Chris Leaves Kitwood Boys and joins small Boston printing business Inglelow Press owned by the Beecham brothers, based in Main Ridge West (unfortunately no longer there), but always has an ambition to be his own boss. 15 years later following redundancy at local company Tarry Hill that ambition came true!
Brothers Chris and Glen enroll on a business course at Boston College and their dream to own their own printing business begins. Chris Cook Print opens its doors on 5 December 1993 at 96 Main Ridge East.
Chris Cook Print acquires R&S Printers based in Wide Bargate, Boston and also expands their premises with the purchase of premises 94-98 Main Ridge East. Finally moving everything into their Main Ridge premises.
Chris Cook Print acquires well known local printers LJ. Ruskin after owner Ron Ruskin's retirement.
Chris Cook Print move into premises at 74 Main Ridge East (formerly Gordon Smith's Auto Parts) - a much bigger and better modern office with space for their team of six staff.
Chris Cook Print celebrate 20 years in the industry.
Not a great start to our 25th year in business as a major fire rips through our premises in the early hours of Sunday 7th January! Firefighters were quickly on the scene, but unfortunately, the printworks were so badly damaged that we had to move across the road into temporary premises for 12 months to keep the business going. Local businesses were great and many offers of help came in, especially from fellow printers which we really appreciated.
We start the new year back in our newly refurbished original premises! Many thanks to the insurance guys at Thompson & Richardson and Aviva Insurance who have been a great help. It just goes to show ...shop local ...even if it is cheaper online ...we would have hated to try and sort out all the insurance via the phone!
Wow! What an incredibly frustrating year this has been! We were closed down by the Covid Pandemic in March and it has wiped out most of our business throughout the year, mainly because other businesses in the area are in exactly the same position as ourselves ...so our heart also goes out to those who have survived ...and even more so to those who haven't!
I am sure everyone will be glad to see the back of 2020!
Sadly, we lost our friend and long time employee, printer, Chris Hudson. He was only 49 when taken by cancer, leaving his wife Helen and their three young boys. A sad loss for us all here.
Darren Gaunt joined us from DPS in Sleaford to head the printing department. Darren has lots of experience after running his own print business in Boston before bought out by DPS.
Started the year by purchasing the workwear business of Frank Clayton & Son. Mandy Bent, a long time employee with them, came to us and is fitting in nicely. The workwear side of the business is taking off and proved to be a wise investment.
Onwards and upwards now ...and look to the future! ...and in January 2023 we start our 30th year in business!