60 seconds with EC2i
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!
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