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Bishops puts pedal to metal for Euros final

Last Sunday (July 11th) was a day of nail biting heartbreak for many England football fans as the team narrowly lost out to Italy in a penalty shootout.

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Bishops Printers produced the programmes for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament

However, following England’s victory over Denmark in the semi-finals on Wednesday July 7th, the run up to the final saw Portsmouth-based print company, Bishops Printers, work at record speed.

The company has customers across the UK and this includes producing the programmes for the UEFA Euro 2020 tournament. 

Reflecting on the run up to the semi final game between England and Denmark, Gareth Roberts, group managing director of the company, says: “We ordered in extra paper and metallic blue ink and prepared two sets of printing plates for the final covers - one for a Danish win, one for an English victory.” 

According to Roberts, the company had already printed and gloss laminated the programmes before most people had gone to work the morning after the semi-final.


We ordered in extra paper and metallic blue ink and prepared two sets of printing plates for the final covers - one for a Danish win, one for an English victory

On England’s win, Bishops says the cup final print run almost doubled overnight to 40,000 programmes all of which needed to be delivered to Wembley by 9am on Saturday 10th July. 

The company put pedal to metal to produce the final programmes in time and plated and printed them overnight ready to be perfect bound the following morning. Bishops staff then hand delivered the programmes to Wembley in time for the final.

While the result wasn’t what England had hoped for, Bishops says this hasn’t affected demand for the programmes. Due to this demand, the company is currently reprinting another 36,000 copies for fans who want a bit of the magic surrounding England’s first major final for 55 years. 

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