KCS Trade Print welcomed North Cornwall MP, Dan Rogerson, to its site in Launceston this week to discuss new jobs being created in the print industry.
Employing 26 staff, KCS manufactures ecommerce forms used as despatch/returns forms by internet shops. It recent investment in inkjet technology will provide barcodes on these forms, meaning the business can continue to grow.
Under the British Print Industry Federation (BPIF) apprenticeship scheme, three local apprentices are training at KCS, providing long-term jobs in the community.
MD, Terrye Teverson, said: “There are no zero hour contracts here. We believe in offering our staff long-term commitment, training and security. This gives our company great stability. That can only be good for our customers and the quality of the goods we supply.
“There are thousands of jobs in printing and in related industries from print management companies to the paper and equipment manufacturers – it’s not just the printers themselves that provide the jobs. It was great to meet again with Dan to discuss how we can continue to work together to protect and promote local jobs in the print industry.”
Rogerson added: “It’s great to see KCS’s continued success and further investment in inkjet heads for developing their products. I am pleased see KCS’s apprentices developing skills in with the company, and I will continue to support the print industry in order to safeguard local jobs and apprenticeship opportunities.”
Rogerson, who is also the Government Environment Minister responsible for Forestry and Resource Management, also discussed the environmental sustainability of the print industry.
Teverson was keen to point out to Rogerson that paper and print were sustainable. She stated: “It is a myth that paper has bad environmental impacts. 90% of deforestation in the world is caused by unsustainable agricultural practices.
“There are also thousands of jobs in the print and related industries from print management companies to the paper and equipment manufacturers – it’s not just the printers themselves that provide the jobs.”
BPIF business development manager, Daniel Godden, also attended the visit, saying: “It’s great to hear the KCS success story and to hear of further investment in the form of inkjet heads for use in ecommerce forms which will help to protect local jobs here in North Cornwall.”