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60 seconds with Colourgraphic Arts

Managing director Vince Scardarella started the firm 34 years ago with his brother. “We started as a repro company and it was natural for us to move into litho and digital printing considering our experience in managing high-end quality reproduction of colour images,” he says.

Coping with your worst nightmare

Those images on Monday 28 December were horrifying, and remain unforgettable. Like most people, Chris Milner had been tuning into TV news channels over the Christmas period, gripped with cold fascination as the rising waters of flood-hit Britain made news headlines across the UK.

60 seconds with Datum

Datum started back in 1988 in Shoreditch, London, as a pre-press company supplying plates and proofs to the local litho printers. It left behind its London roots in 2000 when the business relocated to Hertfordshire.

60 seconds with Telford Repro

Telford Repro was formed in 1994 and has grown from its origins as a copy shop and plan printing specialist into one of the leading short-run digital print specialists in the West Midlands.

Q&A: Tracey Hemingway-Wright, studio manager, Hibiscus

Since getting a job as a paste-up artist/typesetter 25 years ago, Tracey and print have been inseparable. Moving to specialist commercial printing firm Hibiscus as a Mac operator, she now manages the studio, overseeing the make-up of tightly regulated labels for chemicals and hazardous materials. She’s married and enjoys learning to play the piano with her seven-year-old son.

‘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.

Link the two tribes with better communication

The two worlds of the pre-press technician and the finisher are, considering they work for the same firm and are often just a few metres apart, pretty different. One's day-to-day existence revolves around Macs, colour calibration software and background tints, the other gets more hands-on with all manner of cutting, folding, stitching and gluing kit.

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