IPIA members vote in four categories – best trade manufacturer, print manager/distributor, associate, personality of the year (all winners are listed below).

Intermarketing Agency managing partner Jamie Allan said the award showed his team’s consistency in “expertise, passion and service”.

Marketing manager Alison Reid said: “Clients and suppliers vote for winners: it’s a very good accolade. You might say it’s a given we always make sure clients are happy with our work, but sometimes in the agency world it can get so hectic that one doesn’t necessarily invite feedback. We do it on an ongoing basis.”

Liaison’s team in Headingley, Leeds, includes account manager Alicia Rawlings, account executive Matt Halligan, head of print Tom Priestley, account executive Sophie Hepton, and production director Andy Barker.

It forms part of 55-staff Intermarketing Agency, which offers printing services, print management, creative work and social media for clients including charities and brands such as Adidas and Jet2.com.

IPIA chief executive said Andrew Pearce said: “I know from previous winners, the award has helped secure further work, so from a business development perspective this is useful. It is also a moment to stop and feel good about yourself.”

Judges for the category were looking for companies that foster close working relationships, use innovation and consistently win new business. Teams should demostrate clarity of paper work, professional and technical knowledge.

The IPIA brings together print managers, print distributors, trade manufacturers, material suppliers and associated service providers and helps members develop their businesses through advice and training.

Other award winners were:

Best Trade Manufacturer

Sponsored by: Cyan Group


A C Labels

Highly Commended:

Spectrum Print & Plastics

Abbot Print

A1 Trade Print Services

Print Solutions (Peterborough)

Wirral Continuous Ltd

Best Print Manager/Distributor

Sponsored by: Imprint Business Systems


Liaison Print Management

Highly Commended:

PMG Print Management

CDP Print Management

Cyan Group

Snap Marketing Solutions


Pioneer Print Solutions

Essential Print Services

Print Image Network

Green Light Print Solutions

Best Associate

Sponsored by: TALL Security Print Limited


Savory Paper

Highly Commended:

TPG Print Training & Consultancy

Mitsubishi Hi Tec Paper Europe

The Printing Charity

Print & Media Certification

J&G Environmental


Personality of the Year

Sponsored by: IPIA


Jim Richardson – A1 Trade Print Services

Highly Commended:

Kath Doran – Spectrum Plastics

Peter Melkowski – Print Solutions (Peterborough) Ltd

Paul Scanlon – CDP Print Management

Tom Priestley – Liaison