Last year, Peter Scott Printers had invested £200,000 in a new £1 million factory, after moving from Billington Road to be neighbours with boohoo at Widdow Hill on the Heasandford Industrial Estate.
Whilst many businesses had to wind down, which may have signalled a rapid decline for print services, Peter Scott Printers saw the reverse occur.
With many people at home spending their time baking and decorating, the demand for labels for such products soared. Demand also increased in the manufacturing sector, as well as from the NHS and local authorities.
So, what’s next for Peter Scott Printers? Joanne Hindley, Managing Director, is keen to find the next generation of printers, particularly printing apprentices. She acknowledges herself that many young people may not consider traditional printing as a career, even though it offers a wealth of opportunities and new skills.
“Some of our print equipment is more traditional whilst others are modern. We’re looking for people eager to get covered in ink, get inside a machine to see how it works, keen to touch the final product, which often isn’t the case with digital. There’s that emotional connection. There is, of course, also the need for computer skills when operating the digital press,” Joanne explained.
Joanne herself “fell” into the print world after starting as a temp office assistant at 19. Fast forward 26 years and she’s still there, albeit now managing director.
“I’d love to show young people that is in an industry you can progress in.”
“We may have been around for over 60 years, but we constantly look at ways to improve. The new premises means we’ve been able to start again with layout and ensure it is as efficient as possible to account for continued growth.
“We reached out to AMRC North West [The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre] in Preston to get their advice on streamlining production layout to create lean time management. We strive to stay ahead of our competitors,” Joanne told us.
And with more efficient production, Peter Scott Printers can further progress their green ways of working. They are accredited by the FSC, a stringent process. They carbon offset, use vegetable-based inks and waste products are recycled.
There is a huge focus on zero net carbon at the moment, with an expectation of businesses to help the UK ensure its total greenhouse gas emissions are equal to or less than the emissions removed from the environment. Consumers are also increasingly moving away from companies who cannot prove their green credentials.
Using an FSC-accredited printers such as Peter Scott could help companies achieve their zero net carbon goals and even better if they’re local and can reduce travel miles at the same time.
So, a rapidly-expanding, environmentally-friendly Burnley company is on the lookout for apprentices – sounds like an opportunity not to be missed! If you’re interested in finding out more, why not get in touch with Joanne to see if it’s the career for you? firstname.lastname@example.org