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Q&A: Chris Kingston Director, Fingerprints Design and We Fly Drones

You might recognise Chris from his recent appearance in illusionist Derren Brown’s Pushed to the Edge TV show, where we’re happy to report he refused to push a man off a building to his death. Phew! Chris is approaching the big 3-0 and has been in the print game for about 10 years.

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).

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 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”.

60 seconds with Showcase Creative

After working in graphic design for a number of years Andy Wreakes and brothers Jack and Paul Batey (left to right in picture) spotted a gap in the market for short-run presentation folders. In 2013 they re-branded as Showcase Creative to reflect the growing range of products offered.

60 seconds with Strath Print

Strath Print was set up by directors Martin Benson and Peter Dunlop a decade ago, after the publisher they worked for closed its print division. The five-strong business is the only printing company on the beautiful Isle of Skye.

Q&A: Clive Bramble Sales executive, The Colchester Print Group

Clive has been involved in the print and packaging game for 43 years, and has five more to go. During his time he has held 17 positions in nine different companies. This year he celebrated his 60th birthday and 40th wedding anniversary. He and his ‘long-suffering’ wife have two grown up daughters and four grandchildren.

60 seconds with Rondor Printing

Rondor Printing began life in the 1980s and after a couple of changes in ownership during the intervening years, Tracy Cone and Adrian Saunders took over the company in 2017 after working there since the early 1990s.

60 seconds with Telford Repro

Telford Repro was formed in 1994 and has grown from its origins as a copy shop and plan printing specialist into one of the leading short-run digital print specialists in the West Midlands.

Q&A: Matt Bates, business development manager, Chesapeake

Matt’s Cornish roots are evident in the fact that after leaving school he studied printing at Plymouth College of Art & Design. He subsequently embarked upon something of a tour of the industry’s educational establishments, moving to Nottingham to study print media management at Nottingham Trent University, before topping off his education with a degree in print, packaging and graphics at Leeds University. Including subsequent roles at Boots Print and now Chesapeake, he’s spent 21 years in print and packaging.

60 seconds with: Print Me It

Print Me It started trading in 2008 as an online print company. It initially outsourced to trade printers, but over the past five years has brought digital printing and wide-format printing in-house.

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