WELL-known Wisbech businessman Adam Carruthers has struck out on his own after his printing company closed.
Adam has been a partner/director of Hill Street Printers in Hill Street for more than 23 years, but the poor economic climate has proved too much and forced the business to close.
"All our costs and bills were escalating and it was just getting too much. We had to do something," said Adam, who has now launched his independent print firm Print Excell from his home in Outwell.
He will also be partly operating out of Office Key in Algores Way and is hoping regular clients will continue to support him.
Adam said the new business would offer all the old services as well as full colour printing.
"It was a difficult decision to make to close Hill Street Printers.
"We have been very grateful for all the support we have had over the years," he added.
For more information about Print Excell contact Adam on 01945-773353.
Meanwhile the owner of a fledgling business is worried her enterprise will be over before it has properly begun after being hit with a 47 per cent rise in her business rates.
Melissa Drew, who opened Mel's Hairdressers in Norfolk Street, Wisbech just three weeks ago, was dismayed to discover that her rates would be 160 a month, instead of the 90 she was expecting to pay.
"I couldn't believe it when I got the letter this morning (Friday) telling me the business rates were going up by 47 per cent.
"It is ridiculous, I have just started in my first ever business and I have been hit with this.
"How they expect businesses to survive I don't know? I am now having to apply for new business relief on the rates, but I will have to wait and see if I can get that," explained Melissa, who believes that unless something is done even more businesses will go under.
Her comments follow on from the front page story in last week's Citizen, which highlighted the multitude of shops and businesses that were now standing empty in Wisbech town centre.