Hi, I’m Simon Roberts…
I’m not the average 9-5 worker, you will often catch me working late nights which offers great flexibility and ease of contact should you ever need me. With my low overheads you should also find that your budget will stretch that bit further and together with other professional people that I work with I am able to provide as good as any in-house service available.
I began my career in 1992 working for a slide company in Sale producing artwork for thousands of slides and overhead transparencies on a daily basis for a wide variety of industries until Powerpoint was launched enabling instant computer presentations to a screen or projector.
At this point I left the design department and gained experience in a new and upcoming service in the form of large format printing. I helped the mounting, laminating and finishing department to grow and quickly became responsible for all finishing. I operated a large Sallmetall mounting machine to finish off large posters, boards and also one of the first ranges of pop-up exhibition stands on the market in the UK.
After 18 months I moved on to work for a new company, a market leader that was looking to take over where I had previously worked. As that fell through I was was taken on and was instrumental in helping setup their new in-house finishing department. My role was again to finish every inkjet print from the large format printer and finish to produce a fully tested and erected exhibition stand. On offer was a wide range of trademarked products of all shapes and sizes.
My career to date led me to produce work for some really good high end customers such as Astra Zeneca, BBC, Barclays, British Aerospace, British Airways, Co-op, John Lewis, Mars, Martin Dawes, North West Water, PMP, Shell Chemicals and Virgin to name quite a few.
In February 2000 I switched jobs to a print company in Altrincham. I was back in a studio and back up to date with the main software such as Quark, Indesign, Photoshop and Illustrator, creating artwork for clients but more importantly checking incoming supplied artwork for print. There is a lot of artwork sent to print from many designers that look absolutely stunning on screen yet cause so many problems when sent to print. I effectively looked after the interests of both my employer and the customer, saving a lot of heartache and money along the way. This is where I gained 7 years of repro experience and worked my way up to studio manager before I left in January 2007 to work for myself and I am still loving the experience so far!