Q&A: Anthony Harris, managing director, Mainstream Print
Thursday, July 23, 2020
Former snooker pro Anthony has now spent 25 years in the industry. He describes his hobbies as “Snooker, walking and Aston Villa”. He’s married to Tracey, and they have two children, Thomas (21) and Eleanor (19).
Why did you get into printing?
After a career in professional snooker, my options were limited. Prontaprint gave me a chance with no print or sales experience!
What would be your dream job?
A football agent or football reporter, failing that in reality, property developer
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Tom Hanks, as he’s easy going, and doesn’t shout too much!
What is your dream bit of kit?
A time machine, or a Komori Lithrone GL-429
What would you most like to print?
The Aston Villa football programme
What is your favourite TV show?
Four Rooms. I collect sporting memorabilia
Who do you admire most in the industry?
Patrick Crean [Paragon Group chairman], a self-made man, and single shareholder of a huge organisation
What is your favourite album?
Bat out of Hell by Meatloaf
What is your favourite book?
Cat or dog, or…?
Dog. Bertie is our office dog [job title ‘head of cute’], he is known to most of our clients
What is your greatest luxury in life?
My second home in Looe
What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?
Delivering the Yellow Pages
What is your greatest ambition?
To be healthy, and able to travel extensively when I retire
What’s your greatest fear?
Orders drying up and the phone not ringing
Who or what makes you laugh?
Only Fools and Horses
Which celebrity would you like to get out of here? Why?
Gemma Collins. Very untalented
Most embarrassing moment?
Talking to a client when I had a cold, and accidentally blew a bubble out of my nose
Where would you like to be right now?
Madeira, enjoying the permanent sunshine
Who would be your favourite party guests?
Michael Portillo, The Pope, Joanna Lumley, Tom Hanks, Muhammad Ali, Anthony Hopkins
Where would you go if you could time-travel?
To 1966 to watch England win the World Cup. I can’t see it happening in my lifetime
What was your childhood obsession?
What is the worst kind of print?
Any print that has set off, or has been trimmed on the skew
What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off?
Becoming an approved supplier for the NHS
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Chill out, work hard, believe in yourself and it will happen
How would you like to be remembered?
A caring person, who genuinely tried to help other people, a grafter and a good family man
Like happiness, a journey not a destination