The reason for our success - Our staff
Being able to retain your staff in most of todays companies and businesses is almost a forgotten about necessity. Solway Prints attitude to staff retainment is easy... Treat your staff fairly and well and the dividends of a happy and more experienced workforce will catapult profits.
Meet our long serving much loved staff below.
As one of the founding members of Solway Print, I've been in the printing trade for over 60 years. My experience in the trade is still teaching everyone a thing or two.
As co-owner along with Mac we can work out anything as we believe nothing is impossible. This attitude has served the company well.
"Nothing is impossible."
I've worked in this inky print shop since 1985 and became Managing Director in 2015. My life has always revolved around horses and sport, and is now happily shared with my son Zack. I play squash and cricket to no great level, keep chickens, horses, sheep and cats!
"Ensure your employees are happy and appreciated, they are the backbone of your business."
Designer / Lead Typesetter
Joined Solway in July 1989 and not long after met my handsome other half here. I love walking my Westie (meaning he takes me for a walk), reading books (very quickly) and crocheting (very slowly)! Science fiction aficionado, especially Star Trek, the Original Series.
"Ye cannae change the laws o physics."
Designer / Production Manager
Joined Solway in August 1991 in the pursuit of perfection - married Fiona 3 year later.
Apple fan-boy that’s always looking at the next big tech innovation, my other interests include Photography, Road Cycling (still trying to be Wiggo),
Classic Rock music collector and concert goer - all of which have a new lease of life thanks to my bionic hip upgrade in 2018.
"Thou shalt not use Comic Sans"
Designer / Illustrator / Wedding Stationery Specialist
Where has the time gone? I joined Solway in 2000 and it has been quite a journey. Varied days, projects and challenges to keep me on my toes. When not at Solway I enjoy walking. My other interests include singing (as part of a choir) and one of my big passions is taking in live music with friends.
"What's for lunch."
Hi I’m Ian, my job is a typesetter. I started at Solway Print straight from school in 1984. I enjoy running and keeping fit, gin and holidays. I live with my partner Chris and my 2 rabbits Gin and Tonic.
"All the best!"
Hello there. I'm David the newest member of the Solway team. As a graphic designer the design of your job is important to my psychological well-being so rest assured I am doing my best for you. I've got a lovely wife, family and a dog. Wish I had a motorbike though.
"Proud to be Ginger, baldy, but still counts."
Married to Fiona and have 2 boys Daniel and Nathan. I'm a big Scotland and Queen of the South supporter. I've worked at Solway since May 1994 and make it into work regularly when there are no games on.
"Sorry I've had a brain injury."
I've had 6 World Cups at Solway Print. My usual position is on the GTO 2 colour press or left field on the Platens. Away from the game I like to study Geography, especially Speyside.
Hi I'm Bob, I'm a general print printer at Solway Print concentrating on NCR and non letterpress numbering and perforating. I also do a fair bit of the lifting and shifting needed in the paper store and workshop. I play darts in the local league.
"Deadly on the double one!!"
Print Finisher / Book Binder
I've worked at Solway Print for 18 years of my 44 years as a book binder. I enjoy keeping fit and go to three classes a week at Peak Physique Fitness. I have two grandchildren who keep me very busy. Likes: Gin, Tonic, Wine.
"You've got to be in it to win it!"
Print Finisher / Book Binder
Hi I'm Meg Smyth, I've worked at Solway Print since I left school 34 years ago, I like walking, eating out and holidays.
"It wisnae me."
I am Solway Prints new apprentice printer. At home I go horse riding in my local area. So far horses have only made me miss one week of work.
"It's supposed to be get off not fall off your high horse."
Hi Tommy here, I've been in the print trade for over 44 years and in sales in the print trade for over 30 years. My girls are Bridie my wife, and Paula my daughter.
Oh, and I’m looking forward to becoming a granda for the first time in December!
"How about a hit at tennis, or a pint of Peroni!"