OUR VISION

We love to push boundaries and try new things.  We never stand still.  We appreciate how technology has enabled us to bring the publishing world and personalisation together. We’re excited to see where WowBooks takes us.

MEET OUR WOWBOOKS TEAM

WowBooks wouldn’t be possible without our entire staff whose passion, experience, and talent make their way into every book.
Meet our core team who are your gateway to personalised print.

Andrew Balcombe
Founder of WowBooks
Andrew Balcombe
Founder of WowBooks

Andrew Balcombe – Founder of WowBooks

Aged 26, Andrew was appointed MD of TTB, a print finishing company, reporting to a PLC board. Over the next 5 years, he grew the business from 25 to 175 staff and achieved annual profits of over £1 million, unheard of for a trade company within the print industry.

In 1996, Andrew started IPS (Intelligent Print Solutions), a print management company offering clients a comprehensive outsourced solution. Over the next 10 years the business grew to a turnover of over £25 million, winning sole supplier contracts with global companies, including Sony Europe, T-Mobile and Shell. Along the way it won numerous awards for innovation and customer service. In 2006, Andrew merged IPS with a competitor, Charterhouse, to create a top 5 UK print management company. Now, as part of Konica Managed Services, their turnover is over €200 million.

Today Andrew is owner of VR Print as well as Founder of WowBooks. He is also a business mentor for The Princes Trust and is involved with The Forgiveness Project. 

Liam Baldwin
Head of Technical Services
Liam Baldwin
Head of Technical Services
Andy Stevens
Head of Client Services
Andy Stevens
Head of Client Services

Andy has been involved in printing since 1985, having spent time in the publishing, design and agency world. He co-founded IPS in 1997 and managed the Advertising Agency clients, including JWT and Saatchi’s. Andy joined Charterhouse (KMMS) in 2006 and developed key client relationships like Sony Europe, E.on and Disney, managing client service teams across EMEA region. Andy joined VR print in 2017 following the purchase of NXP to head up client services.

 

OUR ACCREDITATIONS

ISO 27001 – Information Security
Peace of mind that we uphold the very best standards when it comes to managing your data and that of your customers, reducing the chance of data breaches. We use the latest encryption software to keep your information safe and secure.

ISO 9001 – Quality Management
You know you are getting the best service which helps improve consistency, efficiency and productivity with the best management practices and procedures in place.

ISO 14001 – Environmental Management
Demonstrates our true commitment to reducing environmental impact. This has reduced wastage and costs, allowing us to be a lean organisation, whilst meeting legislative requirements.

MANUFACTURING

We’re proud to operate out of our 15,000 ft2 facilities in the South East of England, just 30km from London.

We’ve invested in technology and people to ensure all aspects of your brief can be managed and produced efficiently. We offer a fully managed end-to-end solution: data cleansing and processing; creative and design; print and production across our Indigo presses; and a huge scope of finishing capability and logistics. 

We have invested in the best digital printing hardware with three high-speed HP Indigo presses. We can also print using clear inks, white inks and special colours.

We have strong creative credentials with full studio facilities for the creation and manipulation of artwork using Adobe Creative Suite and Pitstop Professional. For added efficiencies we use HP Smartstream, HP Production Centre and the latest data manipulation tools. 

We also offer a vast range of fulfilment services from automated enclosing up to C4, hand enclosing for complex packs, shrink wrapping/poly bagging, postal optimisation via Royal Mail and downstream access providers. And national and international deliveries are covered with integrated tracking.

To find out more about our amazing manufacturing operation, please click this link TAKE ME TO THE FACTORY