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Crewe And Nantwich MP Visits Alexander Paper Supplies To Mark 18th Anniversary
Company Is 'A Prime Example Of A Flourishing Family Business', According to Conservative MP Edward Timpson
Managing Director Sandy Cowen welcomed the Tory MP and explained how the family business, which provides art and craft materials to schools and artists across the UK, had managed to achieve further growth despite the challenging economic conditions.
He was then shown some of the vast range of products that have enabled the company to build-up a truly national network of customers.
Mr Cowen said the quality of Alexander Paper Supplies products and services had been recognised earlier this year when the business became the first art and crafts supplier in the county to be awarded coveted ‘Premier Art Centre’ status by leading art supplies brand Winsor and Newton.
The accolade underlined the quality of its comprehensive range of high quality art materials that it sold and the qualifications of its staff who are often the first port of call for customers seeking advice on products.
Mr Cowen added: “Although we have succeeded in achieving further growth in sales this year, with the valuable addition of many new customers including schools from as far away as Cornwall, conditions remain very tough. Fuel prices have placed a particular burden on us.
“Nevertheless, we now have a team of ten staff working here at Dagfields in Walgherton near Nantwich and at our production plant at Marshfield Bank Industrial Estate in Crewe. We continue to invest in staff training and apprenticeships and continue to give our customers the very best level of service we can.
“The growth in popularity of our range of sketchbooks, artist’s pads and bespoke books for the education sector is more than welcome. However, we continue to look to further improve our performance as we move into the future.
After his visit Mr Timpson said: “Last year, small and medium-sized businesses accounted for nearly sixty percent of all private-sector employment in the UK. So we know that small businesses are the bedrock of the economy, including here in Crewe & Nantwich.
“It is great to see here a prime example of a flourishing family business in Alexander Paper Supplies. Their hard work and the quality of their product and customer service have contributed to sustaining and growing the business, even through difficult economic times.”