Company pressing on to help charitable arm

A printing company is continuing to help people with disabilities after investing in a state-of-the-art digital press.

Pegswood-based Azure Printing’s new piece equipment will produce books, brochures and business cards in a trice, complementing the company’s existing litho presses.

The company, trading since 1989, employs eight full-time staff and three disabled staff and is part of Azure Charitable Enterprises, whose mission is to “improve the lives of people who are disabled or disadvantaged”.

As a result, clients who have corporate literature designed and printed at the company are helping the local community as all surpluses are ploughed back into the charity.

Among Azure Printing’s clients are schools, estate agents, charities, retailers and manufacturers, in the north east and as far away as Wales and Northern Ireland.

Allan Lynn, manager at Azure Printing, said: “Azure Printing has gained an excellent reputation for providing quality products.

“We strive to provide a professional, economic service at all times and the acquisition of the new digital machine means we can continue to meet clients ever demanding deadlines.

“Success at Azure Printing is absolutely critical as we are protecting the jobs of people with disability in the north east.

“We have to be at the top of our game to compete in an open market place – and with this new press we most definitely are.”

Production supervisor Gary Alsop, from Bedlington, joined Azure as printer supervisor in 1990 when he was just 18.

He said: “The new digital press is totally awesome.

“Where once we might be taking a week to turn around a complicated job, it’s now just taking us a couple of days.”

Gary added: “The reason I’ve made my career here is because I enjoy the ethos of the company.”

“There’s a great, hard-working team here, we’re producing top quality, up to the minute print work for customers, but we’re also helping vulnerable members of our local community and giving opportunities to disabled people.

“This dual aspect of the work here makes my role doubly rewarding.”

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