January 2021 - Latcham

Supporting inHope to help homeless people in Bristol

Each year, Christmas jumper day is a chance for us to raise money for a charity close to our hearts. This year we chose inHope, a Bristol-based charity helping some of the most marginalised and vulnerable people in the local area.

We succeeded in raising £140 from staff donations and our Managing Director @MIke Hughes generously matched this. Meaning on the 21st of January, we were able to give £280 to InHope. They provide a range of invaluable services for homeless people in Bristol, including a drop in centre, an emergency night shelter for women, an addiction recovery service, food parcels, and a budgeting and benefits advice service.

In addition to the money raised, we have donated unused uniforms to inHope to distribute. This comprised just under 40 items of clothing, including warm fleeces and sweatshirts.

You can find out more about inHope, the services they offer and how you can support them at https://inhope.uk.

Behind the scenes – learn more about our rebrand

As of the 18th of January 2021, we rebranded: from Latcham Direct to simply Latcham. Our new branding represents a huge step forward for Latcham. We wanted to reflect how we’ve grown and evolved since 2010, and this evolution is showcased in how we’re presenting ourselves in our new look and feel. We’re excited to share our new brand identity and website with you, and wanted to give you a behind the scenes glance at our new brand identity.



Our new imagery represents connection: the connections between Latcham and our clients, the connections between organisations and their audiences that we bring to life, and the flow of information and ideas that facilitates the joined-up thinking that we’re famous for.



We wanted our branding to reflect that we’re more than just a print company: we facilitate meaningful connections between organisations and the people they serve. This focus on connection emphasises our core value proposition: ‘bringing you and your customers together.’



Despite challenging times for everyone, Latcham has entered 2021 from a position of strength. We’re proud and delighted to share our new look with you all, and we’re looking forward to meeting the challenges of the year ahead.

Hitting the ground running – together: our 2021 customer update

After the challenges of 2020, we’re excited to be entering 2021 with a brand new look, new website and ambitious plans for our business in the coming year. Despite the difficulties for everyone over the last 9 months, we have concluded a successful year, and we’re ready to build on that success, and yours – together.

To read more about our plans for the next 12 months, download our 2021 news piece here.

Getting your mail into the postal system: Latcham and Pitney Bowes

Getting your mail smoothly into the postal system is one of the most crucial steps in the direct mail process. The letter-shop services we offer have capacity and flexibility to cope with the most demanding of schedules and campaigns both in terms of volume and complexity. We can support everything from the straightforward split merge format to the complexities of self-mailer items with nested inserts and three way matching.
We have invested in modular kit in order to offer our clients the maximum degree of flexibility, without compromising quality or the creative. We utilise a range of Bluecrest (Pitney Bowes) enclosing machinery.

1 x MPS inserter
The MPS series is a high-speed productivity, high integrity mail inserting system giving maximum flexibility. Running at 12,000+ cycles an hour, it operates Lake’s line scan camera software platform, which provides capabilities to all Pitney Bowes DFWorks™ products for Automated Document Factory management. Pack sizes range from C4 down to C6.

1 x Rival Inserter – 4 Station with 2D/OCR scan integrity.
The Rival Productivity Series delivers high performance capabilities in a small footprint design which helps Latcham deliver customer communications each and every day. This mid-range mail finishing solution provides reliability, accuracy and flexibility in an easy to use platform across Latchams short run client work.

2 x FPS inserters – x2 with MCS Inkjet Systems
An high speed FPS inserter platform with API-50C Continuous Input systems. Primarily used to run legacy and future application of continuous web, 2 up, A4 portrait material into DL & C5 envelopes. They have enhanced the production process, reducing the need for off line forms processing. We can run C4 flats applications using hopper fed material into C4 envelopes. MCS inkjet systems on x2 FPS lines, capable of reading from Hi-Cap and printing address, PPI flash banners on a closed faced envelope Pack sizes range from C4 – C6.

Growing with Latcham

Many people have started their careers at Latcham and a huge number have chosen to stay and develop their skills.

We were delighted to be able to celebrate Olivia’s (Liv) Russ’ 21st birthday recently. And whilst we never need much encouragement to celebrate someone’s birthday as who can resist a good cake! – we wanted, with Liv’s permission, to tell you a little about her journey with Latcham.

Liv knew early on that she learns best by “doing” rather than being in a classroom and so applied for an apprenticeship with Latcham.  Joining the team aged seventeen, over the last three years Liv has flourished. Initially honing her skills in general administration and reception, Liv has successfully completed her level 2 and level 3 apprenticeship, passing level 3 with distinction, and progressing to her current role as Production Planning Administrator. Liaising across all departments from client services, data services and production, Liv not only keeps everyone briefed about jobs coming in, she also plans mailings with Royal Mail. Happy and confident in her current position, Liv is still keen to extend her skills, always making the most of opportunities to learn more about different parts of the business.

Over the last ten years, Latcham has taken on 5 apprentices within its office staff, and in 2021 is looking to bring on board on a further 4 staff through the government Kickstart Scheme.  Part of the Government’s “plan for jobs”, £2 billion is being invested in the programme which is targeted at young people between the age of 16 and 24 who are currently unemployed.

Mike Hughes, Managing Director says “successful employers play a pivotal role regionally and nationally in encouraging talent and creating opportunities for young people. The challenging jobs market is only too evident at the moment and if Latcham can contribute in a small way towards helping build someone’s future, then we are only too delighted to do so”. Mike also added “I would also like to recognise the extremely important work of those who have trained and developed the next generation and shared their wisdom and experience with them”.