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AlphaGraphics secures presence in education sector

Marketing and print company, AlphaGraphics, has acquired Class Fundraising, to strengthen its position in the education sector.

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(L to R) Sean Costigan, director and Andrew Dalton, managing director of AlphaGraphics with Mark Simpson and Simon Fulton, directors of Class Fundraising

Class Fundraising, which has been a customer of Alpha for years, provides personalised Christmas cards, mugs, and tea towels to schools across the UK.

As a result of the acquisition, Class Fundraising’s entire team of 11 will move over to AlphaGraphics, taking the number of staff up to 80.

In addition to this, Alpha plans to add to its team further with more recruitments including an operations manager, marketing director and a digital design role, later in the year.

Andrew Dalton, managing director of Alpha, comments: “The business works in one of our core markets, education, and provides services including screen, dye sublimation, and fabric printing, along with appropriate finishing.

The products and services offered closely align with our strategy of focusing on personalised gifts, whilst also strengthening our existing presence in the schools market

“The products and services offered closely align with our strategy of focusing on personalised gifts, whilst also strengthening our existing presence in the schools market.”

According to Dalton, Class Fundraising currently spends approximately £650,000 a year with Alpha usually in quarters three and four of the year. He describes this as “a major chunk” of Class Fundraising’s annual sales of £2.7m so the acquisition benefits both businesses and will take group sales to over £10m.

Mark Simpson and Simon Fulton set up Class Fundraising 11 years ago and both will remain with the business.
Simpson adds: “Having worked with AlphaGraphics for such a long time, we’re confident that there’s no better company to ensure the continued success of Class Fundraising.”

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