Paul Bristow Screen Printing Infographic

Screen Printing is a traditional method of printing where a product is printed step by step, adding separate layers of ink that will make up the final image at the end of the process. It is called screen printing because we will make a stencil on each screen allowing us to precisely control where each colour is added.

Screen printing has many advantages such as speed of output, vibrancy of colour, printing on coloured fabrics and the ability to use speciality inks. Screen printing also has disadvantages including a lengthy set up time as well as a limitation to the amount of detail that can be obtained.

We have been screen printing for over thirty-five years and are experts with environmentally friendly, water-based inks. Our production lines are equipped with state of the art MHM carousels and low emission, high performing drying equipment. We also have specialist hand printing lines for high quality unique work and sampling along with multiple small print area production lines. In total we can output over ten thousand prints per day and supply a quick lead time for all orders whilst maintaining the highest quality print work expected by our customers.

The minimum order quantity (MOQ) with screen printing is dependent on the number of colours required for the image. A single colour image has an MOQ of 50 prints, this will increase when the number of colours increases.

When you contact us with an image, our fully trained account managers will use their industry knowledge and experience to advise you which print method to use.

Digital Printing is a modern method of printing, whereas a computer is used to process artwork which is then printed directly onto the fabric using similar technology to a paper printer. Here at Paul Bristow Associates we have invested in the latest equipment and because of this we can do some truly complex images.

Digital printing has many advantages such as the high level of detail that can be achieved, the number of colours that can be used and the low set up cost of a print. Digital printing also has disadvantages such as the speed of the printing when compared to other methods such as screen printing.

This process has allowed customers looking for a unique product for the smallest occasion to be commercially viable, whilst also allowing us to fulfil major exhibitions and retail outfits with high volume supply with the consistency and quality required.

The minimum order quantity (MOQ) with digital printing is 50 products but we will permit you to split this between images. This is possible as once an image is set up, we have it available at the click of a button.

When you contact us with an image, our fully trained account managers will use their industry knowledge and experience to advise you which print method to use.

Paul Bristow Digital Printing Infographic
Paul Bristow Direct to Garment Infographic

Direct to Garment Printing (DTG) is a new form of digital printing that we have invested in. Like length digital printing, we use a computer to process artwork and print it directly to the fabric. This is the newest method of printing available and has allowed us to offer high definition prints on any colour fabric.

DTG printing has many advantages such as printing on coloured fabrics with an unlimited number of colours and being able to achieve a high definition image. DTG printing also has disadvantages including higher ink costs than the other methods available.

The minimum order quantity (MOQ) with DTG printing is as low as 10 products. This is possible as once an image is set up, we have it available at the click of a button.

When you contact us with an image, our fully trained account managers will use their industry knowledge and experience to advise you which print method to use.

Dye-sublimation printing is where a computer is used to process artwork which is then printed onto special paper, then by passing this paper through a heat press along with a fabric the image is transferred to the fabric. Here at Paul Bristow Associates this process is mainly used for ‘all-over’ t-shirt designs on a poly-elastane fabric.

Dye-sublimation printing has many advantages like other digital printing methods, high level of detail can be achieved, low set up cost, unlimited colours. Dye-sublimation also has its disadvantages such as the speed of printing when compared to other methods of printing such as screen printing.

This processed has allowed us to produce 1000’s of all-over printed t-shirts for companies such as the National Gallery and Tate. These t-shirts unique selling point is the fact that a design can be printing all over the garment including sleeves with no limitation, we then make the garment in our UK factory, giving a 100% made in UK product.

Paul Bristow Associates Dye Sublimation Infographic

The minimum order quantity (MOQ) with dye-sublimation printing is 50 products. These can be split into different sizes.

When you contact us with an image, our fully trained account managers will use their industry knowledge and experience to advise you which print method to use.

Paul Bristow Print on Demand Infographic

‘Print On Demand’ is one of our newest offerings and is something we are very excited to be offering to our customers. To some up the service it is us producing orders direct for your customer as and when they want it, meaning no stock commitment from yourself and no requirement to pick any orders.

In 2020 we have finally realised an ambition we dreamt up many years ago, the ability to offer a drop-shipping service to our customers. This means that your website can be offering our bespoke products created for you and all that is left for you to do, is sell the product. Here at Paul Bristow Associates we have always believed the quality of our product is our unique selling point and we believe we offer a quality and variety of product to drop shipping that makes this a truly exciting opportunity.

The software that we use gives you the ability to not just sell a bespoke product you have created but also allow your customer to add their own personal touch to the designs, having truly unique products printed and made within 72 hours, delivered to the customers address.

The integration software comes in easy formats to use with WooCommerce, Shopify, Magento or if you have an inhouse developer an easy API integration.

We can work hand in hand with yourself to create each product, passing our experience and expertise on and we can also pass the reigns over to yourself allowing you to make hundreds of designs available without the cost of making the physical product.

Get in touch today so we can explain how we can help in more detail.

When it comes to creating a bespoke product range, it is important to give as much freedom as possible to yourself the designer. We give advice on what will be the most cost-efficient sizing but the final decision is yours and we will always accommodate your requests.

We have state of the art digital cutters as well as employing cutters with years of experience, this gives you the ability to create new patterns and shapes for all products. The creation of the patterns is a service we offer, just ask your account manager who will detail the cost of this service.

The sewing team at Paul Bristow Associates carry decades of industry experience and it is their talent and consistency that best sums up a Paul Bristow Associates product. The relationships we have forged in the industry may have started with our skills at colour matching and product development, but they have lasted thanks to the fantastic quality the sewing machinists achieve every day.

Paul Bristow Bespoke Sewing and Cutting Infographic

To us ‘bespoke sewing’ means exactly that, giving you the options to change how a product is sewn, we will advise on the technique and give our industry knowledge but we are always happy to accommodate anything you need.

Paul Bristow Associates Design Infographic

Here at Paul Bristow Associates we have a talented design department that will be able to help turn your vision into reality. We are specialists in textile print design, knowing what works best for each print method available and will be able to pass that knowledge on to ensure the best possible products range is created.

The team is lead by Maggie Bristow, she brings a lifetime of industry experience and will be more than willing to help make your project a success. Maggie has worked with some of the most famous works of art through out her career, managing to create beautiful souvenir reproductions that are commercially viable while still preserving the integrity of the artwork.

The team is diverse in their styles and will be able to create beautiful designs for you. We are constantly updating and redefining our styles enabling us to create unique designs with yourselves.

If you yourself are a designer, we will work with you, helping to guide you with our knowledge of textiles but giving you the control needed to keep ownership of the design.

When it comes to packaging your product, we can help with the design, production, and application to help provide a finished offering to your customer.

Packaging is always evolving, and we do our best to stay up to date with the newest offerings. Over the last 10 years there has been a real shift towards packaging reduction to increase sustainability and we as a company will work with you to make sure we are all doing our bit for the planet.

We can pass on advice from what people have done previously, for an example, several years ago Shakespeare’s Globe moved away from individually bagging each of their t-shirts to just hanging them up with a swing tag, the results of this according to feedback is that this increased sales of t-shirts, so sometimes less is actually more.

Our in-house design team will create packaging options for you to choose from or at your instruction. Packaging can take 10 working days to produce so our advice is to make sure this is something you plan from the beginning not after the product is made.

Paul Bristow Associates Packaging Infographic
Paul Bristow Associates Warehousing Infographic

For many customers, mainly those based in London, there is a significant problem with storage. Rather than using a separate warehousing company we offer the ability to store produced stock at our own 15,000 square foot facilities based in North Wales.

As with all types of manufacturing, quantity is the key to the best price, by offering to store your stock on a ‘call off’ basis, we are able to produce large orders for you that is then sat ready for when

you need it. This means that when demand increases quickly you are sat in a comfortably position with stock available on a 48 hour turn around.

The warehousing system we offer works by us creating a stock holding report for you, invoiced at the point of production. We encourage sensible call off units to ensure the least possible impact to the environment such as full boxes. If you are looking for order fulfilment as well as storage, take a look at our Print On Demand offering. As with any of our services, please get in touch with any of our account managers to find out more information.