The instantprint Story

The instantprint Story

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07 Dec 2016

Updated: 13 Jun 2022

The instantprint story begins in 2009, with our founders, James Kinsella and Adam Carnell, fresh out of university. Ever the entrepreneurs, Adam and James planned events at university, but the one thing that always stood in the way was buying promotional print. It was difficult to understand the jargon, confusing to create the artwork for and wasn’t very quick to arrive – they knew there had to be an easier way. And there was: instantprint was born!

instantprint prides itself on being the only online printer that really gets you – we know what small businesses owners are like because we’re founded by them, and we want to make sure that you can order print that looks exactly like it does in your head, without the stress.

We achieve this through our secret weapon: our people. Not only do we offer a helping hand from start to finish (and beyond), our team also manually checks every single piece of artwork against 10 key standards (also known as our famous 10 point artwork check) to make sure it’ll print perfectly first time round. And the best bit about our artwork check? It’s completely free and happens automatically!


The instantprint Timeline

Adam and James leave university brimming with a passion for print! instantprint is born in Newcastle.

A year on, we hired our first employees and moved to a much bigger production facility in Killingworth. 

Fun fact: Before deciding on the Killingworth facility, we almost bought the warehouse that later became the Geordie Shore house!

In 2011 we invested in our first Xerox iGen, a speedy digital printer that boosted our speed and output.

By this point, we were starting to outgrow our facilities in Killingworth and made the decision to make Rotherham our new home.

After continued success, we once again found ourselves getting a little too snug. We moved to our current production facility in Manvers, Rotherham.

In 2016, we introduced our account management team to the world, meaning we could now help businesses with bespoke orders.

This year was all about investment, as we invested £5 million into our technology and our team.

We announced the expansion of our current home by 45% to 145,000sqft!

It’s our 10th birthday! To celebrate, we threw a party complete with balloons, Adam and James masks and bucking bronco.

instantprint founders Adam and James with their 10th birthday cakeinstantprint 10th birthday party balloonsinstantprint team in the print factory


During the Coronavirus pandemic, we launched our sister company, Bluetree Mask Box, and became the first UK-based manufacturer of surgical masks to help front line workers keep those around them safe.


In 2021, we acquired the luxury book printing company, Kingsbury Press, allowing us to launch a range of premium book binding options for instantprint customers.


In 2022, we acquired the HP Indigo 100K, hailed as the world’s most productive B2 digital solution, with a process speed of up to 6,000 sheets per hour. 


This year, we hit our 10 millionth order! As a huge milestone for the instantprint team, we wanted to thank all of our customers who made this possible!

Find out more about us here! Or, if you’d like to hear the full story from our founders themselves, watch our interview with Adam and James below:




About the Author

Hi! I’m Laura and I’m the Head of instantprint. I’m dedicated to using my experience to help small businesses make the most out of their marketing.