Stones prints magazines, catalogues and brochures for a range of clients, with customers scrambling in recent days to place work elsewhere.One rival printer described Stones’ prices as “crazily low”.“The big question is, do you want to pick up very low-price work from fairly desperate publishers.However, this week chief executive Paul Utting said the group was “unlikely to be interested in buying the business”.Stephens & George managing director Andrew Jones also ruled his business out.Sheetfed magazine printing specialist Buxton Press was one of the companies named.Chairman Bernard Galloway told : “We’ll talk to the administrators and take a look at it and see if there’s anything there that’s of interest to us.”YM Group had also looked at the business at the time of Polestar’s collapse, when it was interested in buying Polestar Bicester.Chief executive Stephen Goodman said: “As a standalone it doesn’t have the same appeal.
So I'm okay with moving slowly through this relationship. Faked 99% of the ones I have had in my life when I was with a guy and not riding solo.
One paper supplier commented: “We couldn’t get credit on them even 18 months after they started so we didn’t deal with them.
What a godforsaken mess, with Wheatons, Ashford and now Banbury.”Henry Stone had not yet filed maiden accounts.
Stones runs three long-perfecting sheetfed presses with reel-sheeters, including a new ten-colour Heidelberg Speedmaster XL 106 with Cut Star that was installed last summer.
It also has Muller Martini perfect binding and stitching lines, two Steinemann UV coaters, and an Autobond laminator.