Ink in the veins

Q&A: Chris Pertwee, production director, Baddeley Brothers 

'A day saved at the beginning is two days saved at the end'

Chris has worked in print since 1992. He started at the Financial Times newspaper aged 21 “which was quite the experience and baptism of fire into the world of print!”

He’s now 52 years old and married with two teenage sons (17 and 15). In his spare time he enjoys heading out on his road bike. He is also a keen woodworker and DIYer. He will celebrate 25 years working at historic Baddeley Brothers in London later this year.

Why did you get into printing? 

Printing is in the family! I’m never sure if it is ink or blood that runs through my veins

What would be your dream job? 

I would love to have been a joiner or cabinet maker

Who would play you in a movie about your life? 

Will Ferrell 

What is your favourite film? 

Monty Python’s Life of Brian. A line from this film can always be fitted into everyday life

What is your favourite TV programme? 

Breaking Bad. I have to admit I have watched it more than once, and enjoyed it each time

What is your favourite album? 

I honestly cannot choose a favourite; I have had to give a top three in no particular order: Pink Floyd, Pulse; Simple Minds, Live in the City of Light; Oasis, Definitely Maybe 

Sweet or savoury?

Savoury! Homemade sausage rolls 

Who or what do you dislike most?

What I dislike the most is seeing rubbish in the hedgerows whilst I am out on my road bike

Who do you admire most in the industry?

I don’t admire just one person; I admire all of the company directors in our industry who managed to successfully navigate through Covid and remain in business today

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 

‘A day saved at the beginning is two days saved at the end’. What does this mean? I always try to get ahead, if I can do it now I will do it now. If it can be done today it will be done today. I never put anything off until tomorrow

Cat or dog, or…?

Dog! There is no better welcome home than from my cocker spaniel after a long day at work

What is your greatest luxury?

My home and family

Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with? 

The actor Toby Jones. Maybe we can be The Island Detectorists! 

Who or what makes you laugh? 

Micky Flanagan makes me roar with laughter. I can find his comedy in everyday life 

Most embarrassing moment?

Back in the 1980s when I was 16 and at school, my friends ordered a stripper to arrive during lunch

Where would you like to be right now? 

On holiday with my family would be most acceptable

What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

Fashion?! What is fashion?!

What is the worst kind of print? 

All print has its place, but I prefer the traditional methods of print

What advice would you give to your teenage self?

Try not to worry so much about the future

How would you like to be remembered? 

As someone who always tried their best