Council sources suitable accommodation for print company
A newly merged print and stationery business has chosen East Lothian as the base for its new company. dtpSouthfield, which has resulted from the merger of gift and stationery producer Southfield Stationers with digital printer Digital Typeline Publications (DTP), have chosen to locate the business within the Inveresk Mills Industrial Estate, Musselburgh.
Alun Joseph, owner and Managing Director dtpSouthfield said: “The company currently has a highly skilled workforce of 22 and we are looking forward to growing our new facility and product range over the coming months and years while continuing to look after our existing customers with the level of service and all the products they know us for today.”
East Lothian Council’s Head of Infrastructure, Tom Reid, added: “The Council’s estates team works with a range of businesses to help find them suitable premises in the county. In this particular case we have been able to secure premises of 26,000 sq ft for dtpSouthfield to locate and grow their business and it also seems particularly fitting for a printing and stationery based company to be moving into a former paper mill.”
“The Estates Team’s main responsibility is to manage council owned non-housing properties, which are not used for the direct delivery of council services. This encourages the economic development of East Lothian and includes shops, offices, industrial units and agricultural land. We regularly post on council social media premises available to lease but of course our team are always available to advise both existing and new businesses about accommodation requirements.”
Currently the Estates Team manage and let approximately 400 office, industrial and retail properties throughout East Lothian. These include:
- approximately 50 small industrial units from 50 to 180 sq m (c. 500 to 2,000 sq ft), which are let on ‘easy in, easy out’ terms
- Over 20 larger industrial units of 180 to 2,600 sq m (c. 2,000 to 28,000 sq ft)
- over 40 small offices
- over 40 high street shops
- numerous stores, areas of agricultural land, industrial land, etc
All current available properties are available to view on the council website.