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BIC’s Colour Book Production Explained Training Course

November 9, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm GMT

The course has a practical emphasis, ensuring that all theoretical elements are accompanied by an on-site demonstration.

Created by the book industry, for the book industry

For an empowered, informed supply chain

Established in 1991, BIC is an independent, not-for-profit organisation at the heart of the book industry. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with key stakeholders in the UK book industry to produce quality training courses that are created and delivered by expert, highly respected trainers on a wide range of supply chain topics. Being a not-for-profit organisation, BIC is able to offer all of its training at highly competitive rates. If there is a topic that you would like us to provide training on, that we do not provide at present, get in touch; we also welcome enquires about the provision of bespoke in-house courses.

All BIC Production courses are designed in conjunction with a panel of Production Directors from leading publishing houses to ensure that they focus on what you need to know. Each course contains a formal assessment recognised by many of the UK’s publishing houses.

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BIC’s Colour Book Production Explained Course 

Purpose of the Course

Focusing on the print and binding process alongside colour theory and paper, this is a great introduction to colour book production.

The course has a practical emphasis, ensuring that all theoretical elements are accompanied by an on-site demonstration. For this reason, each section of the course contains a problem-solving element, to enable delegates to gain an understanding of the potential pitfalls, how to avoid them and how to spot them if they do occur.

Benefits of Attending

Delegates will spend time in the press-room and bindery, seeing first-hand how books are produced and learning how to use this knowledge in their day-to-day role. The practical elements of the course will help to bring the theoretical course content to life.

This course will provide delegates with the tools to be proactive in their role, better express their requirements, choose the right supplier for their project, and solve or even prevent problems.

As the factory can be very noisy and to ensure our attendees get the most out of the day, we limit the number of delegates for this course to 6.

Course Level

This course is aimed at those who are, or would like to be, responsible for the production of colour books. It is specifically aimed at those new to colour production, those who have learnt ‘on the job’ and those who would like to develop a deeper understanding of the techniques and processes involved in the manufacture of colour books.

Course Outline

The topics covered will include:

  • The different print processes available and how to pick the right one for your book
  • How colour is printed
  • How an image gets to the page, including conversion to CMYK, screens and ink density
  • How to choose the right proof for your book
  • How to assess paper and chose the right one
  • What impact paper can have on your book
  • How a litho press is made ready and how to press pass a book
  • The different types of binding, their characteristics, limitations and how to choose the right one for your book
  • What finishes are available and how are they applied
  • How a print price is constructed and how to request a quote
  • How to produce co-editions
  • Things that can go wrong at each stage, how to recognise them and what you can do to prevent them
  • The social and environmental impact of producing your book

Read the full course outline here.

The Trainers

James Gascoigne

Business Development , Pureprint

James has worked in print marketing services and print for over 20 years with a broad range of experience and has worked at a senior level for some of the largest printing groups in the UK. James is used to delivering high quality, time sensitive projects and has worked with most of the UK’s largest publishers

The Pureprint Group is a dynamic, privately owned, award winning print and marketing solutions provider with a unique and long-established environmental ethos. The group employs over 400 people and has a turnover in excess of £65 million producing publishing, corporate, retail, creative and fine art printing. Pureprint has invested over £20 million in the last five years to offer industry leading digital, litho and large format printing facilities together with data management, mailing, fulfilment, creative packaging, point of sale and marketing collateral management services. Pureprint Group is CarbonNeutral®, ISO 14001 and has developed the highly acclaimed pureprint™ environmental printing system and in 2013 won, for the third time, the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.

Heather O’Connell


Heather has more than 20 years’ experience in book publishing. Specialising in book production, she has held various positions including Production Director for Penguin UK and HarperCollins Publishers. Heather now runs a consultancy, using her passion for and knowledge of the industry to support a broad range of print and publishing clients and industry initiatives.

Date & Frequency of this Course in 2023

Thursday 9th November 2023. This course will run once in 2023. 

Bespoke and In-House Training

BIC is committed to providing high quality, accessible training for the book industry. We are able to provide both bespoke courses and in-house training to suit your requirements. This courses is suitable for in-house training so please do contact us to request further information or to make a booking: info@bic.org.uk

Course Location

Pureprint, Crowson House, Bellbrook Park, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1PH

Course Duration

This is a full day course, 9.30am – 5.00pm.


BIC Members £340 + VAT

Friends of BIC £400 + VAT

Non Members £465 + VAT

NB: Travel and accommodation costs are not included in the ticket price.

Discounted rates apply to BIC members only.

Not sure if your organisation is a BIC member? Check our members list here.

Alternative Payment Option:

 If you would prefer BIC to invoice your organisation directly, please contact info@bic.org.uk. Please note that this process will incur a £25.00 administration fee.

 On the Day

 All of BIC’s full-day courses include refreshments and a full working lunch.

 Dress Code

Please be aware that delegates will spend time in the factory , so we ask that you should please dress appropriately, i.e. no open-toe shoes / sandals.

WIFI Access

A password will be provided on the day to delegates.

Travel information Tube / Rail Stations:

Nearest rail station: Uckfield

Car Park:

Should you choose to drive to this course, there is limited parking available onsite at Pureprint. Please contact info@bic.org.uk for more information and/or to reserve a parking space. 

Course Cancellations

Please note: as we price our training courses so keenly, the running of them is dependent on there being a set minimum number of delegates registered by the time the booking period ceases. For this reason, please be aware that unfortunately some courses may be cancelled if this requirement is not met. Should this happen, BIC will arrange for full refunds for all training courses booked. We will liaise with registered delegates at least 2 weeks prior to each course date regarding this. BIC apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Refund Policy

Please take a few moments to familiarise yourself with our refund policy:

Should you need to cancel your ticket, refunds may be given as follows:

  • Up to 6 calendar weeks (i.e. 42 calendar days) before the event: full refund
  • Less than 6 calendar weeks, but more than 2 calendar weeks (i.e. 14 days) before the event: 50% refund
  • Less than 2 calendar weeks before the event: no refund.

Please note the Eventbrite fee will not be refunded.

If you (or a colleague in your place) do not attend the training course you have booked, no refund will be given.

Please note: Tickets are transferable within your organisation.

Heather O’Connell. Consultant

James Gascoigne, Business Development, Pureprint Group


November 9, 2023
9:30 am - 5:00 pm GMT


Crowson House, Bellbrook Park
Uckfield, England TN22 1PH United Kingdom


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