A Yorkshire-based print company has boosted the size of its team by a quarter after a series of appointments as it looks to expand in 2016 with a new B2 press.
Barnsley-based Spin Print Solutions appointed seven new employees, which means a 25% growth in headcount for the company.
It said they were needed as Spin Print won substantial new contracts. It now employs 27 people and 98% of its work is trade.
The move follows a kit investment two months ago when the firm spent £125,000 on an Anapurna M2050i large-format printer to cut turnaround times and outsourcing needs.
Spin Print, run by directors Dan Brook and Glyn Johnson, has a turnover of just over £2m. Its digital equipment includes an MGI Meteor, a Xerox Color 800 and a Xerox Color 1000. Brook is looking to install a Xerox iGen4 in April to replace the 1000.
It also runs litho kit including a B3 two-colour Heidelberg GTO as well as a two-colour and a five-colour Hans Gronhi.
Brook said the company was also looking to replace a five-colour B2 Komori Lithrone with another B2 machine with UV capability towards the end of this year or early 2017.
“The kit will cost between £350,000 and £500,000 and will be our next big investment. Turnarounds are so quick, which is why we're looking at UV machines.
“We hope the new contract wins and equipment will take our turnover to over £3m in the next 12 months and we are looking to recruit more staff in accounts and finishing.”
The latest recruits are production manager Graham Smith, estimators Andy Burnell, David Massey and Darren Maine, wide-format digital operator Ian Parker, guillotine operator Gareth Hemsley and dispatch and finishing coordinator Ralph Exley.
Brook said: “Our recent appointments have strengthened the team enabling us to deliver on existing and new contracts.
“As the business grows it is good to be able to employ specialists in key areas to boost the capabilities of the wider business and facilitate further growth.”
He added: “We are a small-format digital and litho trade printer but saw the market going in the large-format direction because the quality is getting better all the time.”