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Picture Perfect for Printing Firm

Published: 23rd August 2007

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(Left to right) Darren Walker, Sales Director at DCP Systems, Jane Siddle from South Yorkshire Investment Fund and Mike Hardcastle, DCP Systems Managing Director.

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(Left to right) Darren Walker, Jane Siddle and Mike Hardcastle.

A Sheffield company is showcasing a unique piece of printing equipment allowing clients to personalise small or large pieces of textile.

DCP Systems provide wide format digital printing equipment for a range of clients, including photographers, sign-makers, photo labs, artists, fashion designers, exhibition companies and universities.

The business has just formed an exclusive partnership with Mutoh, who manufacture printers across the world and have become the first printer manufacturer to create a dye-sublimation process for the high-end digital textile market.

DCP Systems, based at Thorncliffe Park Estate, is helping to launch the new printing system by becoming the first UK company to supply the equipment to businesses across the country after receiving a £50,000 loan from South Yorkshire Investment Fund.

Mike Hardcastle, Managing Director of DCP Systems, said: “Mutoh’s new digital soft textile printing system enables our clients to transfer any image from paper to virtually any sized cloth using a heat press.

"The system is popular in Europe, but it is just starting to grow in this country. DCP Systems is the only company offering these machines and our extensive expertise in this market will add value to any business."

"Printing onto textile is not a new development, but with this machine companies can produce quality sellable prints from day one, create large print runs or one-offs and use it for all types and sizes of textile. It will help any customer make more profit, which will in turn increase our profitability."

"Anyone can benefit from this new piece of equipment, whether it’s a local football clubs adding a sponsor logo on a team-strip or a national fashion designer making a bespoke dress."

"It will be ideal for companies at exhibitions who want a cloth backdrop or for corporate companies wanting a banner, umbrellas or even reception chairs with the company logo on. The system can even be used for individuals wanting to personal items such as handbags or cushions with their favourite picture."

DCP System will be showcasing its products, equipment and services in an event at Tankersley Manor Hotel, Barnsley in September, for more information email events@dcp-systems.co.uk  

Jane Siddle, Investment Manager at South Yorkshire Investment Manager, said: “We have worked with DCP Systems for the last three years and have seen the company grow. SYIF has now provided three loans to the company during that period, totalling £145,000 and we are pleased to see them enjoying continued success.

"DCP Systems identified a niche in the marketplace by introducing the new printing process to companies in this country. I’m sure that with their expertise in this field, they will be able to attract more companies to purchase the machines."

South Yorkshire Investment Fund can provide seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

For more information on how South Yorkshire Investment Fund can help your business please call 01709 386 377.

Editor's Notes

About South Yorkshire Investment Fund

South Yorkshire Investment Fund  provided seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15k to £2.5m, specifically to help small and medium businesses meet the gaps in funding they need for growth and development.

Created as part of the Objective 1 programme, the Fund is a private and public sector business finance provider. The European Regional Development Fund and Yorkshire Forward are investors in the Fund.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provided access to Business Angel investments from the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels and Microloans through BiG Business Loan Fund and Donbac Microloan Fund.

Finance Yorkshire has now taken on responsibility for providing gap finance in Yorkshire and the Humber.

For further details please contact Suzanne Tinkler,  on 0845 649 0000.

South Yorkshire Investment Fund Ltd is a company limited by guarantee (Registered No 3936065). South Yorkshire Investment Fund comprises three sub funds, the South Yorkshire Investment Capital Fund, the South Yorkshire Investment Development Fund, which are each managed by YFM Venture Finance Limited, and the South Yorkshire Investment Small Business Fund, which is managed by Finance South Yorkshire Ltd. YFM Venture Finance Limited (Tel 0113 294 5000) and Finance South Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 01709 386 377) are each authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority. South Yorkshire Investment Fund also provides a number of services, which are not regulated by The Financial Services Authority. These include the pilot Seedcorn Fund, BiG Business Loan Fund, Mentorbank and access to the Donbac Microloan Fund. BiG Business Loan Fund is managed by Donbac Ltd (company registration No. 01925556) and Key Fund Yorkshire Ltd (Tel 0114 242 8900).