Q&A: Andrew Tutt, senior account manager, Aquatint
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
Andrew is 54 and is married with three boys: Nick, James and Sam. He’s been working in print for 37 years with his first job at a printing and typesetting company based in Clerkenwell Road, London, called Print Base.
He started off printing four-colour process work on a single-colour Heidelberg Kord 64 Press, (those were the days...). Andrew’s career progressed through various areas of print including estimating, production, sales and account management. “I love print and have worked in various print disciplines including screen, litho, digital and print management giving me a wealth of experience to share with clients and colleagues alike,” he says. Outside of work Andrew enjoys golf, cooking, weekends with his family and meals out.
What is your nickname?
Why did you get into printing?
I was destined for print, as my grandad owned a small printing business after the war and my dad was a print buyer for Shell so print has been in the family for three generations
What would be your dream job?
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
What is your dream bit of kit?
HP Indigo 12000
What would you most like to print?
The Pirelli Calendar
What is your favourite film?
The Italian Job
What is your favourite TV programme?
Only Fools and Horses
Sweet or savoury?
Savoury every time
Who or what do you hate the most?
Who do you admire most in the industry?
Lascelle Barrow, Augustus Martin
What is your favourite phrase or saying?
'Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today' (Benjamin Franklin)
What is your favourite album?
Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield
What is your favourite book?
I rarely have time to read books unless I’m on holiday, although I do like the author Dan Brown as his books generally have short chapters which I can read in between swimming, sunbathing and drinking!
Cat or dog, or…?
I love dogs!
What is your greatest luxury in life?
I have always wanted a big boat and a big house... So it’s Cadbury’s chocolate!
What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?
I once worked as a milkman for four weeks, dropped the bottles, lost my way several times and even ran out of milk, hence choosing print!
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
What is your greatest ambition?
To own my own printing business
What’s your greatest fear?
Letting people down
Who or what makes you laugh?
Watching Gavin and Stacey
What piece of kit would you like to see invented?
A printing press that gives perfect results every time
Most embarrassing moment?
I was in a nightclub and thought I recognised a guy who I knew as a supplier and introduced myself to a confused look. It turned out that he was Gary Webster from Minder who didn’t know who I was at all! He was a nice guy plus was a good ice breaker though, as we both had a great night out together!
Where would you like to be right now?
Sitting on the beach with a nice cool beer
What’s your worst fashion disaster?
I had a copycat haircut and highlights like George Michael in the days of Last Christmas and Wham. Fortunately, I didn’t copy him with the earrings though
Who would be your favourite party guests?
Keith Lemon, James Corden and chef Gino D’ Acampo
Where would you go if you could time-travel?
Back to the 1950s as the fashion was to always dress so smart and men even wore ties to meetings
What was your childhood obsession?
What is the worst kind of print?
Out of fit and set off!
What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off?
Gaining an order for 500,000 perfect bound pocket guides produced in three days
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Always strive for perfection, work hard and have the confidence to take more risks to get to the top of your chosen profession
How would you like to be remembered?
Always putting others first
Being with your family