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An expert letterhead printing company which delivers outstanding quality letterhead printing at excellent prices


What are Letterheads?

Letterheads are simply a piece of paper pre-printed with contact details, legal information and if you have one, your company logo. The vast majority of letterheads are printed A4 in size (210mm x 297mm)

Letterheads – The History

It was probably in the late 1700s that tradesmen and businessmen generally started using what we would consider to be a letterhead. Many early examples of letterheads had simple woodcut illustrations or letterpress inscriptions

Do I need a Letterhead?

If you write to clients or send them quotes/estimates then ideally you will need some form of company letterhead. Your company letterhead will often be the first point of contact with a new customer and you need to impress them

What do some of our clients have to say?

Alix Johnson – Websmart UK

Excellent service from a very helpful team. We needed reprints of our letterhead in double quick time due to an urgent mailshot. Quick turnaround and price matched price sealed the deal, will gladly use again.

K Dixon – Pinnacle Credit

As a start up, we needed a quality product at a great price and quickly produced. Letterhead Printing offered this and more. They helped with the design work and even threw in free UK delivery. Superb service.

Contact us on 01743 369 897

Things to consider before printing your Letterheads...

Firstly, you have to consider what image you want your letterhead to portray. It could be quite simple with just a typestyle for your business name and address, or, you could have a local scene, landmark or elaborate design printed on your letterhead. You need to consider who your customers are and what impression you want to convey to them, established, new, modern, traditional, technological, fun, eco-friendly, the list goes on.

The logo, font, typeface and even the type of paper that you choose will help get this impression across, although it is easy to get this wrong. It is a good idea to have your letterhead designed professionally by a graphic designer, a designer will ensure your letterhead stands out from your competition and projects just the right image for your company. A well designed and well printed letterhead is necessary for any company, whether large or small.

Important Information to display:
There are certain pieces of information that are required to be displayed by law if you are a UK based limited company. Companies House state that the company name must be included, the place of registration, the registered number and the address of the registered office. For example, if your company name is S. Jones & Sons Limited but you trade or are mainly known as Jones’s, or your logo only shows part of the name then you must include the full registered name on the letterhead. There is no need to include the names of the directors on the letterhead, however, if you choose to name the directors you must ensure all the directors are named.

If you are trading as a sole trader or partnership under a name other than that of the owner(s), you must display the names of the owner(s) and an address for each. If you use your letterhead as an order form or invoice and you are VAT registered it is also advisable to put your VAT registration number on as well. All this information is typically added in fairly small print at the foot of the letterhead.

It is important that your letterhead can be over printed using your home/office printer without problems, therefore, you should ensure that the paper being used is a laser compatible uncoated paper and that the printing method is litho and not digital (printing methods explained below).

Your letterhead can be printed on many different types of paper in various weights (gms = grams per metre squared) different finishes and colours. Papers suitable for printing a letterhead range from 80gsm to 160gsm but generally a paper of about 100gsm to 120gsm will suit best. Uncoated papers include finishes such as smooth or wove, linen, laid, parchment or contour. Each paper will have advantages and disadvantages so speak to your printer about this. Generally, a quality letterhead will be printed lithographically onto laser compatible 120gsm smooth white paper.

Printing Method:

Desktop Printers – You can print your letterhead through your own desktop printer, but beware, as it can be very costly if you are using a large number of letterheads or have an elaborate design with a great deal of ink coverage. Quality and finish can also be an issue so unless you are only printing a couple of letters or invoices a week it is easier to have your letterhead printed professionally. Once your letterheads have been printed professionally you can of course write on them or over print them as needed, however, in this instance you will be printing small amounts of text usually in black ink only.

Offset Lithography – It is far better to have your letterhead printed professionally. Most company letterheads and other business stationery are printed using a method called offset lithography (or litho print). Litho print for letterheads, compliment slips, business cards and marketing material generally uses a sheet-fed press, aluminium plates and printing ink. It is a fast, efficient, relatively cheap method of printing ideally suited to longer runs of 500 sheets or more. You will get consistent high quality print and clear sharp images. With litho print you can have either CMYK (full colour printing) or spot colour print (both explained below) depending on what is required. Nowadays CMYK print is by far the most popular and cost effective way of having your letterheads printed.

Digital Print – You can also have your letterhead printed digitally, this method takes your file and produces it directly on to paper or card. If you only need to have a small quantity and need your letterheads fairly quickly (i.e. next day) it may be the method to use. But again, beware, digital print is inferior to litho print and the toner used can re-melt when you over print using your laser printer, making a mess of your letterhead…not the image you want to project!

CMYK or Spot Colour Printing:
CMYK Printing – CMYK or full colour printing uses translucent cyan, magenta, yellow and black inks in varying proportions to produce a complete range of colours. This means that your letterhead can have a full colour logo, heading and a background printed on it at the same time. In CMYK all the colours are broken down or separated into their different elements and then made into printing plates. On these printing plates the images are made up of tiny dots, this is called half-toning or screening. It allows for a tint or less than a solid colour to be printed and by varying the dots either by size, shape or spacing on the page a full colour image can be printed. The dots are too small to be seen by the naked eye but if you look at a printed picture (especially from a newspaper) under a magnifying glass you will be able to see how it is made up.

Spot Colour Printing – This method uses a different ink for each colour printed and produces brighter, more vivid colours but with a smaller colour range. The ink is mixed to a ‘recipe’ to match exactly to Pantone swatches or to existing print. If you need to produce a specific colour for a corporate logo for your letterhead this would be the method to use. The printing press has to be cleaned for each different colour and can be quite expensive if you have more than two or four colours. Spot colour printing would be typically used for jobs which require no full colour images or are in mono or duo-tone.

Green/Eco-Friendly Printing:
Half the timber harvested in the world is used to make paper, so, it is important to also consider how ‘green’ or eco-friendly your letterhead is. You could choose 100% recycled paper for your letterhead (quite expensive) or you could ask to have it printed on FSC certified paper which is much more cost effective.

FSC or the Forest Stewardship Council are a non-profit organisation which aims to encourage responsible use of the world’s forests – and not just in paper manufacture! The FSC system provides a way of inspecting and tracking the timber and pulpwood through all the steps of the manufacturing and production process until it reaches you, the end user. Using FSC Papers for your printing is a really good way to show your commitment to green issues and sustainability.