The 40-staff commercial printer spent around £50,000 on refurbishing an existing room in its Nottingham base and investing in an eight-colour Canon iPF8300S and a four-colour Epson SureColor SC-S30600, which are due to be installed on 13 May.

The new printers join an existing Roland XC-540, which the company has had for around four years. The Epson SC-S30600 prints at speeds of up to 29.4sqm per hour while the Canon iPF8300S can output up to 63.5sqm per hour.

Sales director Simon Lowe said the investment was driven by capacity and quality needs.

“Volumes of large-format work have taken off hugely in the last 12 to 18 months and the Roland ran out of capacity. We wanted two dedicated machines that can run faster and offer superior quality,” he added.

As well as wide-format, digital and personalisation work Hickling & Squires offers litho printing services with its suite of Heidelberg presses.

The £5m-turnover company is also investing in a new Autobond 74 laminator and Lowe said that the business would also be focussing on developing its litho offer.

“We are good in the markets we already serve but will do anything to service those markets better. We are offering a one-stop service to clients, many of them retailers,” he added.