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Encore Envelopes

Encore Envelopes is a producer of printed envelopes for both transactional (invoices, statements, payments etc.) and advertising (Direct Mail) purposes, manufacturing over 50 million envelopes per week for a mix of end users and print buyers.

Two years ago the business expanded with the launch of a new packaging division, Encore Packaging Solutions, which works with businesses large and small across the North East and nationally to find solutions to their packaging requirements.

To support the continued growth of the business, Encore purchased a 70,000 sq ft factory at Davy Drive, NWIE, Peterlee to:

  • Become the hub of Encore Packaging Solutions, manufacturing boxes for direct mail, food, medical and internet sales markets
  • Support high speed printing and design via new Heidleberg Lithographic printing equipment
  • Warehouse high volume, call off envelope stock

The company invested over £4m in the purchase of the premises and productive machinery and will employ 40 staff in Peterlee. The company is a proud employer and a can-do attitude and technical know-how from its staff are what keep it ahead of its competitors.

Business Durham worked with the company to help plan its move, liaising with the Planning Department to expedite a Local Search to allow purchase before the year end and co-ordinating rates support through S44. Since moving in, the company has joined the Peterlee Business Park Group set up by Business Durham to encourage businesses across the three Industrial Estates and two Business Parks to share ideas, best practice, inter-trading and future opportunities.

Mike Williamson, Financial Director, commented: “With demand increasing for our products, the relocation to our new site in Peterlee from our existing Washington premises will offer us the additional space we now need, while also providing room for further expansion as we secure new contracts.

“As our packaging division continues to go from strength to strength it was imperative that we found a site that would not only provide us with the right amount of space to allow for future growth, but one with good transport links and within easy reach of our existing site in Washington, home of Encore Envelopes, and Peterlee met all of these requirements.

“The support we received from Business Durham was invaluable in ensuring a smooth transition into our new premises and in supporting us to build links with other local businesses.”

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