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The Next Generation

We recognise that the need for businesses to consider succession planning to ensure the future of their business is crucial. Part of this is understanding the ideas and concerns of the younger generation. We have created a sub board of FESPA UK, which is made up of a representative body of 18-30 year olds working with in Print & Signage, who want to make lasting changes for the future of the industry. 

Our "Next Generation Committee" will work alongside the FESPA UK team and our board to help create a voice for the younger generation.  They will focus on creating events and initiatives that are beneficial to the next generation working in our sector and will be the conduit between the industry and young people who are looking for an exciting, vibrant and varied career path.

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The Next Generation So Far...

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Members of the Next Generation Committee

Lauren's background in Printed Graphics/signage

I am a Customer service manager/ Project manager for stylographics. This means I not only liaise with the customer on what printing needs they have but I also see the job through the production line, I feel this gives me more pride in my work as I get to see it being produced from the initial idea to the final product.

I have been at Stylo just over a year and I absolutely love working In my role, I have never worked in the print industry before stylographics but I now cannot imagine not working within the industry.

Why be a part of the Next Generation Committee?

I believe the next gen committee and our events are important as they not only connect the younger generation working within the print industry but it gives us the opportunity to learn from each other and hopefully build long lasting professional relationships. Adding onto this I believe it gives the younger generation a chance to explore how to socialise professionally and build up confidence within doing this, a skill I think is being damaged by social media due to us now being able talk to someone with a click of a button rather than build the connections in person. To summarise I believe it’s an excellent chance to not only grow connections for the younger generation in print but to also grow professional social skills.

Lauren Brown
Stylographics

 

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Alex's background in Printed Graphics/signage

I am currently a Contracts Manger at RMC Digital Print. My daily tasks include dealing with customer enquiries. This can include quoting for jobs, chasing leads and finalising jobs through to production. I work closely with our pre-press team to ensure the artwork, sizing and materials are fit for the job. I also liaise with our production team to ensure jobs are out on time and to the highest standard . I began my career in print as an apprentice contract assistant, also with RMC Digital Print, in 2020.

Why be a part of the Next Generation Committee?

With an industry predominantly occupied by experienced print specialists , I feel now is the right time for the younger generation to bring in new and exciting ideas to help grow and develop the signage and print industry.

Alex Pollard
RMC Digital Print

 

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Chad's background in Printed Graphics/signage

My role in my job at Stylographics is all the printing side of things , printing all the graphics cleaning and maintaining the printers so we can always print perfect graphics with no problems, I have been here 4 years now after being a apprentice for 2 years I am now able to run all the printers we have here at Stylographics and use our programs for the machines.

 

Why be a part of the Next Generation Committee?

The next generation committee in my opinion is a very good idea as it will bring a lot of younger people into the graphics industry that have never heard of it like myself and open them to trying things in the graphics industry, events are a very good way to bring people in as things like training days and events can show people things they have never seen before which could lead them to starting a career in graphics.

Chad Bekker
Stylographics

 

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Alice's background in Printed Graphics/signage

I am an application specialist – concentrating mainly on DTF (Direct to Film) at RA Smart. My role is to support customers through application and technical support, software training, and doing live demonstrations of how to use the machine. I’ve been in the textile industry for 7 years then moved to print almost 18 months ago now.

Why be a part of the Next Generation Committee?

I believe the Next Generation committee is important for young professionals to help find their footing and confidence within the industry.  The ages 18-30 can be a tough period for most young people. Coming out of education and starting your career can seem daunting. The Next Generation Committee can be a place to bridge the gap between leaving education and developing a meaningful and fulfilling career. The events are aimed to gain contacts in the same position, continue sharing experience and gaining knowledge from one another, to continue the growth of this community.

Alice Belfield 
R A Smart (CAD and Machinery)
 

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Neve's background in Printed Graphics/signage

I am a Senior Account Manager at FaberExposize UK/ Northern Flags. I am responsible for building and maintaining strong client relationships, developing account strategies and identifying new opportunities to grow accounts. I also coordinate with our internal teams to organise print campaigns from quotation stage through to production and despatch to ensure projects are delivered on time. I started my first role as a sales estimator in 2018 so this is my 5th year in the print industry.

 

Why be a part of the Next Generation Committee?

After being in the industry for 5 years and having attended a few networking events, I noticed I was always one of the youngest there. Although I found it a great way to build my confidence being around more experienced people, I wanted to meet people who I was sharing my print journey with and create more contacts to grow with the industry. The Next Generation Committee is important as it allows younger people to step out of their comfort zone, build a network of their own and showcase the different career paths that are available in print and signage industry.

Neve Scott
Faberexposize UK/ NorthernFlags
 

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Isabel's background in Printed Graphics/signage

My current role at ImageCo is in the studio creating artwork and preparing files to print. I ensure that everything is set up correctly , using the correct colours, cutters, pre-sets etc. I have currently been working in the printed graphics and signage industry for about three months, meaning that I can't wait to see what my future in the print industry brings and what more skills there are to learn!

 

Why be a part of the Next Generation Committee?

I believe the next gen committee and our events are important because they provide a wider sense of community and friendship within the industry. The use of events are a perfect opportunity for like-minded young people to socialise and create new connections within the industry.

Isabel Shanahan
Imageco
 

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