North East Cheshire Business Awards – with RA Smart
THIS week Alison Smart, director of digital print at RA Smart, takes a turn under the spotlight.
Alison’s father Ron Smart set up the printing business in 1972 and Alison joined the digital team, which is now responsible for 99percent of the business, nine years ago.
RA Smart Textile Printing Solutions is responsible for printing, dying and sewing fabrics for high end retailers and designers, with employees currently focusing on providing materials and prints for London Fashion Week. ●● WHICH award are you sponsoring?
Innovation and Design ●● WHY have you got involved with the business awards? It’s a perfect opportunity to get to know and be able to promote local businesses, both new and existing. We have many world class businesses on our doorstep that deserve to be recognised and celebrated ●● WHY did you choose to sponsor that particular award? We are pleased to be associated with these local awards and think it is particularly apt that we are able to present the award for ‘Innovation and Design’. RA Smart is one of the UK’s leading textile printers for both digital and traditional screen printing. Working with a large number of fashion houses and interior designers as well as small bespoke designers As a company we are constantly developing, testing and launching new products and machinery
●● WHY is East Cheshire such a great place to do business? In my opinion East Cheshire has a great mix of businesses; the area is well connected geographically. A number of organizations’ throughout the north west offer training, support and events to businesses in the NE Cheshire area. ●● WHAT is your best piece of business advice? Look after and listen to your customers and suppliers, continue to evolve and learn from history Using the social media available is a successful route not only to promote your business but an equally a good way to access information within your own business field and discover new
customers ●● ANYTHING else you would like to add? You have got to be ‘in it to win it’ so sign up for the business awards and take the chance to promote your business.
●● Alison Smart