This year we’re improving our carbon footprint by switching our production to a local firm, Wheatley Printers Ltd, based in Thrupp.
Wheatley have a long, proud history here in Stroud having first started as a family business over 100 years ago.
F. Wheatley & Sons were based in John Street, Stroud for many decades before shortening their name and moving to their current location over 30 years ago. We went along to meet Kevin Woodward, one of the Sales & Graphics team, and he was kind enough to show us around.
“Amazingly a few of the original numbering & die-cutting machines in the old photo from John Street (below) are still in use here today,” Kevin explains.
“Naturally most of the equipment has been upgraded but one or two of these originals are still useful. Since we bought Zeta Printing services in 2015, we’ve become the largest printers in Stroud. Our customers include Ecotricity, Stroud Brewery, The Canal Trust, and Stroud District and Town Councils. We like to keep it local.”
Wheatley Printers is a family-run company which employs around 20 people and uses cutting-edge lithographic and digital technology, but the place still retains a family feel. Kevin explains: “My dad worked here for 20 years until he retired recently. In fact we still have one member of staff – Dave – who worked at the John Street shop. Yeah, he’s 300 years old!” he laughs.
“We have pride in making our production greener. We’re powered by Ecotricity, we recycle all our waste, support the Woodland Trust, use vegetable based inks, offer a wide range of recycled stock and use Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified materials. We are also part of the Carbon Capture Programme, whereby every order we fulfil gains us points towards planting new trees and helping the environment.”
So if you need anything printed, from books to brochures, leaflets, folders or a small run of business cards, check out Wheatley’s website: www.wheatleyprinters.co.uk, or give them a ring on 01453 731001 to see what they can do for you.
Wheatley Printers, Phoenix Trading Estate, London Rd, Thrupp, Stroud GL5 2BX.