Barcode Labels and QR Labels – differences, similarities and everything you need to know

We all know how barcodes are used – there are a lot of items that you can purchase in a shop, that won’t have a barcode sticker on them.

Barcode labels have been making our lives easier since 1974. Choosing the right barcode for your business is a simple process and can generally be determined by deciding what type of information you need your barcode labels to deliver and what environment they will be stored in. You might need synthetic labels if they will be stored outside and you will need special adhesive if they will go on frozen products.

With a wide variety of label solutions manufactured to survive water, chemicals, abrasion and weathering, depending on the labels destination, your pre-printed barcode labels will stand up to environmental challenges for the life of your product. With the right kind of label design software – like Labelview – making barcode labels won’t be hard. Barcodes are a key piece in your labels design and a faulty barcode can project the wrong type of image for your company. Not only can we help you with the design side of your labels, but we can also supply you with industrial and desktop label printers.

But when you’ve got all that sorted – what is the need for QR labels? How can QR labels help your product? What do you need to read the QR label?

Using a QR code to provide additional information about your product is a great way to free up space on the labels, sharing nutritional facts, reviews, or even some sort of video or backstory about you or your product. 
QR code can help you spread the word – you can create a landing page that will enable people to tweet about the product, share it on Facebook and even connect with your brand itself. Also, with a QR code, you can take your customer directly to a page that will enable them to purchase your product. For example – if you see an item while visiting a friend with a QR code, you can easily and quickly find a way to purchase it immediately and without any hassle.

The data contained by a QR code can be anything from simple text, to email addresses, to phone numbers and so on. QR codes storing addresses and URLs may appear in magazines, on signs, on buses, on business cards, or on almost any object about which users might want information, they’ve even been recently implemented into tombstones. Users with a camera phone equipped with the correct reader application can scan the image of the QR code to display text, contact information, connect to a wireless network, or open a web page in the telephone’s browser. Recently phones don’t even require a reader and you can simply use your phone’s camera as a scanner.

So while it might feel a bit redundant to put both kinds of labels the comparison – barcode labels vs QR labels isn’t really a fair one, as they perform very different tasks. While a barcode label might be a necessity, QR code will definitely enhance your customers’ shopping experience.

Would you like to know more about QR Code Labels or barcode labels – give us a call on 01978 664544 or email

Flexographic printing and Digital Printing – choosing which printing method is best for you

Digital printing method and flexographic printing method comparison

You are probably familiar with digital printing method, but you might be wondering what flexographic printing actually is, what is it used for and is it important for you to know anything about it. This short blog post aims to shine some light on this matter, by comparing flexo and digital printing methods.

Flexographic printing method is a form of printing process which utilizes a flexible relief plate. It is essentially a modern version of letterpress, but instead of using wooden printing blocks, it utilizes a flexible, rubberlike material.

The printing plate is placed on a cylinder, that transfers the inks while rotating. Depending on the design of your label, you will need several plates, one for each colour. This printing method is suitable for large runs, as it is a high-speed press, and you can print a significant amount of labels in a short period of time while keeping the costs low. Nonetheless – the initial costs (also called origination costs) are relatively high, as you need to purchase printing plates and a cutter, that will cut out the desired shape of your bespoke made label. If your label design is not likely to be altered frequently and you will be ordering high volumes of labels – this is the best printing method for you!

Unlike flexo printing – digital printing does not require a printing plate, therefore it’s ideal for fast-changing industries. You also don’t have to worry about the number of colours in your design, as digital printing uses a full CMYK colour spectrum with no limitations. While being versatile and easy, digital printing can get expensive if you are planning to order larger amounts of labels.

We hope this gives you enough information to make the best possible decision, but if you can always give us a call and discuss your specific needs with our helpful and experienced team. Give us a call on 01978 664544 or you can email us at

How to Setup Your Labelling Machine

We know how tricky setting up your labelling equipment can be.

There are many problems that can occur – you probably had some training to help you with your new labeller, we make sure to provide all the necessary information prior to purchase, but seeing and doing it yourself are two very different things!

That’s why we have many videos on our YouTube channel to help you. Have a look at this setup tutorial for Top Label Applicator and Labelling Machine!

Barcode and Sequential Numbered Labels

Barcode Labels and Sequentially Numbered Labels from Etiquette Labels

We have numerous types of labels available to our customers, including barcode labels in various shapes and sizes. While most of the labels are custom made, according to customers requirements – we have a very large cutter library for you to choose from, to bring the origination costs down. We can also provide additional services, like sequential numbering, labels with perforations, split backing or print on the reverse of the labels. We also do incremental and decremental sequential numbering, delamination and relamination, tamper-evident or booklet labels. We can supply you with cards, without the adhesive layer and many more industry-specific elaborate materials.

Why not give us a call to find out, if we can provide a solution to your labelling problems, including labelling machinery and applicators. Contact us on 01978 664544 or email

Printed Labels for Torasan Sanitiser

Self-adhesive printed labels for hand sanitiser

Yet another great looking self-adhesive printed labels for hand sanitisers! These are taking advantage of the clear synthetic material that allows the customer to view the content while still performing wonderfully as an eye-catching, colourful and trendy packaging.

The labels were produced for ToraSan, a UK based company. ToraSan is formulated using 75% isopropyl alcohol and meets all necessary standards including *EN 1276, EN 14776 & EN 1500.

We have extensive experience in the production of medical, industrial and personal hygiene labels as well as beauty products. Get in touch with us today to find out how we can improve your labelling process!

Don’t forget we also provide label applicators, automaticsemi-automatic and print and apply machinery.

To find out more about our complete labelling solutions visit our websiteyoutube channel, give us a call on 01978 664544 or you can email us at

One Wipe To Rule Them All

One Wipe labels produced by Etiquette Labels

TYGRIS OneWipe™ AntiBac is for household and industrial use. Each packet contains 100 wipes made to clean and disinfect all surfaces. These convenient, impregnated wipes require no elaborate preparation, solutions or dilution of disinfectants and are ready to use straight from the tub. Each single-use wipe eliminates the risk of cross-contamination. 

The TYGRIS OneWipe™ AntiBac is Alcohol and Chlorine free, making them the safer choice. Also natural odour and fragrance-free


  • Bactericidal – Pseudomonas Aeruginosa, Staphylococcus Aureus, Enterococcus hirae, E Coli & MRSA. EN1276, EN13727
  • Mycobactericidal – Myco. Terrae. EN14348
  • Fungicidal – Candida Albicans and Aspergillus Niger. EN13624
  • Virucidal – Hepatitis C, Influenza A (H1N1), Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Norovirus. EN14476

These great looking labels are among many other antibacterial and sanitising product labels we have produced recently. We can provide an ideal solution for any labelling requirements and recently we have seen exponential growth for synthetic labelling for hygiene products – cleansing wipes labels, shampoo and other hair products labels, antibacterial gel labels, even kids hand gel labels. if you have any questions or would like to discuss your needs – please give us a call and a member of our experienced and helpful team will surely be of assistance.

Don’t forget we also provide label applicators, automaticsemi-automatic and print and apply machinery.

To find out more about our complete labelling solutions visit our websiteyoutube channel, give us a call on 01978 664544 or you can email us at

AminoFuel Labels for Gene Blast

Amino Fuel Labels, self-adhesive labels, printed digitally by Etiquette Labels.

Another fantastic set of labels produced for Gene Blast! This time it’s for Amino Fuel intra-workout supplement, that features 9 essential amino acids, which are needed for supporting lean muscle growth and repair. Amino Fuel contains coconut water powder, which helps restore electrolytes that are lost during exercise. It’s also got added glutamine that helps accelerate the recovery of damaged muscle tissue. As they state on their website:
“For Men and Women that want to keep their body at peak performance. Amino Fuel is, without question, the most advanced intra-workout amino-acid product available. Manufactured in the UK in a GMP certified facility under strict quality control standards with every ingredient therapeutically dosed to help accelerate growth and recovery. Amino Fuel also comes with a no-fuss 30-day return policy !”

The labels are designed to bring out the best in their product. Produced digitally – they bring all the power of full CMYK spectrum, without any colour limitations. The strong, high quality adhesive can handle frequent use and tough gym environment, with high humidity.

No printing plates are required, therefore changes between batches are not a problem, should this be necessary, which is great for small runs and frequently changing designs.

The labels we produce are supplied on a roll, unless specified otherwise by the customer, to enable machine application. We can tailor the core size to your needs. We also provide label applicators, automaticsemi-automatic and print and apply machinery.

To find out more about our complete labelling solutions visit our websiteyoutube channel, give us a call on 01978 664544 or you can email us at

Printed Labels for Kids Hand Gel

Hand gel for kids printed self-adhesive labels by Etiquette Labels

We’ve recently had a privilege of printing these bright and colourful labels for Newtons Labs, a UK based manufacturer of personal care products. They have embraced the need for children’s cleansing hand gel and approached us to produce labels for their product.

The kid-friendly design – cheerful and bright -will certainly attract their attention and hopefully, make the process of hand sanitising slightly less daunting for their parents. The quirky font used and the illustration will definitely appeal to kids tastes. The labels are synthetic, so will withstand frequent usage and tough environment of mums purse.

Please get in touch with us to find out more about our printing methods!

Bear in mind that we also can provide labelling applicators, automaticsemi-automatic and print and apply machinery.

To find out more about our complete labelling solutions visit our websiteyoutube channel, give us a call on 01978 664544 or you can email us at

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