Alpha Colour sponsor NHS ROSCA award

The  NHS 2gether Trust Staff awards, ROSCAs, Recognising Outstanding Service and Contribution Awards, highlight the huge contribution and achievements of staff, teams and volunteers across the organisation. The annual awards reflect their core values. Now in its eighth year of celebrating staff talent, skill and innovation. Individuals, managers, teams or volunteers are all nominated and awarded.


Operations Director Dave Oldfield presented the ‘Service Users and Carers Choice’ award which we sponsored, held on Friday 27th February at Hatherley Manor. The nominees were Jan Bagnall, Lisa Bubb and Tracey Boden and the winner was Lisa Bubb. It was a great night with lots of awards going to people who had gone above and beyond the call of duty.

alpha colour attend gfirst’s green energy event at the University of Gloucestershire

news-apr-14Martin Bruton, Business Sector Manager at GFirst LEP pictured with our Operations Director Dave Oldfield at GFirsts energy event. We were there telling visitors about our environmental credentials and our carbon neutral press, the first in the country.

The GFirst LEP Energy Sector Group hosted the energy event at the University of Gloucestershire on Wednesday April 23rd at the Oxstalls Campus of the University of Gloucestershire. The event was an opportunity for businesses in the county to see at first-hand how they can make significant reductions in their use of energy by hearing from keynote speakers and businesses working in the energy sector. The aim of the event was to showcase how companies can reduce their overall carbon footprint, save fuel bills and increase profitability through the latest energy innovations.

Alpha Colour revs up all-round performance with new Speedmaster

news-oct-13A drive to improve print volumes, response times and environmental sustainability has prompted Alpha Colour to buy a new four-colour Heidelberg press.

The Gloucester-based printer will install a new Speedmaster XL 75-4+LX this Christmas, its second XL 75 press, and has opted for an electric metering system on the new machine, allowing it to measure the kilowatts used in production and by extension the amount of carbon produced.

The company, which holds ISO 140001, FSC and PEFC environmental certifications, said the latest press would have a 20% reduction in energy usage but up to 40% improvement in productivity over the Speedmaster CD 74 it will replace.

Alpha Colour prints greetings cards, signs, business cards and brochures in runs from 50 to 1m and also handles finishing, storage and distribution from its site. In-house finishing helps meet response requirements and cuts down on transport.

Energy saving comes from reducing the configuration of the press from five to four units and using DryStar 3000 dryer technology. The wash-up chemistry used on this press is also reduced. Sustainability was crucial, said operations director Dave Oldfield.

“With clients such as councils and the NHS we can run a job and tell them how much carbon it uses. More and more customers are interested in carbon and this function is a key attribute in winning new contracts and tenders. We hope it will put us a step ahead of the rest.”

The new machine will mop up jobs not handled by its existing Speedmaster XL 75-5 to double Alpha Colour’s litho capacity. Axis Control spectral measurement enhances quality, cuts makeready times and reduces both start up and running waste.

Managing director Jeff Williams, who is passing more responsibility to operations director Dave Oldfield, technical director Richard Butt and his wife and sales director Maggie Williams, said: “Succession planning is important and the time is right for me to make way for others.”

Oldfield said about 85% of work was litho although Alpha Colour has three digital machines at its plant including Mimaki large-format kit and a Ricoh Pro C901S. The new Heidelberg, with its environmental features, is expected to save not just electricity but paper and chemistry costs.

Taken from the Printweek Article here.

 alpha colour printers support the NHS mental health awareness week

may13The Alpha Colour Bus was on tour around Gloucestershire during May as part of the NHS Mental Health Awareness Week campaign.

As normal it drew an enormous amount of attention in Coleford, Cheltenham and Gloucester centres, and the NHS staff were on hand to give information about various mental health issues.

This week has become an annual tour for the bus and Alpha Colour are glad to be able to support such a good cause.