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Success Stories: Panther Print & Design

Robert Quick left school in 1985 and went straight into a printing career with big dreams for his future success. Robert was soon the proud owner of a freehold property in Barking allowing him to diversify into publishing, with six staff on the books. Things were looking good.

Then came 2008 and the ensuing global recession resulted in Robert losing his property and struggling to keep the business afloat. Until he approached CEME. We were able to offer Robert flexibility with lease terms in modern industrial standard workshops; and professional, high quality, inspiring facilities in an attractive campus environment, impressive to clients and potential employees alike. Robert procured a space in the Innovation Centre, with four employees and a turnover of £200K.

Over the following years, Panther Print participated in various CEME programmes and masterclasses, forging close relationships with CEME, most notably the Innovation Director who became a ‘critical friend’ and sounding board. He tells the story of how he was encouraged, in fact pushed to write his goals down and commit to them, and the part he believed this exercise played in his success.

In 2018, Panther Print acquired another local printing business, doubled their employee headcount, and are now generating a profitable turnover in excess of half a million pounds annually. They have now outgrown our campus and moved to pastures more spacious – precisely what CEME aims to deliver. Robert still regularly visits his customers on campus and attends business support and networking programmes.

I have no doubt that the personal touch, care and attention of CEME Executives has played a big part in my success.