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60 seconds with Swallowtail Print

Swallowtail is the result of a merger between Norwich Colour Print and F Crowe & Sons in 2011.

60 seconds with Blissetts

Blissett Bookbinders was established in London in 1920, and today the fourth generation is in charge.

Q&A: Chris Narayan Bindery manager, Rapidity

Chris has worked for 37 years as a hand bookbinder, and his expert skills have been called upon to give demonstrations and teach classes in the art. He loves music and football, his wife, and his Boston terrier. He was also the only man in a kilt to grace the stage at this year’s PrintWeek Awards.

Q&A: Christine Steele Sales director, UK Bookbinders

Christine has worked in the print industry since 2015, and describes the trade as “keeping me very busy”. She enjoys socialising with friends and family at weekends, and is now also a doting grandma to her son’s new baby.

60 seconds with RS Bookbinders

RS Bookbinders was founded by Roy Shaddock in 1983, utilising his knowledge and experience gained in the bookbinding industry since the age of 14.

Q&A: Hayley Andrew Bookbinder, Barnard & Westwood

After being told by numerous university tutors that there are ‘no jobs in a dead trade like bookbinding’, Hayley set out to make them eat their words.

60 seconds with Tudor Bookbinding

Ian Chamberlain set up Tudor Bookbinding in 1992, after spotting a gap in the market for a print finishing service while working as a binding room manager. The firm started off in the centre of Leicester, with secondhand kit and five staff.

Q&A: Ian Chamberlain, managing director, Tudor Bookbinding

Ian has worked in print finishing since he left school at the age of 16, barring a brief interlude in 1975 when he tried his hand at being a milkman, a cooked meats salesman, and a van driver, before (we’re happy to say) returning to his roots. Ian was a binding room manager at Taylor Bloxham in Leicester, prior to setting up Wigston-based Tudor Bookbinding in 1992.

Expanding service portfolio is survival secret for 90-year-old veteran printer

Commercial printer Parker & Collinson (P&C) has been around for nearly 90 years and as a result has plenty of experience of working in a tough market.

Proofs that have the cover wrapped

Ahead of a book going to print, it is common practice for a publisher to run off a limited number of proofs - commonly referred to in the trade as 'blads' - in order to stimulate the interest of buyers at Waterstone's and the other major booksellers.

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