Print­ing busi­ness still thriv­ing after 100 years

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A PRINT­ING com­pany set up by the Welsh Pres­by­te­rian Church more than a cen­tury ago is still go­ing strong and has re­lo­cated to new premises to meet de­mand.

Gwasg y Bwthyn, a not-for profit busi­ness, was started on the dock­side in Caernar­fon and then moved to St David’s Road in the town more than 60 years ago.

But with the three storey site now un­suit­able for their needs they have re­lo­cated to Cibyn in­dus­trial es­tate.

The new premises has put all nine work­ers on the same floor and al­lowed for new equip­ment to be in­stalled in an in­dus­try that con­tin­ues to change.

Man­ager Aeron Jones said: “You have to keep chang­ing be­cause if you stand still then ev­ery­one will over­take you.

“There were once five or six prin­ters in Caernar­fon and now there is just us and we hope to have a long fu­ture. This meant mov­ing sites as the build­ing we were in saw staff spread over three floors, it is not ideal hav­ing to go up and down stairs all day.

“At the new unit we are all on one floor and over­all we have more space here. This also means we can bring in equip­ment that we couldn’t fit into the old build­ing, this is all about re­main­ing up to date with the changes in the in­dus­try.

“You have to stay com­pet­i­tive with the com­pe­ti­tion, this al­lows us to do that while also keep adding the per­sonal touch.”

The prin­ters was orig­i­nally run by the Welsh Pres­by­te­ri­ans, pub­lish­ing ma­te­ri­als for the church. This changed in 2003 when the com­pany be­came an in­de­pen­dent busi­ness, although not run for profit.

It now prints ev­ery­thing, from busi­ness cards to fly­ers, books and mag­a­zines - along­side con­tin­u­ing to pro­duce the Welsh lan­guage news­pa­per Y Goleuad. Mr Jones said: “We can do any­thing here and work for ev­ery­one, from a one-man band after busi­ness cards to pub­lish­ing books and mag­a­zines. It has been im­por­tant for us to have this range of ser­vices rather than be­ing reliant on one thing.

“Busi­ness has picked up fur­ther since mov­ing. Like all busi­nesses there are quiet pe­ri­ods but over­all things are go­ing very well.”

Aeron Jones, man­ager at Gwasg Y Bwthyn, Cibyn, Caernar­fon. Be­low: Mared Glyn and Geraint Lloyd Owen

● Left: Mared Glyn and Geraint Lloyd Owen Right: Clif­for Thomas and Mal­com Lewis Above: the new premises

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