A PORTSMOUTH printing firm threw open its doors to customers yesterday.
The theme for the Bishops Printers Open Day was speed, and as such the event featured a giant Scalextric competition, racing simulators, prestige cars and a catering outlet which normally has its home at Goodwood circuit.
It is only the third time in the company’s history that it has held an open day, and most than 200 people took up the invitation to see the firm’s new headquarters in Farlington.
They came from as far afield as London and Hastings, and included large firms such as universities and football clubs as well as smaller organisations including Denmead Scout Group and Rowlands Castle Gardening Club.
The firm’s managing director, Gareth Roberts, said: ‘Our customers expect things to be done so quickly, and we have to respond to that – so our theme is speed.
‘We wanted to find a way to reach our customers, show them what we do, and show them our new premises.
‘I worry that our local customers perceive us as this business doing Chelsea and Arsenal programmes, doing big orders when really our average order is £900.
‘We want our customers to know we won’t put their jobs behind the bigger ones.
‘That’s why we’re giving the Rowlands Castle Gardening Club, say, exactly the same experience as a rep from a design agency that spends £500,000 a year.’