Stockport MP Ann Coffey was invited to cut the cake at a special anniversary celebration at Deanprint Ltd, which began life in 1890 on High Street, Stockport and moved to its present factory on Stockport Road in Cheadle Heath in 1920.
Both Stockport and the printing business has changed a lot since then. The Cheadle Heath factory was surrounded by green fields when it was first built at a cost of £21,000 in 1920, and commercial printing was much more labour intensive in those days.
Ann Coffey was impressed by the friendly “family” feeling at Deanprint, where staff turnover is low and apprentices can progress to senior roles. As well as taking on board new technology and systems, Deanprint has retained the traditional craftsmanship of printing and bookbinding, which enables them to take on specialised commissions.
Ann met staff members gathered for the anniversary celebrations, including Doris Coppock who was retiring on that day after starting work at the factory as a school leaver. Ann said:
“I was very pleased to visit Deanprint again and meet so many staff on this special anniversary. This is a great Stockport company, looking after its employees, encouraging innovation whilst always looking to pass on the traditional skills to a new generation. I wish them the very best for the next 125 years.”
Jon Sherlock, Deanprint Sales & Marketing Director, said:
“Any business is only as good as its people. In this room we have over 750 years of Deanprint experience. It is this experience that allows us to be able to do ‘the things that other people can’t’. Together we are building a strong foundation which we hope will stand us in good stead for the next part of our history.”