Nationwide Print in St Austell has been included in a shortlist which recognises the top print companies in the UK.

The firm is one of just five now fighting it out to be crowned Small or Medium Enterprise (SME) of the Year 2016, at the PrintWeek Awards.

MD Julian Hocking said: “The PrintWeek Awards are the pinnacle for our industry. They are extremely competitive and the high standard of entries demands that a lot of effort is put into the application process.”

The judges take into account hard figures on profit and loss, as well as investment in technology and people, and other achievements – such as winning new contracts.

Hocking knows what it’s like to scoop the top spot, after Nationwide Print won the same award in 2014.

He commented: “Winning SME of the Year at the PrintWeek Awards in 2014 was one of my proudest moments in business and a fantastic achievement for our team.

“It gave us renewed confidence to invest in new equipment and staff – investments which have paid off as the firm continues to go from strength to strength.”

The PrintWeek Awards will be presented at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on October 17.