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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… Ditto 4 Design

In 2002, Ron Fothergill was working in a Blues Brothers show. “Many of the acts we worked asked us to design their posters and leaflets. We saw an opportunity and started off running two machines in our dining room with finishing in the garage.” Ron’s long-suffering wife and partner Lindsay said “enough!” when a third machine appeared in the kitchen! The firm moved into more suitable premises where it continues to thrive.

Q&A: Amanda Dickinson Managing director Rethink CMYK

Amanda had something of an OMG moment upon realising that she’s spent 31 years in print, culminating in her current position as managing director at Barnsley-based Rethink CMYK. She’s married to Joel and they have two children Seth and Gabrielle. Her hobbies include laughing uproariously.

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.

Q&A: Tim Solway, managing director, Solways Quality Printing

Natty dresser Tim loves his family (wife Gilly and children Rachel and Hugo), his friends, Mallorca, motor boats, skiing on water and snow, guitar, cricket, tennis, karaoke and the Worshipful Company of Upholders. He also has a long-lasting love of craft print processes and quality papers.

60 seconds with LWV Printworks

LWV Printworks started 14 years ago with one member of staff, operating from a rented desk at a small screen printer, after managing director Peter Wilson spotted a gap in the market to provide printed POS to the pubs, clubs, restaurants and bars in and around the Merseyside area.

60 seconds with KEP Print Group

KEP Print Group started in 1979 in the family garage of Kenneth E Plowman, the father of current managing director Mark Plowman (pictured).

Q&A: Andre Herbert, sales executive, Kingfisher Press

Andre Herbert is retiring at the ripe old age of 73 having spent all his working life (57 years) within the print industry. He lives in Norfolk with his wife and two children. In his spare time he enjoys watching rugby at both local and international levels and goes sailing, fishing and plays golf, when time permits.

Q&A: Joel Sampson, sales manager, Resource

Yorkshire Tea aficionado Joel is 36 and has worked in the industry for the past 14 years, most recently as sales manager at Leeds-based Resource. He is married to Victoria (pictured) and they have two little girls: Hattie who’s one, and Elsie, three. When not running around at work or after his girls, Joel enjoys… running! And golf.

60 seconds with… John Dollin Printing Services

Family-run John Dollin Printing Services started in 1976 as a marketing company, and the business has come a long way to where it stands today, laying claim to being “one of the largest and most respected commercial printers in the south of England”.

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