About Us

Urban Ink Ltd is a family owned and run business that was formed in 2004 to provide a one-stop shop printing solution to the marketing, creative design and publishing markets.   Our aim is to provide cost effective, high quality printing and creative finishing with a healthy appreciation and understanding of demands and constraints of such things as product launches, go-live dates, mailing timelines, eleventh hour corrections (indeed twelfth hour corrections) and the infinite amount of other challenges that we face in this industry. We take enormous pride in the quality of our work and the deadlines that we meet and this is the basis of our continued success. 

At Urban Ink we are extremely proud of the good reputation we’ve managed to build over the past 13 years. Working with and alongside many household brand names we’ve managed to position ourselves in the market as a reliable and pro-active partner for many complex and involved projects and as such have enjoyed a steady growth. Follow our path to success below:


+ July 2017 – Urban Ink purchases Shaftesbury Engraving Company

Urban Ink are extremely proud to announce it’s purchase of Shaftesbury Engraving Company. Although bittersweet in circumstance; The plan had been to enable our close friend Alan Taylor, to finally retire to the shores of the Norfolk broads. Sadly Alan passed away just days after the purchase had finalised. Urban Ink have worked closely with Alan and his team at Shaftesbury since our conception in 2004, we’ve been jointly involved in many projects for our shared customers and understand each others working practices and quality expectations. So when Alan hinted at a possible retirement, it was an obvious step to take. Shaftesbury’s wealth of experience and incredible expertise in both standard print finishing and specialist artisan finishing brings a whole new diversity to Urban Ink’s offerings and we look forward to bringing these fantastic finishes into play on daily basis. We endeavour to continue the incredible standard of work that Alan and all at Shaftesbury have become renowned for, and we hope to protect and expand on the legacy that Alan spent so many years of hard work creating. 


+ September 2016 – Urban Ink joins forces with Icon Digital Communications

Urban Ink incorporates Icon Digital Communications.


+ August 2015 – Urban Ink joins forces with Palmers Printing Company

Urban Ink incorporates Palmers Printing Company to bring a lithographic print offering to our customers. Palmers Printing Company have enjoyed a long and successful trading history in Harlow, Essex and are now working under the Urban Ink brand name. As the new amalgamated company, we are now able to offer lithographic printing to our customers and digital printing to Palmer’s customers.


+ May 2014 – Urban Ink invest in new large format department

Urban Ink are proud to announce the opening of it’s new large format department. Sporting a brand new state of the art HP 7 colour 62” wide inkjet printer along side our HP inkjet 42” machines and Roland print and contour cut press we’re able to print onto papers films, canvases and pvc up to 30 meters long, and mount to almost any substrate. Try us out for pop up displays, banner stands, exhibition graphics, window decals, cut vinyl lettering and more.


+ June 2013 – Urban Ink introduces White Ink Printing

Urban Ink invest in white ink printing technology to keep up with the creative industries working with new and innovative printing options.


+ January 2011 – Urban Ink installs it’s first flatbed Crosland platen

Urban Ink continues to invest in print finishing equipment in order to process jobs faster, enabling us to offer quicker turnarounds. With our new B2 flatbed Crosland Platen, we’re now able to die cut, kiss cut, emboss and deboss in house.


+ May 2007 – Urban Ink moves into yet larger premises

Following repeated investment in finishing equipment Urban Ink moves into it’s current location at Enfield Lock, giving us more space and room for a large format department on our 800 sq ft mezzanine floor.


+ August 2005 – Urban Ink moves into larger premises in The Business Innovation Centre, Enfield.
+ January 2004 – Urban Ink is incorporated and opens it’s doors in Millmarsh Lane, Enfield.




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