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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.

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 MBA Group

MBA began life in 1984 as a mailing house, operating from the home of founder and owner Bachar Aintaoui, before expanding into a factory unit. The business initially served financial institutions in North London, and subsequently added the IT infrastructure, security and processes to enable the move into transactional mail and regulatory mailings.

Q&A: Amy Chambers, managing director, Label Apeel

This year marks a full decade in the printing industry for Amy. She joined Label Apeel in 2010 as sales manager, and quickly progressed up the ladder to managing director at the Leicester-based business, which she is justifiably proud about.

Q&A: Jonathan Kunac-Tabinor, Carbon Colour

Jonathan is Carbon Colour’s guru when it comes to sales, estimating, and existing client support. He has worked in the printing industry for 23 years, and when not immersed in the world of digital print enjoys cooking, walking, and (particularly this season, we assume) supporting Southampton FC. His major passions, though, are aircraft modelling and military history.

Q&A: Ben Manning, production director, Rapidity

Ben is slightly older than London-based Rapidity, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this month. Unsurprisingly given his family connections to the industry, he has also been “working in the print” since he left school.

60 seconds with Willow Printing & Design

Established in 1978 above a local delicatessen by husband and wife team John and Pat Kilshaw, Willow Printing & Design has grown into its own factory and from its litho roots into a multi-service operation including digital printing and personalised promotional products. Today, the business is run by the next generation of Kilshaws – brother and sister team Barry (pictured left with a happy customer) and Cheryl.

Q&A: Tony Bates, managing director, Fast Graphics

Tony has been in the business for 15 years and says his job title is “managing director and chief grump”. He also describes himself as “grumpy”... We are beginning to see a theme here. He’s an obsessive Nottingham fan. That’s not Nottingham Forest, or Notts County, he’s talking about Nottingham the place.

60-seconds with: Awesome Merchandise

Awesome Merchandise started back in 2005 in founder Luke Hodson’s bedroom. “We were 19 and hoped to earn some pocket money by making pin badges. Armed with £300 and one of those Lexmark printers you get free with a PC, we set out on our quest for awesomeness.”

New year predictions: Catherine Burke, BMC

  • Friday, December 27, 2013
Catherine Burke, managing director of Banner Managed Communication (BMC), is hoping for a lie-in on Christmas Day, but her expectations for 2014, such as the growing impact of customer experience and social media, are more realistic.

New year predictions: Jon Tolley, Prime Group

  • Tuesday, December 24, 2013
As managing director of PrintWeek’s SME of the Year, 2013 was a year to remember for Prime Group’s Jon Tolley. Although if he doesn’t get his mother-in-law’s calendar printed by Christmas it could well be his last.

60-seconds with Technique Print Group

Karl Smith set up Technique in 1997 after working in print for 15 years, from apprentice through to sales. His business partner Mark Foster was then a customer as a freelance graphic designer and the duo saw an opportunity to start a business that provided both high quality graphic design and print.

60-seconds with: Screenprint Productions

From its origins as something of a cottage industry operating out of an old mill, Screenprint Productions has grown and grown and now occupies ‘three big factories in Brighouse’. Owners Martyn Hicks and Chris White “usually smile for photos” and assure us the team is “as happy as an Evangelist’s hymn book”.

60-seconds with Oasis Graphic

Oasis Graphic started out in 1988, based out of a lockup in Hillingdon. The firm’s client list, staff numbers and equipment soon outgrew those premises as the business branched out from exhibition graphics into new areas that involve “creating branded environments”.

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