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Q&A: Ryan Samways Reprographics operator, Amberley Adhesive Labels

We close the year with an inspirational Q&A subject, none other than our Trainee of the Year, Ryan Samways. He’s 22 and has been working in print since the summer of 2014. When not busy with the day job, he loves going to the gym and creating YouTube videos.

60 seconds with Wensleydale Press

Wensleydale Press began life in the mid-19th century. It was acquired by husband and wife team Ken and Liz Lawson in 1979. Although Ken passed away a decade ago, the business continues to be run by Liz alongside Ken’s son Nigel.

60-seconds with… KMS Litho

KMS Litho was established in 1993 by father and sons Keith, Mark and the late Stuart Willis as a family-run general print business. These days Keith has retired (although often lends a hand) and the business is run by Mark and a “small but perfectly formed team”.

Q&A: Graham Congreve Sales director, Evolution Print

Graham has been in print for around 28 years, starting in advertising. He lives with his partner Catherine and loves watching cricket and football (Sheffield Wednesday), music, art and architecture, mountain bikes, gym, books and the garden (“not doing it, sitting in it”).

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: 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.

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.

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