Tim Thompson owner of www.funeralorderofservice.co.uk has over 20 years’ experience in the printing industry.
Having run his own lithographic and digital printing business Sense Creative he’s built up lots of valuable experience in doing a great job printing and designing funeral orders of service.
I’ve had hands on experience with almost every aspect of printing and design, from running the printing presses, operating the guillotines, manhandling the folding kit and of course designing artwork ensuring it looks great when printed.
Printing and design gets in your blood, it’s engrained in me and I just love it.Over these last 5 years, I’ve split my time between working in the industry for a large multinational printer www.tradeprint.co.uk in a business development role and I launched a graphic design business, putting really great design into the hands of small businesses, who often struggle to find great design for print at an affordable price.
I was always moved by the work we carried out within my own printing business in Darlington, and I was always keenly aware that clients who have suffered a loss, need to be treated with an extra level of care and tact.
We were always moved by the customers gestures of thanks for taking extra care with their orders, in every circumstance I would ensure a client was never let down, even if that meant me working through the night to finish designs to hit the next days printing run.
When I considered moving back into a production role, I realised I had a lot to offer in the area of funeral order of service design and print, I could harness my understanding of the printing process to bring the cost down, and importantly offer a ‘done for you’ design service, I try to save my clients from the hassle of online design tools where possible.
These days, my time is split between general graphic design for funeral directors and creating funeral orders of service for clients all over the UK.
There aren’t many things that get cheaper to produce as the years roll on, but interestingly, print is definitely one of those items.
Way back when I was running my printing business in Darlington, things were very different indeed.
At the time, I was running 2 litho presses (They are big, expensive and tricky to run), employing 15 staff and had all kinds of digital printing and finishing kit, housed within 3 industrial units, so our overheads were very high and this was reflected in our order of service sales price.
These days, because my overheads are much lower.
The digital printing equipment is much cheaper than it was 15 years ago, and the quality has improved dramatically. To give you an indication, the digital press I was using back then cost me over £200,000 and these days a better spec digital press will cost around £25,000 which makes a huge different to the overhead on the business.
Factor in, my experience with automation, selling online and building websites that do all the admin work, and it’s resulted in vastly reduced production costs.
I’m able to transfer those savings to my clients and it’s one of the reasons www.funeralorderofservice.co.uk offers the best prices UK wide on funeral order of service printing and design.
Very few suppliers can even get close, and you’ll find you’ll be paying as much as 85% more.
I’ve been involved in the printing business for longer than I’d care to remember now. I’ve included some links to some of the highlights, not to brag, but to offer some reassurance about my nerd like printing credentials.
We were the proud recipients and guinea pigs for a new SPOT UV process. We used this machine to build out more business card customers, and I used the special effect to grow our customer base and e-commerce solution.
In my old business, if you didn’t keep investing, you would fast get left behind. That does pose a challenge though for many printers, growing overheads and prices reducing online made the commercial printing sector very challenging.
This has to be one of the wildest investments we made. Back in 2014, we branched into super-wide hardcover photo-book printing, high end books for photographers. Amazing technology.