In 2002, Ron Fothergill was working in a Blues Brothers show. “Many of the acts we worked asked us to design their posters and leaflets. We saw an opportunity and started off running two machines in our dining room with finishing in the garage.” Ron’s long-suffering wife and partner Lindsay said “enough!” when a third machine appeared in the kitchen! The firm moved into more suitable premises where it continues to thrive.
Where are you based?
Ditto 4 Design is based in Hull
How many staff do you have?
Three full-time staff and we’re constantly looking for opportunities to enable our workforce to grow
What does your firm do?
A wide range of large-format and commercial print. Our newest addition is drone photography and video
What’s your typical customer?
Mostly SMEs. We do a lot of white box jobs for other printers and designers
Which areas do you serve?
We serve the UK but print is fiercely competitive so it makes sense to specialise in 24-hour turnaround locally
What’s your USP?
Fast, professional service with a friendly approach
What’s your company’s motto?
“We are different, we are Ditto” which always made me chuckle as Ditto means to copy and was the name of a band we created to do cover versions.
What equipment do you run?
A Ricoh 7110, plus Roland and Epson wide-format kit
What’s been your proudest achievement in the past few years?
Supporting Hull events such as the mighty Freedom Festival and winning INCA’s award for the UK’s best digital calendar supplier for seven years
Where do you see your business in five years’ time?
Hopefully running and growing. We have a very loyal client base
What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?
ALL OF THEM! I am a chocolate nut!