Welcome to FAS Printing, a Local printing company based in Hillingdon and working in Ickenham and the surrounding areas. We love design and print and we believe that good design and great quality should be within reach of everyone. We love helping small businesses reach potential customers, get noticed, and grow. So far we have only ever used word of mouth from our loyal customers to grow, but now we think it’s time to open up and share some beautiful print with everyone – so if you need printing in Ickenham, then please get in touch.
Need some business cards, posters, flyers or booklets quickly, at a great price and fantastic quality? Good, you’re in the right place. Come in, take a load off, have a cuppa. Now ask us how much you can get some super-smart ‘soft-touch’ laminated, full colour both sides, premium quality business cards for – go on I dare you.
Local Printers in Ickenham
Our popular products include:
- Matt laminated business cards
- A0 Posters
- Oversized A4 and A5 Presenation folders
- Vinyl banner printing
- A6 and A5 Flyers
As we are based in Hillingdon, a lot of work that we carry out is for local businesses be we have also created banners for schools and children’s nurseries and universities, we have produced posters and flyers and booklets for fetes and special occasions. We have produced postcards and flyers for hotels, and banners to promote christmas parties for restaurants, hotels and gastro-pubs. If you would like any more information then don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Why use us?
FAS have many years experience in print, from lithographic proofing, to layout and design. We like to to keep our customers happy and try to exceed expectations rather than meet them and customer service is important to us. We try to keep our prices as low as possible through careful choices with logistics, printing equipment, paper suppliers and staff. We don’t have a huge sales team that need to make 20% on every sale. We like to think that word of mouth from our lovely, loyal customers is enough. We have become the printers of choice to many local and national companies, being better value than most in-house printers. If you are a small business without the budget for an in house printers in Ickenham, then we could be your best option.
Studies have suggested that print advertising is the most cost-effective form of marketing, with a higher ROI (return on investment) than most digital media. Combine this with our amazing prices and print is a great option for your business.
Nearly 76% of small businesses state that their ideal marketing is a combination of print and digital communications.
Printing can be more complex than it looks and the jargon can be daunting, below are a few explanations that will simplify that jargon and make it easier for you in the future.
If you find any of the print terms confusing, let us help.
We hope that you like the services we offer, from matt laminated business cards, to A0 Posters and everything in between. If you are interested in anything that is not listed here then feel free to inquire as we do offer completely bespoke printing services – these services are simply the most popular ones and therefore the ones that people ask for on a regular basis.
We offer 100% recycled paper in many of our products, this is a great option for the eco-conscious among us. We have very strong views on recycling and if possible you should always use a recycling services for your business that is zero waste to landfill. Our landfill sites are already overstretched and paper is perfectly recyclable and uses less energy and water to make recycled paper than paper from raw materials. It’s similar to glass in this way.
If you are after photo editing/photoshop services then feel free to get in touch as we do this on a regular basis through FAS Media. FAS printing is simply a way to target specifically our printing services to our new and valued, current customers. We do look forward to working with you. Please get in touch if you have any questions.
Hillingdon is a big spralling land full of places such as Hayes (Map), Ickenham, Ruislip, Harefield, Uxbridge, Harmondsworth, Harlington and love it or hate it – Heathrow airport. It includes these amazing wards: Barnhill, Botwell, Brunel, Cavendish, Charville, Eastcote and East Ruislip, Harefield, Heathrow Villages, Hillingdon East, Ickenham, Manor, Northwood, Northwood Hills, Pinkwell, South Ruislip, Townfield, Uxbridge North, Uxbridge South, West Drayton, West Ruislip, Yeading, Yiewsley.
“grams per square metre”. Our standard paper weight for magazines or brochures is 150gsm, business cards are around 400 gsm, computer printers normally use 90gsm.
Gloss, Silk and Matt coated paper.
These papers have a clay coating which is finished with different textures that are great for printing and give a fantastic vibrancy to the colour or black & white images.
Matt Uncoated paper.
A Matt paper with no noticeable finish which is ideal for writing on and is commonly used for letterheads and compliment slips.
pp. (Printed Pages).
4pp, 8pp, 12pp etc. As an example an A4 piece of paper folded in half is a 4pp A5 because it has 4 individual sides, each one A5 in size. Therefore, any books you want must be multiples of four, ie., 4, 8, 12, 16, 20pp etc.
Stands for ‘Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (black)”, the colour gamut used by printers which determines the range of colours that can be reproduced.
Computer screens work on an RGB – ‘Red, Green and Blue’ – colour gamut, which offers a larger range.
Some colours, particularly bright or fluorescent ones are not achievable when using a CMYK printing process and prints will look different to how they appear on screen. This is why it is important that your artwork is designed in CMYK as RGB colours will be converted to their closest CMYK substitute.
Lamination finishes work with a plastic coating in various finishes that gives your work a rich brighter look and more protection from everyday use.
Is a subdued finish that softens colours and adds a smooth texture, ideal for a sophisticated, modern look.
Is a high gloss finish that is ultra shiny. It makes colours vibrant, rich punchy, ideal for photographic images.
Soft touch lamination
Gives a very nice feel likened to the texture of a peach. Colours appear deeper and richer than with Matt lamination. A finish that gives your print the utmost in luxury.
As a customer you don’t normally have to worry about paper size unless it’s to choose a size of poster or – on a smaller scale – a size of booklet or flyer.
Starting with the most commonly used size – A4 (210mm x 297mm), you just double the shortest edge to take you to the next size which is A3 (420mm x 297mm) or halve the longest edge to take you down to A5 (210mm x 148mm). So from A5 we go down to A6 (105mm x 148mm) and then A7 (105mm x 74mm). From A3 we go to A2 (420mm x 584mm) and then A1 (584mm x 820mm) and finally to A0 (820mm x 1168mm). There are of course other larger sizes but these are less common in everyday print and you probably won’t need them, however, there are commonly used smaller and ‘different’ sizes such as DL (210mm x 99mm) and business card (55mm x 85mm).
Short Run printing.
For short runs – normally up to 500 copies – we supply digitally printed copies, which gives us great flexibility for customers requirements so that you only need to buy the quantity you need.
For everything over 500 copies, lithography is the world standard for high volume printing and the more you buy, the cheaper the unit price becomes. We use this method for large runs of printed material.
Never before have large format posters been (financially) within reach of the smaller business, but with our amazing low prices, A0 or smaller posters are real tools to be utilised by businesses of any size.
Our roller banners are some of the most cost effective around and with one of our fantastic designs, you will be ready for any marketing opportunity that comes your way.
Vinyl banners (inside or outside).
If it’s an economical, large format sign that your company needs, then a vinyl banner can be an amazing addition to your advertising arsenal. We can supply some of the cheapest ‘bespoke’ designed banners in the south of England and in vinyl weights from 440gsm through 350gsm mesh, to 700gsm double sided banners.
Foam board 3 or 5mm.
For a more permanent looking sign foam board fits the bill for many uses.
It is very light and can be stuck to walls using double sided tape, or framed to appear more pleasing and substantial.
Aluminium Di-bond signage.
Di-bond is two sheets of aluminium with a poly vinyl core, which makes for a very high quality sign which will withstand the forces of nature for a long time and still look as good as new.
The signs are supplied with screw holes for fitting.
What are Crop marks, Bleed, Trim, and Safe Area?
We cover this in our FAQs section, so definitely check that out! If you have had a designer work with you, you probably don’t need to worry about this, but if you are are trying to tackle your print design yourself, then definitely read on!
But basically bleed is the term used for the muchos important area that extends beyond the finished print size of the document in order to prevent small strips of white, unprinted paper showing at the edges of your print. The crop marks show where the document should be cut (to remove the bleed) and leave only the good stuff – the trim. Trim is the finished size of the printed document once the bleed has been removed. And finally the safe area is the area within the trim, that won’t ever meet the trimming blades. It’s safe to put your vital statistics in this area, like phone number, address to send money or gifts etc 😉 It’s totally SAFE. Hope that helps 🙂
We love to help you print better
If you are looking for answers to questions then please check out our FAQs, we will be adding to it as we are asked questions about design, print, paper inks and anything else. If you have a burning question that you need answered then don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and maybe you will have the next frequently asked question. Otherwise we will add to the FAQs as an when we remember questions that we have been previously asked that we know the answers to. We do not know without a shadow of a doubt the upcoming lottery numbers, or whether aliens do in fact exist – however, if you believe in the multiverse theory, then there could well be infinite universes based around branches of choice essentially meaning that somewhere out there in one of the universes aliens DO definitely exist, and all they need do is discover inter-dimensional or inter-universe travel and they could visit us… so yes, really they do. Hope that helps 🙂