Baddeleys says forced relocation 'a blessing'

By Rhys Handley, Tuesday 10 October 2017

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Specialist printer and stationer Baddeley Brothers has been forced to relocate from its east London home of 24 years as the result of rising costs.

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The factory floor at Baddeley Brothers' new Woodford premises

Rent and business rates rises meant the company's Hackney site had become too expensive. As a result the 150-year-old business moved to new 930sqm premises in Woodford, north east London, earlier this month.

The company's staff have all come with it along with its wide range of specialist machinery. It will continue to provide the same services, including embossing, die-stamping, copperplate, plate-sinking, thermography and letterpress.

“Moving from the old place was certainly forced upon us, but it was a blessing in disguise,” said director Charles Pertwee.

“Now, we are in a single unit on a single floor, rather than spread across three units like in Hackney. It has made our service easier to maintain.

“Our decision was very much supported by our customers. Most of them are spread all over the UK, Europe, and even the world, so moving slightly further out of London will not make a difference for them and will be of benefit for the services we provide them.

“It is very much the same operation in a new place. We carry out a diverse range of jobs, many of them for quite niche markets, and are excited for the future. We only have one more machine left to get up and running for our envelope operations and then we’re back exactly as we were.”

Baddeley Brothers runs around a dozen small printing machines for its diverse range of jobs, according to Pertwee.

Pertwee said that the new Woodford address would mark the 22nd home for the company since it was first incorporated in 1859. The team of 25 is all based at the new site.

Formerly the home of Maybank Press – which printed weekly football programmes – from the 1960s to the 1980s, the premises are named Tupos House for the Greek work for impression or form. 

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