ZEST, The Print People, is taking on additional production and storage space in Eastbourne – at The Old Print Works on Wharf Road, near the Enterprise Shopping Centre.
The new light industrial unit will not be open to the public and will operate in parallel with Zest’s main premises in Grove Road, which will remain the walk-in centre for customers.
The new 640 sq. ft. unit is housed in the Old Print Works building, which was purchased by the Enterprise Centre in 2011 and has since been converted into 12 office, workshop and warehouse suites.
The original building was originally used by Johnston Press to print the Gazette & Herald, a history that chimes with the Zest print business.
Zest took on the new unit on June 18 and immediately relocated its key finishing, fulfilment and distribution operations to the site to free up valuable space at Grove Road.
The second stage of the move will take place in mid-July when the company will relocate its heavy production kit to the new unit, including a sizeable new Canon mono production machine.
Julie Banks (pictured), Zest managing director, said, “Since rebranding as Zest in December, we have invested heavily in new equipment and also seen business grow fast – all of which has put great pressure on the space at our Grove Road premises.
“It’s become clear over the last six months that we badly need extra room for print machines and backroom ops like finishing and distribution, so when the unit at The Old Print Works became available, we jumped at the chance to take it.
“The move will undoubtedly help us improve our service even further. We’ll have a lot more space to meet and talk with customers at Grove Road.
“By reorganising our resources, we will become even faster and more efficient. With a dedicated space for finishing, picking, packing and dispatch, we’ll be able to speed up our turnaround times even more.”