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Chief plate spinner. Simon ensures the smooth day-to-day running at Creeds. He oversees the print operation, making sure deadlines are met and jobs are produced to the highest quality. 30 years print experience has taught him to keep a calm head even when the pressure is really on.
Simon does lose it occasionally; but that’s understandable once you realise he’s a season ticket holder at both Fulham and Weymouth Football Clubs.
Dorset life suits Simon and wife Jo down to a tee. With a love of countryside pursuits, food & drink and music events like Chesil Rocks and Jurassic Fields, it’s pretty close to heaven on earth.
Granddaughter of founder C J Creed, Rachel has grown up in the print industry and remembers being fascinated by the presses when touring the factory as a young child. Having helped out from an early age, she only became employed by the company in 2014 after university, where she studied French and History.
Rachel has the key job of managing the production schedule and looking after the team so that jobs are finished on time and that they look great.
Apart from time at university Rachel has been in and around Bridport all her life. She loves the sea air as well as the countryside – it just makes you want to go walking. Amateur Dramatics, ballet and yoga make for a busy life outside of work. Yet there’s still time to gaze out to sea, thinking of when she can next spend some time in La Belle France.
Tracey heads up our busy artwork & design studio, leading the team with the artwork and design of products and liaising directly with customers to develop their own designs. Importantly, she makes sure that customers’ requests are within their budget and that the projects that are handed to production are proofed and approved by customers in a timely manner. Tracey makes sure that customer files are print ready too as well as imposing jobs for the press.
Tracey has been a designer since 1997 when she graduated university with a degree in Graphic Information Design. In her previous roles as Design Director, she worked with publishers like Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, Pearson & Macmillan. She also designed educational books for print from manuscript,designing layout to commissioning artwork.
Outside work Tracey loves her dogs and enjoys taking them for long walks in the West Dorset countryside. She also enjoys reading and socialising locally in the area’s many excellent pubs.
Client Services Executive
Newbie Sally joined Creeds last year (2018) but is already an invaluable member of the team. Whether proof reading, answering the phone, sending invoices, organising deliveries and generally making sure things get to where they need to be, Sally’s enthusiasm is infectious.
As someone with no prior printing industry experience she has capably turned her hand to so many tasks and is a very quick learner.
Sally relocated from Brighton to join Creeds and has zero regrets. The draw to Dorset was the countryside and when she gets the chance to sit in the garden, feet up, surrounded by her chickens and cats reading a book or at an easel – her new life really couldn’t be any better.
Pre-press Artworker/Graphic Designer
When customers come to us with an idea or a sketch, Kevin’s the man who can turn that into something that can be printed. With 30 years graphics experience to draw on, he’s the key link between pre-press concept and printed reality.
Music courses through Kevin’s veins whether its playing guitar or unearthing musical talent by watching local bands whenever possible.
Looking after invoices, payments and receipts, Marianne is the secret weapon that’s kept Creeds finances functioning so well for nearly 30 years.
Marianne enjoys playing Alley Skittles with the Bridport League and has been its Secretary for the last 21 years.
Digital Printer Operator
Paul is the man with the key role of keeping Creeds digital printers ‘rolling’. Paul has supported and developed business systems for use with digital printing technologies.
Paul’s other talents include playing guitar and the keyboards. He enjoys walking and remains stubbornly optimistic about a return to the Premier League for his beloved Bristol City.
Stuart’s our “Jack of all trades”. During his many years at Creeds, Stuart has operated nearly every machine we have. A skilled litho printer, he also turns his hand to digital printing and finishing. You will see him out delivering our jobs too!
Other than a passion for print Stuart enjoys family life, often seen at live music events or playing darts for this local team. Stuart is also an avid watcher of both football and cricket.
Cath is another member of the family, being the granddaughter of the founder of Creeds. She remembers her summer holidays, helping out in the business when it was in the ownership of her parents who took it on from C J Creed. She puts the vital finishes to the print ahead of packing and dispatch.
With over 40 years as a print finisher, Lyn is not finished yet. There’s nothing she hasn’t seen when it comes to print finishing, and her experience and wisdom is invaluable.
Lyn likes to keep herself busy and counts dog walking, reading, riding and baking amongst her most enjoyable past times.