Opportunity knocked for innovative Wollaston team
A TEAM of former colleagues has turned adversity into an opportunity – by setting up a new company in Wollaston after their employer went bust.
Paper merchant paper2print has built up more than 30 contracts in less than a year following the closure of PaperlinX UK, which was based in Northampton before going into administration last April.
Richard Wilson and David Melville set up the new firm and employed Darren King and David Riddle, who were also made redundant.
The company is based at the village’s Scott Bader Innovation Centre, which Richard says has provided the perfect base to launch a new business from.
Richard said: “We have always talked about setting up our own business and when PaperlinX went into administration we had to grab the opportunity. We are bringing new ideas and solutions to a fast-changing industry by challenging the traditional supply routes and offering alternative solutions.”
One of the first tasks in setting up the new venture was securing a supplier. Following successful negotiations, paper2print quickly became the official UK agency for German-based paper mill Feldmuehle Uetersen.
They now work with clients from across the country, including paper merchants, packaging companies and large printing businesses. Richard added: “We moved very quickly after PaperlinX went into administration because we had to. It’s been hard work but very rewarding. When making decisions, we don’t have to go through red tape or politics.
“The team at the Innovation Centre has been brilliant. Rita has been very helpful, she couldn’t have done any more than she did; things like hoovering our office and bringing doughnuts in! Setting up a new business was very nerve-racking and they made it easier.”
The company is part of a hotbed of pioneering businesses based at the Scott Bader Innovation Centre, which provides office space, labs and workshop facilities on flexible terms for growing companies. There are currently five offices available ranging from £250 for 120sqft up to £485 for 230sqft. Mick Judge, senior manager at the centre, said: “We take pride in supporting new companies like paper2print and watching them grow. Richard and the guys have done brilliantly.”
Pictured above – REWARDING WORK: The paper2print team, from left, Richard Wilson, David Melville, David Riddle and Darren King.