WINNER OF Three Best Rated Print companies – Local to Norwich

Top 3 Best rated look for the top 3 “local to your area” tradesmen’s, professionals, restaurants, and health care providers, etc They have a panel of judges who then each year go through a very strict questionnaire of over 50 different questions to rate that individual business. Some of the questions will include including reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, trust, cost, reviews and excellence.

We are so proud to announce we have now won this award 3 years in a row .. and we will continue to work to our highest standard as possible in hope we can win this for a 4th year 😊



Dynamic – The Candle Brand

Back in 2018 Christina came in and visited us at Dynamic, she had started an idea of making her own candles and was looking initially for sturdy boxes.  During the conversations we showed her the idea of the seed paper but at the moment in time Christina had to focus on the boxes however,  the idea was “sown” into her mind.


10 months later Christina revisited us and wanted to use the seed labels as part of “upselling” her candles, “ customers can burn the candles and then upcycle the label by planting it in the empty candle bottle and to grow wild flowers.


3 years on and Christina has won various awards from Gift of the Year to Buy Local and  is now one of our biggest customers using the seed paper and in recent weeks we have entered a few competitions showcasing her products. We are all keeping our fingers crossed that we will both be winners 😊


Go and check out The Candle Brand and take a look through some of her amazing candles and products.

The Candle Brand display in Jarrolds Dept Store


Vellum & Translucent Wedding Invitations

Vellum invitations are so popular right now, and we can understand why, this beautiful semi translucent paper gives a touch of glass to any wedding suite whether it is using it as a vellum jacket or a belly band, the main invite or just an overlay.

Vellum is so versatile and can create the extra “luxe” feel that you want when designing your invitations that gives a softness, looks super chic and will give a great first impression.

Vellum is also known as tracing paper or translucent paper and comes in a variety of weights from 110gsm to 200gsm.

Simple stationery can be enhanced with the addition of a vellum overlay, each wedding invitation suite can be wrapped with a vellum & with a block lettering design this can really finish your suite off beautifully.

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Hot Foil Printing, Embossing or Debossing?

Every day people say they want foil embossing but often they really mean hot foiling. The image below gives you a quick look at the differences.

Hot Foiling: The foil is pressed very slightly into the face of the substrate.
Embossing: This can be either with foil or without (blind) and the artwork is pushed up from the substrate to give a raised finish.
Debossing: Best effects are achieved blind (no foil) and the image is pushed heavily down (deeper than hot foiling) into the surface.


On of the best ways to use Hot Foil printing is to use it to enhance traditional litho print or digital print. It can work best if you try to use as an accent rather than covering the job and using foil everywhere. That being said it is often only the imagination of the designer that limits what we can achieve with these processes and we have hot foiled some amazing pieces that have worked just as well full foil as a mix of foil and print.

Dynamic Print have been foil printing in Norwich since 1990. We foil print for the trade and end users. Foil printing is the best way to enhance both litho and digital printing if you want to raise the bar and stand out from others and your competition.


Fancy a morning learning the tricks of the trade of digital printing, hot foiling, embossing, debossing and die cutting? When things are back to normal we will be offering monthly work shops on how to do just that. Using technology dating backs to the 1950’s we can show you how to hot foil – emboss – die cut and deboss why not email us on for more details or call 01603 400040


VAT & PRINTING. When is it chargeable and when is it not?

Value Added Tax & Printing. When is it chargeable and when is it not? 

VAT rules relating to Print are a little complex at first glance, although the matter becomes clearer when checked against the HMRC guidelines.

Broadly speaking any printed items which are made to be written on have VAT applied at the standard rate. For example stationery, greetings cards or postcards.

If the items are promotional or information based they will often be zero rated for VAT. Examples of these products would be books, brochures and leaflets & flyers. Although leaflets & flyers are one of the tricky items, as they can under certain conditions move from zero rated to standard rated for VAT.

If a leaflet or flyer is designed to be written on, used to obtain a discount for goods or services or for admission purposes it will become standard rated for VAT.

Based upon the current information from HMRC we have put together a simplified guide version.

As always with VAT, if in doubt it makes sense to check the up to date position on the HMRC website. Or if you have a specific or unusual VAT question relating to your print requirements with Dynamic we will be happy to answer this for you.

Item Liability
Acceptance cards Standard-rated
Account Books Standard-rated
Accounts (fully printed) Zero-rated
Address books Standard-rated
Advertising leaflets Zero-rated
Albums Standard-rated
Announcement cards Standard-rated
Annuals Zero-rated
Appointment cards Standard-rated
Badges Standard-rated
Bags, paper Standard-rated
Ballot papers Standard-rated
Bibliographies Zero-rated
Bingo cards Standard-rated
Blotters Standard-rated
Book covers Standard-rated
Book marks Standard-rated
Book tokens Standard-rated
Booklets Zero-rated
Books Zero-rated
Brochures Zero-rated
Bulletins Zero-rated
Business cards Standard-rated
Calendars Standard-rated
Catalogues Zero-rated
Certificates Standard-rated
Circulars Zero-rated
Cloakroom tickets Standard-rated
Colour cards Standard-rated
Colouring books (children’s) Zero-rated
Comics Zero-rated
Compliment slips Standard-rated
Correspondence cards Standard-rated
Coupons Standard-rated
Crossword books Zero-rated
Delivery notes Standard-rated
Engineers’ plans Standard-rated
Envelopes Standard-rated
Exercise books Standard-rated
Flash cards Standard-rated
Folders Standard-rated
Football programmes Zero-rated
Forms Standard-rated
Games Standard-rated
Greetings cards Standard-rated
Index cards Standard-rated
Instruction manuals Zero-rated
Invitations Standard-rated
Invoices Standard-rated
Journals Zero-rated
Labels Standard-rated
Leaflets Zero-rated
Letter headings Standard-rated
Log books (blank) Standard-rated
Loose leaf books Zero-rated
Lottery tickets and cards Standard-rated
Magazines Zero-rated
Mail order catalogues Zero-rated
Manuals Zero-rated
Maps Zero-rated
Membership cards Standard-rated
Memo pads Standard-rated
Memorial cards Standard-rated
Menu cards Standard-rated
Newspapers Zero-rated
Note books, pads and paper Standard-rated
Order books and forms Standard-rated
Orders of Service Zero-rated
Painting books (children’s) Zero-rated
Pamphlets Zero-rated
Paper, unprinted Standard-rated
Photograph albums Standard-rated
Photographs Standard-rated
Picture books Zero-rated
Playing cards Standard-rated
Postcards Standard-rated
Poster magazines Zero-rated
Posters Standard-rated
Prayer books Zero-rated
Price cards and tags Standard-rated
Price lists Zero-rated
Printed pictures Standard-rated
Programmes Zero-rated
Questionnaires Standard-rated
Receipt books and forms Standard-rated
Record books Standard-rated
Record labels or sleeves Standard-rated
Registers Standard-rated
Reply-paid coupons and envelopes Standard-rated
Reproductions of paintings Standard-rated
Road maps Zero-rated
Score cards Standard-rated
Sports programmes Zero-rated
Stationery Standard-rated
Stationery books Standard-rated
Stickers Standard-rated
Swatch books Standard-rated
Swatch cards Standard-rated
Tags Standard-rated
Text books Zero-rated
Tickets Standard-rated
Time cards and sheets Standard-rated
Timetables (in book or leaflet form) Zero-rated
Toys Standard-rated
Trade catalogues Zero-rated
Trade directories Zero-rated
Transcripts Standard-rated
Vouchers Standard-rated
Wall charts Standard-rated
Wrapping paper Standard-rated


Printing Wedding Stationery

Interview with Clare Gray Designs

We had a lovely interview with Clare Gray Designs about our Wedding Stationery and what exactly is our  Hot Foil printing.

Read the full article here


Dynamic Featured in Bride Magazine

We were very happy to be featured in Bride Magazine showcasing our Wedding Stationery ideas. From our seeded paper to hot foiled invitations – Dynamic Print offer such a vast array of options to create the most perfect wedding.

Read the full article here


The Benefits of Putting Pen to Paper

Writing a Letter

Giving the new times we live in, sending a letter or a chosen card is a genuine way of giving sincere thought to our communications and a personal touch, especially when so many of us can not meet in person. Whilst technology affords us a good number of ways to stay in instant contact, there is still something special about taking the time to hand write your message. It is also heart warming to receive this style of correspondence, as a contrast to the constant flow of digital information that can seem overwhelming at times.

Recent research from the Royal Mail has found a significant increase in letter writing since the beginning of the pandemic and found that 74% of people experienced a positive effect on their mental health from the experience. The benefits are shared by the recipient, there is a sense of excitement and gratitude that someone has taken the time and trouble to sit down and write to them, instead of firing off a quick message on their mobile.

As we evolve further into our automated futures there is still place for hand written thoughts and feelings to sit alongside our other modern forms of communication.

The next time you have a message to send to a close friend or family member consider doing it with a letter or card and discover the positive outcomes it brings.


For those wanting to take the written word to a new level, the visual art of Calligraphy is a great way to enjoy not just the words but the materials we use to create the letters. From the types of pens, inks, papers and cards there is an infinite number of combinations to explore. You can use an established font or dream up your own unique style.

Whilst the roots of Calligraphy are ancient they sit nicely alongside modern technology. The internet provides us all with access to a plentiful source of learning and demonstrations from people all over the world, who love to pass on their knowledge and enthusiasm for the art form.

Colouring in

Whether you are 4 or 44 or 84 colouring in can be relaxing, the type and intricacy of the patterns we colour may change over time but the joy can be constant. It is a personal and relaxing way to switch off and focus on the task in hand. It can boost your mood and when you are done it provides a satisfying and physical reminder of what you have taken your time doing.

Writing a Diary or Journal

How about writing down your thoughts or feelings? Either of these written forms of recording our lives can bring great comfort when dealing with the stresses and strains of everyday life. Downloading your thoughts on paper can help you gain perspective and control, enabling you to focus on what really matters both in your past, present and future. Taking the few minutes each day to do this can bring real benefits for many people.


The ancient art of paper folding can be difficult to master but extremely rewarding. Although as children many of us made paper aeroplanes to launch from the back of the classroom or paper boats to float in the bath!

Beyond these designs there is an infinite number of folds and designs to master and even the associated art of Kirigami, which also incorporates cuts in the paper.

These are again ancient arts that with the help of modern technology are more in reach of everyone than ever before. Dive down the rabbit hole on youtube and you will be making more than just paper rabbits very quickly!!


This is another technique that many of us left behind in our early years. However it is surprising how much fun it can be and the level of finished effect that can be achieved when returning to it as an adult. Alternatively it is a great way to spend time with the young ones in your family, after all what child will not enjoy making a mess with paste and then decorating it once dried!

All you need is torn up paper and a paste mix and of course and an area to work. Along with some paints to complete your masterpiece.

You could try blowing up a balloon and covering in layers, then decorate with a face once dried. Or, for a more complex project, you could create bowls, animals, castles, cars… the possibilities are endless and a google search of paper-mache images will give you all the inspiration you could need!

Envelopes Printing

Glossary of Envelope Terms

Why we think choosing the right envelope is sometimes more important than what is actually in it.

Envelopes as far as we are concerned are one of the most important part of your print project, Why? Because it is generally the first thing your customer will see when it arrives on their doorstep.

Extensive research over the years has shown that using a coloured or textured envelope, personalised, hot foiled or debossed envelope will get you and your company noticed,.

The research has shown that the end user will engage with the product inside the envelope much longer than if it had arrived in a standard white or brown envelope. Think about how you feel when you have had a hand written letter arrive or a bright coloured envelope sat on your mat waiting to greet you. We cannot wait to open it to see whats inside. Lets face it, better than finding a bill or hospital letter ????

Envelopes can come in so many different shapes, sizes & finishes that it can be rather confusing, to know which envelope is best suited to your project, for instance, if your brochure weighs over 200gsms we may want to consider a hard backed envelope ..

Some of the terminology is confusing for instance do you know the difference between a gusset or a banker? A peel & seal or a self seal?

Click here to read our Glossary of Envelope Terms

Final points to think about, by choosing the right envelope you will always make a good first impression and lets face it first impressions count more nowadays than ever.

Make the envelope look too important to just throw away and disgard

By choosing the right envelope it can say an awful lot about your company it can demonstrate your concerns for the environment to using coloured envelopes to play on human curiosity.

It is proven a distinctive envelope can increase your mailing success by up to 40%.

Statistics show that a stylish coloured envelope is 9 times more likely to be opened than a bland white or manilla one

70% of mail is generally opened up over the bin – make sure your leaflet is not one that is thrown before even opened.


Dynamic Print installs Konica Minolta Accurio Press C3070

Norwich based specialist printer Dynamic Print is rightly acclaimed for the high quality printed material that it supplies, incorporating highly decorative effects, such as hot foiling, blind foil embossing, blind embossing and die cutting. The company has recently installed a Konica Minolta Accurio press C3070, following growing demands from its customers.

Dynamic Print’s managing director, Sarah Smith, commented: ‘As Dynamic Print continues to grow, our customers increasingly approach us with requests which require versatile and flexible solutions. We knew that the Konica Minolta Accurio Press C3070 would give us more opportunities to meet these demands. We took time to evaluate the market and the presses on offer before we decided to purchase the Accurio Press. To assess our options, we needed to work with a machinery supplier who we could trust. We wanted to work with a company that had the knowledge and expertise to help us source and develop the right choice. Fortunately, we have had a long and successful working relationship with the BBT Group’s Norwich office, and they didn’t let us down! We required a press supplier who was willing to cooperate with us to produce high quality work, using high quality innovative substrates. It has provided outstanding aftercare throughout.’

The BBT Group has offices in Coventry, Norwich and Manchester. Nick Saville, BBT Ltd account manager in Norwich, said: ‘It was a great experience, working with Dynamic Print on this project. It is not just a commercial printer. It produces exceptional and innovative work – consistently and on time. We started the project by studying the options available and the applications required. We examined the existing cost structure and decided that we could offer savings, whilst increasing productivity and service. We ran a comprehensive programme of product testing and machinery demonstrations in our showroom. These joint efforts resulted in Dynamic Print getting the right machinery to continue to provide high levels of service and quality to its customers.’

Dynamic Print’s production director, Mark Critten, added: ‘The new press gives us the ability to print up to 700 x 330 mm on substrates up to 350 g/m2 duplex. Our customers are very pleased to have these increased options. In addition, registration, both front and back, is spot on across the sheet. As an added bonus, colour and consistency across the sheet is much improved. We are very pleased with the flexibility that the new press gives us.’