About us

THE IMAGING CENTRE BRIEF HISTORY

The Imaging Centre was established in 1991 by Bob Short and his wife Jan and joined by Katie who has worked with Bob for more than 23 years. The company started out supplying digital files to the printing industry. Changes in technology meant a change in direction and in 2003 the company purchased one of the first Indigo digital printing presses and was introduced to the Greeting Card Industry.

Over the past few years the company has grown to employ 20 members of staff over five departments including Bob and Jan's son Adam and daughter Jessica who head up the Sales and Production sides of the business respectively.
 
Now The Imaging Centre is one of the leading digital print distributers in the UK for the Greeting Card Industry with two top of the range Indigo digital presses catering for both long and short print runs. We now supply cards not only to the UK but send them all over the world including as far away as Australia, New Zealand and The Falkland Islands.


Further investment in finishing equipment has helped us to improve our offering of special techniques such as foiling, die cutting and embossing. We have installed white ink onto our press which enables us to offer a wider range of substrates to our customers, and working with another specialist finisher we are able to offer short run ‘flittering’ as an additional special finish option.


In 2014 we installed an automatic wrapping line. Whilst we have always offered a packing service through hand finishing the Wrapping Line is able to pack up to 4000 cards an hour. For our customers this means that we can now print, finish and pack cards all within a contained unit with quicker turnaround times. Perhaps more importantly it also makes packed orders more cost effective, The Imaging Centre can now print, finish and pack your cards from as little as 19p per card.


Although we are by no means the only digital printer in the UK we were the first to harness this new technology for the greeting card industry. In the last few years hundreds of aspirational publishers, who previously would not have had the finance to bring their cards to market because of the cost of traditional litho print runs, have found that it does not cost a small fortune to dip a toe into the greeting card market. So whether you're looking for your first samples to be produced or a print run of 1000's The Imaging Centre should be your first point of call.


Through word of mouth our reputation and business has grown and we now have over 2000 customers.


Greeting Cards make up a large percentage of our business but we can print anything... Leaflets, Postcards, Catalogues, Calendars, Books, Business Cards, the list is endless and if you're unsure then just ask.
 
Our values are simple – to provide the best customer service possible whilst producing the best quality product. We like to think that we are here for our customers from their very first thought right through to seeing the finished product, giving as much help and assistance as they need along the way.
 
If you would like to find out more about us or our products give us a call or pop in and see us at our offices.

Meet the team

Bob Short

BOB SHORT

MANAGING DIRECTOR

After spending twenty years at Kodak dealing with all aspects of traditional imaging, I started my own business in digital imaging before moving into digital printing.
It soon became clear that there was a gap in the market to produce 'short run' greeting cards and so The Imaging Centre was born.

Bob Short

JAN SHORT

ACCOUNTS DIRECTOR

I deal with the accounts. I'm the one that hassles you for money to make sure the invoices are paid on time. 
Being married to Bob I have been with the business from the start. It is good to be settled into the new premises and see the business going forward.

Bob Short

ADAM SHORT

SALES MANAGER

With Jan and Bob as my parents a career in print was always "on the cards”! After leaving school I realised that a career in sales was the route for me to go and quickly pursued it; starting in retail management. I went on to settle on a role in Print Advertising with the Northcliffe Media Group where I worked for 8 years. In 2011 as a passionate football fan I took on a role as sales manager at Gillingham Football Club, then in 2012 having been bought up around The Imaging Centre, I thought the experience I had built up could help to continue growing the business.
Working in the greeting card industry is a real pleasure, the people we deal with are great and all seem to have similar values to us. I love attending the Trade Shows to meet customers and see their finished products. No two days at The Imaging Centre are the same and the best part of my job is watching all of our customers ideas come to life!

Bob Short

JESS SHORT

PRODUCTION MANAGER

As Bob and Jan's daughter I have worked at The Imaging Centre for the past 12 years. I started by helping to pack cards around the dining room table, hand finishing calendars and pick and packing card orders in half term all for a little bit of pocket money.  I gradually developed with the business by running Quality Control and Despatch and gaining some knowledge and experience in Finishing.  At this point working for Mum and Dad was my day job alongside gaining my Teaching and Exercise to Music qualifications which led to teaching Dance and Exercise classes freelance around East Sussex.  
After 8 years of doing this I started a family, and gave birth to Billy, (Bob and Jan's first Grandchild).  
Now I focus all my work as Production Manager heading up the Finishing and Despatch departments and instead of dancing in my free time I enjoy quality time with my family.

Bob Short

KATIE SCOTT

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

I have worked with Bob and Jan for over 20 years in varying roles; from Prepress to Printing and Finishing through to overseeing Production and also Customer Services. Over the past few years Bob and Jan’s son Adam and one of their daughters Jessica have joined the company. Their contributions have meant that even though The Imaging Centre has grown it will continue to be a family run business.
I enjoy the fact that every day is different and am looking forward to my new role which involves using new technology to help the business develop in the future.

Bob Short

SARAH NORTHFIELD
Customer Services Manager

I provide help and advice to customers regarding our products and services, building good customer relations and trying to maintain a high level of customer service at all times.
I enjoy working for an ever expanding family company and enjoy the everyday challenges within my role.

Bob Short

SUZANNE BARTON
Customer Services

I work as a customer services assistant which involves processing orders, giving quotes and offering advice to customers regarding our services and products.
I enjoy working as part of team in a friendly family run business.

Bob Short

JEMMA BARHAM
Customer Services

I have been at the Imaging Centre for three years next year. I started working in Quality Control, then helped to build the Despatch department and now am working with the Customer Service team.

Bob Short

JUNE GASKIN
Accounts Assistant

I work in the Accounts department as Jan’s assistant.
I look after the general day to day accounts admin and very much enjoy working within this friendly, family run business.

Bob Short

STUART BLAKE
Prepress Manager

It is my responsibility to organise the work in Prepress so that we can meet the turnaround times. It is also to ensure that we output artwork to the correct specifications for the Printing and Finishing departments. It's always interesting dealing with the various types of artwork customers supply to us to achieve this.

Bob Short

DAVID SAMPSON
Prepress

I have spent my entire career in print origination and there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in this ever changing industry. The challenges we face with the new presses and the ever expanding requirements of our customers make for interesting and varied working days.

Bob Short

TERRI ALLEN
Finishing Team Leader

I have been a print finisher for 20 years and have worked for The Imaging Centre for the last 6 years. I enjoy the variety of the work that comes with my role.
In my spare time I love CROSSFIT and everything that comes with it!

Bob Short

SCOTT SAW
Finishing

I've been in the print trade for over 12 years and I've recently moved to Kent with my wife and family. I'm a big sports fan, football in particular, I try to get to see my team as much as possible.
I enjoy travelling to different cities around Europe as well as beach holidays. I also enjoy playing golf, fishing, kayaking and camping in the warmer months.

Bob Short

CHRISTINA LANGRIDGE
Finishing

I work in the special finishing department making all your lovely notebooks and calendars. I am in my first year with The Imaging Centre and looking forward to a progressive career with the company.

Bob Short

LOUISE JOBBINS
Quality Control

Hi.  I work in the Quality Control area and enjoy working with a great bunch of people. Although a part-time worker I feel appreciated as a valued member of the team.

Bob Short

SALLY BANFIELD
Quality Control

Hi I'm Sally, the "old bird" on the Quality Control team. This means my interests and hobbies are no longer netball and squash but are now reading and jigsaws. Social evenings out are a must at any age!

Bob Short

TORI JOBBINS
Quality Control

I work for the Quality Control department of The Imaging Centre. My role involves checking items against sales orders, print quality, finish and packing. I also have the responsibility of liaising with a work colleague or the Job Manager if I have any queries or if there are any discrepancies.
 I like working for The Imaging Centre because we work as a team and my role has a variety of tasks. I also like how I am gaining transferable skills and experience.

Bob Short

ALLAN DADSWELL
Stock Controller

I joined The Imaging Centre in 2014 on a free transfer. I bring with me a wealth of experience (old!). I look after all the purchases and stock control for the company.

Recent Testimonials

Customer Reviews - Email

“The cards came early : ) the quality and service is beyond outstanding. I'm still grinning. Thanks. I've passed your company on to other professionals and have promoted you on Instagram.”
Andy Jones

“We have received the replacement postcards, and are really pleased with the finish. They are just as we expected. Thank you for your fantastic customer service.”

Kate Brooke, Grossmith Ltd

“What did I like? Well aside from the fab lunch, champagne reception, silver ticket and post show drinks - I love what the Imaging Centre & GF Smith offer to the show - both in what they put on in the Springboard Lounge - but also the creativity they offer through their processes and product. The greetings card industry would be a lot more bland without the behind the scenes work these two companies do in enabling short runs, exceptional board/envelopes and great advice to the up and coming card designser! And such great people too!”

Matt Shearing, All Good Gifts Ltd    (commenting on PG Live 2016)

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you to The Imagining Centre for such a swift service.  I am exceptionally happy with the quality and care that is put into every card.  I would highly recommend them to everyone!”

John, Photosheppard

“We really appreciate your great service. We're just finalising our designs and will place our order  this week.”

Suumin & Mark, Fox and Velvet

“Thanks for our last order. We were delighted with it. All perfect!”

Linda Edwards, Sunny Side Art

“Thanks for the brochures and the quick turnaround, they look fab!”

Victoria Hall, Cluck Cluck!

“The last card order you did for me was super, thankyou, and the cards are very popular. So I have made a new set which I hope will do as well.”

Rachel Nash, Mission Africa

“Thanks for the proof of the calendar. I took it along to Church yesterday and waved it around to gasps of delight and amazement.”

Rod Stuart, Iden Post Office

“Thank you so much for all your help in getting these printed. The bride and groom to be were delighted with them.”

Jane Polling

“Just realised I forgot to say many thanks for your help regarding the invites you  have been brill and they look great. Will definitely be recommending you guys in the future.”

Frances Bickerdike

“The proofs arrived today and look great! So much better than the other printers I have tried, so thank you!”

Robbie Porter

“Thank you so much for the samples you sent over, I had some things being sent from other places so I waited until I received everything... but your samples were definitely the nicest, and the info cards are amazing, we were so impressed!”

Emma Oliver, Zenti Designs

Customer Reviews - Twitter

“Final cards arrived yday from @ImagingCentre! Today's the photoshoot.”

We are Stardust (July 16th)

“New greeting cards just landed! Really pleased with the colours, nice & bright  Thanks once again @ImagingCentre.”

Amber Elise (July 7th)

“Look what arrived this morning - the proofs of my first card collection! #excited”

We are Stardust (June 18th)

"Thank you @ImagingCentre, fantastic quality! An afternoon of packaging them up to take to @CraftFestival tomorrow ."

Craig Fellows (June 8th)

"@ImagingCentre love the new cards that came today. Thanks!!."

Soph Cunningham (May 17th)

"Thank you to @ImagingCentre for my lovely new cards, ready for @NewbridgeArts Trail 7th-8th May"

Fi Powers - fiink Design (April 12th)

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