West Dorset Champions

CREEDS CHAMPION CHARITY AWARD

Creeds the printers sponsor the View’s Charity Champion awarded to an individual whose service to a charity is inspirational. A suitable category for a family firm whose business supports hundreds of local charities, fundraising events and inspirational achievements.

This much loved local company have customers all over the UK, France and Channel Islands with a staff of fourteen working from their converted barn based in the tiny village of Broadoak. Creeds design and print a huge range of publications and printed products using state of the art, eco-friendly equipment. Yet they are never too busy or grand to help with the fiddly details involved with a local charity such as leaflets, posters and raffle tickets. They are always keen to offer competitive prices and prepared to go the extra mile for local charitable causes and make sure print is delivered on time at the right place.

It’s said that ‘charity begins at home’. Something that Creeds the Printers know well as a business which is home to three generations of Creeds. Founder John Creed is a distant relative of Thomas Hardy and, though now in his seventies, still helps out with deliveries. Daughter Marilyn and son-in-law Harry manage the team of printers, designers and finishers, now ably helped by their twenty two year old twin daughters Cath and Laura who trained at Yeovil College in print administration and finishing and graphic design at Kingston Maurward.

Marilyn and Harry are familiar faces at many local community events and causes. Marilyn’s Dorset sketches are popular spots in local shows and Harry is a stalwart in the Symondsbury Mummers. Hugely knowledgeable about Bridport life, supporters of sports, arts and local business, they have got involved  with many charities themselves. On Friday 22 April they organised a St George’s day party at the Electric Palace in aid of the Dorset Air Ambulance.

Creeds are always keen to help local people writing their own books. Digital equipment means that print runs do not have to be enormous any more. Many people have discovered that writing about their lives is in itself a life-changing experience. Harry and Marilyn are patient, knowledgeable and caring with what can be a momentous event.