Hey has been established for over 23 years and in that time it has
grown from one man in a garage to a group of companies employing
over 20 people.
offer comprehensive labelling solutions as a TRADE ONLY service
to printers throughout the UK.
Hey Design Ltd
Tel: 01484 542795
Fax: 01484 421435
Calf Hey Rotary Ltd
Tel: 01484 448033
Fax: 01484 421435
are we called Calf Hey?
The company was started as a 'one man band' in a small rural village
in West Yorkshire. To accommodate the first labelling machine, it
was decided to move to a new house with a reasonably sized garage.
A good number of houses in the area had names dating back many years.
A property called 'Calf Hey' was for sale and it was planned to
buy this property and start the business here, hence the name. ('Hey'
is apparently an old Saxon word meaning 'Hedge' - the village also
boasts a house called 'Lamb Hey'). In fact, at the last moment the
required planning permission was refused, due to road width restrictions,
but the business name stayed.
Why are we Trade Only Printers?
Trying to establish a business from nothing, with virtually no work
to start producing, it was going to be difficult to run a printing
machine and look for printing work. Having many friends and colleagues
in the printing industry, it was decided to concentrate on printing
labels and supplying them at keen 'trade only' prices. This allowed
these contacts to do the selling and make a respectable 'mark-up'
on the way. This policy has been continued throughout the history
of Calf Hey, and ensures that any enquiries / orders channelled
to us can never be 'switched' directly to us by cutting out the
'middle man' printer.
Calf Hey 'Design' & 'Rotary'?
For the first few years, all our production was based on Hot Foil
printing. This was ideal for cost effective labels of many types
but due to not being able to match Pantone colours or include
halftone screens we knew we were missing out on some enquiries.
We therefore invested in our first Rotary Letterpress machine,
to enable us to offer a wider range of products. We soon found
that the two methods of production justified their own 'identity'
with each having a dedicated team of people specializing in their
particular range of products. However they are sister companies
and often work together on projects for customers. Indeed, our
Company Manager in 'Rotary' spent some years involved in the Hot
Foil company. This has given us the ability to look at each enquiry
as it is received and offer quotations from either company, depending
on which will give the best product price, quality and service.
Studio Services are available?
There is a full design studio available to all Calf Hey customers
that uses MAC. We are able to supply artwork in digital format
from your artwork files on e-mail. If you have any queries about
supplying or producing artwork for Calf Hey we will gladly advise
you on how to get the best from your designs.