New appointments at Latcham Direct due to strong business growth

Print Solutions

Latcham Direct has made a number of key new appointments as the business continues to enjoy strong business growth.

The South West print firm has welcomed two new account managers to its Hengrove, Bristol headquarters and one to its base in Crawley, Sussex.

Sharon Saunders, a highly experienced print professional, who has worked in the print sector for 34 years in a number of different roles, joins from Kingsdown where she was client service manager for direct mail campaigns. She has also held management positions at Xerox and point of sale manufacturers, Showcard.

In her new role at Latcham Direct, Sharon will be account manager for a number of key financial services and utilities clients.

Also joining the expanding team is Joe Parsons, who has worked in the print sector for 15 years and joins following previous roles at JamJar Print, Brunel Promotions, EPC Direct and APB ColourPrint.

At Latcham Direct, Joe will be responsible for a number of clients in the membership, charity and local government sector accounts including The National Trust, Xerox, The Folio Society and Aylesbury & Torridge Council where he will be responsible for delivering direct mail campaigns.

Emma Martin joins as account manager at Latcham CGL in Crawley – the independent print management company Latcham Direct acquired last year as part of its on-going strategy to significantly grow the business and increase its UK wide reach.

Emma has over 20 years experience in the print sector having worked as a sales office manager for the Mayer-Kuvert Network. Her new role will involve handling projects from estimating through to production and billing; ensuring all client campaigns are delivered on time and on budget.

Taking a permanent role within Latcham Direct’s busy hand packing department, following a number of months in a temporary position is Michaela Siminitcaia. She will continue to ensure all print materials are packed and labelled correctly and assist with quality control checks.

These new appointments follow a period of rapid expansion for Latcham Direct. Earlier in the year, the business appointed Amanda Woollaston, a senior marketeer with 25 years marketing experience specialising in brand development and communications, as head of Marketing.

Since her appointment in April 2017, Amanda has been instrumental in putting a robust marketing strategy in place incorporating digital, print, events, PR and social media, re-launching Latcham Direct’s website and advising the board on strategic marketing initiatives and priorities for the business.

Managing director Mike Hughes said, ‘These are exciting times for us as the business continues to expand. Our strong reputation as one of the leading experts in print management and digital, marketing and document fulfilment solutions means that we attract experienced and committed account managers and business professionals to our headquarters in Bristol and our office in Crawley.

‘We take our responsibilities as a major employer in the area very seriously and are committed to paying at least the Real Living Wage to our staff. We also have a policy of supporting and training young people entering the workforce and regularly take on apprentices interested in pursuing a career in the print sector. We are also proud supporters of a number of charities and last year, Latcham Direct staff raised over £4000 for good causes.

‘With our dedicated and talented team in place, 2018 looks set to be another record year for growth as we look at further appointments and acquisitions. Watch this space for more developments!’

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