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Monday 23 March 2020
by Jackie Emson

Meet the Member - Vicki Swinden from Service Graphics (Print and Design)

• Name of Business:  Service Graphics (Print and Design)  

Who are you?   Vicki Swinden, Business Development Manager 

• What sets you apart from the competition? Service! We are one of the UK’s largest integrated design and print companies with facilities across the country which include an incredible cloud based app, a scanning department, CGI and rendering facilities, mailing facilities as well as traditional and modern print capabilities which allow us to offer EVERYTHING Print and Design. 

• How did the business come about?  In answer to the needs of customers plus we have moved with the times to ensure that innovation is at the fore front of our strategic business plans 

• What are your main target markets? Traditionally the company has worked with Architects, Engineers and Construction companies – but my speciality is developing businesses by leveraging the skills within my company – and the skill base at Service is very high.  

• How long has your business been in existence?  Since 1961 

• How many staff do you employ? In my Manchester branch we are a team of 7 split across production, sales and admin. 

What job or achievement makes you most proud? Raising three kids whilst running a business. 

• Where do you see the business being in five years?  Service Graphics is growing so fast at the present time due mainly to acquisition of some wonderful, aligned companies.   

• Why Warrington?  I’m a Warrington girl and love the town I grew up in – the current plans for town growth are phenomenally exciting and I can’t wait to be a part of that. 

• Tell us one interesting thing about the business that might surprise us?  We are privately owned as part of The Paragon Group which operates in over 20 countries, has a £1.3bn turnover and more than 7,500 employees – can’t wait for the Christmas party! 

• Tell us one interesting thing about you that people might not know? (ie, hobbies, amusing fact, etc)  As an oarswoman, I helped to physically set up and build Warrington Rowing Club. 

• Fantasy dinner party – which six people alive or dead would you invite? 

Stephen Fry     David Attenborough 

Sandi Toksvig    Billie Holiday  

Kate Adie    Stevie Wonder