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A New Home for Copydiss

Copydiss is a name well known in Diss. It appears the ‘old Copydiss’ is a landmark at the top of St Nicholas Street where it has traded for 25 years.

The new owner, Elaine Verhaag has broken with tradition and left the Heritage Triangle for the lower end of Diss. Now situated in Mere Street with larger premises adjacent to the Mere CopyDiss continue their tradition of local service to business and private individuals.

Elaine Verhaag
Elaine Verhaag

The former owner Bob Ellis retired to the golf course in the New Year, after handing the business over to Elaine on 6th January. Bob has done his best over a period of 6 months, to hand over the knowledge of years of experience to Elaine but she admits, she still has a great deal to learn.

The business retains the services of Alison Ellis (Bob’s wife) and Rosie Aldous with their long track records of inside knowledge about CopyDiss and all its customers. This has eased the transition considerably. That is, right up until Coronavirus hit, at which point the staff had to be furloughed to enable to keep the business above water. There followed a steep learning curve as Elaine battled on with the business singlehandedly.

Right now, Elaine and her team are looking eagerly for the green shoots of a new start following the easing of the lockdown and re-opening the doors to customers mid-June.

As the core business, CopyDiss continues to serve the building and architect community by printing large scale building plans (up to A0). Businesses also use their expert knowledge for signage, business cards, stationery, and a wide variety of other requirements too numerous to mention.

All the customers know Rosie who is the face of Copydiss in the afternoons. Rosie is the ‘front of house’ specialist with years of experience in the printing trade and a thorough knowledge of their customers’ needs and want.

Elaine’s personal passion is for the photographic side of the business. She has extended the capabilities of the business such that they can now produce top quality photographic reproductions from originals as well as conversion and restoration of photographic slides. Elaine says: “Most rewarding is the restoration of old loved photographs especially for the joy this brings to their owners.”

To free Alison up for her specialist design work, Elaine is using her business and IT background to take on the secretarial support aspects of the business. This includes copy-typing, generating professional business documents and supporting people in their battles with officialdom by providing business-like correspondence for them.

In addition, the CopyDiss website has been redeveloped with a fresh modern feel with the added function, of being able to upload documents online for printing.

CopyDiss can be found at their new home: 42a Mere Street, Diss, Norfolk IP22 4AG. Tel: 01379 644567

For private individuals, Alison designs and prints wedding stationery, greetings cards and personal gifts such as T-shirts, tote bags and coasters. And branded mugs have been added to the list of products, which have proved particularly popular the business community.