Bristol Card Solutions - Services

Printed plastic cards

Est. 1976.  Experience matters.  Having developed and promoted the world’s first ‘clean’ plastic card for desktop card personalisation machines, we have always been at the forefront of the identity card industry.  We use the same skills to bring improvements to other industries. 

Today we use offset lithographic, the latest in digital technology, silk-screen and foil overprinting methods to provide the most flexible service possible, producing over 100 million cards per year.

We are competitive from small to very large volumes, and are capable of handling the most difficult of requirements.  A very diverse range of different options includes different thickness, size, shape, material, print, finishing, punching. 

We produce anything in your wallet from a PVC gift card with interesting cosmetic features to promote sales, to a polycarbonate drivers’ licence with overt and covert security features to prevent forgery.

Speak to us about your own challenges.  Experience matters.  We bring you over 40 years of it.

Smart technology plastic cards, and other credential devices

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has brought much convenience to our lives, fulfilling the business requirements of a wide range of applications across numerous vertical markets.

Whether it is for identification, registration, inventory & supply chain management, brand protection, interactive marketing, banking, livestock management or travel, our smart cards are used around the world to keep people and systems moving, facilitating business objectives on a global scale.  We work with technologies from NXP, Atmel, Temic, Electromagnetics, HID, Mastech to name a few.

We stock a wide range of smart cards within our FOTODEK blank card range, and also offer an efficient service for bespoke pre-printed smart cards.

Working at the fore-front of the identity credential market requires us to develop products other than the original plastic card.  We recognise that persons require other mediums to carry their identity promoting a large range of fobs, wristbands and stickers.

Suite of security and cosmetic card features

Plastic that fits in your wallet is all around us. So is identity theft. We promote a suite of security features seen on EU-directive conforming driving licences across Europe, and national ID cards and government level identification cards used around the world.

When it comes to gift cards schemes, retailers are asking how they can increase sales of the cards as the money loaded to gift cards is often a substantial element of their sales revenue.  With loyalty and membership cards, organisations are seeking to make their customers feel more special than their competitors do.  These are questions that we are continually matching clever and expertly delivered solutions to.  We have a plethora of different features that can make a card feel like a collectors’ item – from silk-screen relief or spot effects, to clever foil effects, 3D printing, lenticular effects, different laminations, to name a few.  We are available to speak about innovative presenter solutions that turn the card into an intriguing and valuable gift.

FOTODEK high-quality blank plastic cards

FOTODEK is globally recognised as the market leading range of durable blank plastic cards with a wide variety of options, all in stock for immediate dispatch.

Global personalisation machine manufacturers regard the brand as representing the finest quality plastic cards in the world.

Cards branded as FOTODEK are the original article, reliably and consistently delivering superior results, and providing economy through reduction in print head wear and waste. 

The totally unique FIRE and ICE finishes available cater for every taste and application.  Read more at

Check authenticity of your product - look out for the unique FOTODEK hologram applied to the tray ends.

Be forward thinking and avoid inferior imitations – you can trust FOTODEK. 

FOTODEK commands a higher value than other blank plastic cards available.

Visit to view the full range of options.

Please request an account and shop for these products with us.

ID card accessories

Hundreds of products.  Hundreds of combinations.  Our range of ID card accessories is widely recognised as the largest and most useful available.

We have all you require to safely carry your ID card on your person.  Many different types and colour combinations are stocked for immediate dispatch.  The range includes clips and fittings, necklaces and lanyards, yo-yo badge reels, badge holders, badge racks, slot and photo punches and other ancillary products.

Selected badge holders and badge reels can be personalised to company identity, please request access to the product configurators.

Please download our catalogue to view the full range.

Please request an account and shop for these products with us.

Printed lanyards, badge holders, badge reels

We offer a rapid and flexible lanyard printing service on different stock materials.  Multiple options of material, print, clips and fittings are available. 

To make life easy please request access to our lanyard builder, where you can gain instant pricing and upload your artwork for a PDF proof to be returned.

Selected types of badge holders can be personalised with a foil or screen print, please request access to our unique printed badge holder configurator to gain instant pricing and upload your artwork for a PDF proof to be returned.

Certain stock badge reels are available with a 4 colour process printed epoxy resin logo dome applied into the recess.  Please request access to our unique printed badge reel configurator to gain instant pricing and upload your artwork for a PDF proof to be returned.

ID card printer ribbons & media

As a trade supplier to the identity trade we have excellent partnership working relationships with the personalisation printer manufacturers and their distributors.  Therefore we can help you save on the supplies of the ribbons & media that these machines require. 

Many types of ribbons are in stock for immediate dispatch for top brands such as Magicard, Evolis, Zebra, Datacard, Fargo and others.

Please request an account and shop for these products with us.

Printed presenters and carriers

Plastic cards is not the only thing we can print and produce.  Experience in the gift, loyalty and membership card industry means that we know how important it is to present your cards with impact.

Gift card schemes require a tailor-made presenter, printed and produced to work specially for that particular scheme.  Good presenters can make a massive impact to sales of gift cards, and allow the card to be placed in front of customers in store.  Speak to us about our stock range of presenters to gain some inspiration or tell us about what you have in mind yourself.  We work with many retailers across Europe to help them make the most of their gift card scheme.

Our presenters can be printed on any type of commercially available material, using the offset lithographic, digital, silk-screen and foil print processes.  Gluing, and special folding is no problem.  Fulfilment of the card to the carrier can be done in-line with personalisation, automatically or manually. 

A bespoke box is made for each job to house the particular card and carrier combination that the retailer chooses – ensuring that goods arrive in store in pristine condition.

Please speak to us about how you need your cards to be presented.  Experience matters.

Blue-Bolt Service

The Bristol Blue-Bolt Promise.  Our service is special, it is the Bristol Blue-Bolt Promise!

Stock orders

  1. Your own key account manager assigned to care for your every requirement
  2. Confidential trade service supported with a multi-use trade only e-commerce website
  3. Your company logo on our delivery note template
  4. Same day dispatch for orders received before 4.30pm
  5. Option for packaging tape with your own company branding to be used on packaging
  6. The best packaging quality available
  7. Post-dispatch e-mail notification with courier tracking reference
  8. Fast invoicing within 24hrs of dispatch

Additional promises for custom orders

  1. All quotations within 1 hour unless otherwise stated
  2. All PDF proofs within 8 working hours unless otherwise stated
  3. E-mail Order Acknowledgement after proof approval stating dispatch date and other key information
  4. Status reports for high-frequency order requirements
  5. All card & presenter production jobs to receive bespoke made cartons to ensure that your goods arrive in perfect condition

Design studio

Our in-house design studio not only takes care of the generation of your PDF proof, it is also capable of the most complex feats of plastic card & presenter design possible.

We use security design software coupled with experience to create fraud-proof drivers’ licences and government level ID cards.  In a totally different application, we help retailers achieve beautiful and eye-catching gift, loyalty and membership card designs, with the presenter design too.

Whatever type of design your project requires, we can help.

Total project management

Our Operations team manage your project through from receipt to completion.  When you place an order you receive a dedicated Operations manager.  Your order will be seen through the studio for PDF proofing.  Upon sign-off an Order Acknowledgment will be sent to you containing all relevant information.  Status reports are generated for the more busy requirements.  Dispatch requirements are often complex.  This is all overseen by your own Operations Manager, who will also liaise with production on your behalf if you requirements change.

On-line services

Speak to your Account Manager about how we can support you with on-line services.

We can provide you with a unique web-portal for shopping, job specification, quoting, and total job management.

E-products development & deployment

We can now help you integrate your cards with modern smart-phone technology.  Designing and helping your deploy a bespoke App to either work independently or in partnership with your cards is no problem. 

Perhaps you require daily reporting on your personalisation, direct mail and fulfilment.  We can provide you with a dedicated web-portal to access all your reports.

Whatever you require, speak to your Account Manager for more details.

High-speed personalisation

Card personalisation is carried out using the highly rapid DOD (Drop-on-demand inkjet) technology, thermal, and embossing & tipping processes.  This matches high-capacity with flexibility so we can cope with small to very large personalisation runs quickly and efficiently.

Data is received and handled under secure conditions.

Personalisation can include a simple human readable numbering, variable barcoding, scratch off panels, application labels, individual photos and details, magnetic stripe and chip encoding.

Digital sub-surface personalisation as part of the initial print run is also available.

Matching and attaching a card to a presenter with peel-able glue can often be carried out in-line with the personalisation process.

Speak to your account manager about any requirement or difficulty.

Direct mail & fulfilment

Do you require your cards to land on your clients’ door mats?  We can help!

We offer an efficient service for mail-sorting data, laser personalising letterheads, matching and attaching cards and other items, inserting into envelopes together with other items, sealing, bagging and mailing. 

We have great postal rates set up with postal providers that can save you a lot of money, based on standard 1st and 2nd class postal rates.

Speak to your Account Manager about your requirements.

Re-seller support

As a trade-supplier we recognise the need to support our clients in every way. 

Speak to your Account Manager about how we can help.