60 seconds with Wensleydale Press

By Jo Francis, Monday 18 December 2017

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Wensleydale Press began life in the mid-19th century. It was acquired by husband and wife team Ken and Liz Lawson in 1979. Although Ken passed away a decade ago, the business continues to be run by Liz alongside Ken’s son Nigel.


Where are you based? 

Wensleydale Press was originally based in a small shop in the centre of Hawes, but after a few months we realised we needed larger premises. As luck would have it, a house and stables on the edge of town came on the market 

How many staff do you have?

Just Nigel and myself plus Jack, my dog – he’s the meeter and greeter

What does your firm do? 

We do anything up to SRA3 litho and short, full-colour digital. A wide range of business and social stationery, plus we have large-format kit for architectural plans and canvas pictures which we can also frame

What’s your typical customer?

Local businesses and organisations, big and small, and the general public

Which geographic areas do you serve?

With no other printer within 20 or so miles we mostly cover the upper Yorkshire dales of Wensleydale and Swaledale. But we have customers all over the country

What’s your USP?

Good, fast service at a good price. We’re always willing to be flexible

What’s your company’s motto?

Common sense prevails

What equipment do you run?

Ryobi 3302 and Ryobi 3200NP, Ricoh 3001 and an HP DesignJet

What’s been your proudest achievement in the past few years?

Overcoming foot and mouth in 2001 – it had a great impact on Hawes

Where do you see your business in five years’ time?

Honestly? Probably retired. Nigel and I are reaching the age when we should be enjoying life in the countryside. There is potential growth in the area, though, if I showed more ambition

What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?

Don’t have one; Jack’s is anything that is given to him

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