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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 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.

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 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.

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.”

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 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.

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 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.

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 Point Control

Lancashire-based perfect and PUR binding specialist Point Control began life 18 years ago when founding directors Richard Berwick, Andrew Cavannagh and Shaun Gill decided they wanted to work for themselves.

Q&A: Lorenzo Fardella, financial director, First 4 Print Finishing

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  • Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Lorenzo Fardella, financial director at First 4 Print Finishing, is married with two children. His favourite place is his grandfather's front porch in Italy and his ambition is to own a farm, but he now also dreams of Swiss stitching lines after a friend tempted him into print. As far as we know, they're still mates...

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.

60-seconds with: The Finishing Touch

Lancashire’s The Finishing Touch is a relatively young company, having been set up in the summer of 2010 by managing director Lynn Russell and business partner Cath Maybin, who spotted an opportunity to offer a professional handwork service for all those fiddly finishing jobs machines simply cannot handle.

Chasing business to the ?nishing line

Darren White was just 21 when he bought a secondhand Shoei folder and a little Camco guillotine to set up his own trade finishing house, DW Print Finishing. At such a tender age, in such a cut-throat market, all he had on his side was five years experience of working at two local trade finishing houses but that was enough to give him a thorough grasp of the market and its requirements. That knowledge has taken DW to a staff of 12 and a turnover of more than 300,000 in seven years.

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.

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