New year predictions: Chris Knowles, BCQ Group

By PrintWeek team, Friday 25 December 2015

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Chris Knowles stepped up to become managing director at Buckingham-based BCQ Group this year. While that, and being a finalist at the PrintWeek Awards were among the highlights, England's dismal performance at the Rugby World Cup was a definite lowlight.

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Knowles: "print is one of the most beautiful and engaging mediums ever conceived"

What’s at the top of your Christmas wish list this year?

Rest and relaxation – it’s been a busy year.

What trend (business or technology) do you think 2015 will be remembered for?

Diversification.

What do you think will represent the single biggest opportunity for printers in 2016 and why?

Hybrid print and direct mail.

What do you think will represent the single biggest threat for printers in 2016 and why?

Complacency.                    

What’s the one thing that the industry should do more of, or do better, in 2016?

Be proud of itself – print when done well is one of the most beautiful and engaging mediums ever conceived.

What was your biggest disappointment in 2015?

England’s performance at the Rugby World Cup.

What was your highlight of 2015?

Being shortlisted for PrintWeek Company of the Year.

What are your hopes for 2016?

Onwards and upwards.

What was the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

Work smarter not harder.

What was the most important thing that you learnt in 2015?

They don’t call them ‘the terrible twos’ for nothing!

What if anything will you do differently in 2016?

Take more time off to spend with my wife and daughters – they are growing up too fast.

If you’re thinking of going to Drupa next year, what are you keen to see?

Not saying – it could weaken our negotiating position

What’s your favourite Christmas cracker joke?

Q: A fish swims into a wall...

A: Dam

What was the best Christmas present you ever received?

An air rifle when I was 10 – no tin cans were safe that year!

Are you making any New Year's resolutions? If so, what?

Read more books.

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