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AlphaGraphic makes its mark with education acquisition

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Stockton based AlphaGraphics has acquired a long standing client to help it move further into the education sector. Class Fundraising provides personalised Christmas cards, mugs and tea towels to schools across the UK.

The move will mean that Class Fundraising’s 11 strong team will join AlphaGraphics’ existing workforce, taking the number of staff to 80, with plans to recruit for further positions later in the year.

AlphaGraphics managing director Andrew Dalton said, ‘Class Fundraising has been our customer for over a decade. The business works in one of our core markets, education, and provides services including screen, dye sublimation and fabric printing, along with appropriate finishing.

‘The products and services offered closely align with our strategy of focusing on personalised gifts, whilst also strengthening our existing presence in the schools market.

‘The company currently spends around £650,000 per year with us, the majority in quarters three and four, which is a major chunk of its annual sales of £2.7 million, so the acquisition makes great business sense for everyone concerned. This will take group sales over £10 million.

‘We have been talking about the idea for the past five years, so I am pleased to see it finally come to fruition.’

Class Fundraising was set up by Mark Simpson and Simon Fulton 11 years ago, and both will stay with the business for the foreseeable future to ensure continuity.

Mark said, ‘Having worked with AlphaGraphics for such a long time, we are confident that there is no better company to ensure the continued success of Class Fundraising.’

Andrew added, ‘There will be no job losses as a result of the deal, and there are no plans to relocate the Class Fundraising team before the end of the year.

‘In the next few months, we are also looking to recruit an operations manager, who will oversee all aspects of large format, screen, dye sublimation and fabric printing, as well as a marketing director and a digital design role.

‘The Class Fundraising acquisition is the latest step in our growth plans, and we are always on the look out for other firms to bring into the AlphaGraphics family.’

Founded in 1993 to offer printing, display and mailing services, AlphaGraphics diversified over the course of the pandemic, launching an e-commerce platform selling tailored social distancing signs to commercial and corporate clients.

Pictured left to right: Sean Costigan, director of AlphaGraphics, Andrew Dalton, managing director of AlphaGraphics, Mark Simpson and Simon Fulton, directors of Class Fundraising.


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