Keighley-based Raiseprint plc has invested £250,000 in a five-colour printing press - and clinched new deals in the process.

The company, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, will now be able to compete on a national level.

Steve Bell, managing director of the printing company, said: "It means we can now compete on a level playing field with every other printer in the country."

The Komori L54011 press can handle paper sizes up to B1 (700mm x 1,000mm), producing eight, A4 pages to view.

This doubles Raiseprint's previous capabilities on its other Komori SRA2 four-colour press it installed five years ago.

The new press is being used on longer run work, for example brochures and posters.

Mr Bell added: "It cuts the job time by half and gives us the ability to be far more competitive on price.

"We have already clinched new orders that we would not have been able to handle previously."

Raiseprint has continued to invest in new equipment and technology, including a £60,000 upgrade of plate processing and thermographing facilities. Two years ago it invested £165,000 in extending its facility in Royd Way, Keighley, with a three-storey annexe housing the expanded design studio and sales office.

The company, which employs a 23-strong workforce, has an expanding UK-wide client base and has seen year-on-year growth since its establishment in 1981.