Carly Press Visit
WBA members were guests at the new premises of Carly Press for their most recent “one-site” meeting. They were delighted to find business booming.
“We’re looking at close to a 30% increase in turnover for the coming year and hoping to take on two apprentices,” explained MD Mark Gladstone-Smith.
“Leaving the High St shop was such a difficult decision but in the print area we were so short of space it was making production a nightmare.” Carly’s new HQ is a leased business unit on the Chelston Business Park and Mark is already thinking of further expansion.
“We’ve got two new machines in the pipeline and we’re very excited about the range of speciality printing that they’ll let us do; wide-format and white ink,” he said.
“I’ve always been interested in doing more than putting ink on paper and with digital technology the only limit is your imagination.”
The company was founded 33 years ago by Mark’s grandfather and is named after his sister Carly, born that year. Two-thirds of Carly’s business comes from businesses within twenty miles, major local companies such as Relyon, Coles and Wellington Motors but they also do work for ad agencies as far away as Edinburgh.
“We’re not the cheapest and we don’t want to be,” said Mark. “Our offer to clients is based on fast turnaround, usually a five day maximum, high quality and innovative product.”