Tuesday, July 23, 2013

News: Paperbox expands and relocates

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Just 18 months since wedding stationery supplies business, The Paperbox Ltd, became established as a business at Century Business Centre in Rotherham, the enterprise has expanded out of these premises and has relocated to North Yorkshire.

The Paperbox, owned by Ray and Jenny Calland-Scoble, has enjoyed phenomenal success in its first 18 months of trading, which has led to them deciding to relocate to much larger premises at Easingwold.

Ray, who was previously a printer for 25 years, spotted an opportunity to become a wholesale wedding stationery supplier and the couple invested in production equipment and started cutting, creasing and folding specialist card and paper to sell online to wholesalers, specialist wedding stationers and individual consumers.

In April 2012, Ray and Jenny began working with Martyn Benson, business development co-ordinator for RiDO. Martyn informed them about the ERDF-funded Growth and Prosperity in Rotherham (Soft Landing Zone) project, which is run by RiDO and helps Rotherham SME businesses to identify new overseas markets to help them expand further.

Martyn carried out research into export markets by investigating the potential market in Eire and RiDO assisted The Paperbox Ltd with registering an EU trademark, which was essential to be able to secure an Irish web domain name. The business grew rapidly with the majority of sales generated through the company's website and via eBay.

Ray Calland-Scoble, director of The Paperbox Ltd (pictured above, left), said: "The help we have had from RiDO was hugely important in helping us drive the business forward into new markets. The move to this strategic new location will enable us to take the business to the next level by focusing in detail on these markets and continue adding to our market share.

"We are sad to be saying goodbye to our friends and contacts in Rotherham, but we've had a great start to our business here and are grateful for all the support we've had."

The new premises features advanced temperature and humidity control systems, new processing machinery and the addition of high quality digital printing allowing the company to develop new products and explore new markets by expanding the European operation.

Martyn Benson, business development co-ordinator for RiDO (pictured above, right), said: "It is always sad to be losing such as excellent start-up business as The Paperbox, but we're really pleased to have been able to assist their growth in these important early days. We wish Ray and Jenny all the best for the future."

The Paperbox website
RiDO website

Images: RiDO

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