Nottingham-based Eight Days a Week Print Solutions (EDWPS) has rolled out a new outsourcing and print management division called Eight Plus, looking to pick up customers left stranded by the collapse of York Mailings Group.

The new division came about after the collapse of YM Group in Q4 in 2021, which left many customers in the lurch. EDWPS specialises in direct and transactional mail, digital print, web-to-print and hybrid mail for a range of sectors including healthcare, pharmaceutical, retail, education, financial services, travel and leisure.

EDWPS managing director Lance Hill said, ‘Last autumn a lot of YM customers were let down, and our Eight Plus offering evolved from that. We’re a financially sound business and there was definitely an appetite from customers, and an opportunity for us to give them a Plan B.

‘We have a good, solid supply chain in the UK and Europe. We’ve been very selective and we’re working with customers who want to work with an expert partner who can add value. I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. We deal with PM companies that are like-minded businesses – that treat suppliers well and pay on time. We want to be that same type of partner.’

The company, which already outsources its web- and sheet-fed litho work to complement its digital offering, has invested in the £120,000 MS Series 12 Envelope Inserter from Polish manufacturer Mailing System. It is the first to be installed at a UK print operation, and was supplied via VPTS.

Mr Hill added, ‘It has inline folding and will probably double the speed of what we currently have. It’s programmatic and takes out a process, it can take an A4 and fold it to DL or A5, and enclose it in one operation.’

VPTS director Kevin Druce said, ‘We are the exclusive agents in the UK for Mailing System equipment, their owner Przemek Lesniewski is very passionate about his equipment and a great innovator. We are very pleased that EDWPS have gone with this machine and our longstanding relationship continues as we will service and offer support with this, along with their other folding and enclosing machines.’

Mr Hill claims the firm is likely to break the £10 million sales barrier this year thanks to growth from Eight Plus.