SSL specialise in all aspects of design, print and direct mail for companies of all sizes.

The business was founded by Shelley Scarfe in 2010, when she decided to work for herself after being employed in the direct mail industry for several years. She now offers a one-stop-shop for marketing managers and organisations, removing the hassle of managing multiple suppliers for their direct mail campaigns.

“The business started out as a direct mail offering but has grown over the years to include designing and printing mail packs too,” Shelley said.

“I enjoy the design the most. I’m proud to say that we’ve created some lovely logos and new brands over the years. It’s great to drive past Barnsley Hospital, see the ‘Proud to’ logo and think, ‘we did that’.”

SSL’s customers are varied and nationwide, but they also work with local organisations such as AmcoGiffen, Cannon Hall Farm and Sheffield Theatres.

In the early days Shelley worked from home, but once her business began making money, it was time to get an office. With The Business Village right on her doorstep, it was an obvious choice.

The reception service provided a professional frontage for her business and meant that print deliveries could be taken in. Additionally, the free parking and proximity to the motorway had clear benefits, along with access to The Bistro facilities when holding meetings.

Having 24/7 access has been great for Shelley, especially when needing to work weekends. She said: “The Business Village has changed over the years and there are now lots of different businesses located here. It’s a supportive environment for new business owners and it was invaluable in the early days, boosting my confidence.”

Shelley has now worked in the direct mail sector for over 20 years. With so much experience, she can offer customers a unique blend of consultancy and design services.

“Many of my customers come to me with a marketing plan, a budget and know what they want to send out. My role is to advise them on how to use that budget and what to include in the mailing pack so that they can get the best results.

“I love my job and am very happy with the way my business is right now. I tend to hold onto my customers, but I’d also like to grow and take on new ones. I’m still enthusiastic about my business and get such a buzz out of meeting new people and being involved in their marketing plans.”

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