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60 seconds with Serious Print Group

Serious Print Group started “out of an imminent redundancy” at a company managing director Nick Henry worked for in 2009. “I got together with three other guys that worked there one Friday afternoon and said ‘come on we’ll give this a go’, and by Monday we were up and running.

60 seconds with Sticky Labels

Vine Lodge Products (which trades as Sticky Labels) was set up in 1973 by the father of current managing director Gideon Hall. “He started from our garage with a Tickopress machine.

60-seconds with… PMG Print Management

The original business was founded in 1990 and was called Proof and Print. Mike Roberts took over the business back in 2004 and initially had a team of three: himself, a graphic designer and a production assistant.

60 seconds with Washington Direct Mail

Washington Direct Mail (WDM) started in 1983 and was originally created to handle print and merchandising for a car manufacturer’s dealerships. It then set up a mailing house arm and went on to add personalised digital printing, which has paid dividends. The past year has seen rapid growth off the back off the General Election and the focused pursuit of target marketing, with the addition of new machinery and staff.

60 seconds with Wensleydale Press

Wensleydale Press began life in the mid-19th century. It was acquired by husband and wife team Ken and Liz Lawson in 1979. Although Ken passed away a decade ago, the business continues to be run by Liz alongside Ken’s son Nigel.

60-seconds with… KMS Litho

KMS Litho was established in 1993 by father and sons Keith, Mark and the late Stuart Willis as a family-run general print business. These days Keith has retired (although often lends a hand) and the business is run by Mark and a “small but perfectly formed team”.

60 seconds with… Ditto 4 Design

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.

60 seconds with Barley Print

Barley Print started in 2007 when it took over a calendar business. It installed its own B2 press to produce the calendars and commercial work.

60 seconds with LWV Printworks

LWV Printworks started 14 years ago with one member of staff, operating from a rented desk at a small screen printer, after managing director Peter Wilson spotted a gap in the market to provide printed POS to the pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars in and around the Merseyside area.

60 seconds with… John Dollin Printing Services

Family-run John Dollin Printing Services started in 1976 as a marketing company, and the business has come a long way to where it stands today, laying claim to being “one of the largest and most respected commercial printers in the south of England”.

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