Washington-headquartered business and the UK’s largest independent manufacturer of printed envelopes, Encore Envelopes Limited, has secured the future of its Leeds operation with a 10-year property deal.
After acquiring Great Northern Envelopes from administrators in February 2018 and safeguarding a significant number of jobs, Encore has moved production from Morley to a better-suited, 25,000 square foot site in Dewsbury offering high quality facilities to futureproof its growth.
Russell Croisdale, managing director of Encore Group, said: “The acquisition was a difficult period, but we are in a stronger position now and saving so many jobs is something we are proud of.
“The new site on Shawcross Business Park is just what we have been looking for and provides us with everything we need to develop the business further.”
Encore is investing in the new premises with a full refurbishment of the offices and installation of LED lighting throughout the property. The company is also recruiting both qualified and trainee printers to help shape the thriving business.
Paul Mack, director at Gent Visick who negotiated the transaction on behalf of the landlord said: “We are clearly delighted to see Encore Envelopes acquire GNE out of administration and safeguard so many jobs. On behalf of the landlord we were very pleased the company selected this building, which looks to be ideal for its needs.”
“The transaction was particularly complicated given the timescale in which Encore needed the premises, whilst at the same time having to negotiate an early surrender with the outgoing tenant.”
Langleys Solicitors, which has offices in York and Lincoln and acts on behalf of private individuals, owner managed businesses and large national organisations, have assisted and worked closely with the management team at Encore on a number of projects and transactions.
James Bradley, senior associate at Langleys Solicitors commented: “We have a long-established relationship with Encore and have acted on a number of property and corporate transactions for the firm. The company has seen impressive growth during this time and clearly has an exciting future ahead.”
The new site will enable the envelope overprint and sales operation to thrive. Between Leeds and Washington, the company is now able to offer a diverse range of products and quality of service which cannot be matched anywhere else in the UK.