A MEDIA company in the North East famous for printing football publications has won a £200,000 contract to print Liverpool FC’s match day programme. And a local MP visited the premises of HPM Group in Newton Aycliffe to celebrate the deal.
The 100-year-old firm, based on Aycliffe Business Park, has produced Middlesbrough’s match day magazine since the 1980s and, over the years, has also printed them for Newcastle United, West Ham and Aston Villa.
The company, which employs 45 staff and operates a 24-hour printing service which turns over £4.5m a year, currently prints the match day magazines for Sunderland, Boro and Notts County, as well as several rugby league clubs.
HPM also boasts firms such as PWS, Wynyard Hall, Durham University and UEFA among its client list.
Depending on how many home cup games Liverpool have this season, the Liverpool deal could be worth in excess of £200,000 for HPM.
Managing director Richard Mortimer said: “It’s prestigious for us. We’re producing 15-16,000 programmes every game for Liverpool, which is a very nice print run for us, so it’s prestigious as opposed to game-changing for the company.”
Phil Wilson, Labour MP for Sedgefield, visited the premises, saying: “Some of the printing machinery they have is some of the best in the world.
“It was an eye-opener to see how the programmes are put together and, as a Boro fan, it’s great to see theirs being produced in my constituency. I’ve ended up on the front cover, but I can’t see me ever playing for them!”
HPM was the first company to move to the Heighington Lane Business Park in Aycliffe and its building was opened by then Prime Minister Tony Blair.