“In 1993 Graph Print had first experienced with the Small Business Development Programme, at a time when we needed to take the “next step” forward. This coincided with the Dublin branch’s first year in existence. Plato’s guidance in the early years helped us to grow and map out a future for the business. Six years later, this enabled us to purchase a new premises and equipment; resulting in a record financial investment for the company.
At our peak, we employed 16 staff members and the business was extremely lucrative.
Due to the economic downturn, like most small businesses, we were faced with a new challenge: business survival. As part of our strategy, we again turned to Plato Dublin for support in 2013. Once again, we found the experience to be rewarding, intensive and beneficial for our business.”
(Paddy Finnegan, Managing Director)
Established in 1986, Graph Print is a family-run digital printing business based in Ballymount. Originally based in Tallaght Enterprise Centre, the company moved 15 years later to its current location, purchasing new equipment and machinery. Graph Print has continually invested in advancing technology and high quality equipment, including: digital presses and traditional printers and wide format equipment, to ensure the printing process is modern and efficient.
The business produces over 90% of its products in-house, including: printed stationery, marketing material, and indoor or outdoor signage. These services include the complete process from design, print, logistics and finishing. Graph Print also offers free audits for its clients, analysing the historical print spends and making suggestions to save money.
Graph Print’s client base ranges from multi-nationals to supermarkets, SMEs to schools. The business services sectors, including: industrial, financial, religious and the food service industry; reflecting the wide range of products and services. The company currently employs seven full-time design, sales, and finishing staff members. Graph Print has made further investment in new digital equipment, including a Pro C901s Digital Press, which will offer a wider range of material flexibility and increase price competitive.
A graduate of Business Management, Patrick Finnegan is managing director of Graph Print. Having worked in sales and business development management, Patrick joined the company over ten years ago. He initially participated in the first Plato Dublin Small Business Development Programme in 1993. After more than 20 years later, Plato Dublin has again provided an invaluable support and backup to help Patrick map Graph Prints business progress into the future.