A Teesside print and marketing agency has boosted its staff numbers ahead of its busiest time of the year.
AlphaGraphics, which is based in Stockton, has taken on around 20 temporary roles across the business, including image editors, and scanner and production operators, along with four permanent roles.
Two of the four permanent roles are office-based, with Christian Oxley hired as finance manager, following the retirement of the previous post-holder. Colin Moore has also been hired as IT manager, to support the firm’s customer experience and workflow automation goals.
Christian, who has 20 years of experience in finance, said: “My new role will encompass all things financial, as well as taking charge of all the ISO processes.
“I’m particularly looking forward to learning about a different industry and (eventually) meeting lots of new colleagues.”
Colin, who started his career as an engineer in the RAF, added: “I’ll be taking overall responsibility for the ICT function, providing an enterprise-level service that helps AlphaGraphics achieve its aims and objectives.”
Two permanent production roles have also been filled, with Sam Thomson taken on as warehouse manager and Paul McNicholas joining as a large format printer.
Sam said: “The role appealed to me as it is very varied and hands-on. I’m looking forward to using my experience to help improve all aspects of manufacturing, from production to on-time deliveries.”
Paul added: “It’s an exciting time to be joining AlphaGraphics following the acquisition of Class Fundraising, and I’m delighted to be part of the team as we head into our busiest season.”
As well as the four permanent positions, the firm, which recently acquired Class Fundraising, a supplier of personalised mugs and tea towels for schools, has already recruited around 20 temporary positions so far across both businesses, with plans to recruit more in the coming months.
Founded in 1993 to offer printing, display and mailing services, AlphaGraphics diversified over the course of the pandemic, launching an e-commerce platform selling tailored social distancing signs to commercial and corporate clients.
Managing director Andrew Dalton added: “September, October and November are our busiest months of the year, so we needed temporary staff to hit production volumes and timescales.
“What’s more, these four new permanent hires mean that we will be able to provide a better service to our clients by being more efficient and, in terms of ISO, compliant with standards.
“Technology is now at the core of our business. Last year we established our new eCommerce division – with revenues in excess of £1.5m in less than 12 months.
“All this forms part of AlphaGraphics’ vision for the future, allowing us to fully grasp opportunities, and supporting our wider vision to deliver the very best customer experience in our industry.”
For more information about AlphaGraphics and its range of services, visit www.alphagraphics.co.uk