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Minuteman Press Cardiff

Genevieve Lewis talks to Louise Williams, branch manager of Minuteman Press Cardiff, on how the company has gone from strength-to-strength over the last eight years

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One of Williams’ favourite projects is the Barry Town United match day programmes

Minuteman Press impress in Cardiff

The start of the new year often presents new challenges and opportunities, and one company that is excited to see what 2019 will bring, is Minuteman Press in Cardiff.

The firm was founded in 2006 and is part of the larger franchise, Minuteman Press. There are a number of businesses around the UK and globally, with over 40 years of operating in the print industry. The Cardiff branch specialises in anything from invitations and cards, through to promotional products and business cards.

Minuteman Press recently moved to a new unit and hope to grow and expand its capacity – even with help from a small friend

Despite having a small team, the Cardiff press has thrived and after moving to a new factory in August last year, Minutemen are keen to maintain the momentum. Louise Williams, branch manager, explains: “Minuteman Press Cardiff was established in 2006, and in 2010 the current owner, Glenn Ingle bought the company and it has since gone from strength to strength. We are predominantly a business to business digital printer, built on a strong foundation of expertise within the print and design industry.

“We pride ourselves on our professional friendly service, offering an efficient and prompt response to our loyal client base, ensuring that their needs are met on time and within budget.”

Onwards and upwards

Not only has the office space physically increased in size, but the business has also witnessed growth recently, with investments in new technology and a view to expand capacity even further in the future. Williams continues: “Over the years, Minuteman Press Cardiff has seen many developments, most noticeably we are now running three Konica Minolta digital presses giving us great capacity and the ability to achieve even faster turnaround times.

Our staff are constantly expanding their knowledge on technological advances, visiting print shows and applying this to the workplace

“Our staff are constantly expanding their knowledge on technological advances, visiting print shows and applying this to the workplace. We are now able to foil, laminate and produce a good variety of work including large-format in house.”

The team may have remained small, but the company’s ambition to succeed in its own way is clear. Williams explains: “We have a friendly team of four full-time staff, with myself as branch manager and in production, Martin as production assistant and print finisher, Carol who is also our print finisher and our newest member, Jodie in sales. Being a small business, flexibility is key, and we are very fortunate to have such a skilled team that are also a great bunch to work with.

Throughout 2018 we made a great effort to reduce our plastic usage and become an even more sustainable printer

“Throughout 2018 we made a great effort to reduce our plastic usage and become an even more sustainable printer. I want to continue this into 2019. We are on the Carbon Capture scheme with Premier Paper. We have many recycled paper stock options and have also designed or created our own board business card box, reducing our need to use plastic boxes.”

Williams adds: “These steps have gone down very well with our current customers and have also gained us a few new ones too. The beauty of digital print is that you can print what you need, there is no need for excess for the sake of it and the turnaround is in itself a very fast progress. We are keen to see what 2019 will bring.”

Small and mighty

In fact, having a small team has often benefited and has allowed Minuteman to get involved with various charities and to work with companies big and small, with Williams explaining: “I believe our success is due to our helpful approach and support for local businesses – from the small to the large. It’s a pleasure to be part of their growth and see them succeed. We do our utmost to help local charities and are committed to helping our community, whether it be running a marathon, sleeping out, dressing up as superheroes and elves, travel challenges and even part in corporate events to raise money – we have done it all.

Martin Davies, Louise Williams, Carol Coombs, Jodie Rouch and Glenn Ingle outside the Minuteman Press, Cardiff unit near Cardiff Bay

“We are incredibly proud to have won several awards for this work, a Sustain Wales Award for our work on Go Green Day and a most creative award for our contribution to The Wallich, a homelessness charity.”

Minuteman Press printed the first Barry Town programme in 2012

Having a small team also does not hinder the abilities of the Cardiff Brach: “At Minuteman Press, Cardiff we offer an all-round print and design service,” says Williams. “We have a team of graphic designers at our sister company with whom we work closely before printing and delivering. We can even fulfil and post out jobs on our Royal Mail account. The advantage of using us, as a local printer, is that we will offer advice on the best way to proceed in the most efficient, cost-effective way possible. Sometimes talking to someone who actually cares about your business, wanting to establish a good and lasting working relationship can make all the difference.”

Working within the local community is something that Minuteman Press, Cardiff believes very strongly in. Williams continues: “The favourite project I have overseen has been the Barry Town United football programmes. Our first programme was printed back in 2012. We helped them create print ready files, explaining about ‘bleed, CMYK, saddle stitching and print creep’ which can be a bit tricky to understand.

“Since then, their programmes have won several design and print awards and we all look forward to seeing the covers they create each home game. We interact with them across social media and it has been fantastic to be a part of this Welsh Premier League team journey.”

Williams hopes to expand capacity in 2019, after moving to a new facility

For 2019, Williams says that this attitude towards local business is going nowhere. She concludes: “This year, we are planning on expanding our capacity and growing into our new premises, whilst continuing in our support for local businesses and charities.”


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