New chapter for printing business

Julie and Stewart Randall at Folio Albums
Julie and Stewart Randall at Folio Albums
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A company specialising in producing hand-made wedding albums is writing a new chapter in its three-year success story.

Folio Albums has more than trebled the number of staff it employs since last year and has relocated from Barnsley Business and Innovation Centre to far larger premises at Hoyland’s Shortwood Business Park.

The firm’s albums are in demand with professional photographers around the world and the company is con track to sell 4,000 albums by December, twice the number it sold last year.

Folio Albums’ latest move has allowed the firm, launched by husband and wife Stewart and Julie Randall, to introduce lean manufacturing techniques that have streamlined production and enabled the firm to increase output as it targets more international orders.

Stewart said: “It feels amazing for us to be where we are.

“Through our own vision and hard work, together with the support we’ve had, we’ve achieved so much in a very short space of time.

“Over the last year we’ve grown turnover by 85 per cent.”

Business support organisation Enterprising Barnsley has been working with Stewart and Julie to support the firm’s growth.

Coaches from the organisation have assisted with financial management, business strategy and health and safety advice in addition to helping Folio Albums to build links with photographers in Hong Kong.

Advisers from Enterprising Barnsley also helped Folio to secure a grant from the Leeds City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s Business Growth Programme to help with its move to the former warehouse.

A refurbishment has created a laboratory-like environment in which the climate is kept stable – important in the process of making books.

“The expertise and assistance we’ve been able to access has been extremely helpful as we continue to grow,” said Stewart, who ran a wedding photography business with Julie before they launched Folio Albums because they felt traditional albums printed on photographic paper were uninspiring.