A PRINTING firm which manufactured playing cards has moved off Canvey, with its former home put on the market for £2million.

The 27,000sq ft industrial unit in Charfleets Industrial Estate was previously occupied by Games and Print Services, which was later bought by Cartamundi UK Ltd, the British arm of Cartamundi, the largest manufacturer of playing cards and board games in the world, based in Belgium.

When approached by the Echo, a representative of Cartamundi UK stated the business has been relocated to the Dartford area, with the now vacant detached industrial space on Canvey now on the market.

According to documents on Companies House, the company had a total of 28 members of staff working for its UK branch, which was fully based on the island.

The property advert, shared on Rightmove, has advertised the building for offers of at least £2million for the freehold, if not more.

The unit has four loading bays, and the estate agents managing the sale, Southend-based Ayers and Cruiks, stated it could be split in multiple units.

The agents said: “This detached industrial unit is situated to the western end of Kings Road and occupies a prominent position at the corner of Sandhurst Industrial Estate.

“The property comprises of an open industrial area with partition wall to the centre and benefits from four loading bays to the rear of the property with another one to the side offering versatile accommodation as either one unit or multiple units.

“To the first floor are well-fitted offices with suspended ceilings, glass partitioned offices with boardroom and additional open plan offices.

“At ground-floor level beneath the offices is a reception area, further offices, kitchenette and a range of WCs.”

It added: “The unit benefits from access to both sides giving access to yard/parking area to the rear.”

The unit measures 24,770 square foot on the ground floor, and 2,783 on the first floor, totalling 27,553 square feet of space.

It is understood the full workforce from the Canvey base has been moved to the new premises in Dartford.

The firm was contacted but did not respond for comment before the Echo went to press last night.