Today, 5th February, Mastroe Charity in Kempston, Bedford were donated an industrial wide format Seiko Series printing machine weighing in at 670 kilos, and 4.6 metres long. The machine is only a year old, and only been used several times since purchased in February 2013.
The machine, worth thousands, was donated under the corporation tax relief scheme, by SPS Event Tech in Edenbridge, Kent, along with a purpose built high end computer stacked with professional print software. SPS even went as far as building heavy duty bespoke trollies, for ease of movement around the Mastroe Premises in Bedford.
SPS Event Tech are a firm heavily involved the Events & Exhibition industry, historically working with well known respected Firms.
It is hoped the machine will be made to work hard, producing healthy revenue for Mastroe’s charitable work, which aims to help the most marginalised in society build their confidence and get employment. The machine will be used to provide various works, including advertising, Lorry Curtains & Construction Perimeter marketing among many others.
Not only were Mastroe donated the printer, but haulage experts and philanthropists, Eddie Stobart, known to all of us, collected and delivered the machine free of charge. This was arranged by Mike Smith, currently MD of Eddie Stobart’s Bio-Mass division, alongside his hard working colleagues Wendy and Jessica. No matter what the anxieties at Mastroe about this large project, Stobart were consummate professionals.
Once the machine arrived in Bedford, It was taken down from the Stobart chipliner, and transported to the workshop doors by a forklift, which was provided free of charge by Hitec Lift Trucks, based in Wellingborough, Northants, a leading UK supplier of Forklift Trucks to buy and for hire, This was arranged by Prospero Giradi, currently Hitec’s Director.
As if Mastroe had not been showered with enough gifts in one day, local firm Vision Modular Systems provided an experienced forklift driver. This was arranged by Liam Morrissey, currently Head of Operations & HR, Liam provided their driver, Raphael, at 30 minutes notice, Raphael was a massive asset for what was a challenging task.
Veritek Global Limited, an award winning technical service and support provider later donated the service of one of their highly skilled engineer to do a full clean, service and maintenance of the printer. This was arranged by the Managing director Jim Edgar. Martin – the engineer was friendly, professional and also spent time training one of our staff some of the critical maintenance processes.
And to finish off, a big thank you to all of these firms, including Jewsons in Flitwick, Bedfordshire who provided the timber which helped us move the Beast of a Machine into our workshop.
By Justin J.
Also when Mastroe went to the SWPP Event at London’s Metropolitan Hilton on January 18th, Mastroe came away with a new Canon Pixma Pro-10 making it possible for us to print t-shirt designs with it and then heat press them onto the shirt. Here’s a video of the Pixma Pro-10 in action;