Instantprint celebrates milestones amid solar install

Instantprint installed 646 solar panels at its Rotherham site
Instantprint installed 646 solar panels at its Rotherham site

Instantprint has installed a new solar array equivalent to 72 UK households’ energy needs at its Rotherham factory.

Installing 646 panels over March 2023, Instantprint has already begun generating significant amounts of power: in Solstice week alone, it generated 11 MWh.

Instantprint has celebrated two significant milestones already in 2023. In January, the online print business, which specialises in supporting SMEs, welcomed its millionth customer since its foundation in 2009.

The customer, Surrey-based Electric Cycle Café, was surprised to learn that its order had been printed free of charge and hand-packed by founders Adam Carnell and James Kinsella.

In the 14 years since its foundation, Instantprint has fulfilled 4.6 million orders, totalling 7.2 million print jobs.

Carnell and Kinsella said it was an exciting milestone for the team: “We both think back to when we first started out with just two members of staff in a tiny office in Newcastle.

“It’s such a monumental milestone for us, and we couldn’t be prouder of our team and, of course, our customers who have helped get us to this point.”

For the job, Instantprint printed 500 350gsm silk business cards, which the independent shop uses as loyalty cards, on its Fujifilm Jet Press 720S.

More recently, in April, Instantprint celebrated its fourth year of being an accredited Real Living Wage employer.

The accreditation certifies that employees are paid £10.90 per hour, or 4.5% more than the UK-wide legal £10.42 national living wage, higher again than the minimum wage of £10.18.

Vicki Russel, Instantprint’s head of HR, said: “Supporting our workforce and paying them a wage based on real living costs is a true reflection of Instantprint culture. 

“We’re also super proud to support our team in other ways, from having mental health first aiders on hand to supporting colleagues with medical cash plans and critical illness cover, all paid for by the business, these are just some of the benefits our workforce can make use of.”

The company has reaped the rewards of its people-friendly policies, according to Russel, boasting a 4.4 star Glassdoor score and an increase of 22% on its net promoter score: 85% of employees would now recommend it as an employer to a friend.