CMS set on growth after 'super-site' relocation

By Rhys Handley, Thursday 12 July 2018

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Central Mailing Services (CMS) has moved into its new circa-4,300sqm base in Birmingham following an investment of £500,000.

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CMS' new base increases its total floorspace by 2,000sqm

The direct mail specialist was previously based on three sites – covering a total of around 2,300sqm – and was considering a fourth to expand its total floorspace but decided 18 months ago to consolidate all its services on a single base.

CMS secured its 10-year lease with the site’s landlord around 12 months ago and set to work converting the site. As of 25 June, the premises became fully operational, and the entire 70-strong team now works onsite.

“It was our dream to have a super site and now we really do,” said managing director Mitesh Chouhan. “Since I bought the company four years ago, we have more than doubled our turnover to £9m, but I wanted to reach £10m, so we needed somewhere that gave us the space to grow.

“This new site puts us in a different league – when clients have visited in recent weeks their jaws have hit the floor. It is slick and environmentally sustainable, and it is already doing wonders to further enhance our reputation.”

All of CMS’ printing and mailing equipment has now moved to the new facility, including eight Xerox printers – two Nuvera mono printers, a D110 production printer, three Versant 80 digital presses, a Versant 2100 and a WorkCentre 7220 proofing machine.

Its mailing and finishing services are supported by four Buhrs BB300 envelope enclosing machines, capable of fulfilling more than 750,000 envelopes in 24 hours, as well as five automated folding machines, two guillotines and five high-speed polywrapping machines.

Sustainability was also a priority on the new site, with intelligent lighting installed to switch off automatically when not needed, and balers for the recycling of plastic and card. Storage has also increased substantially, with warehouse space for up to 2,000 pallets.

Chouhan said: “We are now well on our way to my goal of a £10m turnover with a workforce of 75. The markets we serve are incredibly diverse, and with the decline of companies like Sunline there are a lot of people looking for new providers.

“I think we will be looking to take on more technology soon, such as selective insertion, lamination and automated polywrapping, and perhaps one or two new Xeroxes.

“I have every faith in our ability to push ahead, as we did not lose a single hour of production in our move to our new home.”

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