Friday, December 21, 2007

Holiday opening hours

Planet Ink Ltd offices will be closed from Monday, December 24, 2007 until Wednesday, January 2, 2008.

Our staff can be contacted in the event of an emergency by emailing or who will both be checking their messages regularly.

All the team would like to wish our friends and clients a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year and thank all those who chose to give us their custom over the last award winning year.

Design it. Think it. Planet Ink it.

Thursday, December 13, 2007


Financial experts Independent Advisers (Scotland) Ltd have commissioned Planet Ink Ltd to create a new range of corporate marketing and promotional solutions as part of a new drive for business in 2008.

The comprehensive project will cover web, exhibition, digital and printed materials designed to reflect their high standards of professionalism in the competitive market of independent financial advisers, with key focus on advice to both businesses and individuals, including mortgage advice.

IAS were among the first clients to take up Planet Ink's expertise in on screen page turn documents with a fully digital brochure in 2006, reducing both costs and their carbon footprint.


Planet Ink Ltd are delighted to announce the successful completion of our latest project for ethical offsetting specialists Carbon Passport with a range of specially developed marketing materials.

The products - including fridge magnets, car stickers and pop up exhibition stands - is to help market their range of carbon credits that can be purchased to help offset CO2 emissions for home, individuals and businesses.

For more information, visit their new look website at where you can also access their free to use Carbon Calculator

AYR UNITED - Magazine

Ayr United FC have commissioned Planet Ink Ltd to produce an official club newsletter for the 'Honest Men' who want to enhance their communications strategy with supporters.

It follows the successful completion by Planet Ink of a special edition collector's programme to mark the club's Hall of Fame Awards last month.

The latest publication is scheduled for delivery early in the New Year.

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Eco friendly digital Christmas cards launched by Planet Ink Ltd

Planet Ink Ltd are pleased to offer a range of eco-friendly digital Christmas cards for sale.

The cards - which can be either static, animated and come with or without sound - are already proving a hit with key clients and as such are now available to other customers.

They are aimed at companies looking to reduce their carbon footprint and costs, allowing business leaders the potential to donate part of any savings to their nominated charities instead.

Digital Christmas cards also allow for instant delivery, further reducing CO2 emissions by cutting out transport and sorting processes used in making and delivering traditional paper cards.

Cards can, of course, be personalised with business logos and messages.

A selection of ready made cards can be viewed by visiting the 'digital' section of our website.

For further details call us on 0141 248 5595/6.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007


Ethical offsetting experts Carbon Passport have now relaunched their website after commissioning Planet Ink Ltd to carry out a comprehensive redesign of the site.

They wanted an eye-catching, fresh look for their online presence and one that would lead to easier navigation for users keen to find out more about their services.

Planet Ink's creative director Derek Bryce took personal charge of the project and developed a clean, effective new look now implemented by Carbon Passport's original web creators NSDesign.

In addition, Planet Ink was also asked to provide a range of further designs for the company including their new Carbon Passport offset logo for use by associated businesses and other specialist marketing materials.

SETANTA SPORTS - Switch On in December

The December issue of Setanta Sport's award nominated 'Switch On' magazine has been completed ahead of schedule and is now available to customers of the UK's fastest growing sports channel.

For this edition of the page-turn digital title our team mirrored the festive TV ads currently being shown by the broadcaster to help reinforce the corporate theme running through the month.

Included in the content are details of Setanta Freeview boxes, the forthcoming Arsenal TV channel, and a run down on all the big match action from the Barclays Premier League, SPL, Blue Square Premier and all their channels.

Work has already begun on the next issue and a brand new look for the New Year.

Check back here for more details.

Friday, November 30, 2007

PPA Scotland Award win for Planet Ink

PRESS RELEASE: Friday, Nov 30, 2007

ScottishPower News was awarded the ‘Staff Magazine of the Year’ accolade at the Periodical Publishers Association awards dinner held in Edinburgh last night.

The magazine - produced by Planet Ink Ltd - was judged above entries from a host of companies including British Energy, RBS, Standard Life and Scottish & Newcastle.

The awards are designed to recognise excellence in magazine publishing and our client's publication secured this win against a number of well established publications following a complete redesign by Planet Ink Ltd.

Founding director Gerry Cassidy and SPN editor Kenny Craig collected the award on behalf of Planet Ink Ltd from host Carol Smillie at a glittering awards ceremony held at Our Dynamic Earth.

Founding director Shaun Milne said: "We are thrilled that our team has been recognised for their creative talents by such a prestigious panel of judges ahead of a very strong shortlist of established competitors.

"We are delighted to have helped deliver a product judged to be the best in its class to our clients ScottishPower, and hope the award reflects their strong commitment to editorial excellence.

"The fact that it is available in both printed and page-turn digital formats sets it apart from the norm, and ScottishPower should be congratulated on their forward thinking communications strategy."

He added: "We would also like to pass on our congratulations to the many other winners on the night, and to thank PPA Scotland for honouring us in this way.

"We take great pride in all our portfolios and hope that this tremendous achievement will alert other potential clients to the fantastic quality of work we provide."

In addition to their award, Planet Ink Ltd was also finalist in two other categories, Customer Magazine for Setanta Sports and Consumer Specialist Magazine with Planet Hearts.

For further information contact:

Shaun Milne
Tel: 0141 248 5595/6

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Ayr United FC Hall of Fame

Planet Ink Limited are delighted to have completed its first project on behalf of the directors at Ayr United Football Club for the biggest event in the club's social calendar, the Hall of Fame awards.

Ayr Utd commissioned Planet Ink Ltd to produce a stylish commemorative magazine for the evening, reflecting the proud traditions of those being honoured, in a format that would become a collector's item for supporters.

The sell-out event, which included a message of support from Sir Alex Ferguson helped raise thousands of pounds for nominated charities including The Ayrshire Hospice and Alzheimer Scotland.

Such was the success of the event, the club has chosen to relocate next year's awards ceremony to the more spacious Princes Royal Suite at Ayr Racecourse on Friday, November 14, 2008.

ScottishPower News – Issue 13

The latest edition of ScottishPower News is complete and available in both digital and newspaper formats.

This issue details the massive investment in the company by new owners Iberdrola worth €24.2bn over the next three years and highlights its commitment as a major global player to renewable energy.

Much thought was put into an appropriate cover reflecting all the core areas ScottishPower are involved in during what is a historic time in the company's evolution.

ScottishPower News is now the main delivery vehicle for internal staff communications for ScottishPower and has been honoured by being named as a finalist in the PPA Scotland Scottish Magazine of the Year Awards, recognising it as among the best staff magazines in the country.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Media Halo - SMS Marketing Solutions

SMS marketing company Media Halo have commissioned Planet Ink Ltd to produce a new range of corporate branded business solutions for its Glasgow operation.

The materials will be used for their front-end activities towards driving new business and maintaining communication channels with their existing clients.

Media Halo offer web based platforms for mobile marketing campaigns, mobile billing, content, auctions and polls among other services.

More details can be found at their website:

Friday, October 26, 2007

Appointment - CBD Associates

Planet Ink Ltd has appointed CBD Associates to help oversee their strategic business development and expansion plans for 2008 following their successful relocation to Glasgow.

CBDA Executive Associate Sean Connaughton will be lead advisor for the duration of the contract, focussing on areas of planning, finance and business development.

Connaughton, who is also a consultant to Business Gateway, holds a Diploma in Business Advice and Counselling and is an accredited associate of the Institute for Independent Business.

Founding director Gerry Cassidy said: “We are delighted with the appointment of CBDA and look forward to working closely with Sean Connaughton in the months ahead.

“We have ambitious plans for Planet Ink as business leaders become even more aware of the financial and environmental benefits we deliver.

“Sean’s wealth of experience in the field and understanding of our unique position as Scotland’s leading provider of eco friendly publishing will be a huge asset to our plans.”

CBDA Executive Associate Sean Connaughton said: “Planet Ink are a massively forward thinking company uniquely placed to exploit the benefits of digital and traditional publishing.

“Their USP, skill-set and high standards are already setting them apart from traditional publishers, as reflected in their recent triple nominations at the Scottish Magazine Awards.

“The entire team has formidable experience in their sector and I look forward to helping oversee and develop their plans for the future.”

For further information contact:

Shaun Milne
Planet Ink Ltd
Tel: 0141 248 5595/6

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

PPA Scotland Awards

Monday October 22, 2007.


The Periodical Publishers Association in Scotland (PPA Scotland) have confirmed their shortlist of nominees for this year’s prestigious Scottish Magazine Awards.

Planet Ink Limited – a first time entrant – has been nominated in three categories:

Staff Magazine – ScottishPower News

Customer Magazine of the Year – Setanta ‘Switch On’

Consumer Specialist Magazine of the Year – Planet Hearts

PPA Scotland said they had received a “record” number of entries judged by their expert panel chaired by Terry Mansfield CBE basing their decisions on “publishing excellence”.

Winners of the 16 categories will be announced at a Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony presented by Carol Smillie on Thursday, November 29, 2007, at Our Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh.

Founding director Gerry Cassidy said: “It is a fantastic achievement for our team to be represented alongside some of the best and biggest names in UK publishing.

“We are thrilled by our nominations for three different titles, across both printed and digital platforms, just 18 months after we came into what is a very competitive market.

“It is great recognition that our staff, all with national newspaper experience, have managed to bring their huge professionalism to the fore.

“We look forward to our maiden finals and helping to celebrate the huge talent on display in Scotland.”

For further information contact:

Shaun Milne
Planet Ink Ltd
Tel: 0141 248 5595/6

For a full list of nominations and categories visit:

Carbon Passport

Ethical offsetting specialists Carbon Passport have commissioned Planet Ink Ltd to deliver an eco friendly range of marketing and exhibition solutions for their business.

Carbon Passport are experts in the supply of Kyoto compliant quality offsets originating from Clean Development Mechanism projects in the developing world.

Their Certified Emission Reductions (CER) are available to both responsible businesses and individuals alike, keen to play their part in minimising their carbon footprint.

Planet Ink Ltd - Scotland's leading supplier of environmentally friendly digital publications - are pleased to have developed a number of concepts for Carbon Passport to push their message of 'Real Offsets, Real Reductions' which will be showcased by their team at National Green Day in Glasgow's George Square on Saturday, November 3.

Interested parties can calculate their own carbon emissions using their free Carbon Calculator by visiting their website at

Setanta - Switch On In October

Setanta Sports' monthly digi-mag has celebrated a massive growth in circulation in recent months after the introduction of new live elements to the publication.

It comes after Planet Ink Ltd oversaw a subtle change in the overall design concept which now runs through the entire Setanta web presence and marketing strategies.

The digi-mag has been enhanced further with greater use of video files and the most up-to-date information available.

Work has already started on November's digi-mag - the first anniversary of the leading edge title.

SNS Group

Planet Ink Ltd are delighted to welcome the SNS Group to our stable of publications following the completion of their first digital marketing and information brochure.

SNS Group are Scotland's premier photographic agency specialising in the corporate market while also regarded as the UK's leading supplier for Scottish sporting images, with one of the biggest archives of its kind in Europe.

Clients of SNS include Coca-Cola, Tennents, UEFA, McDonald's and Nike.

The new SNS Group document is rich in fantastic photography supplied by their own team and is showcased using variations in Flash and other Rich Media Content to create a truly stunning presentation.

For more information visit their website at:

ScottishPower News - Issue 12

The digital edition of October's ScottishPower News has introduced further Rich Media Content to the publication as part of its ongoing development.

As well as full audio video content, Issue 12 also incorporates Flash files for the first time helping to bring the title even further to life following its recent redesign by Planet Ink Ltd.

Distribution of the traditional paper edition of the publication was also completed on time to field sites across the UK.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

ScottishPower News – Issue 11

Planet Ink Limited have now completed production of the latest edition of ScottishPower News which this month includes an interactive questionnaire in the digital edition.

Accompanied by a stunning front cover both formats look at the issues of tidal power and details news from across their Wholesale, Networks, Retail, Core and Group interests.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Setanta Sports

Broadcaster Setanta Sports continues its charge forward with this month’s digital magazine ‘Switch On’ which for the first time features video clips. The mini-movie shows their cult advert featuring Des Lynam seen on TV in recent weeks to promote their coverage of the Barclays Premier League, SPL and other key sports.

It is also being emailed out to its largest number of recipients this year thanks to a surge of interest in Setanta.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Moir Environmental

Leading Ayrshire environmental services firm Moir Environmental has re-launched its website:

Managing director Stewart Moir recently hired Planet Ink to redesign their entire corporate image. The contract involved key consideration to the types of eco friendly materials used and where they were sourced, which we were more than happy to assist with.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Active Health Scotland

Pioneering exercise centre Active Health Scotland – who employ Planet Ink Limited for their corporate branding activities – have just been awarded a Certificate of Business Excellence and a cash prize by Scottish Enterprise Ayrshire. Congratulations to Dr Lynsay Rankin and all the team.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Planet Hearts Changing Distribution Frequency

Planet Hearts, the independent Hearts fans' newspaper, is changing the frequency of its distribution. It moves from a weekly only basis to targeting specific games and events to maximise circulation and draw greater advertising value. The title will also be accompanied by a new online shop and revamped website. Further changes are expected in the coming months to harness the potential benefits of the increased capacity at Hearts FC on completion of the club's new £51 million ground redevelopment at Tynecastle. The changes will also allow publishers Planet Ink Limited to develop a number of new sports related publications to be announced.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

ScottishPower News – Issue Ten

The latest edition of the ScottishPower News has been completed ahead of schedule. With a stunning front cover (see sidebar left) the latest issue also includes a new section for Core Utility Solutions (click thumbnails for larger version). It was distributed to staff in both printed and digital newspaper formats. Planet Ink limited handled the distribution arrangements on behalf of ScottishPower across the UK and Europe in conjunction with our mail sort partners TNT.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Planet Ink announce new city centre HQ in Glasgow

The directors of Planet Ink Limited are delighted to announce the opening of a new city centre HQ in Glasgow. As of Monday, August 20, 2007, our team is based at Suite 3.4 at the prestigious '111' Union Street building adjacent to the city's historic Glasgow Central railway station. It follows the successful conclusion of a deal between Planet Ink Limited and independent property firm Stelmain Limited and replaces our offices in Ayr. The new facility provides valuable space for potential growth ahead of ambitious expansion plans for 2008 and provides enhanced meeting rooms for client presentations.

There are two new telephone numbers: 0141 248 5595 and 0141 248 5596. Email address remain the same. For visitors or postal contacts, the new address in full is Suite 3.4, 111 Union Street, Glasgow, G1 3TA. Directions, map and local transport facilities are all available both in the sidebar to the left and on the contact pages of this website.

We hope our clients will take the opportunity to visit us at our new base anytime during normal working hours.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Planet Ink Limited – new HQ

Planet Ink Limited is moving to a new city centre HQ in Glasgow. The new office opens for business on Monday, August 20. This is ahead of a major drive for business as part of expansion plans to be executed in the first quarter of 2008. The new HQ is sited in Union Street, between both Central and Queen Street railway stations and a short drive from the M8. It brings us closer to our main client base, making it easier to work with their corporate teams, and to help facilitate the expertise we provide. It also gives us greater scope to attract new business and press ahead with expansion in what is a fast-paced market as more and more firms switch on to the benefits of digital. New contact details will be posted here in due course.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Beattie Media – client marketing

Planet Ink Limited is delighted to have successfully completed its first collaboration with Beattie Communications, one of the UK’s leading public relations agencies. They commissioned Planet Ink Limited to carry out work on behalf of the Cumbernauld Housing Partnership ahead of changes to the charity’s Board structure. The project was completed on schedule.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

ScottishPower News – Issue Nine

The first issue of ScottishPower News designed and published by Planet Ink Ltd was delivered ahead of schedule and for the first time was available in both printed and digital formats. The dual format has allowed the company to reduce both costs in terms of print, postage and distribution, and as a consequence its carbon footprint, by eliminating the need to mail the product to its interests in the US.

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Setanta Sports – Golf Magazine

A free 100 page full colour glossy Setanta Golf Magazine made its debut this month just three weeks after Planet Ink Ltd was commissioned to create the new launch. Our team oversaw the entire editorial process from start to finish, ahead of 40,000 copies being distributed free to golf fans at The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond and The Open at Carnoustie. The latest Setanta ‘Switch On’ digi-mag also hit deadline to help promote its sports channels, including golf, boxing and football in both Scotland and England.

talk107 Radio – marketing magazine

Executives at Scotland’s fastest growing radio station – talk107 - have commissioned Planet Ink Ltd to produce a second digital marketing magazine for the company.
It follows the successful introduction of issue one which coincided with a surge in listener figures and increased advertising revenue for the station following its publication.


Saturday, June 30, 2007

Setanta Sports – Golf magazine

Setanta Sports have commissioned Planet ink Limited to produce their first-ever printed Golf magazine. The 100-page glossy publication is to be ready within three weeks, to coincide with The Open Championship at Carnoustie.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Setanta Sports – digital magazine

Boxing champion Ricky ‘The Hitman’ Hatton features on a special cover for Setanta Sports’ monthly ‘Switch On’ digi-mag ahead of his bout with Mexican fighter Jose Luis Castillo. It is accompanied by a two-page spread advertising the big fight with details on how to view.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

ScottishPower News – newspaper and digital

Work has begun on the first ScottishPower News produced for the company by Planet Ink Limited. It has changed to a tabloid size with greater emphasis on design and use of photography, with Planet Ink Limited also providing copywriting services. The product is expected to be delivered ahead of schedule in both digital and printed formats.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Heart of Midlothian FC – digital marketing

Planet Ink Limited has agreed to explore potential ways of helping Hearts FC improve its marketing capacity. This includes concepts for a digital only marketing brochure for the club’s glamour friendly against Barcelona in July, and an online catalogue linked directly to its online store.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Setanta Sports – digital magazine

May’s edition of ‘Switch On’ digi-mag celebrates Setanta Sport’s clinching of rights to show major live football matches from the Barclay’s Premiership next season. This will be accompanied by a major push for new subscribers over the summer.

Monday, May 14, 2007

ScottishPower – contract award

Following the success of ScottishPower Way digi-mag, Planet Ink Limited has been selected to produce an internal newspaper on behalf of the company. ScottishPower News will undergo a major redesign to make it even more appealing to readers, which will be available in both printed and digital formats. It will also increase in frequency to become a monthly publication. Planet Ink Limited are also project managing the distribution of the title across the UK and Europe.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

ScottishPower – special publication

Planet Ink Ltd were commissioned by ScottishPower to produce a special publication outlining details of a proposed merger with Spanish firm Iberdrola. The entire process including design, copywriting, compliance and delivery was completed within 48-hours.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Setanta Sports – digital magazine

Setanta Sports monthly digi-mag has undergone a revamp with greater emphasis being place on marketing. Interviews have been replaced with scheduling information to help make it easier for users to plan their viewing. This has also allowed for more use of photography and strong images to create a vivid marketing tool.

Friday, April 13, 2007

ScottishPower Way– digital magazine

The latest issue of ScottishPower Way was completed on time with a strong news edge to the content. It also contained a special cover of their outgoing Chief Executive Philip Bowman and interview as he looks to move on after 14 successful months with the company.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

talk107 Radio – marketing folder

Edinburgh based speech radio station have taken delivery of a specially designed folder from Planet Ink Limited as part of their aggressive marketing campaign. The colourful piece with gatefold cover includes an area to include a CD-Rom and lip to carry brochures and letters. This was the first commission from the station, and was delivered both on time and to budget.

Monday, March 19, 2007

Glory, Glory magazine – CIS Cup Final

Planet Ink Ltd produced a special souvenir magazine for Hibs supporters to mark the CIS Cup final at Hampden. The glossy full colour magazine featured interviews with manager John Collins and former legends from their team’s last cup final victory in the competition. It was on sale on approaches to the ground and specialist retailers with a cover price of £3.50.

Friday, March 02, 2007

Setanta Sports – digital magazine

Switch On, the digital magazine for Setanta Sport, was delivered ahead of schedule. This month it features a major drive in advertising for its Golf and European Football channels, and a special spread on the SPL’s ‘Old Firm’ of Rangers and Celtic.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

ScottishPower Way – digital magazine

We are pleased to announce that the first digital publication on behalf of ScottishPower has been completed well ahead of schedule. ScottishPower Way was delivered to staff across their network as part of a strategy to develop its internal communications.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Setanta Sports – digital magazine

Setanta’s latest ‘Switch On’ magazine has been completed and features an eye-catching calendar of events coming up on the station over the coming months. It is the third digi-mag the broadcaster has commissioned Planet Ink Limited to produce.