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Dundee printing business keeping up family traditions

Dundee’s oldest established commercial printers are on track for success after Business Gateway supported a change in management.

About the business

Winter & Simpson, fondly known as Winters by local Dundonians, delivers high quality printing and packaging solutions for a range of clients, including universities, government organisations, and travel companies.

Business Gateway has been a fantastic source of guidance. The support I have received has been invaluable for my own leadership skills and has taught me how to effectively plan for the future.

How Business Gateway has helped

Having successfully run the family business since 1998, Stephen Simpson handed over the reins to his son, Kenny, during the pandemic. Determined to make the business his own, Kenny approached Business Gateway for help.

Kenny benefitted from a suite of Business Gateway’s growth business services, which included dedicated support from a one-to-one adviser, as well as a strategic review of his business plan. This review helped highlight the considerable opportunities available through an expansion into the packaging market, particularly focusing on recyclable packaging.

Through Business Gateway, Kenny benefitted from specialist support from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, which helped towards improving productivity. Kenny was also able to work on his leadership style through Workplace Innovation support.

Winter & Simpson additionally received funding support which has been critical to meet investment needs to enable a more rapid expansion into the packaging market. The funding of a Velo Digital Die Cutting machine has helped push the business further into the packaging markets by allowing accurate prototypes to be created instantly.

Since approaching Business Gateway, the business has won local packaging contracts that were previously being printed in Europe and shipped across the country. Covering a variety of different industries, these have varied from pet food packaging to microwave sleeves for supermarket chains, to working with a local engineering company who required protective packaging for a small but valuable component.

Kenny Simpson, Managing Director, Winter & Simpson Ltd, said: “I took a huge career jump when I joined the family business, which has a long and proud history in Dundee. As the fourth generation from the Simpson family to take over the running of the business, I was determined to uphold our reputation as one of the best litho, digital and wide format printers in Scotland.

“Business Gateway has been a fantastic source of guidance. The support I have received has been invaluable for my own leadership skills and has taught me how to effectively plan for the future. I really can’t thank the Business Gateway team enough and would encourage any other SMEs to reach out to their local branch and find out what support is available.”

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