Print buying workshop.

For seasoned professionals and those new to print.

Ink in litho printing press

What it's about.

This course provides the skill, knowledge and techniques required to simplify the printing process and increase awareness when buying print. Providing an insight into the latest technology and production methods, this programme is a must for all those involved in print.

Suitable for marketers, new print buyers or experienced professionals looking to refresh and update their knowledge. This is a full day course including lunch and an extensive production tour of our facility.


Course dates and times.




9:15 - 9:45: Registration. Coffee and fresh pastries provided.

9:45: Kick off
  • Introduction
  • Objectives and who’s in the room
  • Exercise 1 – printing processes
  • Ink, colour and colour management.
  • The printing industry, processes, techniques
  • Getting the best from the printing processes
  • Specifying a print job
11:15: Break

11:30: Exercise 2
  • Proofing - types of proof
  • Specifying a job for estimating and specification analysis
  • An interactive tour of our production facility.
13:00: Lunch. Let us know if you have dietary requirements

13:40: Afternoon session starts
  • Substrates - paper, board, sustainability and the environment
  • Finishing processes
  • Mailing, fulfilment, storage, pick, pack and dispatch
  • Cross media, Web2Print and marketing portals
  • Image recognition and augmented reality (AR) - SKIM®
  • Exercise 3 – The perfect spec – show us what you’ve learnt
15:00: Close

Course dates and times.

Next Available course dates:

Thursday 10th September 2020: 9.15am - 3pm

Thursday 24th September 2020: 9.15am - 3pm


1 Osier Way,
Swan Business Park,
MK18 1TB


Chris Knowles print buying workshop host

Chris Knowles,
Managing Director, BCQ.

Chris Knowles is the Managing Director of BCQ. Having worked through the ranks over the last 15 years, he has held many roles within the business. He studied at the London College of Printing, so has a wealth of knowledge for all things print.

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Lady presenting at BCQ workshop

“The session itself was very refreshing and certainly great to get an outside perspective of how to overcome some of the challenges faced, very well presented!”

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