A Teesside-based print and marketing company has recorded a promising 12 months after the acquisition of a former client.

Stockton-based AlphaGraphics North East (AGNE) took over one of its key clients, Class Fundraising, last summer. Class Fundraising provides personalised Christmas cards, gift tags, wrapping paper, mugs, coasters and tea towels to schools nationally as well as a huge range of products and services throughout the rest of the year.

Since then, the AGNE team has grown to nearly 80, with eight new members of staff taken on over the past few months, in both office and factory roles.

New recruits include an automotive account director, account manager, printers and finishers working across both AGNE and Class Fundraising.

AGNE managing director, Andrew Dalton, said: “These new appointments will enable us to expand further and ensure that we can better manage some of the new contracts we have taken on in recent months. It also gives us scope to take on more contracted business moving forward.

“We’ve recently expanded the mezzanine floor in our Stockton base, as we wanted to relocate our Class Fundraising services into the current AGNE site. We have been planning the move for some time and it’s great to now have almost everything in one place.

“This expansion will also enable us to add more new roles to the business, such as project management and new product development.”

Director Sean Costigan added: “We are getting back towards pre-pandemic numbers and have seen 80 per cent growth in the first five months of the year compared to 2021, thanks to both new clients and existing ones, who are returning to normality.

“We are delighted to have experienced such growth, especially as so many people and businesses have struggled throughout COVID.

“Our ability to pivot and adapt our business at the time helped us through and set us up to fire on all cylinders when the world returned to normal. The acquisition of CFR has given us additional services and resources which will be of interest to existing clients as well as acquiring new ones and will support our continuing growth plans, blending both brands to strengthen our overall offering.”

AlphaGraphics is currently recruiting for several shift-based roles, including operations managers, printers and factory operatives where full training can be provided. The business is also looking for a production planner to join the team as it continues to grow. This is over and above the project management and product development opportunities currently available.

For more information on AGNE and its current vacancies, visit www.alphagraphics.co.uk/