Pensions is the issue of the moment - the topic seizing newspaper and TV headlines. Ruskin worked with the NUT to bring an online Pensions Calculator to the attention of teachers. Direct mail led to the biggest one day hits the union's website has experienced in fifteen years.
Interactive Resources for Classroom Management
Everyone has a view on classroom behaviour but only teachers or those training to teach have to be skilled up to deal with the reality. In 2011, Ruskin joined Inclusive Behaviour to produce what is now the most widely distributed interactive resource, for those teaching children, in schools throughout England and Wales.
For more details go to www.inclusivebehaviour.co.uk
Accord is an independent trade union for employees in the LLoyds Banking Group. Ruskin has worked closely with Accord as it seeks to maintain its membership in this fast changing sector.
Together is a re launched journal for women trade union members of Unite, printed by Ruskin Press. This influential journal reflects the growing involvement of women in unions, at every level.
The Standard has been published since 1935 in so many formats. Ruskin is the printer of choice for what is now the only radical colour tabloid newspaper for those in rural communities
The Marx Memorial Library was established in 1933. Ruskin recently printed its 75th anniversary book. In 2011 we began to print Praxis, the prestigious and scholarly journal of the MML directed at researchers and academics.
Miliband, Livingstone ballot selection
Ruskin was chosen to print campaign materials for Unite ballot for the selection of the Labour Leader and Mayor of London.
Ruskin goes to Uni!
Ruskin has been working with the Cardiff School of Social Sciences printing promotional and information literature for its new project 'Widening Participation and Fair Access in Higher Education' scheme.
Ruskin Aims higher
Ruskin won the contract to produce the printed literature including recruitment and mentor packs for the Aimhigher Associates project. This project aimed to bring those from lower income backgrounds into higher education
It's a special moment when a printer, is chosen by the printers' Union, to print a history of print workers. That is what happened to Ruskin and the new book was launched at a special ceremony on 2 March marking the opening of a new Printers' Collection at the Marx Library. The Collection brings together the archives and ephemera of the Print Unions. In the photo, Ruskin Director Charlie Maddy, stands proud in front of the last national banner of the Graphical, Paper and Media Workers' Union alongside branch officers and Tony Burke Assistant Secretary, of print and paper sector of giant union, Unite.
Ruskin is the print manager of choice for an important recruitment campaign aimed at newly qualified teachers [NQT]. Last year the campaign won the TUC's prestigious Best Recruitment Award. This year, Ruskin has teamed up with the National Union of Teachers to produce a series of vacation themed postcards for new teachers to send to friends and family when on holiday. A bit of fun, some inspiring images and not forgetting that these teachers need support. The postcards will be sent direct to the home of every NQT in England and Wales.
Unite is the UK's biggest and fastest growing union. The membership of Unite reflects the vast range of people who make up today's workforce. Now including so many more women and workers from ethnic minorities as well as from immigrant, migrant and refugee communities, disabled and LGBT workers of all ages the union has invested time, money and a great deal of effort in supporting and promoting the welfare and status of such groups. In order to strengthen the union it has produced an excellent and path breaking Union Equality Representative's Toolkit. This strikingly attractive loose leaf folder is a comprehensive guide to representing all workers on equality issues. It aims to promote involvement in the union and effective representation.
Brussels thought it was going to sing all the tunes with its proposed new legislation on the social status of artists. But Britain's Musician's Union thought they would play a few chords of their own and enlisted the support of some of the UK's best loved bands and Ruskin Press [and we love a bit of R&B ourselves]. The MU together with The British Academy of Composers and Songwriters commissioned their own research and challenged the rationale behind the legislation. Most importantly, they developed their own policies put together in the document 'Status Quo'. It was launched by the two organisations at London's Royal opera House. Ruskin designed and printed the document.
The National Union of Teachers has played a leading role in the campaign to improve pay in the public sector. As soon as the Union's annual conference decided to prioritise the issue and give it some campaign oomph, Ruskin was called in to work across the full range of campaign and balloting print services. With tight 'turn-arounds', precision printing and the kind of eye for detail required to keep the Union within the law, it was however, the simplest thing that got the most prominence - an A2 poster. It is seen here, held aloft in one of the 42 demonstrations and rallies convened by the union to promote its case.
ORBIS is an international development charity saving sight where there is a lack of eye care in the world’s poorest countries. It was a pleasure for Ruskin to work with this important charity with a permanent working presence in China, Ethiopia, Vietnam, Tanzania and India. When one of its regular suppliers was unable to meet tight deadlines for a new promotional brochure, reputation and word-of-mouth brought Ruskin in to make it happen. The Christmas appeal is the biggest of the year for ORBIS and Ruskin produced a beautifully printed account of the work of the charity. As such ORBIS received one the largest donation returns in its history.
Its the kind of work that often goes unnoticed but is, crucially, the lifeblood of an organisation: the gathering of membership subscriptions and keeping up to date records. This is essential. Each accurate record is income gained and money saved. Who'd argue with that?
Printed and mailed by Ruskin, this brochure included lots of novelties and new thinking about how forms can 'speak' to members. Ruskin also scan read the forms. With typical direct mail, an 8 per cent return is considered good. But the investment in time and thinking paid off - the mailshot generated over a 50 per cent return.
The TSN is one of Britain’s best known and most accomplished charities, now entering its 130th year. TSN now supports teachers in England, Wales and Scotland in all sectors of education providing easy and quick access information as well as life coaching and long-term support. Many thousands of individuals and families have benefited from its sterling work.
It may have existed across three centuries, but the TSN is noted for its path-breaking and modern approach to outreach work – coaching can take place on line, support is available at any hour by phone, support can be given one to one by well trained representatives, counsellors and mentors.
Looking for a printer that gave a bespoke service as well as bringing the sharpness of a commercial print environment to the not-for-profit sector, TSN have begun a long-term relationship with Ruskin Press. And a very welcome addition to the Ruskin portfolio they are.
In sickness and health 15 kinds of subscriptions flyers to build circulation! The BMJ Group is a world-renowned medical publisher of over 30 journals for health professionals in a diverse range of specialties, including the flagship BMJ. Ruskin Press has worked with the BMJ Group on a number of key marketing campaigns to attract new readers, printing a number of leaflets, postcards and brochures. These projects are invariably complex, commanding particular attention to detail, and to cap it all often-requiring delivery to far flung international conference venues. Ruskin Press can always be relied upon to meet tight deadlines and even tighter budgets… Gastroenterology, cardiology, neurology, rheumatology, dermatology – Ruskin Press have all the ‘ologies’ covered!
Ruskin has continued to produce path-breaking materials for this important Society of very highly skilled physiotherapists. We combined production of the traditional – an Annual Report – with the campaigning ‘Making the Business Case – Physiotherapists Guide to Commissioning. But it was up and down on our recruitment game of snakes and ladders for physiotherapists used to launch the ‘escalator’ job website.
Never one to shy away from a good challenge, Ruskin Press, in association with Popularis, has been brought in by Britain’s biggest trades union to design, print and distribute a ballot pack for the recent deputy leader of the Labour Party election. The pack included a security coded ballot paper, a recruitment leaflet and material to promote the Union supported candidate Jon Cruddas.
Ruskin is one of the main suppliers of print to Popularis, a well-known and growing supplier of independently scrutinised ballots. Ballots do not come much more important than the election that has recently made the news – that of the Deputy Leader of the Labour Party.
Working directly with Labour Party and Popularis, Ruskin has been printing and personalising ballot papers and supportive literature for trades unions and the 15 constituent socialist societies – ranging from the Fabians and scientists to lawyers and disabled members.
Ruskin has been working on such ballots for many years now and has accumulated broad experience of ballot printing, election procedures for statutory and non statutory elections and the many do’s and don’ts which can make or break a successful ballot process. Apart from the service you would expect - detailed project management of sometimes tricky and other times sensitive elections - Ruskin excels in the design of ballot forms which can often stretch printers, but can result in greater returns and may be easier to count, more quickly. Ruskin’s experience really told this time when it was called upon to print and deliver 1 million ballot forms in 72 hours. We did it!
In July 2007, in Berlin, representatives of 340 education organisations and trades unions involving 30 million teachers and education workers’, will gather at the congress of Education International. EI affiliates are active in 169 countries making it the largest global union federation.
Representatives will cover all sectors of education from pre school to university and hail from every corner of the globe. Amongst its most active and important groupings is that representing teachers in the Commonwealth countries. These unions are known for their defence of workers’ rights and the human right to education, as well as work to extend education through the ‘Education For All’ campaign.
At this congress the Commonwealth Group will launch a beautifully designed Manifesto, printed, in brochure format, by Ruskin Press.
One of the real breakthroughs in recent years in trades unions has been the development of networks of Learning Representatives. These representatives, some based locally or regionally, with others based in workplaces and schools have made a significant impact on the quality of working life for employees. But before a Learning Representative can change a workmate or colleagues horizons, they have first to be recruited.
Ruskin press recently printed a brochure ‘Make The Difference’ aimed at encouraging teachers to take on the role – helping to build one of the strongest networks of representatives of any union in the country.
Learning and making things is close to the Ruskin Press ethos and working with the London Engineering Project on the National Engineering Programme has allowed Ruskin to put the two together. Headstart aims to get more young women into working in skilled trades and Ruskin produced this promotional brochure to help make that happen.
In an interesting twist to the relationship between print media and the Internet, Ruskin Press has recently produced a ballot for the members of NOMINET, which is the registry for 5 million .uk registered Internet domain names. Now there’s a turn up for the books!
The NUT was one union that had to take seriously, the recent local election to the Wales Assembly. The Assembly has a major impact on the structure and operation of the education service and, if it happens to education in Wales, the NUT has to be right there.
Produced in considerable quantities in both the English and Welsh languages, the NUT produced an eye catching Manifesto sent to all candidates and featured in the Wales press and on TV. Ruskin Press was happy to play its part in printing this Manifesto – in Wales in a fully trade unionised print house. Delivered in good time to give the union the impact it desired and achieved.
Zing UK is a new company with a great idea. It markets community and networking software to those who need it. It can be used to facilitate meetings, distance and e learning, very much the issue of the moment. Used extensively in schools and education it is especially useful in the classroom and training environment where groups come together to use technology to share experiences and the learning process.
Ruskin Press worked on giving ZingUK both a corporate identity and getting its promotional literature into every school in England and Wales.
In one of its most enjoyable projects, Ruskin Press recently project managed the design and creation of a corporate identity of one for the newest and fastest growing tailoring houses in London’s prestigious Saville Row.
Terence Trout brings together some really knowledgeable designers and tailors to produce bespoke suits for men. One specialist area is making suits for those in the personal security industry [who tend to have a slightly different shape from the rest of us and find it difficult to buy suits off of the peg!]. So, next time you see a bodyguard protecting Sienna Miller or family members of Michael Caine, check out the TT stitching. Clothes designed and made by Terence Trout. Company design and print by Ruskin Press.