Bespoke T-shirts demonstrate lifeline for Portsmouth events business as it opens new store Party & Print in Fratton

For Alex Dutton and his business husband or wife Vicki Lackenby, it arrived at an dreadful time for their situations business enterprise.

However, following controlling to increase £4,000 to keep afloat, they decided to emphasis on a tiny aspect of their company – printing bespoke T-shirts.

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Alex Dutton (31) and his enterprise lover Victoria Lackenby (33) at their new shop Celebration and Print at the Bridge Procuring Centre in Fratton. Photo: Sarah Standing (210121-1399)

Now, following looking at need for their merchandise soar, and with hopes for a brighter 2021, they have taken on a actual physical shop, at the Bridge Centre in Fratton.

The store, identified as Occasion & Print, opened last month, supplying click and accumulate solutions to adhere to lockdown procedures, but the pair say they are searching forward to ultimately opening the doors of their shop correctly.

Alex, 31, claimed: ‘We had been jogging our DJ organization for all-around three several years. When Covid hit we were being comprehensive-time, jogging 4 nights a week and various young children get-togethers, even placing on discos for up to 500 small children. We had just marketed out shows in Southampton and Portsmouth, then lockdown transpired.

‘We even now experienced expenditures to pay back, we did not know what to do. We managed to increase £2,000 by way of a crowdfunder and the council match funded that so we experienced £4,000 to last us for six months but then the money setting up working out and we essential to obtain a thing else. That’s when we struck on the T-shirt business.’

Alex Dutton (31) and his small business husband or wife Victoria Lackenby (33) at their new store Bash and Print at the Bridge Procuring Centre in Fratton. Photo: Sarah Standing (210121-1422)

Following observing the demand was there, and with orders flooding in from other Portsmouth firms like Delight and Drift, they quickly outgrew their tiny foundation at the Massive Yellow Self Storage in Rodney Road.

They noticed the former Cubano Seashore Club device was vacant, just after the small business experienced moved to Waterlooville, and began the extended approach of having the keys.

They lastly took above in November and starting up settling in, by supplying the outside the house a lick of dazzling pink paint to stand out, putting up their Celebration & Print signage and obtaining new printing equipment.

Father-of-three Alex said: ‘It was a extensive approach but when we received the keys it was an amazing working day. It is a fantastic household for us.’

The pair have expanded their variety and they hope to start out holding get-togethers and functions in the area upstairs, as soon as limitations enable.

Alex stated: ‘Portsmouth has been so supportive of us. Portsmouth enterprises like to assist other Portsmouth businesses.

‘Everyone helps cover each individual other, especially when a person is setting up anything new, It is so pleasant to have that guidance and a wonderful put to be.’

A concept from the Editor, Mark Waldron

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