Wedding day stationery firm moves out in amicable split

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A wedding stationery supplies business that has seen phenomenal growth since it was launched 18 months ago is bidding a sad farewell to South Yorkshire.

The Paperbox is the brainchild of Ray and Jenny Calland-Scoble and has been growing rapidly from its base at the Century Business Centre in Wath-upon-Dearne with backing from Rotherham Investment and Development Office, better known as RiDO.

After taking additional space at the Centre earlier this year, The Paperbox is heading to much larger premises in North Yorkshire

Ray Calland-Scoble said: “We are sad to be saying goodbye to our friends and contacts in Rotherham, but we’ve had a great start to our business here and are grateful for all the support we’ve had.”

Ray, who spent 25 years as a printer, set up The Paperbox after spotting the opportunity to become a wholesale wedding stationery supplier.

He and Jenny invested in production equipment and started cutting, creasing and folding specialist card and paper to sell online to wholesalers, specialist wedding stationers and individual consumers.

In April last year the couple started working with RiDo business development coordinator Martyn Benson, who told them about RiDO’s European Union funded Soft Landing Zone project, which helps small and medium sized businesses in Rotherham to identify new overseas markets.

After researching potential export markets, Martyn suggested The Paperbox targeted Eire and RiDO helped the company to register an EU trademark, which was essential to securing an Irish web domain name.

The business grew rapidly with the majority of sales generated through the company’s website and via eBay.

Martyn Benson said: “It is always sad to be losing such an excellent start-up business as The Paperbox, but we’re really pleased to have been able to assist their growth.’’