Q&A: Leslie Manning, chairman, Rapidity Communications
Monday, April 14, 2014
Although he is clearly way too young to retire, that’s exactly what Les Manning plans to do come May after 43 years in print. His four sons all work at London-based Rapidity, so we guess he’ll still be in the loop about what’s going on one way or another. Retirement will give Manning more time to improve his golf handicap and for his beloved Charlton Athletic FC.
What is your nickname?
I have asked my staff. They tell me it isn’t printable
Why did you get into printing?
My dad worked in an ad agency and I was offered a job as a junior salesman by one of his contacts
What would be your dream job?
To own and run The Lone Star restaurant in Barbados. Unfortunately, it’s owned by Dave Whelan, and I can’t afford it
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
Bryan Cranston (the actor who plays Walter White in Breaking Bad)
What is your dream bit of kit?
The Charlton first team kit
Who do you admire most in the industry?
Simon Baker, managing director at Printflow Communications
Who or what do you hate the most?
Nigel Farage and UKIP, in any order
What is your favourite saying?
A woman is a woman, but a good cigar is a smoke
What is your favourite album?
Seesaw by Beth Hart and Joe Bonamassa
What is your greatest luxury in life?
Holidays in Barbados
What is the strangest job you’ve ever done?
Painting lines around machines in a tool making factory
Who would you like to be stuck on a desert island with?
Simon Baker again
What is your greatest ambition?
Charlton to win the Champions League
What piece of kit would you like to see invented?
A digital colour press that handled its own marketing and sales
Most embarrassing moment?
Taking a client to lunch and falling asleep at the table. Those were the 80s!
Who would be your favourite party guests?
Tony Benn (RIP)
Where would you go if you could time-travel?
Back to the 1980s to buy up Hoxton and Shoreditch
What is the worst kind of print?
Anything currently being printed by our competitors
What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off?
Securing 100% of Rapidity
How would you like to be remembered?
As the first man to climb Everest at 120 years old
Too short to be anything but happy
What was your childhood obsession?
Charlton Athletic and Sally Braddell (she was in class 4A)