60 seconds with EC2i

Jo Francis
Wednesday, February 22, 2023

EC2i is now in its 21st year as a wholly independent company but the firm’s heritage “goes back to pedigree parents” who set up Essex Colour back in 1980.

It was originally well known for award-winning pre-press colour work but now offers much more than that, with digital production workflow solutions at the core of the business. Pictured are managing director, technical, Steve Fitzgerald and managing director, production, Gray Sergeant. 

Where are you based?

EC2i recently moved a mere metre or two from our original building to a purpose-designed, two-storey studio on the perimeter of London Southend Airport, with the seaside as our neighbour

How many staff do you have?


What does your firm do?

We have three primary departments which all dovetail with each other: photography, colour retouching and integrated workflow solutions, primarily designed in-house by our own tech team to meet clients’ needs

What’s your typical customer?

Anyone with a large base of products that they market across multiple channels, such as print or online

Which areas do you serve?

We have clients all over the UK

Which markets do you serve?

Our current client base is mostly retail and publishing

Who are your clients?

Blue chips. There’s some great examples and testimonials on our website

What’s your USP?

Service! Yes, it’s a cliché but that’s what our clients tell us – frequently! And it’s a testament
to this service that many of our clients have been with us for decades. That and ice cream or fish and chips on the seafront!

What’s your company’s mission statement?

To capture, create, manage and deploy engaging media content across multi-channel touch points. We’re passionate about what we do and everybody who visits us feels this vibe

What equipment do you run?

Phase 1 medium-format digital back cameras in the studio with multiple Mac platforms across production and retouching all supported by the Nutanix primary cluster infrastructure system

What’s been your proudest achievement in recent years?

Surviving Covid without losing any clients and being able to develop our Renaissance Software as a Service production management platform with integrated production management, digital asset management, and product information management capabilities. Having clients say our systems have been a ‘game changer’ for them is just reward

Where do you see your business in five years’ time?

We are developing a software product that we hope will move us into a wider, global marketplace and secure our future

What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?

Not a biscuit. Every birthday is celebrated with sausage rolls!

Printweek welcomes informed debate, but all comments must comply with our house rules which can be read here: A-Z of using the Printweek forums


© MA Business Limited 2023. Published by MA Business Limited, St Jude's Church, Dulwich Road, London, SE24 0PB, a company registered in England and Wales no. 06779864. MA Business is part of the Mark Allen Group .