Growing up in Tottenham, North London, I had ambitions to be an astronaut, a visual effects/model maker or a stuntman. However, I left school in 1983 and fortunately for me was offered an exciting position at Prontaprint Barbican where my life in ‘Print’ began. The team at Prontaprint trained me to use litho printing presses, undertake print finishing, paste-up, rub down lettering (Letraset) and typesetting. All of that seems so old fashioned now! Anyway, given that print technology was ever advancing and to keep up with the times, we moved into the computer age by investing in an Apple Mac and PCs. I soon got the hang of that equipment embracing the chance to create innovative designs for our clients. I do love a challenge and there were plenty of challenges during my time at Prontaprint, such as new equipment, new bosses (when my boss’ two daughters took over the running of the business for him) and moving to a new larger location that was still in the Barbican area.
So, ‘how did you end up here?’ I hear you ask, or was that ‘get on with it’? So I will. In 2007, an opportunity arose for me to buy my own business. I left that great team at Prontaprint Barbican and I dived into being my own boss, in fact ‘The Boss’ at Prontaprint Houndsditch. It was tough when the recession hit but my brilliant team and I battled through and in December 2010 we moved the business to Middlesex Street becoming an independent print company in 2011. The move has been a great success and we really enjoy working in this wonderful, vibrant area of London.
Although I’m British born, I spent most of my life living in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago. These are the two most southerly islands in the Caribbean, just 7 miles away from Venezuela (at their nearest points). My mum is Italian and my dad was born in Trinidad, while it was still a British colony.
In 2005, at 37, almost exactly a year after I got married, I moved with my wife to England. A year after that, despite being told that we may never have had children, my daughter was born. It’s been different living in England. I’ve moved home almost five times since 2005.
During my teens I became a bit of a cook and as an adult I’ve had to use this skill to earn a living. Although heavily influenced by Caribbean flavours, my cooking style is quite diverse. I can produce anything from authentic West Indian dishes and curries, to traditional British food and handmade pasta.
Recently in my kitchen, I’ve been producing home made condiments. My goal is to produce these on a bigger scale and sell online – wish me luck with that!!! I’ve never been one to sit still – I always have a little project on. My wife says that I’m not happy unless I have something on. I don’t know where life will take me but I intend to be happy living it.
I’ve always considered myself a motivated person, supported by loads of experience gained in the design and print industry.