Thembela Printers lends a hand

2019-11-26 06:00

The Easy Riders Motorcycle Club in Cape Town with branches all over the country is one of the beneficiaries of Thembela Printers in Bellville when they were sponsored with flyers and business cards to promote their 50th anniverasry.

Thembela Printers is one of the 14 local businesses that is supported by the GrandWest Enterprise and Supply Development (E&SD) Programme. Thembela Printers have been identifying one organisation a month, whether it is a non-government organisation, an artist or a business in need of printing.

“We sponsor event-related printing services to organisations, schools and individuals to help them stretch their limited budgets a little further,” says Warren Meyer, owner of the company.

The business also undertook to work in their communities in an attempt to “pay it forward”.

“For the first half of the year we sponsored the posters to promote colon cancer awareness, the Vulture Productions for the Woordfees Fringe Festival and Vrystaat Fringe Festival, the City to City Worship Evening and the 50th anniversary celebration of the Easy Riders Motorcycle Club,” Meyer says.

Their sponsored services includes the printing of tickets, posters and flyers for events.

“We’ve also recently expanded our Community Assistance Programme to include a Sales Partner-programme which gives struggling/unemployed individuals the opportunity to earn an income, or an additional income,” he says.

Thembela provides free training and assistance on both online and offline offerings, and provide them with their first set of business cards and flyers with which to market themselves.

During 2018 and 2019 GrandWest supported these companies to buy equipment and other essentials. GrandWest provided financial support to the businesses through grant funding to the value of R2 633 000, direct costs of R966 000 and business support with free rental, marketing support, cleaning and security to the value of R3 945 000. GrandWest also provided interest-free loans to the businesses in 2018 to the value of R3 645 000 and R2 million to date this year.

The companies also received business support, where professionals help each business with their specific needs such as marketing, finance, accounting systems and strategic support.

“We have been working very hard on our Enterprise and Supply Development Programme and we are so excited to be able to announce that these businesses have been able to employ so many extra people,” says Genevieve Smith, sustainability manager at GrandWest.

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