Family printers Creeds, which has been printing everything from raffle tickets to perfect bound books from their site in Broadoak since 1956, is to move just over three miles away to the Gore Cross Business Park just north of Bridport.
Marilyn Harrison, director and daughter of the founder, explained, “We’ll be opening our doors in Bridport at the end of July and, while it will be an exciting move, we are all feeling a bit sad about leaving Broadoak because it has been Creeds’ home for so long.
“We promise our customers though that, apart from our change of postcode, nothing else will change. We’ll continue to offer exactly the same personal service we have always done. Whether you want a few business cards or a regular magazine printed, we’ll sit down with a cup of tea and work out how we can do the best job for you.”
Creeds was founded 56 years ago by former farmer John Creed, a distant relative of Thomas Hardy. It is still run by the family – by Marilyn and her husband Andrew (Harry) Harrison and their 24-year-old twin daughters, Laura and Cath.
“Mum and Dad are now enjoying their retirement,” says Marilyn, “and it is second and third generation Creeds now running the business. We hope to continue the family involvement for at least a century!”
Their approach has always been root the business in the community, and the company has supported hundreds of local charities and raised many thousands for local good causes over the years.
The move has been prompted by the need for better broadband. They also want to be more easily accessible for their customers, suppliers and staff and – because Creeds is developing its design side – to have a more modern design studio. Printing processes will also be more streamlined in the new factory.
Harry explains, “Creeds is just as happy to deal with big companies wanting huge print runs as a local person who might come in with a bundle of photographs and some hand-written notes who wants a short-run book of memoirs for the family.”
“It has been wonderful operating from Broadoak, but we hope that our new site will make it easier for clients to pop in and discuss their design brief, look at proofs and work with us closely on their projects.”
The new Creeds will be at Unit 3, 9a Gore Cross Business Park, Bridport DT6 3UX . Phone and email details will remain the same (T: 01308 423411, E: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Because the new premises has less storage space and there will not be a shop, Creeds are having a massive sale of stationery items and bulk paper. Please call 01308 423411 for information.