UK Printing Industry Facts and Figures 2021

Economic importance, productivity, effectiveness and sustainability.

It’s almost impossible to imagine a world without print. It’s all around us and plays a vital role in our daily lives.

Print is largely produced using sustainable materials. It is predominantly paper-based, 90% of this paper is sourced from European forests – which are growing by over 1,500 football pitches every day! Printing companies, including ‘Impress’ are at the forefront of improvements in environmental performance in manufacturing, hold the ISO 14001 environmental management standard and the FSC® chain of custody accreditation.

Using data from a wide range of official sources, the British Printing Industries Federation (BPIF) has published UK printing – the facts and figures 2021. This covers information on the structure of the print industry by region and product, as well as covering its economic importance and its productivity. It also highlights the effectiveness and sustainability of print as a modern communications medium.


  • A Turnover of £11.6 BILLION
  • Gross Value Added of £4.8 Billion
  • Employs around 105,000 people in 7,400 Companies
  • The UK Printing Sector remains an important economic contributor and employer in all UK regions
  • The UK is the sixth largest producer of printed products in the world; printed matter contributed £580 million to the UK’s balance of trade in 2020.

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