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60 seconds with Apple Binding

Apple Binding was formed in 1994 by Kate and Jon Luke. As Kate explains: “We were always looking for a business opportunity. Jon was a commercial diver and I was a print rep. I needed to get a book Wire-O bound and I had to wait six weeks to get the book finished. I thought there may have been a hole in the market. So we did a little research, and decided to have a go.”

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.

60 seconds with Deanprint

Deanprint can trace its history back to the 1870s when Dean & Dawson was a world renowned travel agency (even getting a mention in the film The Great Escape).

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 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.

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.

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 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: Thomas Berwick, apprentice, Point Control

Thomas has been in the industry for about 18 months in his apprentice role at Accrington-based print finishing business Point Control, where his father Richard is one of the firm’s founding directors. When not at work the 21-year-old likes to play football and enjoys keeping fit

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.

60 seconds with Hickling & Squires

Established as a small stationery printer in 1953 by the eponymous Frank Hickling & Frank Squires, the company was bought by Mike Wells in 1982 and subsequently acquired by his son Richard Wells and sales director Paul White 12 years ago. Pictured is the company-sponsored ‘Rebel’ racer, with managing director Richard at the wheel.

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.

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