North East Cheshire Busi­ness Awards – with RA Smart

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS -

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

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