Online Printing Company Breaks Guinness World Record for Biggest Business Card
Online printing company, instantprint.co.uk, has broken the official world record for creating the "biggest business card."
Measuring 2.3 meters by 1.5 meters—728 times the area of a normal business card — instantprint invited staff and friends to witness the record attempt at their premises on Manvers Way in Rotherham.
The card was initially measured by local independent chartered surveyor Gavin Sampson from Inform Surveying, before it was passed from one person to another as a normal card would be. It had to withstand the normal requirements of a business card and clearly display contact details and company information.
The record attempt was then verified by Guinness World Records adjudicator Pravin Patel to ensure it met the standards required to make a new record. Staff celebrated as the world record was confirmed and the certificate handed over.
Co-Owner at instantprint, James Kinsella said, “What better way to celebrate our recent move to larger premises and investment in the very latest printing technology, than to demonstrate we can print just about anything!
“It was a challenge finding just the right material to print on, to make sure the card could be held easily without bending. Once we’d trialled a few methods, we printed and measured them multiple times to make sure they were perfect.
“It was a real relief to receive the certificate from Guinness themselves, after months of planning from our team. I think it’s a childhood dream for most people to achieve a world record and we’ll definitely be displaying our certificate proudly.”
Watch the world record judging in action, along with how the big business card was made by clicking here or the video below.
- The world’s biggest business card takes just six seconds to print.
- The business card material was confirmed as 5 mm Westland foam-centred board with a matte paper finish to the face and rear.
- The original size business card measured 85 mm wide by 55 mm high. This equated to 4,675 mm² or 0.004675 m².
- The world record card measured 2,293 mm wide by 1485 mm high. This equates to 3,405,105 mm² or 3.405105 m².
- The company prints 450,000 business cards each day — using 9,000 sheets of A2 card.
- Printing takes place on 313 days per year — that’s 24 hours per day, six days per week, each week.
Bluetree was established in 1989 in Templeborough, the company originally supplied printed point of sale and marketing materials to major high street retailers and banks. However, in 2012 it merged with the online print provider Instantprint.co.uk and as a result has experienced rapid expansion. Turnover was £3.5 million when the merger took place but has now risen to £14 million in the last financial year with much of the growth being attributed to the expansion of online print across the U.K.