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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.

60 seconds with Windles Group

Bruce Podmore, Windles founder and managing director, started out printing in a shed in Aylesbury. Originally printing on a two-unit machine, his business grew quickly and in 1984 he joined forces with his late father.

60 seconds with Ignite Print

Ignite Print CEO Hickesh Mehta says that it’s “quite nostalgic thinking back to when Ignite Print first started out”. “We officially launched in 2010 as a small family business operating out of my parents’ garage.

Prepare the ground for a smooth handover

In June this year global packaging business, VPK Packaging Group announced the appointment of a new group managing director for its UK-based corrugated division, Rigid Containers.

Get happy

We have a problem with productivity in the UK. Quite simply, we’re not as productive as many other developed nations.

After you’ve gone

We enter the world with nothing and depart as we were born, leaving our earthly possessions behind. This harsh circle of life becomes grimmer for those left behind, especially where there is no will to determine how a deceased’s assets are to be distributed.

60 seconds with Crescent Press

Founded in 1997, Crescent Press has built a reputation serving advertising agencies, creatives and print management firms across the UK. Initially a Birmingham-based litho printer, 2010 saw the company relocate to Solihull in the West Midlands.

Calling in the cavalry

Woody Allen wrote in his screenplay for the film Annie Hall, that “those who can’t do, teach. And those who can’t teach, teach gym.” While there may be an element of truth in his thinking, there has to be a compromise.

Rising star: James Taylor Printer, Bell & Bain

James is 22 and started working in the industry just over three years ago, at Glasgow book and journal printer Bell & Bain. Earlier this year he won Apprentice of the Year at Print Scotland’s annual apprentice awards.

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