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60 seconds with RNB Group

Bob Rhodes and Ryan Metcalf joined forces to set up RNB Group nine years ago. The firm’s services span data processing, digital printing, laser printing, inkjetting, hand fulfilment, machine enclosing and polywrapping.

Q&A: Clive Bramble Sales executive, The Colchester Print Group

Clive has been involved in the print and packaging game for 43 years, and has five more to go. During his time he has held 17 positions in nine different companies. This year he celebrated his 60th birthday and 40th wedding anniversary. He and his ‘long-suffering’ wife have two grown up daughters and four grandchildren.

60 seconds with SPS Group

SPS Group was founded in 1968 by Ian Martin as a local screen printing business. The firm has developed into a POS and retail specialist employing 175 staff. It is run by Ian’s sons Toby (pictured) and James, and proudly retains “the same core family values”.

60 seconds with Bobcat Digital

Bobcat is a new firm that started trading at the beginning of the year. Its three partners – Martin Bateman, Louise Owen and Rob Blackburn – had worked together previously at a commercial printer. “We had an absolute passion to be in control of a company that worked in the smartest way possible. We truly believed that we ‘could do better’ and this is what we’ve done,” say the trio.

Q&A: Paul Denne, managing director, Manor Creative

After leaving school, Paul became a trainee at an accountants in Eastbourne, and from there moved to property search specialists Strutt & Parker as a client accountant. Wanting to move into industry, Denne joined East Sussex-based Manor Creative as finance manager in September 2004. He became finance director and shareholder in July 2007, and managing director of this litho, digital, office supplies and promotional gift printers in December 2012.

‘We’re not selling a dream, we have to sell the reality’

Martin Mayo officially became head of Kodak’s UK operation last summer. An engineer by trade (his first job was as a service engineer for Radio Rentals, fixing video recorders) he’s possibly the first Kodak UK boss to have worked his way up from the bottom, something he’s immensely proud of.

Q&A: Leslie Manning, chairman, Rapidity Communications

Although he is clearly way too young to retire, that’s exactly what Les Manning plans to do come May after 43 years in print. His four sons all work at London-based Rapidity, so we guess he’ll still be in the loop about what’s going on one way or another. Retirement will give Manning more time to improve his golf handicap and for his beloved Charlton Athletic FC.

60-seconds with: Awesome Merchandise

Awesome Merchandise started back in 2005 in founder Luke Hodson’s bedroom. “We were 19 and hoped to earn some pocket money by making pin badges. Armed with £300 and one of those Lexmark printers you get free with a PC, we set out on our quest for awesomeness.”

60-seconds with Kingfisher Print & Design

Established in 1982 by Derek Bellotti, Kingfisher is a family-run litho and digital print firm, now headed by Derek’s son Ross who says he strives to keep print relevant in a digital age.

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