On 31st July, 2014, Potts Print (UK) Ltd, the Cramlington-based printing, packaging and direct mail specialist, acquired North Tyneside commercial printing company, Bakershaw Print Ltd., for an undisclosed sum.
Potts Print (UK) and Bakershaw have collaborated on several print projects and formed a strong commercial relationship, which led to today’s announcement of their formal merger.
There is ‘no time like the present’, comments Michael Sandford-Couch, CEO of Potts Print (UK): “Bakershaw is the perfect fit for our commercial and digital print division, which is rapidly expanding and will occupy its own standalone factory in Nelson Park later in 2014”.
Barry Billingham, Managing Director of Bakershaw, adds, “Potts Print (UK) have all the technical and physical ‘fire power’ at their disposal to absorb the Bakershaw turnover and to ensure the customer base continues to enjoy the high level of service that we have endeavoured to provide”.
Barry, fellow Bakershaw director and shareholder Geoff Armstrong, and all Bakershaw employees will relocate to Atlas House, the Potts Print (UK) Northumberland HQ this summer. The Bakershaw Longbenton factory will cease production and will be closed later this year.
Potts Print (UK) expansion plans include further trade acquisitions in the North East and further afield: the CEO said, “I have had early stage discussions with several owner-managers seeking a potential strategy for exit or retirement from their business and I would expect to complete another acquisition in the Litho, Digital Colour, Direct Mail or Wide Format Printing arena towards the end of 2015.”
About Potts Print (UK)
Potts Print (UK) is an ever-expanding printing, packaging and direct mail company based in Cramlington, Northumberland.
Clients of Potts Print (UK) include international corporations, retail and pharmaceutical companies, the NHS and public sector organisations, creative agencies, charities, regional and local businesses and the performing and visual arts community.
All clients are offered cutting-edge lithographic and personalised digital applications to produce best value print solutions, bespoke packaging and direct mail combined with seamless production, storage and distribution services.
Our business objective is “An added value partnership based on exceptional service levels and continuous improvement to achieve sustainable cost savings.” The Three C’s are key to the success of our client relationships: Cost Savings, Continuous Improvement, Client Satisfaction. We have a turnover of £14m and a workforce of 140 brilliant people (and counting). We’re also the first Carbon Balanced Printing Company in the North of England.
Printing with passion, since 1875.
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