Our Joint Managing Director, Jacky Sidebottom-Every, was recently interview by Print Week to reflect on the last decade and her industry predictions for 2020.
Jacky discussed how she believes that the 2010s will be most remembered for the progression of digital machinery, and how technology and machinery available to manufacturers has greatly improved, resulting in increased efficiency and modernised results throughout the industry. Jacky further commented on how being the first company in the world to purchase the Highcon Euclid in 2013 was Glossop Cartons’ highlight of the past decade.
Jacky then went on to discuss how one of the biggest opportunities for printers in the 2020s will be maximising on the improved perception of paper and cartonboard materials over other packaging mediums. Jacky further commented on how they carry such strong environmental and sustainable credentials so it’s time for businesses to focus on this and tell their story. Jacky deliberated how the increasing success of e-commerce and the decaying high street will present the biggest threat to the printing and packaging industry over the next decade.
When asked what the industry should to do more of in the 2020s, Jacky spoke of the importance of encouraging younger people to take print as their career path, bringing with them fresh talent, knowledge and creativity. Jacky is on the board of the British Printing Industries Federation and has launched an educational partnership with local schools to support the BPIF’s goal of promoting careers in the sector. Attracting new skilled talent to the industry will help to address such barriers discussed at the round table event. You can read all about the initiative here.
Jacky also discussed how she believes how businesses will boom after the nation stabilises following Brexit and the political unrest.
As the interview came to a close, Jacky was asked what the best piece of advice is that she’s ever been given, she answered “Follow your gut instinct. I wish I had heeded it more when I was younger, it’s always right! If it does not feel good, don’t do it!”