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Aron Priest

Aron Priest

I have been in the print trade since 1988. I started as a machine minder, I trained five years at Barking college for a full apprenticeship whilst at my first job. Then moved to another printing company to run bigger presses. I then finally started my first company called Solopress in 1999. The company went from just a few employees in the first year up to over 150 staff at present. I am fully trained in every department of my company and love coming to work. I am very enthusiastic about Solopress and hope you will enjoy using us. When I'm not working I like spending time with my wife and my two children, playing badminton, and I am actively involved in the local council. I love going out drinking and having a good time.


Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Brought up in the print game, I left school and went to work with my dad who owned a successful printers. I worked there for two years before going alone. I worked this way for eight years before deciding to go into a partnership. Having known Aron through the print industry we set up Solopress with a mission to be better and faster than all our competition, this meant many early starts and just as many late nights, but 15 years on we have achieved this and are proud to employ more than 150 staff and turnover £11.65 million a year. Outside of work, I have two young children to care for. As a family we love to holiday, bike ride and socialise with friends and family. When I’m out without them my passion is sports cars. I drive to Le Mans every other year. I love Vegas, a good boxing match and rugby, and as you can see I'm an avid supporter of Movember!


Sales
Jack Clifford

Jack Clifford

jack.clifford@solopress.com

01702 460047

I joined Solopress in 2009, mainly raising print estimates and orders for my clients. In 2013 I changed roles and now I'm the Business Development Manager at Solopress. When not at work I enjoy watching football, going to the gym and socialising with my friends.


Carly Roache

Carly Roache

carly.roache@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in print since 2007 and started working for Solopress in 2009, I work in the sales order processing department where I deal with online orders. When I’m not working I spend my time shopping and socialising. I also play football for West Ham Ladies where I am 1st team captain.


Dexter Osburn

Dexter Osburn

dexter.osburn@solopress.com

01702 460047

I joined the Solopress team in 2013 as a sales account manager. New to the print industry, I am looking foward to the challenge ahead. When not at work I enjoy spending time with my family, working with computers and enjoying Southend's varied nightlife.


Emma Campbell

Emma Campbell

emma.campbell@solopress.com

01702 460047

My name is Emma and I have been at Solopress since 2011. I started here as Adam Wilson-Bowen's PA. My role entailed general day-to-day duties and assisting Adam in ensuring the company ran smoothly. In 2012 I was offered a new job role joining the sales team. I enjoy my work at Solopress and the lovely colleagues I work with. In my spare time I enjoy dancing, socialising with my friends and going out and about with my boyfriend.


Liz Leslie

Liz Leslie

liz.leslie@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have been working for Solopress since 2010. I started in reception where my role was to look after front of house and take payments. I have now joined the sales team, where I am the youngest member! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my friends and going on holiday with my boyfriend, Jack Clifford.


Martin Victory

Martin Victory

martin.victory@solopress.com

01702 460047

My nickname is Big Mart - large in character! I have worked in print since 1986 and starting working for Solopress in 2006. My job role is Sales Account Manager, but I have also been known to get my hands dirty with a bit of guillotining and folding from time to time! When I am not working, I enjoy spending time with my family, and working hard at the gym keeping myself fit.



 


Neil Sanders

Neil Sanders

neil.sanders@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in print since 1995, and joined Solopress in 2008 as sales estimator. My main job to keep the work coming in and to keep the rest of the company extra busy. We never say can't do! My nickname is The Colonel - Kentucky Fried Chicken may have something to do with it. When out of work, I seem to spend most of time decorating, but also enjoy cycling, drinking, spending time with the kids and, of course, the wife. I used to be a semi pro cyclist, so Chris Hoy watch out!


Paula  Barrell

Paula Barrell

paula.barrell@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in the printing industry since 2001 starting at Wizard Print moving onto Five Star where I worked my way up to production manager and temporary factory manager. I then joined Solopress in 2007 in production and sales. I have been known in the past to get involved with the finishing side by helping out making up folders etc. to meet deadlines - and thus in turn keep our customers happy. In my free time I enjoy socialising with my buddies and the Doris's, getting out and having fun.


Steve Jennings

Steve Jennings

steve.jennings@solopress.com

01702 460047

I began my life in print in 2001, starting with a broom and working my way through print finishing where I mastered the art of folding and running the Muller Guillotine. I started my Solopress days in 2007 and love every minute of it. We have a great sales team and super atmosphere that makes for a happy and hard working place. I look forward to coming into work every day - helping customers with quotes and anything else print related. I'm proud to see Solopress grow bigger and bigger. When not working, I spend time with my family. I also have a passion for football where I have played semi pro.


Tom Simpson

Tom Simpson

tom.simpson@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in a number of sales and administrative positions for a number of years before starting with Solopress at the start of 2013. My role includes answering inquiries over our Live Chat Help system, giving out quotes over the phone and getting our customers the very best price possible. In my free time I enjoy attending live music events and have been DJing for over a decade.


Robert Simpson

Robert Simpson

robert.simpson@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in the healthcare industry for most of my professional life as a psychiatric nurse working all over the country for various NHS trusts. Looking for a new challenge I joined the Solopress team in 2013 in my first sales role and also my first foray into the print world. In my spare time I enjoy a wide range of hobbies all based round performance of some kind, including DJing, music production and fire performance.


Barry Billings

Barry Billings

barry.billings@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in the sales industry since 2001, expanding my career in to the print industry when I joined the friendly team at Solopress in 2013. Outside of work I spend the majority of my time modifying cars - this can be anything from bodywork to engine modifications. I have also studied mixed martial arts (MMA) from a young age and have taken part in competitions for my local borough at a semi-professional level. I now use my experience and knowledge to teach back what I have learned.


Chris Wright

Chris Wright

chris.wright@solopress.com

01702 460047

I started my career in print as an apprentice in the magazine sector, I then took a career break and worked as a green keeper on a golf course for three years. To restart my career I started my own business in car sales to gain some sales experience, which I successfully ran for a year, then moved on to work at a main dealership. Using the sales skills I developed over the past few years I then took a great opportunity to work for Solopress.


Sarah Robbins

Sarah Robbins

sarah.robbins@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in the sales industry since 2007 and have various qualifications in art and design. After completing a bachelors' degree in design in 2013, I joined the Solopress team as a Sales Account Manager. When I'm not at work I'm normally reading design articles, cooking or dreaming about owning a 3D printer.


Ben Crow

Ben Crow

ben.crow@solopress.com

01702 460047

I joined the Solopress team in 2013 as a sales account executive. This is a new venture for me as I am new to the print industry, but looking forward to it. Out of work I love spending time with my wife and two boys, and whenever we get the chance, the oldest and I go fishing. I am also into keeping freshwater fish, and my pride and joy is my Fahaka puffer fish.


Lee Conway

Lee Conway

lee.conway@solopress.com

01702 460047

This is my first experience in the printing industry and I am really looking forward to the challenge. I like to be of as much help as possible when dealing with customers and will be a very helpful member of the Solopress team. Outside of work I love my football and have a passion for go-karting and try to go whenever I get the chance to.


Zane Atkinson

Zane Atkinson

zane.atkinson@solopress.com

01702 460047

I began working in Live Chat and quickly moved over to sales, where I'm now part of a great team. Having worked in several companies, I am very happy I've joined Solopress, as the atmosphere and people are amazing. Finally a job that doesn't make me hate Mondays! I studied print at college as part of my course and have a passion for creativity and design. I look forward to progressing myself and helping Solopress grow. Outside of work, I enjoy listening to music, going to the pub with my best buds and travelling.


Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor

justin.taylor@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in sales for the entirety of my professional life and moved into the print industry when I joined the team here at Solopress in 2014. Outside of work I enjoy a wide range of activities including magic/escapology, juggling and modified cars.


Abbie Lane

Abbie Lane

abbie.lane@solopress.com

01702 460047

I have worked in sales since I left Southend High School for Girls in 2007, and joined Solopress in the beginning of 2014. I am new to the print industry and I’m looking forward to a new challenge. In my spare time I enjoy going to the gym and spending time with family and friends.


Matt Briaris

Matt Briaris

matt.briaris@solopress.com

01702 460047

I started working for Solopress in early 2014. I used to work for eBay and Amazon as a marketing executive. I am looking forward to the challenge ahead of me at Solopress. In my spare time I enjoy watching and playing football. I am a huge Arsenal fan. I also like seeing my friends and going out for a drink when I can.