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60 seconds with Victoire Press

Victoire Press was formed in 1990 by Howard Seaber-Shinn and Tony Elliott, through an MBO of the Cambridgeshire County council print department. They moved it to Bar Hill, along with eight members of staff. 25 years on much has changed, but the Victoire team’s passion for print is just as strong

60 seconds with Hammond Bindery

Trade binding specialist Hammond Bindery was founded in 1976, and then acquired by long-established printer H Charlesworth & Co in the early 1980s.

Q&A: Daniel Reed Designer, The Cafeteria Studio

Sheffield-based Daniel specialises in design and typography, and his enthusiasm for all things print-related is such that outside of his day job he works on other projects and has created four new typefaces including Incido, which is made up entirely of straight lines (see daniel-reed.co.uk).

Staff perks can be mutually beneficial

While signs that the UK economy is beginning to demonstrate sustainable growth are clearly welcome, most printers are still too conscious of the need to control costs to welcome the idea of stumping up for additional employee benefits. Indeed, this was never an area the industry excelled in even before the economic downturn.

60 seconds with Bobcat Digital

Bobcat is a new firm that started trading at the beginning of the year. Its three partners – Martin Bateman, Louise Owen and Rob Blackburn – had worked together previously at a commercial printer. “We had an absolute passion to be in control of a company that worked in the smartest way possible. We truly believed that we ‘could do better’ and this is what we’ve done,” say the trio.

Sustainability superheroes

Some choose themselves. Some are chosen by others. But it’s not how a business goes about appointing its own green champion that matters. What matters is that every business has an individual in place whose role it is to continually drive good environmental practices and make sure that the company is heading in the right direction to hit its green aims and objectives.

'We see ourselves as growth hackers'

Lawrence Merritt was managing director of Photobox UK & Ireland from 2007 until 1 March this year when he side-stepped to head up his new 'incubator' arm of the business, Photobox Startups. Hannah Jordan talks to Merritt about successes, mistakes and obsessing over the small stuff.

Playing catch-up in the gender equality race

When Precision Printing announced a new pressroom assistant would be joining the team, a certain kind of person was expected to walk through the door, roll up their sleeves and get stuck into the messy business of mixing and measuring inks and scrubbing plates clean. That person did not, in the team's mind's eye, sport long, bright blonde hair, painted nails, immaculate make-up and six-inch wedge heels. But that, in the words of their new colleague Emma Thompson, "is what they got."

Sporting side of the print industry

The portrait of a printer as fun guy, who refuses to be bogged down by demanding customers, delay in payments, a production process and daily routines. Noel D'cunha and Krutika Mody find out

Q&A: Derek Maskell, sales consultant, Interket

Derek is bowing out and retires this month after more than 50 years in the industry. He’s 73 and has been in print-related employment since 1966. He’s married to Donna with two children and three grandchildren, and his hobbies include following horse racing and enjoying regular holidays in southern Spain.

Interview: ‘Keep learning – and keep trying’

By his own admission, Label Apeel managing director Stuart Kellock hasn’t always been the easiest of bosses. After all, not many people would sack a sibling from the family firm. But in his 20-plus years at the family business he’s learned many things, one being that shouting at staff isn’t always the best approach, and another that trying to catch a falling digital press isn’t necessarily a good idea either.

60 seconds with The Bigger Printing Co

Bigger Printing was set up in 2000, by MD Sebastian Stanley (pictured right with marketing and operations manager David Bowen). Originally selling print consumables, the company grew into The Bigger Printing Company, specialising in producing large format digital print.

60 seconds with Palmer Publicity Services

PPS was set up in 1989 (the year sales director Katie Palmer was born) by her parents Noel and Lesley in the garage of the family home. PPS began by offering photography and marketing services and as the business developed, brought in graphic designers, invested in printing equipment and decided to bring everything in-house to offer the full service.

60 seconds with Boxtick Graphics

The owners of a group of existing non-print businesses purchased the company a few years ago to enter a new market that focuses on small businesses. We rebranded to Boxtick last year with our customers at the centre of what we deliver.

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