Accel set for biggest ever investment

A family run Redditch print firm has announced expansion in the town. Accel (UK), run by Pamela and Shaun Dillon, has acquired a 9,000 sq ft unit at Arthur Street, Lakeside Industrial Estate, in a deal put together by commercial property agents John Truslove.

Accel (UK) is a specialist paper converting company in the digital printing sector, converting standard papers to digital sheets, a third party supplier to Hewlett Packard and Moonpig. Meeting tight deadlines on orders with 24 hour turnaround, typically working on behalf of direct marketing and print communications companies, Accel UK is looking to extend its capabilities with larger format and added services.

Mr Dillon said: “Digital printing is expanding – virtually the only area of printing that is – and it represents an opportunity for us.

“Purchasing the new unit, refurbishing it and installing new equipment is costing a lot. It is our biggest ever investment.”

Accel (UK) is leaving rented premises at the Ashtenne Business Centre at East Moons Moat. Currently employing four staff plus the two partners, the move, which is due to complete in mid-October, could bring some further jobs. The business was founded in 1993 by Mrs Dillon and her late husband Chris.

John Truslove acted for vendor Arthur Street Ltd. Ben Truslove said: “It is always nice to see a family firm thriving – we wish the Dillons continued success.”

Noting that the property had previously been marketed by a Birmingham-based agent, but had not moved after a year, he added: “It took just three months from the date we took instructions to the sale completing – which demonstrates how much local knowledge matters.”

The factory has three warehouse bays along with two storey offices. With easy access to both junctions 2 and 3 of the M42, nearby occupiers include Cemex, Eyre & Elliston, Protaform, Heartbeat and Hogan Brothers.