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Clicks Print

Jo Golding speaks to Alan Rigglesford, managing director of Clicks Print, about how it has evolved and how it has invested heavily in the latest printing equipment to stay competitive

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Alan Rigglesford took up the role of managing director of Clicks in 2014 as the company shifted its focus to digital printing. Pictured: Rigglesford with the company’s HP Indigo 7800

The evolution of the modern printer

We have witnessed a number of technological changes in the print industry and it is up to print companies themselves to evolve with this development. One company which took this on board is Clicks Print. The formerly named Clicks Digital Solutions changed its name to Clicks Print in 2014.

Alan Rigglesford, managing director of Clicks, explains why the change occurred: “The firm was founded in 1984; it was a computer graphics business which grew into providing digital imaging services including printing. Since 1984 we have provided quite a range of different digital imaging services including pre-press image manipulation, image database services, and computer graphics.

Clicks was founded in 1984; it was a computer graphics business which grew into providing digital imaging services including printing

“We bought our first series one HP Indigo in the 1990s and have since added large-format and small-format services using a range of equipment. In the large-format area we offer a full service including display installation. We started Clicks Print in 2001, exclusively focusing on digital printing.”

From large to small

Today, from its London hub, the company provides a range of print, production, and finishing services. Its focus is specifically on large-format work, often for well-known brands, and small-format work such as business cards, books, and flyers.

Rigglesford has a wealth of experience in the industry. He says: “I was born and bred in this industry so I’ve been with Clicks for over 20 years and the department until I became the managing director back in 2014. I have 20 years of experience and knowledge in this industry, and have been through a few technological changes over the last 20 years.”

Clicks has hit the headlines with news of its equipment purchases and now, the company has a rather extensive list of technology it keeps in-house. In terms of small-format digital print, the company houses a HP Indigo 7800 press and 5000 press, and a S200 Lumejet printer. For large-format work, the company has a HP L25500 Latex printer, EFI VUTek GS2000, Acuity LED 1600, Screen TruePress Jet W3200 UV HS with roll-to-roll, and a HP DesignJet Z6200 photo production printer.

On top of this, Clicks has a varied range of finishing equipment including a Summa vinyl cutter, a Duplo 646i slitter/cutter/creaser, and a Morgana Autocreaser—and this is just the tip of the iceberg. The company’s sheer amount of equipment demonstrates how much the company is really capable of, not to mention its strong desire to keep up to date with the latest technology.

Christmas with Clicks

In keeping with this festive December issue of Print Monthly, Rigglesford highlights one particular Christmas installation the company carried out for John Lewis that shows the creativity that Clicks displays regularly.

He explains: “The John Lewis installation involved vinyls mounted back to back 3mm Black Falcon (medium weight), CAD cut triangle shapes with a 5mm drill centred 87mm from the top, and 18.5mm from the bottom edge holes.”

(Above & below) Clicks completed this stunning Christmas installation for
John Lewis

The result is a modern, metallic display in the centre of the shopping centre, lit up even further with sparkling lights, adding a seasonal touch for Christmas shoppers to enjoy in passing.

Clicks has also worked with several high-end brands such as Bentley, Cath Kidston, and Illamasqua, in projects ranging from window displays to interior graphics.

Rigglesford believes that what makes Clicks stands out is its “absolute focus on print quality and client service”, and shares his exciting plans for the future of the company. “Our plans include increasing our market share in large-format and photo printing services as well as building our online services business platform,” says Rigglesford.

Our plans include increasing our market share in large-format and photo printing services as well as building our online services business platform

Of course, being recognised by the industry for hard work can be the cherry on the cake, cementing a company’s reputation for quality. Clicks was recently chosen as the winner of the ‘Hardback Books Incorporating Photobooks’ award at the Print, Design and Marketing Awards 2016. The award was given due to Clicks’ work on a premium quality layflat Lumejet brochure.

As mentioned above, the print industry has undergone a significant amount of change, and trends certainly do come and go. What Clicks has done, by evolving from a computer graphics business into a digital printing company, is pick up on where there is demand and provide a quality service in that area. This, coupled with its strong investment in print technology, is sure to see it continue to make high quality print projects in the future.

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