A need for expansion has seen C41s Photo Imaging move to new facilities at the Evans Business Centre on North Road in Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. The move has given proprietor Mark Stephens a larger counter and reception lounge with more display room, and creates a meeting area and social space.
The business traded for twenty years from small shop premises on a high street just outside Chester city centre, before moving to the Ellesmere Port location this year.
Mark Stephens tells us: “Prior to the move the business hadn’t been able to really progress. The reason for that was purely down to space. We didn’t really do much marketing or promotion, because we couldn’t do more work in the space we had. Where we are now is five times bigger. The reception and counter area alone is as big as the shop we’ve just left. So now we can promote and advertise to get more work in.”
The new premises are an industrial unit six miles from Chester. It’s just half a mile from Junction 7 of the M53 motorway and has ample free parking outside.
Fujifilm's Business Imaging Group Senior Inkjet Specialist, Mark Wade, has followed developments at C41s over the years. He said: “I've had the privilege of looking after C41s for Fujifilm for about eight years now, since the days of Fuji Hunt. They've driven their growth through digital inkjet printing. They’re a smashing bunch of people, one of the friendliest labs around and they produce a very high quality range of products. I congratulate Mark and his team. With the new premises, it's onwards and upwards for them!”
C41s operates Fujifilm Epson 7600 and 9800 large format printing solutions. They print onto Fujifilm HD White Cotton Canvas, Fujifilm Matt Bond Paper, Fujifilm Photo Paper Glossy 240gsm, and Fujifilm Pearl Photo Paper 290gsm up to 44 inches wide. C41s also uses Fujifilm Crystal Archive papers for traditional C type printing for both its professional and retail customers.