Q&A: Scott Pearce, managing partner, Datum

By Jo Francis, Monday 17 July 2017

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Scott’s print career is approaching the 30-year landmark, having begun with a work experience stint that turned into a rather more permanent occupation and ultimately co-owner of the company. He’s 44, married with six-year-old twin boys, and enjoys travelling and photography in his spare time.


Why did you get into printing? 

I went to Datum on a week’s work experience. Somehow, 28 years later, I’m still here

What would be your dream job? 

International food and wine critic

What would you most like to print? 

Ikea catalogue, just the yearly print run of 208 million copies

What is your favourite film? 

Forrest Gump

What is your favourite TV programme? 

Dragons’ Den

Who or what do you hate the most? 

I dislike a lot of things, but I don’t hate anything

Who do you admire most in the industry? 

Gary Mahoney, formerly of Charterhouse – his company had a big impact on our business

What is your favourite phrase or saying? 

Have no fear of perfection, you will never reach it

What is your favourite album? 

Michael Jackson’s Thriller or Abbey Road by The Beatles – it depends what mood I’m in

What is your favourite book? 

Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson

What is your greatest luxury in life? 

Time with my family

What is your greatest ambition? 

For my children to have opportunities and to have a happy life enjoying whatever they choose to do

What’s your greatest fear? 


Who or what makes you laugh? 

Micky Flanagan

What piece of kit would you like to see invented? 

Printing presses with a larger colour gamut closer to RGB

Where would you like to be now? 

In Dubai setting up our new remote Datum office

What’s your worst fashion disaster? 

Wearing shell suits as an apprentice

Who would be your favourite party guests? 

Steve Jobs, Howard Hughes and Muhammad Ali to lighten the mood

Where would you go if you could time-travel? 

2018 so we can start our 30th anniversary celebrations at Datum a year early

What is the worst kind of print? 

Poorly designed and off-brand print

What was the best business deal that you’ve pulled off? 

Buying Datum

What advice would you give to your teenage self? 

Never stop learning

How would you like to be remembered? 

I’m not worried about being remembered

Life is…? 

…a story, make yours the best seller

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