Local printer beats recession

Fair oak print and design

Despite the recession, business looks rosy for Eastleigh based Fair Oak  Design & Print Ltd. As part of their expansion into high quality digital printing, they have recently invested in a state of the art Xerox.

Printer Charles Prewitt, with his wife Joy as financial manager, started the  family business in 2006 using a single lithographic offset press. With expansion has come investment in more equipment and machinery.

However Charles, a printer with 38 years experience warns:

“Digital doesn’t always mean high quality. So much depends on experience and having quality equipment. Also printers often persuade customers to go for digital when offset litho might be better. For instance some desktop printers can’t print on some digitally printed material like invoices or letterheads. We have the experience to advise customers which printing method is best for them and we provide samples.”

Charles’ son Richard, manages the business and provides graphic design consultation for customers unable to provide print-ready artwork. His philosophy is simple:

“The key to our success is customer service. The printing industry has gone through big changes in recent years but unfortunately speed, rather than customer service, is now the goal for most printers. By focussing on customer service we achieve competitive prices, high quality and satisfied customers.”

Charles adds:

 “Each customer is important to us and no job is too small. Printing is important for small traders and we can help them with the right price and quality. We also offer business start-up packages. The new Xerox gives us even more flexibility and cost effectiveness for shorter runs.”

Fair Oak Design & Print are conveniently located in the Shakespeare Road business centre near the junction with Twyford Road. They offer a huge range of printing services, including business and appointment cards, letterheads, compliment slips, graphic design, flyers, leaflets, NCR duplicate sets, brochures, folders, large posters and more besides. From personal experience over the years, I have no hesitation in saying that this Eastleigh business really does achieve high quality printing at competitive prices, with friendly service and fast turnaround, with the added bonus of free parking.


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