Bestport Private Equity has invested in Northside Graphics, an online digital printing platform operating from Northern Ireland. The investment sees Bestport take a majority shareholding in Northside, which was founded in 1988.
Since 2010, Northside has been operated by Gary and Neil White who, aided by Managing Director Richard Campbell, have led the transformation of the business to focus on online digital printing.
Today, Northside’s 70-strong team offers a diversified, customisable, and high-quality product portfolio with market leading turnaround times. The firm has won multiple awards over the years and recently won the prestigious Printweek award for UK ‘Company of the Year’ in 2023.
Northside operates four ‘upload and print’ websites in the UK and Ireland: DigitalPrinting.co.uk, TradeDigitalPrint.co.uk, DigitalPrinting.ie and TradeDigitalPrint.ie.
Bestport’s investment and support will help Northside to accelerate its UK and Ireland growth plans through a combination of organic growth and strategic acquisitions.
As part of the next stage of growth, former Astron CEO David Mitchell will assume the role of Chairman on the Board of Northside. Having acted as Chairman in print and document management focused businesses M2 Digital Limited, Euro Druck Services and recently Dublin based pharma services business Perigord, David brings a wealth of experience within the sector.
Gary and Neil White will remain as consultants and Non-Executive Directors within the Northside business, with Richard Campbell continuing as Managing Director.