some models, we can replace the artwork/fabric, after time. Consider this when choosing your model.

Our Roller Banner “home” page is here. Hope all that is helpful!





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Cautionary notes on how not to Tweet!


Click here for a well written piece from Print Monthly about the dangers of uploading content that could be damaging to a firm, and perhaps almost as bad is content that is boring!





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Customers prefer printed paper!


Three out of every five consumers will not choose a supplier who does not offer paper bills, according to a new Two Sides international survey.

The sample of 2,500 people reveals 57% believe that paper bills are still important when choosing suppliers; that figure rises to 66 and 60% for the key 18-25 and 25-34 year old age groups. The under 35’s preference for paper is one of the key facts revealed, with the grouping consistently ranking higher in its favouritism than the overall average.

As to the reasons behind suppliers leaning on customers to move to e-billing, it appears that consumers realise there are financial factors at play.
87% say that cost is the main driver behind it, with just under half (49%) believing there are environmental reasons.

Despite Two Sides’ excellent work, the industry needs to do more, as 67% of respondents believe e-billing is better for the environment. However, 71% say they do understand print and paper can be a sustainable way to communicate.

The basic claim that e-billing uses less paper is also debatable, as 38% print out bills at home.

“E-billing can be convenient; however consumers are seeing through the dubious reasons billers give for changing to e-bills, such as ‘better for the environment’, and realise that their bill provider is just seeking to reduce costs,” says Martyn Eustace, director of Two Sides.

He adds: “With 38% of consumers, now at their cost, printing all or some of their bills, the term ‘paper free billing’ must be challenged.”

This report was featured in Print Monthly and can be found here.


500 A4 Letterheads for £79 (or 1000 for £155)*

Printed in Digital Full Colour on to FSC/PEFC approved laser guaranteed 100gsm paper.

Contact us on 0161 876 5111 should you require a bespoke quotation for alternative grades of paper or help with design of your stationery.

Ordering is simple just upload your file here

* Please quote “Web Letterhead Offer” when placing your order

* Prices exclude VAT and delivery and assume you supply print ready artwork

Investment in new equipment

As part of it’s on-going capital investment programme polkadot design & print have just taken delivery of a new Xerox DC560 to fulfil it’s in-house digital colour print requirements. With its high speed capability and facility to use a wide range of paper/substrates customers will enjoy even faster turnaround times and increased value for money.

Polkadot Design and Print provides a wide range of visual communication solutions including Design, Print, Direct Mail, Posters, Exhibition Graphics and Web solutions to businesses and organisations in Salford Quays, Greater Manchester and beyond.