The Printed Bag Shop’s Story


The Printed Bag Shop began in 2007 after founder and director Craig Smith was left unemployed and struggling with debt. After showing entrepreneurial skills since childhood where he set up his own market stall, Craig decided to set up his own business to change his life. 10 years on, The Printed Bag Shop has gone from strength to strength.


The exponential growth and world class clients that The Printed Bag Shop currently supply have come with some challenges along the way. The 2011 recession had a huge impact on cashflow and relationships with suppliers, forcing the business to change its payment processes and adapt to survive the financial downturn. It has since seen a steady increase in revenue and profit, showing that there is potential for small businesses to develop even in the most difficult economic times.


Speaking about us recently celebrating our 10th anniversary in business, Craig Smith says that ‘I never expected The Printed Bag Shop to reach the levels of growth and success that it has – I only started it so I could pay my bills and put food on the table for my family.


“I couldn’t be prouder of how far the business has come. 10 years is a fantastic achievement; we have worked with some of the biggest brands in the world, including Adidas, Vivienne Westwood and Nickelodeon, have our own purpose-built offices in the North East and a great team helping us take the business to the next level.”

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Our Values



We have been in the business of printed bags for 10 years now, and we’ve learnt a few things along the way! That means that we know printed bags inside out, can recommend the best products for you, and can keep you informed about your order every step of the way to make sure you get the bags you want.



We are dedicated to giving you the very best customer service, which means we will go out of our way whenever possible to get your order on time, where you want it, and how you want them. We know that when you’re ordering printed products, you want the job done quickly and a quality end result, and you can rely on us to deliver that.



Being approachable and friendly to all of our customers is really important to us! We nurture a culture of positivity in our office and extend that whenever we come in contact with clients to ensure you get the best, friendliest service possible, and that you’ll want to order from us again and again.



Whatever printed products you’re looking for, you can rest assured that if you order from The Printed Bag Shop, you’re getting the best quality in the business. We spend time sourcing our materials and products to give you bags you’re proud to pass on to your customers, and will never try to undercut prices based on poorer quality products.


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An Award Winning Printed Bag Supplier


North Tyneside Entrepreneur of the Year 2008 & 2009

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6th Position in the Natwest Enriched List 2008

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The Prince’s Trust Celebrate Success 2008


The Pitch Finalist 2009

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Theo Paphitis #SBS Winner Nov 2013

Our Bestselling Products

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Punched Handle Bags

Printed punched handle plastic bags are one of the world’s most popular types of plastic carrier bag. Browse The Printed Bag Shop’s range and find bags perfect for retail, exhibitions and much more.

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Printed Laminated Bags

The height of luxury packaging, printed laminated paper bags are one of The Printed Bag Shop’s most up-market items. They are fully customisable and come with a minimum order of just 100.


Printed Mailing Bags

Printed mailing bags are essential promotional accessories for companies posting items to their client or customer base. We offer a range of sizes, print options and half price printing plates too!

To find out more about what The Printed Bag Shop can do for your business, get in touch with our help desk on 0191 268 7555 or via our contact form.