Hatfield printing firm is hot off the press

A SUCCESSFUL printing firm in Hatfield has come a long way since the early days as a “one-man band”.

It’s been more than 30 years since Andy and Shena Lancaster bought the printing firm Falkland Press in Barnet.

The husband and wife team turned what Shena describes as a “one-man band” into a successful small business, employing six people and with an annual turnover of �450,000.

Shortly after, the couple had two sons Jonathan and Daniel.

In 2006, Jonathan became the company’s managing director.

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It proved an astute move. Moving to a factory in Great North Road, Hatfield, in 2008, Falkland Press is today a 20-man operation with an annual turnover of �2.5m.

Last month Jon, 27, was featured in industry bible PrintWeek, talking about the success of his business and the purchase of the company’s new, �900,000 Heidelberg XL press, which, Jon says, has trebled productivity.

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In an industry that’s been hit badly by recession, Falkland Press has gone from strength to strength.

And the move to Hatfield, Jonathan agreed, has made a positive impact.

“It’s a much better location,” he said. “We’ve got more space and we’re still really close to London.

“Going forward, we’ll have to move again eventually but I’d like to stay in Welwyn Hatfield.

“I’m not going to rush to move just yet.”

When asked what the secret was to the company’s success, the young businessman remained modest.

“It isn’t an easy climate to make money,” he said. “There’s a lot of printers going bust but not everyone’s going to go bust.

“But there’s no one answer, you can’t globalise it. It’s just about doing absolutely every part of it properly.”

Falkland Press (the name comes from the road in Barnet the company was originally based) specialises in most forms of commercial and private work, from manuals, folders and stationary sets, to business cards leaflets and flyers.

Call 01707 277550 or click on the link above for more information.

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