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Q&A: Melvin Vinyard Senior account manager, Fuller Davies

Melvin turned 65 in April and will retire next month after working in print for 49 years. He is married to Sandra and they have “two children and two lovely granddaughters”. His main hobbies are photography and listening to vinyl albums.

Q&A: Ian Metcalfe, finance director, Serious Print Group

A youthful “50-plus”, one of keen cyclists Ian’s proudest boasts is that he has more bikes than children, not bad considering he has four of the latter. His collection also probably comes in handy to combat the effects of his sweet tooth.

60 seconds with Ace Binding Company

Ace Binding Company was born out of the love director Robert Hart had for the industry. Founded 16 years ago, with a couple of folders, a guillotine and stitching line, it was a move into PUR binding and, more recently wire-binding (and a fair few other investments) that took the business into the Premier League of trade finishing.

‘It’s about how you change and adapt’

Almost 10 years ago to the day, Bluetree managing director Adam Carnell and fellow director and founder James Kinsella set up their online print shop in a borrowed office with a bank of inkjets from PC World.

‘Trying new things is very important’

As a former bank manager and managing director of PrintWeek’s reigning SME of the Year, CS Labels, there can’t be many small business owners better placed to offer advice on running a successful company than Simon Smith.

Q&A: Victoria Elliott, business development, Datum

Victoria has been in sales for 20 years: five years within the printing industry and 15 years in the motor trade. She’s a single parent to a “beautiful 10-year-old daughter who keeps me on my toes”, and says she will always be a rock chick at heart.

60 seconds with Bluestar Print Finishers

Bluestar started in 1998 when MD Lee Harvey (pictured, right, with operator Ian Richardson) decided that after working as a manager for a few firms, he needed to do something more. “I approached a few printing companies and got their support and so Bluestar was born.”

60 seconds with… Mostly Flat

Graphic designer and artist printmaker Dulcie Fulton started Mostly Flat in 2013 after she took a letterpress class that reminded her how much she loved the process.

Q&A: Marie Gilmour, senior account manager, J Thomson Colour Printers

Marie studied Psychology and French at Glasgow University and graduated with a BSc in 1995. After teaching English in France for a year she changed direction, joined J Thomson Colour Printers and has been there ever since.

Overmatter: cool off!

It’s been really quite warm for more than a few days, people were wilting at Wimbledon, and there’s a hosepipe ban in some areas of the country.

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