I have worked in the print industry my whole life. My family are printers so i spent time around the factories as a child. At 17 i started as an apprentice in the reprographics department, back when we they had cameras and dark rooms, long since gone these days. Then spent 5 years in estimating, then production management and finally on to sales which has given me a comprehensive all round knowledge.
Before starting Print Brain i was managing the family business, a lithographic and digital printers with 20 staff and a £4 million turnover. I left the business 2 years ago to persue my own career. I had always wanted to become a Print Consultant so my wife and i created Print Brain. We manage our clients print requirements, giving a first class service and saving them money. We still work with many trade clients, printers, agencies and graphic designers, they rely on our knowledge and contacts to get the job done right and at the best price commercially available. Alongside this we work with B2B clients giving the same great service and price savings.
When we first started Print Brain we decided to work from home to keep costs as low as possible. People who have never done this think it is a dream come true and of course it does have it's advantages, but it can also be difficult. Having a young family and a noisy dog can be a challenge when their home is also your office. We looked every now and then for an office when things got a bit too much. A single office is around £500.00 a month, more than we wanted to spend and this would of been a bit lonely, much like working at home can be, but maybe a bit quieter. So we considered sharing with clients but this never quite worked out.
I had seen pictures of This Workspace and thought it looked amazing and could be just what we needed, giving the desk space required and also a chance to network and meet people. It took a while to actually make a visit with work and family taking up all our time. I had spoken with Emma via email a few times, missed an appointment due to work, so it took 6 months to actually make a visit but thankfully i did in the end. The building has real character and is set up perfectly for co working. I signed up that day and started the following week. That was 4 months ago. I have to say it was the best decision, far better than a stand alone office and with everything we need and at a good price. The people who work here are very friendly and knowledgeable. We have picked up two new clients from being here already and believe this will continue as we get to know more people. We are also in talks with another company here to take on their services to help grow our business. Business is going well.