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Hyndburn Company’s £6million Expansion

From left, Philip Parry-Williams, sales manager for North West Logistics, with Accrington Ladies footballer Rosie Robinson, Community Manager Martin Fearon, Managing Director of North West Logistics Stephen Dunn and footballer Lauren Turner.

 

A COMPANY’s £6million expansion will lead to more jobs being created, more customers being served and a new kit for a local football team.

North West Logistics, based on Altham Business Park, was founded in 2009 when two businesses amalgamated.

After riding the recession, the company decided to expand and, although a number of locations were considered, they found the perfect spot next door.

Managing Director Stephen Dunn said: “We weathered the recession by keeping our costs down and so we were able to look more long term.

“Our original building was leased, but we were in a position to buy. Computer company Exertis was relocating from Altham Business Park to Burnley Bridge and we decided to buy their building in February last year and lease it back to them until their move was complete.

“Exertis have always been very accommodating and flexible towards us, which has been a great help in the transition to our new building.”

Adjacent to the building was a large field ideal for parking for the company’s fleet of 50 articulated lorries. Planning permission was granted and building work will be completed in October 2017.

Stephen said: “Before we had a small lorry park and on a weekend when all the vehicles would return it was like a jigsaw puzzle to get them all parked. Moving here will be a big improvement.

“We transport goods for customers all over the mainland UK and into Europe and we offer warehousing for customers’ products.

“We work on repeat contracts with a number of blue-chip multinationals and have around 10 core customers.

“With the new building, which is five times larger, we will be looking to take on new staff and will be expanding our customer base in the next year.

“We have also invested in the local community by sponsoring Accrington Stanley’s Ladies’ Football Team with a new away kit.”

Community manager of Accrington Stanley Community Trust Martin Fearon said: “It is fantastic to be involved with a local company like North West Logistics and we really appreciate the support they are giving to the ladies’ team.”

The expansion was made possible by a combination of Regional Grant Funding, investment from the company and a bank mortgage from HSBC.

Stephen added: “Over the next few years we see the business growing and jobs being created; it is all good news for the Hyndburn area.”

 

CAXTON PRINTING COMPANY – LINKING THE PAST AND THE PRESENT

When George Parkinson bought the Caxton Printing Company of Peel Street, Accrington in 1950 it had probably already been in existence for some 74 years as researchers have found references from as early as 1876.

Today and for more than fifty years the company’s address is Tremellen Street in the town. It is now owned by Paul Entwistle who served his apprenticeship under Mr Parkinson at the present site. He heads a six-strong workforce which includes his son Ross and was kind enough to allow me to interview him and take a look around his premises.

Up until last year when lack of space forced him to get rid of redundant stock, he told me that the place was “like a museum” with all the original typefaces still on site. The items he parted with are now used in a teaching workshop so by no means consigned to the scrap-heap.

From its historic beginnings, Caxton Printing is now a modern printer competing with other printers in the area, providing posters, brochures, leaflets etc. and for the most part using modern printing methods to do so. There are some older machines present but they are only used for cutting and creasing now.

The firm still use the time-honoured method called block-foil printing for customers who require something a little special.

Most of the modern printing is done on four-colour printing presses and designed on computers. Paul has a wealth of knowledge of older and more modern methods and that must be an advantage as experience is something that can’t be taught.

I found Paul Entwistle a very amicable and interesting person to interview and we at Acorn News wish him every success in the future.

 

© Words and pictures Peter Jones 2015

The Original Caxton Print Works in Peel Street

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