Q&A: Ian Chamberlain, managing director, Tudor Bookbinding

Jo Francis
Monday, July 27, 2015

Ian has worked in print finishing since he left school at the age of 16, barring a brief interlude in 1975 when he tried his hand at being a milkman, a cooked meats salesman, and a van driver, before (we’re happy to say) returning to his roots. Ian was a binding room manager at Taylor Bloxham in Leicester, prior to setting up Wigston-based Tudor Bookbinding in 1992.

What is your nickname? 

‘Chambo’ or Brian Potter

Why did you get into printing?

A family friend ran a print finishing company and I used to help out at weekends and during holidays. Also, there seemed to be more opportunities to meet girls in the finishing department at the college than on the printing side of things, which was an obvious draw for a 16-year-old boy

What would be your dream job? 

Golf professional. And my dream round of golf would be with Laura Davies, just to see how good she really is!

Who would play you in a movie about your life? 

Peter Kay 

What is your favourite film? 

Notting Hill

What is your favourite TV show? 

The Thin Blue Line

Who or what do you hate the most?

Broken promises

Who do you admire most in the industry? 

The late Bruce Sharpless, of Taylor Bloxham in Leicester, who went from tea-boy to chairman

What is your favourite saying? 

‘Sometimes I amaze myself!’

What is your greatest luxury in life?

Good food and drink, especially smoked salmon and Champagne

What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?

Picking potatoes in a field when I was a schoolboy 

Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with? 

Sir Richard Branson – we have so much in common!

Who or what makes you laugh? 

Rowan Atkinson – The Blackadder series or The Thin Blue Line

How would you like to be remembered? 

As someone who cared about each and every job. It would be nice to be appreciated when we solve problems for customers. I know it is our job, but the occasional bit of recognition when we make a difference wouldn’t hurt

Life is…? 

Far too short

What was your childhood obsession?

Cricket – until I broke my leg in a motorbike accident, I played whenever I could


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