Expert craftsmen who specialise in tradditional print and finishing methods such as die stamping, 

embossing, debossing, thermography, foil blocking and so much more

Shaftesbury's website is currently undergoing a facelift.. please bear with us and visit again soon to see our new look!

Shaftesbury Engraving & Urban Ink Merger

In July 2017 Urban Ink purchased Shaftesbury Engraving Company. Although bittersweet in circumstance; The plan had been to enable our friend Alan Taylor, to finally retire to the shores of the Norfolk broads. Sadly Alan passed away just days after the purchase had finalised. Urban Ink have worked closely with Alan and his team at Shaftesbury since our conception, we’ve been jointly involved in many projects for our shared customers and understand each others working practices and quality expectations. So when Alan hinted at a possible retirement, it was an obvious step to take. Shaftesbury’s wealth of experience and incredible expertise in both standard print finishing and specialist artisan 

finishing brings a whole new diversity to Urban Ink’s offerings and in return we bring a wider, more varied print contribution to Shaftesbury’s clients. We (with the help of the Shaftesbury team, all of whom continue to work with us) endeavour to continue the incredible standard of work that Alan and all at Shaftesbury have become renowned for, and we hope to protect and expand on the legacy that Alan spent so many years 

of hard work creating.

For more information regarding Urban Ink please visit: or call us on 020 8373 5000


With the merger comes a re-brand (keep your eyes pealed..). Although the name will stay predominantly the same, we have made the decision to remove the ‘engraving’ aspect (mainly to ward off the continuous stream of trophy & plaque requests). We hope to bring a modern edge to the online presence, making contact, enquiries and ordering simpler and also enabling us to give you an insight into the stunning work we produce. Although the website and introduction of social media may give you the impression of a shiny ‘new’ Shaftesbury, don’t be alarmed, the traditional, artisan craftsmanship will remain intact. 

Please do note, although you’re more than welcome to contact us via Urban Ink, Shaftesbury will still be reachable on the same email address and telephone number. You’ll find the details below along with the new postal address. 

We look forward to working with you soon!

Telephone: 020 8443 3970


Unit 7 Waterways Business Centre

Navigation Drive

Enfield EN3 6JJ