South Yorkshire printer Route 1 Print has wasted no time in becoming the UK’s largest online trade printer, just a few years after launching in 2012. Now, its rapid growth has been recognised by the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards which has awarded the company with the Scale Up Entrepreneur award.
The past year has seen a big leap forward for Route 1 Print as it purchased its second production facility. The new unit is located just next door to the current site and will increase floorspace by 45%.
Over the last four years, Route 1 Print has spent £25 million on new equipment. This expansion gives the company room to continue investing in the latest technology and it already plans on spending £1.5 million on machinery this year.
But, this year won’t just be about new equipment. Route 1 Print will invest another £1.5 million on refurbishing the space to create the perfect, up to date printing environment.
‘We have always been ambitious,’ said head of Route 1 Print, Mark Young. ‘As we grow, we always keep one eye on the future to see what needs to happen next. We could see that we needed more space in order to continue building our service and this was exactly the right point in our journey to take that step.’
It is this commitment to growth that has gained Route 1 Print recognition at the NatWest Great British Entrepreneur Awards. The Scale Up Entrepreneur Award champions businesses that clearly include an expansion strategy in the company’s long term business plan.
Mark goes on to say, ‘We know that the key to growth lies in giving our clients a service that meets their needs. Every investment we make is made with that in mind and this expansion is no different. We can now continue to develop our offering to customers and help them with all of their print needs.’
Later this year, Route 1 Print will kick off a recruiting initiative to staff the new facility, adding to its already large workforce of over 350 team members. The company anticipates the second site to be up and running as part of daily operations by early 2020.