Thursday 31st March
The GBSLEP Growth Hub* has supported Central Mailing Services to successfully deliver projects to support its growth and to gain a competitive edge. By using our business support services, including access to finance and referrals to various industry experts, the business is going from strength to strength.
So what is it Central Mailing Services do? They deliver solutions for all print and mail projects including (but not limited to) direct, transactional and publication mailing. From brochures to catalogues, letters to postcards, newsletters to financial statements, sample products to bulk distribution – Central Mailing Services do it all.
Over the past few years, the GBSLEP Growth Hub has supported Central Mailing Services in their pursuit of growth by giving them funding opportunities to expand their production and build a new mezzanine.
The business accessed GBSLEP’s Pivot and Prosper Grant, which was a business support scheme aimed at helping businesses pivot their business models in light of the emergence of the Covid-19 pandemic. This grant was utilised to find ways to help employees work from home more efficiently during Covid-19 and to fund remote desktops for their employees.
To help the business to grow, Central Mailing Services launched the ‘Growth Plan Project’, as it was looking to produce more ‘hand-made packages’ to meet demand. However, it did not have the capacity to implement this new plan. This is when Christine Hancock, Account Manager at the Growth Hub, was able to advise and direct the business to a suitable grant opportunity whilst supporting with the application process.
Richard Morrow, Director of Central Mailing Services said, “A key member of the GBSLEP Growth Hub that has supported our business is Christine. She's been fantastic in helping us process all the applications and go through the opportunities the grants provide to ensure they match our needs with their resources.”
With aspirations to grow and enhance its services for its customers, the business was looking to invest in a third paper wrapping line, which has enabled the business to increase its competitive advantage and improve its operations. With the help from the Growth Hub, Central Mailing Services was given funding for its new mezzanine where it now processes more hand packages which allows it to process more orders, attract more customers and gain a greater dominance in their industry.
Richard continued, “If I was to describe the GBSLEP Growth Hub in a few words I would say, they are very supportive, very reactive and they are incredibly knowledgeable. They have a wealth of experience you can draw upon. The GBSLEP Growth Hub’s stand out feature for me versus the other business support services has been their willingness to go the extra mile. They have really listened and understood the requirements rather than trying to offer a one type solution for all”.
If you are an SME looking for expert business advice to grow your business contact the Growth Hub today on 0800 032 3488 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with your enquiry. We are here to help your business.
*The GBSLEP Growth Hub can support SMEs located in the following local authority areas: Birmingham, Solihull, Lichfield, Tamworth, East Staffordshire, Cannock Chase, Bromsgrove, Redditch and Wyre Forest.