RUPERT and Alex Smith could have ink running through their veins.

The brothers are the sixth generation of printers to be directing business at GH Smith & Son Printers in Easingwold.

Started in 1866 by Leonard Smith and his son, George Hudson Smith, the firm was originally called L & GH Smith Printers.

In the mid-1950s the second George Smith and his son, David, bought the Town Hall, in the centre of Easingwold Market Place, and in 1962 the company relocated all its business to the premises, where it has been operating from ever since.

Having survived the reign of six monarchs and 22 prime ministers, GH Smith & Son is now hoping to be crowned Family Business of the Year.

Continuous investment into technology and equipment has meant that GH Smith & Son has outlived its competition in an dramatically changing industry.

While proud of their heritage, bosses at GH Smith & Son have attributed their success to not being blinkered by the past.

They launched their first website in 1996 and have added the production and design of websites to their range of services. With an eye to the future, working together Rupert and Alex have driven the business forward during the recessions and continue to invest in the future of the company, with a major re-fit is currently being undertaken.