SAPC moves into new business park

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After five years, £6.2 million and numerous sleepless nights, St Austell Printing Company (SAPC)’s MD, Peter Moody, has finally been able to welcome his team to their new home.

The new St Austell Business Park
The new St Austell Business Park

St Austell Business Park officially opened to staff yesterday (March 25).

Moody, who has been running the printing business in the town for over 30 years, said: “We had outgrown our old home in St Austell town centre, where we’ve been since 1981, and couldn’t find suitable premises to move to, so took the decision in 2008 to build our own.

“Our roots are set deep in the town so we wanted to invest in its future, constructing the most sustainable, economical, high quality building we could, with outstanding design and landscaping. Not a faceless industrial unit but one with heart – a place that is healthy, safe, productive and inspiring, that we can all be proud of.”

The printing equipment, including guillotines, finishing machines, laminators and binders, was moved into the new factory on Saturday, following the closure of Truro Road.

The new business park, part-funded by the Convergence programme , and designed by Owen Beynon of Charlestown-based ALA Architects, also offers 22 commercial and studio units for rent, as well as professional conference facilities.