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Ryedale Group

Business Address: Ryedale Group, Kirkdale Road, Kirkbymoorside, York YO62 6YB.

Country: England,

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About Ryedale Group

owadays our main factory is a recognised centre of Advanced Print Manufacturing. We research, develop and invest in pioneering technologies on behalf of our customers and we work together to market solutions.

We've been in business since the early 1950's. Over that time we've changed dramatically, from local supplier of commercial print, to plastic specialist, to leading supplier of horticultural labels and plastic cards in the UK, and regular developmental changes at Ryedale are a part of our culture. We're now experts in Lean Manufacturing, Overall Equipment Effectiveness (O.E.E.) as well as hardware and software automation that is focused on delivering better customer results.

But here's where it all started: George Buffoni was originally from South London and was demobilised to Ryedale in North Yorkshire after the war. He settled in the small village of Ampleforth known for it's Monastery and Private School (inside info - the Monks now brew some fantastic cider!). A short while later he moved a few miles up the road to the picturesque market town of Helmsley, situated on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors and boasting many historic features and tourist attractions such as the 900 year old Medieval Fortess - Helmsley Castle - as well as the baroque mansion, gardens and parklands of the Duncombe Park estate, Rievaulx Abbey and Byland Abbey.

The original Ryedale Printing Works Ltd founded in Helmsley in the early 50's and below is the Company founder George Buffoni working with our first employee Tom Marsden. Tom went on to work with 3 generations of Buffoni's at Ryedale over the course of his 56 year career with us. 

As the business grew we moved premises several times and are now based on the main industrial site in Kirkbymoorside. The current site also has it's own story - it was originally built as a steel foundry and in an older, undeveloped storage building there are still bullet holes in the roof from wartime Luftwaffe strafing runs.

In the 1980's we started to develop printing onto plastic for a local horticultural plant nursery, who were tired of their existing printed products fading and decomposing in their bright, humid and wet greenhouse. This led us to develop our print on plastic capabilities as well as our Hortipak brand, which now produces over 175 million horticultural promotional products per year - the largest supplier of it's type in the UK.

Nowadays our main factory is a recognised centre of Advanced Print Manufacturing. We research, develop and invest in pioneering technologies on behalf of our customers and we work together to market solutions.

We'd welcome a visit from you so that we can share more of our story, enjoy the local area and discuss how we can help you develop your own business and story.