The Print Show will mark its fifth anniversary in style this year by playing host to some of the most well known names from the world of show business – all in the name of promoting print as a media.
Explorer and adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE, boxing legend Chris Eubank and Masterchef star Gregg Wallace will all appear at this year’s event to speak and sign copies of their books, as part of a new feature for 2019.
The Print Show 2019 will give visitors and exhibitors an incredible opportunity to meet all three celebrities. Our famous faces will take part in a live Q&A at the show, after which they will chat with visitors and sign copies of their books.
Visitors can also have their photograph taken with the celebrity and, using print and finishing technology at the show, The Print Show will work with exhibitors to produce a replacement front cover for the book featuring their picture – showcasing the qualities of personalised print.
“We’re celebrating five years this September and we wanted to do something a little bit different to thank visitors and exhibitors for their continued support of the show,” event director Chris Davies said.
“To welcome such iconic names to The Print Show will be fantastic for everyone in attendance. Sir Ranulph, Chris and Gregg are some of the most recognisable faces in the UK and I’m looking forward to hearing what they have to say to our visitors in September.
“The idea behind the new feature is to showcase the value of printed media in the modern, fast-paced world, as well as the power of personalisation and print. The Print Show 2019 is the only place where you can not only meet your icons, but also take away a gift that money simply cannot buy.”
Meet our celebrities…
Accredited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the ‘world’s greatest living explorer’, British explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes OBE is undoubtedly a national treasure.
Born in Windsor in 1944, Sir Ranulph served in the British Army for eight years before switching his attention to adventuring. Among his many achievements are unsupported expeditions to the North Pole, the famous Artic solo expedition, seven marathons in seven days on seven continents and scaling Mount Everest at the age of 65.
Sir Ranulph now commits much of his time to writing, public speaking and using his expertise and skills in adventuring to raise money for various charities.
Chris Eubank is seen as one of the best middleweight and super-middleweight boxers of all time.
Chris was born in Dulwich, South London, in 1966, before moving to New York to live with his mother at the age of 16. It was in the US where Chris began boxing, learning his trade in local clubs before making his professional debut in 1985.
From this debut victory, Chris went 46 fights without defeat, picking up the WBO Middleweight and WBO Super-Middleweight titles in the process.
After retiring from boxing, Chris went on to work in television and can now often be seen supporting his son Chris Eubank Jr., who is also a professional boxer.
Gregg Wallace is one of the most recognisable faces on British television, best known for co-presenting MasterChef on the BBC.
Gregg was born in Peckham, South East London, in 1964 and began his culinary career working in the famous Covent Garden Fruit and Veg Market. In 1989, he started George Allan’s Greengrocers, a company that built up to an eventual turnover of £7.5m.
Based on this success, Gregg was invited to co-present Veg Talk on BBC Radio 4 with Charlie Hicks, before going on to co-present on MasterChef, Celebrity MasterChef and Professional MasterChef. In addition to filming commitments, Gregg has written a number of cookbooks.
Expanding exhibitor list
In addition to adding exciting new features to The Print Show 2019, organisers have released an updated list of companies that will be exhibiting at the event in September.
Among the major brands that have signed up so far are HP, Epson, RISO, Vivid Laminating Technologies, Xeretec (Xerox), Renz, Intec Printing Solutions and Premier Paper Group.
HP was one of the first manufacturers to sign up as to exhibit as it seeks to build on its success at the past two events. Olivia Kelleher, product category manager for HP Latex large-format-production at the Graphic Solutions Business UK and Ireland, says the firm will display a selection of machinery at the show as it aims to demonstrate how it can help visitors across various markets.
“HP has always recognised the value of being able to interact directly with customers to showcase our innovative large format technologies, so following a successful Print Show in 2018 we signed up to return,” Kelleher said.
“Our key aim is to demonstrate the best of our technology and applications and facilitate a forum where our customers can come and talk to us about their needs and how we can work together to inspire creativity and deliver unlimited possibilities.”
Kelleher also hints that HP could use the show to launch a new product in the UK, but is keeping details of this under wraps for the time being.
“HP’s large-format printing business covers a broad segment of industry from architecture, engineering, construction and manufacturing with technical large format output,” Kelleher said.
“HP will continue to invent and innovate to transform current markets and yes, we may have a first in the UK at The Print Show. We will ensure all our customer segments are covered in terms of large-format print technology.”