A growth in customers buying online or by phone has forced Silverprint to close its London base and move to a business park in Poole, Dorset, after more than 30 years in the capital.

Silverprint said a growth in customers buying through its website, email or by phone made it no longer possible to handle ‘increased order volumes’

The highly regarded photographic supplier pulled down the shutters of its south-east London base for the final time yesterday lunchtime.

In a statement posted on its website, Silverprint – which is used by photographers worldwide – said: ‘Today, 85% of customers are purchasing either through the website, via email or phone.

‘However, as a result of the growth in this area of the business, the current premises had proven to become unsuitable to operate from, especially when handling the increased order volumes.’

It added: ‘Following many months of review, the decision has been made to relocate Silverprint to warehouse premises in Poole, Dorset.’

Many of Silverprint’s customers are university and college students.

Formed in 1984, its products include film, paper, darkroom products, studio lighting, stationery and photographic books.

The store, at 120 London Road, was located next to South Bank University, near Elephant & Castle.

Silverprint says it will make every effort to limit any disruption to customer orders and that a trade counter will be in operation at the new premises.

‘Due to the amount of lines offered (currently over 3,500) and the space required, it was considered not possible to retain a small retail shop in London,’ the company added.

Expected to move over the next few days, Silverprint will be based at Unit 26, Albany Business Park, Cabot lane, Poole, Dorset BH17 7BX.

For the time being, the phone number for customers remains the same: 020 7620 0169.

For further details visit www.silverprint.co.uk.