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Building a viable business out of a Bedroom Project

When Ed Snelson ran a printed clothing business as part of a year-long Young Enterprise project at school it sparked the beginnings of an idea that years later would evolve to see the now 28-year old heading a £1.4m-turnover print business with a 16-strong workforce.

60 seconds with Deanprint

Deanprint can trace its history back to the 1870s when Dean & Dawson was a world renowned travel agency (even getting a mention in the film The Great Escape).

60 seconds with The Bigger Printing Co

Bigger Printing was set up in 2000, by MD Sebastian Stanley (pictured right with marketing and operations manager David Bowen). Originally selling print consumables, the company grew into The Bigger Printing Company, specialising in producing large format digital print.

60 seconds with Palmer Publicity Services

PPS was set up in 1989 (the year sales director Katie Palmer was born) by her parents Noel and Lesley in the garage of the family home. PPS began by offering photography and marketing services and as the business developed, brought in graphic designers, invested in printing equipment and decided to bring everything in-house to offer the full service.

60 seconds with Diguru

Diguru started back in 2010 with the aim of delivering a diverse range of printing services, quickly, efficiently and to the highest quality. The firm’s focus was to offer three key services to clients, wide-format, digital printing and lithographic printing, all under one roof.

60 seconds with Wensleydale Press

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.

60 seconds with… Ditto 4 Design

In 2002, Ron Fothergill was working in a Blues Brothers show. “Many of the acts we worked asked us to design their posters and leaflets. We saw an opportunity and started off running two machines in our dining room with finishing in the garage.” Ron’s long-suffering wife and partner Lindsay said “enough!” when a third machine appeared in the kitchen! The firm moved into more suitable premises where it continues to thrive.

60 seconds with Boxtick Graphics

The owners of a group of existing non-print businesses purchased the company a few years ago to enter a new market that focuses on small businesses. We rebranded to Boxtick last year with our customers at the centre of what we deliver.

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