60 seconds with KEP Print Group
Monday, September 25, 2017
KEP Print Group started in 1979 in the family garage of Kenneth E Plowman, the father of current managing director Mark Plowman (pictured).
Ken was a gifted sign writer, and Mark and his wife Anita knew they could capitalise on his talent by purchasing a press so Ken wouldn’t need to hand-write every sign in a multiple-sign order. KEP quickly grew and expanded its services, and outgrew the garage.
Where are you based?
KEP is based in Tamworth, in the heart of England
How many staff do you have?
We currently have a team of 120 and hope to hire a few more this year
What does your firm do?
Our specialty is POS print for high-street brands. We also offer a wide variety of commercial print including product packaging, FSDUs, large-format posters, and banners. And we still make time to print stationery for SMEs and local luxury magazines
Which areas do you serve?
Mostly UK but we do export to the US
Which markets do you serve?
Trade, retail brands, high-street stores, corporations, SMEs, publishers, and even several racing teams!
What’s your USP?
Our ability to cover all aspects of the industry in-house. We have had clients turn up with concepts sketched on cocktail napkins, and we are able to deliver a complete printed product based on that. We are also known for our incredible turnaround times and being able to produce what other firms deem impossible
What equipment do you run?
Three litho presses, a screen press, a new Indigo 7900, four large-format digital machines, Kongsberg cutting; a Lamina Blackline laminator; plus a wide range of finishing machines
What’s been your proudest achievement in the past few years?
Our client retention speaks volumes for our customer service and products
Where do you see your business in five years’ time?
Investing and expanding the business
What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?
You can’t beat a chocolate digestive!