Carly Press, the local family printing business, is entering an exciting stage in its development by expanding its operations and taking over a unit on Chelston Business Park. New printing presses and finishing equipment have already been installed there to operate from this week and more will be added in the near future. A second floor will soon be constructed to provide a meeting room for clients. Director Mark Gladstone-Smith said, “It will be somewhere where we can meet our customers in comfort and in a friendly environment and also serve as our board room. There will be a front office manned for sales. The current retail outlet in the High Street remains unchanged and will still provide a ‘print on demand’ service and office stationery for customers.”
And there’s more good news: Mark has just placed adverts in the local press for two new apprentices to join the staff. He would like them to have “a passion for the print business and a keen interest in learning about it.” He added, “We’ll also be looking for a second graphic designer quite soon.”
This expansion is due simply to “a demand for more space – including convenient and free parking for our clients. The business has grown rapidly and we can now move into other markets, including more large format printing such as banners, external graphics, wallpaper and floor graphics to add to our extensive list of services. We promise and deliver a very fast turn-around service – from design to graphics to printing – to clients in the local area and this new equipment will ensure that we continue to provide that. We’re looking at becoming a 24 hour operation in the not too distant future.”
This success is very good news for a family business founded in 1982 by Mark’s grandfather in premises ‘up the steps’ at 7b High Street. On his retirement his parents (Kim and Graeme) purchased the business and now they and Mark work in partnership. They expanded into their current premises on the High Street when the original plant in White Hart Lane was bought for housing in 2004, also leaving their small retail shop behind Stags Estate Agents. Carly Press now employs 7 full-time staff, many of them long-serving.
With its local market clearly identified, and quality – and speed – of service guaranteed, Carly Press proves itself as a fine example of an enterprising, far-sighted Wellington company, prepared to make a significant investment in plant, hi-tech equipment and manpower to respond to the market and develop in the years ahead.