Social Print & Copy CIC – an Edinburgh-based social enterprise, which delivers transparent and fair priced printing, photocopying, document and digital solutions to third sector organisations across Scotland, has partnered with Canon
Social Print & Copy was established in 2019 by CEO Ian Gray who has over 30 years’ experience in the print and copy sector. He identified an opportunity to build an organisation based on its commitment to quality and diversity, when exploring how to create a financially self-sustaining social enterprise.
The company’s objective is to change the way that the third sector meets its printing and copying needs. It aims to put an end to complex and expensive long- term service contracts and instead, works closely with its customers to deliver better value, ethical and sustainable print and document solutions.
Since its inception, the organisation has grown to be a highly respected business – providing numerous third sector organisations with printing and copying solutions. Coupled with this, Social Print & Copy CIC is also committed to boosting employment in its local area and removing barriers to work for young people. In line with this, in 2021, the business was awarded major funding from Social Investment Scotland (SIS) and the Scottish Government’s Adapt and Thrive programme which helped it to boost its business and recruit five new apprentices.
Ethical and affordable contracts
In 2020, the firm partnered with Epson, a move that enabled it to secure an advantageous purchasing framework of machines that deliver significant environmental benefits that can be validated by green certification.
Alongside ethical and affordable contracts, Social Print & Copy CIC research revealed a need for an alternative model to CapEx/leasing for the third sector and developed a specialist rental proposition for new or financially constrained organisations. Additional support is provided to third sector organisations through initiatives like its ‘one in 3’ (get 3 quotes, one from SP&C and receive complete transparency on pricing and ongoing usage costs) guarantee, which also promises to only ever offer a machine that is fit for purpose and meets the customer’s needs; ‘buyer beware’ and advice from its legal trained contracts manager.
Official Canon reseller
Through this new partnership, Social Print & Copy CIC will become an official Canon reseller – offering Canon’s portfolio to its customers across Scotland.
Social Print & Copy CIC will now offer devices from Canon’s entire document solutions portfolio which includes imageRUNNER ADVANCE DX, iSENSYS X and imagePRESS ranges – as well as expertise around Canon’s cloud-based products which include the uniFLOW Online print and scan management platform.
Gray said: “The new partnership with Canon will allow us to offer a much stronger portfolio to our customers and to grow our customer base. Canon is the perfect partner to support us on this journey – with a superior product range, competitive prices, fast turnaround speeds and unrivalled training support for our young people. We anticipate an exciting partnership ahead.”
As a result of the new partnership with Canon, Social Print & Copy CIC will be taking on additional staff including six apprentices and new recruits in sales and service. A move it hopes will help meet the increased demand the new partnership with Canon will bring. The organisation has also transformed the meeting space within its Edinburgh offices to create an interactive showroom area where new technology will be displayed.
The business will be enrolled into Canon’s Partner Programme, a scheme created to provide Canon’s partners
with the tools they require to meet today’s customer needs and to grow.
As a Silver Partner, Social Print & Copy CIC will have access to market insight, business planning resources, exclusive events, marketing and sales support, and incentive programmes – all delivered through Canon’s Partner Portal. Canon will also work closely with Social Print & Copy to identify shared goals and provide dedicated account support.
James Pittick, Partner Channel Director for Canon UK & Ireland said: “We are excited to be partnering with Social Print & Copy CIC, whose legacy is based on providing ethical and sustainable products and great value solutions to its customers. Through our partnership, we look forward to working with new customers in the third sector and introducing them to our award- winning range.”