Welcome to April’s ACPME Despatch

I hope you’ve all had a Happy Easter. It’s the time of year when ACPME activity gathers pace. There are only a few days left to enter the ACPME Creative + Print Awards,  two regional meetings to look forward to and #ACPMEConf23 just round the corner. 

Please book your places for #ACPMEConf23 now. The Board have logistics to manage and it’s helpful to know who’s going to join us as early as possible.  

As you’ll see in the programme, we have something planned for everyone and we are pulling out all the stops to ensure the 2023 conference is memorable and packed with value.

Stephen McCann, ACPME Chair

Don’t forget to enter the 2023 ACPME Creative + Print Awards.

There’s a brand new category for 2023. Find out more here.



The highlight of the year
ACPME Annual Conference 2023

Chesford Grange, Warwickshire 4–7 June

The programme is packed with energising sessions you can’t afford to miss.

The programme has something for all ACPME members. Conference will be crammed with relevant CPD training, engaging speakers, active participation, valuable networking, relevant supplier engagement.

You’ll return to your office energised, bursting with ideas and feeling even more part of our supportive network.

Take a look at the provisional programme and book now.

Chesford Grange is a fantastic conference venue in the Heart of England.
Scroll through gallery to see images of the hotel.

An inspiring keynote and masterclass on the crucial subject of sustainability

We’re delighted to announce that Dr Melanie van de Velde, from Big Tree Global will open #ACPMEConf with a keynote ‘How to ace sustainability & transform the world’.

Melanie will be running round table workshops to help you ‘Identify effective sustainability initiatives using the IMPACT Wheel ©’. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to prepare you to best engage with your institution’s environmental agenda.


Great to see the #ACPMEFamily networking

Members of the University of Sheffield Print & Creative Services on a recent visit to the University of Leeds Print and Mail room – based beneath a building with 25 lecture theatres.

Enjoy visiting other ACPME teams?

Great news, at #ACPMEConf23 Mark Udall and the University of Warwick will be opening their doors for you to visit while you are nearby. Two birds with one stone… Book your place now.

The University of Leeds recently installed a swathe of new Konica Minolta and Duplo kit after putting its print centre refit out to tender, alongside UoL’s IT department that wanted to integrate the univeristy’s wider printer and copier fleet into a single solution.

Ollie’s Print and Mail team selected Konica Minolta’s AccurioPress C12000 and C7100 colour presses and two AccurioPress 6136 black and white presses.

To finish more work in-house, UoL added a range of Duplo equipment including an iSaddle 5.0 saddle-stitcher, the UK’s first DC-648 multi-finisher, and a PFi Blade B2 digital cutting table.

In a recent discussion with PrintWeek, Ollie explained: 

“We turned most of the old machines off on the Friday, and started installing the new ones on the Monday. We never shut down production, so it was chaos.”


“It’s a challenging environment to do an install, and we had to significantly rearrange it — but the Konica engineers were great, the Duplo engineers too. Everyone worked around each other.”

After the visit by the University of Sheffield, Michelle Barraclough commented:

It was great major investment in in-house new print production and finishing equipment at Leeds. Their whizzy slitter/cutter/creaser looked particularly versatile and easy to use. Coupled with their new presses it should really boost productivity and allow their team to offer a wider range of jobs.



Helen Clarke Print, Post and Logistic Services Manager at Loughborough University, recently featured in Women Who Print. Read about Helen’s role, professional mission and the spirit of community at Loughborough here.

Girls Who Print

Discover  how you could get involved in world’s largest online network of women in the printing industry with more than 9500 global members spanning all segments and career paths.

Whether you are in production, purchasing, design, sales, marketing, management, operations, or do all of the above, join GWP to create professional relationships, global partnerships, and community. Details here.


A beautiful soul full of light, integrity, kindness, and courage

Fergus – A bright star… sadly winked out

It is with great fondness we remember Fergus Connor, Gray’s School of Art Photographic Technician, who sadly passed away prematurely and unexpectedly on Friday 31 March.

We all met and enjoyed Fergus’s good humour and support for ACPME when lockdown was on and will remember with great fondness his black/white/grey presentation at one of our digital events.

I am sad I never got to meet Fergus in person and it should serve as a reminder to keep in touch and to try to attend any ACPME in person events.

Please feel free to add to Fergus’ memory page.

Stephen McCann, ACPME Chair


ACPME Regional Meetings are sometimes like buses…
Jump aboard for valuable back-to-back networking

Welsh Regional Meeting and vinyl wrapping masterclass with Antalis
Tuesday 2 May | Cardiff Metropolitan University

Richard Ashdown and the team at Cardiff Met would like to invite ACPME members to Cardiff Met on Tuesday 2 May for a Regional Meeting.

The day is anticipated to be 10:30am– 2:30pm to allow plenty of time for travel. They have a loose agenda which includes a look at the new job management system they’ve been using in the morning and time for networking. The team have also recently moved to a new print room so can include a tour.

Gethin Herbert, print supervisor, provided a great workshop at conference last year looking at wrapping furniture and applying vinyl to different surfaces. They’ll also be offering another session in the afternoon on this, with the help of Antalis, as members asked if more training could be provided.

Attendance is free of charge to members & they’ll keep you fed and full of coffee.

Venue: Llandaff campus – CF5 2YB

If you’d like to attend please email rashdown@cardiffmet.ac.uk and let him know how many from your team are coming.

Scottish Regional Meeting
Thursday 4 May | University of Glasgow

Stephen McCann and Raymond Dickson, would like to invite you to join them at the University of Glasgow on Thursday 4 May for the next Scottish Regional Meeting.

As with previous Scottish regional meetings, the day will consist of a round table discussion about relevant issues, with a tour of the print room, photographic studio, a bit of our Hogwarts campus and they’re hoping to include the broadcast video production Unit for videographers.

  • 9.30am–10.00am   Tea and Coffee
  • 10.00am–1.00pm    Round Table discussion
  • 1.00pm–2.00pm      Lunch
  • 2.00pm–3.00pm     Continued round table discussions
  • 3.00pm–3.20pm     Short Campus Tour
  • 3.20pm–4.30pm     Tours of Print Unit, Photographic Unit and Video Production Unit with specific discussion opportunities 

There will be an opportunity for anyone travelling up the evening before on Wed 3 May to meet for dinner, a chat and perhaps a small refreshment.

 Venue: Melville Room, Gilbert Scott Building

Please stephen.mccann@glasgow.ac.uk if you would like to attend.

Although these are Welsh and  Scottish Regional Meetings, both teams would be delighted to host anyone from further afield. We can’t stress the importance of keeping in touch with your #ACPMEfamily enough – having the opportunity to chat through current issues and visiting other units to steal their very best ideas.


Those who attended our 2022 conference at Belton Woods will remember Jonathan Tame of Two Sides explaining how they work to separate myths from facts when it comes to the sustainability of paper on behalf of the print industry.

This story made it to BBC Radio 4 and is just one example of their anti-greenwash endeavours. 

Don’t forget you can get Two Sides resources to help you on the community website here



Find out more

To discuss membership, sponsorship opportunities or annual conference please contact 
Jennie Mort, ACPME Administrator: 01527 893675 | admin@acpme.ac.uk
Contact address: Seven Elms, Dark Lane, Astwood Bank, Redditch, Worcestershire B96 6HB

Or feel free to contact members of our Board
Details here

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