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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.

60 seconds with Willow Printing & Design

Established in 1978 above a local delicatessen by husband and wife team John and Pat Kilshaw, Willow Printing & Design has grown into its own factory and from its litho roots into a multi-service operation including digital printing and personalised promotional products. Today, the business is run by the next generation of Kilshaws – brother and sister team Barry (pictured left with a happy customer) and Cheryl.

60 seconds with Imageco

Imageco’s inception was over 15 years ago. Directors Nathan Swinson-Bullough (left) and Simon Harrison have since put together a team “with vast experience that has helped take us to and keep us at the forefront of large-format print sector”.

60 seconds with Datum

Datum started back in 1988 in Shoreditch, London, as a pre-press company supplying plates and proofs to the local litho printers. It left behind its London roots in 2000 when the business relocated to Hertfordshire.

60 seconds with Battlefield Printing Group

Battlefield Printing Group started out 25 years ago with a Multilith press in the company owner’s garage. It quickly became known as the ‘friendly print and copy shop’ and built a reputation in Shrewsbury and the surrounding areas.

60 seconds with Palmers Print

Palmers Print is a family company established in 1977 and now run by brothers Michael and Peter Healey. The firm stopped manufacturing in 2011 to concentrate solely on print management, although it still makes its own proofs and plates.

60 seconds with Brilliant Media

Brilliant Media was established by Simon Tabelin 14 years ago and has grown year-on-year ever since. This has primarily been a result of Simon’s obsession with making sure that whatever the firm does “it has to be brilliant”.

60 seconds with Kaizen Print

Kaizen Print was formed five years ago, in a bedroom in Connor McAuley’s house. It was born from a passion for print, design, customer service and marketing. In 2011 his brother Martin joined the business as a partner and since then it has grown significantly.

60-seconds with Carillion Print

Carillion Print has been providing Bristol and beyond with high-quality screen printed and embroidered garments for over 22 years. The firm’s ethos is built around providing a top-quality service and delivering a top-quality product.

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