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Entrepreneur sprints to success

Date 10 Jan 2007

A Sunderland business which has only been up and running for a couple of months is already seeing huge success, and all through word of mouth. SPRINTPRINT, set up by 22-year-old Stuart Baldridge, provides a shirt printing service as well as vinyl printing for cars and vans.

Stuart said: “I’ve only been operating since the end of November and already I am snowed under with business. I get everyone from Hen and Stag parties to companies wanting promotional materials whilst I’m also offering standard names and numbers on football shirts, it seems as though everyone wants their own personalised items these days.”

In order to start up SPRINTPRINT Stuart received business support and advice from Social Enterprise Sunderland (SES) as well as funding from Sunderland Youth Enterprise Trust and the Princes Trust.

Anneline Watts, business start up advisor at SES, said: “Stuart was so keen to be self employed and already had a really great idea of how he saw the business so it was just a matter of guiding him in the right direction really. “He’s done so well so quickly, people are talking about his work and then more and more turn up at his shop each day, he really is a testament to how quickly a good word travels.”

To find out more about Social Enterprise Sunderland, call (0191) 565 0476 or visit

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