60 seconds with Apple Binding

Jo Francis
Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Apple Binding was formed in 1994 by Kate and Jon Luke. As Kate explains: “We were always looking for a business opportunity. Jon was a commercial diver and I was a print rep. I needed to get a book Wire-O bound and I had to wait six weeks to get the book finished. I thought there may have been a hole in the market. So we did a little research, and decided to have a go.”

The couple originally rented an old apple store in the middle of a field. “Hence the name Apple Binding.” They bought an old James Burn hand punch and binder, and things progressed from there. The business continues to operate during the Covid-19 pandemic and is open for essential work, and becomes the first “60 seconds with” business to depict its team social distancing at work.

Where are you based?
Manningtree, Essex

How many staff do you have?
We employ 10 people

What does your firm do?
The mainstay of our business is Wire-O binding, plastic coil binding and tabbing. We have a huge capacity for collating, and other small processes such as shrink wrapping and drilling

What’s your typical customer?
Our customers are 90% printers from the South East area

What equipment do you run?
Semi-automatic Wire-O binding machines, plastic spiral/coil binding machines, two automatic punching machines, automatic tabbing machine, 48-station deep pile collating capacity, semi-automatic shrink wrapping, round cornering and counting

What’s your USP?
We are blessed with fantastic staff and great suppliers

What’s your company’s motto/mission statement?
Our company motto is to meet or better all of our customer deadlines. I don’t think we have ever missed one

What’s been your proudest achievement in the past few years?
I think our proudest moment is now. We have managed to keep going through the recession, Brexit and we hope to survive this latest awful situation around the coronavirus

What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?
We would probably have to do with jam, cream or custard doughnuts (sorry, more than a biscuit!)



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