A specialist print house based in Leeds, Print-Leeds Ltd, has made five new appointments during the Covid-19 pandemic. The appointments have been made to strengthen the team as label production has ramped up since the first lockdown in March 2020.
Mark Cutts has joined as a No 1 Printer, Ryan Webster and Peter Richardson as Print Assistants, Jake Forrester as an Apprentice Printer and Dawn Rawnsley as a Client Service Representative.
Print-Leeds is now best known for its label printing capabilities. It is the sole supplier of labels to brewing giant Marston’s which recently merged with Carlsberg UK. The company also prints labels for other household drinks brands such as Fentimans, cider producer Aston Manor and The Black Sheep Brewery. Lockdown brought in more work for can and bottle labels from food manufacturers as the nation stays home to stay safe.
Rod Fisher, Managing Director of Print-Leeds, said: “Covid has brought with it all sorts of challenges. Parts of the business have steadied whilst others are still trying to get back on their feet. As well as printing labels for the food and drinks industries we also produce print for retail, travel companies, events and exhibitions which has not recovered and won’t until the whole economy returns to some sort of normal.
“We’ve been open and producing the whole way though. At the beginning of the March lockdown we did furlough a third of the staff but over the summer everyone returned to work. We have been operating using the government’s health and safety guidelines with strict social distancing. We moved four years ago to a 30,000 sq ft factory which has meant we’ve plenty of space to keep our staff safe.
“On the labels side we’ve been lucky to get more work and employ some highly skilled people from the industry. And then we’ve been able to take on another apprentice – it’s great to bring young people into the business straight from school. Jake is a real asset – he loves machinery and engineering and with us he is able to work on the latest Heidelberg machines and learn the technology.”
Print-Leeds prides itself on being the most technically advanced printer in the UK, constantly investing in new machinery to open up new markets and better serve its clients. The company acquired a label printing company seven years ago which trebled its turnover.
In 2008 Print-Leeds acquired a digital printing company and now houses a successful large format digital printing division producing visual graphics suitable for any sector.
Rod Fisher also has plans to move into the self-adhesive label market. This would be a further evolution for Print-Leeds which started life as a repro house, moving into printing in 2001 and into labels in 2013.