Cartridge firm making its mark

Adrian Meakin of The Ink Squid in Bispham
Adrian Meakin of The Ink Squid in Bispham
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AN internet business which started trading less than two years ago has taken on two staff and is turning over £250,000 already.

And Adrian Meakin from Bispham is celebrating a record month of takings in January for his firm The Ink Squid.

He set up the inkjet and toner cartridge selling business after his other business – converting trucks to run on LPG-Diesel – slowed dramatically when the recession hit and orders stopped.

Adrian realised he needed a completely fresh angle and launched his new firm – and now counts customers from all over the world, including Australia, Croatia, and Norway, and he’s just had his first order from Azerbaijan.

He said: “Ink cartridges can be as expensive as the printer itself so people are always looking to make savings wherever they can.

“Because I deal direct with the manufacturer I can pass on my savings to the customer, which in some cases can be hundreds of pounds for one set of four toners.

“I now want to work with businesses in Blackpool, from solicitors, estate agents, design agencies and large companies in a bid to save them money.”

Adrian has become a “platinum power seller” with a 100 per cent feedback record on eBay since launching the firm.

He said: “It’s taken a lot of hard work to get to that stage.”

He has taken on two staff – and hasn’t ruled out more in the future – to cope with demand.

He is now looking at expanding the business with new product listings and adding to his clientele with local businesses.

Steve Pye of the Federation of Small Businesses said: “Setting up in a recession and succeeding means you are getting it right.

“Some of the world’s biggest firms set up in bad times and it means you learn how to compete all the better.

“When the good times come back, it stands you in good stead, especially e-commerce businesses where overheads are often low.”