Focus Print Group has added another company under its belt, its fourth of the year, acquiring long standing family business Liverpool Printing Service. Speaking with Australian Printer, Terry Strudwick, owner of Liverpool Printing Service, says to remain competitive he needed to invest in the business, instead he decided to sell. Strudwick says, “It has been a rollercoaster ride for the past couple of years with one month being busy and the next two months quiet.
“For the business to continue we needed to invest more into it but I did not want to do that, and Mark got the wind of my intention to sell and he jumped on it. “I am happy to say that I will walk away from the business debt free with all my creditors getting their money once the dust settles.” Liverpool had nine staff, including Strudwick, who says, “Some of my staff have been with me for 30-years and they could see the highs and the lows and understood that we had to sell,” he says. “Out of the nine staff, one will retire, one will travel and the rest have found jobs.” This is the ninth acquisition by Mark Sergill, managing director of Focus Print Group, in the last two years. Susan Smart, general manager of Focus Print Group, says Liverpool Printing’s client base will further expand the fast growing business. Smart says, “This acquisition adds both offset and digital printing to other recent purchases including AP & Prior Print just a few months ago, and more recently Whitehorse Digital and Printing and Rainbow Printing. “With Focus and Liverpool Print merging to one entity our combined resources will provide a more dynamic business. Our combined experience and client bases will provide opportunities to grow the joint entity.” Strudwick, who has been part of the Liverpool Printing since the early 80s, will initially work in a sales capacity at Focus, and will later move into production. Liverpool Printing Service opened its doors in 1987 by Strudwick’s father-in-law Athol Bolton and has been a family run business since then.
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