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Cumbrian print firm forced to shut after best sales in 27 years

A printing firm has gone into liquidation just a month after its highest sales in 27 years.

Despite the record figure in May which saw Printexpress in Whitehaven score the best sales in its history, it closed and 16 jobs were lost.

Staff were told by managing director John Jenkinson that the doors of the Hensingham printworks would close the next day.

The company, based at Sneckyeat Industrial Estate, had been trading for 27 years and experienced their best sales thanks to work for the Whitehaven festival.

Mr Jenkinson said the bank had reduced their facilities “at a time when we needed support.”

“Sadly, though it is a sign of these troubled times, our bankers [Clydesdale], without warning, saw fit to reduce our facilities,” he said.

“But this is an all too common story and many other businesses will confirm that.

“This is an absolute tragedy, not only for myself and my wife Christine, but also for our loyal staff who have worked so hard over the years and it is for them that we feel for most at this time.

“We had a wonderful base of loyal customers, whom it has been a pleasure to deal with, and we thank them all for their valued custom.’’

Mr Jenkinson, who previously worked for Smith Bros at Hensingham, stressed the importance of organisations spending locally and supporting west Cumbrian businesses.

He added: “It seems unreal to be closing after such a busy time, but all too often I see work which could and should be done in west Cumbria going elsewhere.

“This area has some great businesses with great workers, so imagine how gutting it feels as a business owner to see work going outside the county for no valid reasons whatsoever.

“This area has the capability to boom, but only if people start realising that we need to pull together now more than ever. It may be too late for Printexpress but our plea is not to let west Cumbria fall any further – these good people don’t deserve it.”

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Just to pick up on one point in the comments on this article - here at Copeland Borough Council our printing is either undertaken in house or via our print contractors who are based in Keswick and have offices in Whitehaven.

Posted by Ian on 4 July 2012 at 17:11

When do you stop lending J Rochester? The most likely answer to that is when you have no chance of getting it back.

Posted by Brian on 2 July 2012 at 17:31

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