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About Us

Great Personalised Gifts

Signature Books is a leading publisher and printer of personalised books. It is part of Signature Gifts Ltd, the UKs premier personalised gift company, who produce one-off gifts to order and drop ship direct to the end customer. Signature makes everything in-house, from ceramic plates, mugs, engraved metal, glass slate, wood, embroidery and printed textiles, through to personalised alcohol, printed posters, calendars, original newspapers and books.

Our range of personalised books and gifts are sold via many leading mail order and online retailers, however we cater to all sizes of business.

 Click here to find out how to become a retailer

Signature Books

Of the products we create, personalised books are our biggest growth segment, and we are now producing over 300,000 personalised editions a year… and we’re still growing. In addition, we print and distribute under license for some great brands including Disney, Penguin, Marvel, Ladybird, Beano, Nickelodeon, Mirror and more.

Our personalised books fall into two main categories; Adult and Children, with various categories within these all tailored to a specific genre of gift.

For our Adult range, our licenses and access to the world’s largest private archive of original newspapers allow us to create unique and amazing commemorative books containing newspaper content relevant to an event, a date or even a favourite football team or sport.

For Children, we have over 60 unique titles created by our in-house writers and illustrators, with new editions appearing most months, often tailored to a specific occasion or educational need. In addition, our licensed editions allow us to offer unique one-off personalised books with a big brand name or character. There is no other personalised book company with the breath and range.

In the summer of 2016, to build on the continuing growth of personalised books, we invested in a purpose built factory near Wigtown Scotland. Signature was also the first transactional company in the UK to invest in the very latest print technology from Oce/Cannon -  a sheet fed ink-jet press that needed over 40 pallets on its delivery and nearly a month to install. It gives a massive lead to Signature in the manufacture of individual and small run of books and print. READ MORE ON CANNON i300 Press.

All of our in house editions are created to make it easy for a retailer to set up, with standardised templates on the personalisation, product information sheets and/or CSV uploads, and plenty of product images. You can read more on how to retail our books here.

Personalised books are positioned firmly as Gifts and not a self-purchase. As such, they are also available with various Gift Box options.

 

Investing and Innovating

We have moved to a new purpose built state of the art factory and invested around £2m in plant and machinery.

See our new factory being built

It took a little time, but here you can see our purpose-built 15,000 sq feet factory. This state of the art print and book manufacturing facility designed to produce and dispatch 100s thousands of one off and small runs of personalised gift books and print.

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Purpose building a factory
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can take a little time
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But it's been worth it
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When you see the finished building!
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Slowly but surely,
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despite the weather,
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this skeleton of beams
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become a factory.
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There's plenty of space
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everything has its place;
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including the new Canon i300
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(which is massive!),
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all the printing equipment, and…
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those trained to use it all.

Our brand new factory, based near Wigtown, Scotland has been completely purpose built by us, for us. About 15000 square feet of floor space will allow us to produce, and dispatch, hundreds of thousands of personalised gifts. Each gift we create is bespoke and so is produced as a one-off or small-run on our printers, with this in mind we have also recently invested in a state of the art printer, Canon’s Océ VarioPrint i300.

This flagship machine incorporates a range of proven Canon technologies for high quality printing on a broad set of media, allowing maximum end-to-end productivity, which at the end of the day means a more efficient service is given to you. We create and manufacture the products ourselves, and we now have the technology to do this more quickly and efficiently, we can provide quality assured products from start to finish.

Dropship delivery services allow us to deliver direct to the end customer, which means no risk of holding stock for you.

Where we come from and what we do

Signature Gifts are gift suppliers to the trade who specialise in personalised gifts. We were founded in 2003 by Kevin Spindler and Mike Herbert, who were determined to use the growing power of the internet to exploit the personalised gift market.

Things very much went according to plan and we quickly made a name for ourselves as a leading gift supplier in the design, manufacture and distribution of innovative personalised gifts. This in-house policy continues to ensure our products reach you in perfect condition, and is undoubtedly the key to our success.

A merger with Historic Newspapers in 2005 – an established company in both the UK and the US –  resulted in continued growth. As such, we now work with all of the main UK newspaper titles, and in the US, The Washington Post, Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times and the LA Times, who license us to reproduce their newspapers.

The development of newspaper gifts led to a growing expertise in reprographics and print which led Signature into personalised books and our leading position today.

Today, we ship over 400,000 individual gifts every year, from premises in both the US and UK. Moreover, our trade gifts sell through a number of leading mail order and online retailers, as well as smaller independant retailers throughout the country.

You can read more on how to retail the full range from Signature Gifts here.