Printing business still thriving after 100 years
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