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A screen-printing studio will be blending more than inks when it opens with a new name following its move to a much larger unit at Coventry's FarGo Village.
Print Manufactory - which is currently closed, in line with the government’s Covid regulations - will be re-named Commonground when it reopens in the city’s Creative Quarter.
Business partners Kate Rossin and Jon Randle are moving the highly successful business from unit 10 to much larger premises at unit five, formerly the home of Twisted Barrel Ale Brewery & Tap House.
The move has been made possible through the Cultural Capital Investment Fund, which includes an allocation from the Getting Building Fund from the government through the Coventry & Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).
The expansion means the business can provide a more varied offer, with an exhibition space for aspiring artists and a café run by Paul Stronach, the man behind the successful Table And Wine pop-up eateries. The new operation will be open seven days a week.
Kate said there would now be three different strands to Commonground: "We’re currently a printing studio and a design store for customers to buy prints and independently made items. We've also incorporated a large dark room into this space.
“When we can reopen, we’re going to have a café, where we have sourced the right kind of suppliers - including award-winning Origin coffee - and an exhibition space, with one of the walls through the entire unit being for curated projects as well as individual artists.
“We will also be carrying on with the workshops to teach people how to use cameras, take better photographs and learn screen printing.
“One of the aspects we've been proud of since we started Print Manufactory is that it's a great place to hang out and stay for a chat, and we feel this is a natural progression from our old building to the new place.
“Unfortunately, the dark room isn’t coming with us because it's hard to build another bespoke space, but we've kept the equipment, so we may be able to find an alternative home for it at some point.
“We’re really happy that we've been able to expand at FarGo Village, which is where we launched the business in 2018.”
Kate and Jon feel privileged to be able to grow at a time when many businesses are struggling to survive due to the pandemic: “That's partly due to the support we've received from the FarGo team. They're helping us with the refurbishment and alterations work in the new unit, to make it as easy as possible to complete the move.
“We’re hoping the building work will be completed by the end of February, but when we open is dependent on government advice.”
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