The Manchester-based company has just been named Green Business of the Year in the Pride of Tameside Awards, with managing director Duarte Goncalves carrying off the trophy for Business Person of the Year.

DXG has recently completed a major upgrade of its facilities, which included the installation of a five-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster CD102 LX2 and the latest version of Heidelberg’s ImageControl system, which has also been linked to its existing five-colour Speedmaster CD74 LX.

The CD102 is a 2011 model and came from an Italian printer with just 18m impressions on the clock. It was supplied by Albion Machinery. “I can’t speak of them highly enough, they’ve been absolutely excellent,” Goncalves said.

DXG gained a 20% Regional Growth Fund grant for the purchase through Lombard, a process Goncalves described as straightforward and “really user-friendly”. “I’d encourage other companies to look at it,” he said.

The firm employs 30 staff and runs 24/5. It specialises in rapid turnaround, high-quality litho and digital printing and serves a range of blue-chip clients, predominantly in the North West.

“Quality and service are important to us. There is no point in trying to compete on price with the really cheap people out there,” Goncalves stated.

“We always use triple-coated stock, and clients love the results we get with hybrid screening. Having a 24-hour finishing department means we can produce a lot of work, incredibly quickly.”

DXG has also revamped its MIS and recently went live with Tharstern’s Primo system.

“Primo gives me instant information, real-time figures that will help us to make better decisions,” he added.

Goncalves also said he had noticed a change of sentiment about media spend among some of the firm’s key clients.

“Big companies are starting to spend on print again. It’s all very well doing emails and having a nice website, but print is effective even as a standalone communication. It’s still got life in it.”