Leigh family firm scoops top award

Wigan Business Awards & Annual Dinner 2014 at DW Stadium, Wigan. Pictured are winners of the Family Business Of The Year award Collins & Darwell Printers Ltd.

Wigan Business Awards & Annual Dinner 2014 at DW Stadium, Wigan. Pictured are winners of the Family Business Of The Year award Collins & Darwell Printers Ltd.

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SIBLING bosses of a booming digital company with one of the longest pedigrees in the borough have spoken of their pride at winning a Wigan Business Award.

Owners of Collins and Darwell Printers Ltd, brother and sister Chris Travers and Nicola Westwell have scooped up the Family Business of the Year.

As the oldest firm in Leigh, it beat off competition from other home-grown businesses in the category.

Mrs Westwell said: “It is the icing on the cake for Collins and Darwell Printers to win this award at this time as 2014 has been such an amazing year with the relaunch and the Expo.

“We are immensely proud of our heritage and to win Family Business of the Year is be great recognition of the hard work put in over the years from so many people.”

Established in 1891 by a consortium of 10 businessmen, Jack Travers bought the firm in 1948 and became the sole owner. It is currently on the third generation of the Travers family.

It employs 15 local staff, two of whom have celebrated 40 years’ service just last year.

Technology has of course changed beyond all recognition over the generations and in the current era the company has on site two graphic designers.

But its offer has changed far less in recent years: a full service to customers both locally and across the UK, printing items such as business cards, brochures, banners and promotional material. One of the biggest names it prints for is Pizza Hut.

Mrs Westwell added: “Throughout the last 124 years the policy has always been to move with the times and embrace new technology something which is vital in today’s fast moving business world.

“This past year has been a massive year for us as we have relaunched their company, re-branding everything, putting up new signage and being far more proactive in letting people know that we are around.

“We like to consider ourselves a one-stop-shop where we can develop your logo and brand then go onto to print your stationery and promotional material. One of our passions is helping start up businesses.”

Not only does the company help other businesses within the borough but it also engages with community life.

Recently it has been involved with several sporting clubs in Leigh including Leigh RUFC’s social committee, Pennington News and Gilded Hollins Primary to name but a few.

The firm designed and printed Pennington News’s newsletter which lets residents know what is going on in their area.

It has also helped the school rebuild an outdoor classroom after a recent arson attack.

Mrs Westwell said: “It has to be said that one of the highlights of 2014 for us was establishing Leigh Business Expo in July at Leigh Sports Village.

“After attending Wigan Expo in 2013 and obtaining five new customers we decided that Leigh should hold one and as the oldest business in the town they felt it was their responsibility to organise it.

“More than 70 stalls were sold and more than 500 people attended. It was a hailed to be a great success and plans are definitely in place to hold a second event next year.”