Print firm is caught up in Scottish row

Bishops Printers marketing manager Simon Brinsmead.
Bishops Printers marketing manager Simon Brinsmead.
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A PORTSMOUTH firm has become involved in a political row after it printed a leaflet for a Scottish MP who boasted of his support for local businesses.

Bishops Printers in Drayton won the contract to print thousands of the election campaign leaflets, right, for Edinburgh South Lib Dem MSP Mike Pringle. It features a list of Mr Pringle’s priorities, including ‘standing up for local business’.

Mike Pringle

Mike Pringle

But it features the printer’s name at the bottom – and rivals in Scotland say using a firm down south was not being true to his word.

Jim Eadie, who is standing against Mr Pringle for the Scottish Nationalist Party in May’s elections, said: ‘There are plenty of design and print companies in Scotland and Edinburgh that would be only too glad of this business in these difficult economic times.’ Mr Pringle said he got numerous quotes from all over the UK, and added: ‘I don’t know how they do it, but the firm in Portsmouth do it much cheaper.

‘We’re talking about hundreds of pounds. It doesn’t mean I don’t support local business.’

Simon Brinsmead, marketing manager at Bishops Printers, said: ‘We pride ourselves on the fact that we are able to meet the demands of all of our clients.

‘Not only are we well known for our high standards of customer service, we also supply print at prices that are fair and consistent throughout the year.

‘In the political arena in particular, we have developed a reputation for high quality and service at a fair and competitive price.

‘In this instance we were asked to submit an estimate based on the requirement.

‘The price we submitted was in line with our standard prices and no discounts were applied.

‘No matter if we are supplying a requirement in Southsea or Strathclyde our prices are always fair and consistent.’