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It has been a busy start to 2020 for the team at Smart Graphics. With the excesses of the festive season firmly over, our team returned rejuvenated after the break (well some of us anyway – others are still craving the mince pies)!

 

January is usually a month of resolutions, but we planned ours a long time ago:

 

1. Build a Smart new website

2. Build Smart new offices

3. Grow our team – make Smart moves to recruit people who share our passion for graphics and great customer service

4. Make Smart decisions to improve our skillset through training from industry leading professionals

5. Eat less, drink less and go to the gym more so that we also look Smart

So far, we have managed to stick to resolutions 1 – 4, number 5 fell apart when a kind supplier brought in 2 boxes of biscuits! Feedback on our new website has been excellent with some positive comments from clients and suppliers alike. We have moved into our new offices. After much desk building, box unpacking and careful supervision from the office dogs, we have now settled in.

 

2020 will be a year of continued growth and we realised that in order to grow, we had to expand the team. With several new faces on board, we thought that you might like to get to know them a little better so let’s find out more about them…

Craig Wilson

 

Job Title: Project Co-ordinator – Hoping to get involved in other areas of the business as I progress and learn more about the industry, products and possibilities.

 

Industry Experience: This is a totally new industry for myself with much to learn such as material possibilities, printing methods and installing. I worked in the manufacturing industry for construction for just over 12 years working my way from trainee to senior project manager. This is the fresh new challenge I was looking for.

 

Favourite colour: I have always wanted to wrap my car or motorcycle in midnight purple, there’s something very classy and stealth about the colour. Think Paul would let us use this colour and my bike on the next training day?

 

Favourite holiday destination: For myself it would be the North of Cyprus, perfect flight time, warm and plenty of amazing coast to swim, explore and fish.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Walking and cycling with my wife, we enjoy exploring and visiting new places. Camping & Fishing with the guys and more importantly getting out on my motorcycle for the ultimate switch off from everyday life (Even if it’s a little loud for some)

 

Favourite food: Anything cooked on an open camp fire or BBQ, can’t beat throwing on some fresh fish or steak!

Milo “Dog” Bellard

Job Title: On my business card, it says that I am the “Office Dog” (a joint role that I share with my wife Bella). However, I am much more than that. I taste food, warn of intruders, play with my ball and patrol the office to check that nobody has left any food in the bins (if they have, I dispose of it).

 

Industry Experience: I have been in the dog industry all my life (it is a “ruff” gig but someone has to do it). I worked as fitter for a while but the height of some of the double decker buses became an issue so I focus on my other duties. I still get my paws dirty if we are busy.

 

Favourite colour: “Greggs steak bake brown”…nothing like it…

 

Favourite holiday destination: Got to be the “Isle of Dogs” in London…it’s a barking place…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Chasing things – balls, cats, falling food and postmen. I love walking and I am a keen runner. I am a big music fan (my great, great, great grandfather on my mother’s side was actually the HMV dog but I don’t like to talk about it). Favourite songs include, “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley and “Who Let The Dog’s Out” by the Baha Men. My guilty pleasure is rap music (been to every Snoop Dogg concert).

 

Favourite food: Sausages, Bakers Complete, steak, chicken, Pedigree Chum. I hate bananas and vegetables are pointless (apart from broccoli).

 

 

Milo waiting patiently for a colleague as he “chairs” a meeting…

Kerry Anderson

 

Job Title: Project Administrator

 

Industry Experience: This industry is completely new to me, so loads of materials to learn! I have past experience in construction project administration and newly trained in digital artwork, which I hope I can merge into this role. I was also a Visual Merchandiser for large retailers for eight years so I was always on the receiving end of graphics, it’s great to be on the other side of it now  😊

 

Favourite colour: Yellow, which you could never tell from my all black outfits every day.

 

Favourite holiday destination: Stockholm, it’s the home of ABBA …. Enough said!

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Pretending to go to the gym but ending up eating cakes in their café, also buying things for my house and convincing my fiancé they have always been there and I haven’t spent more money, but I do love anything interior design so I’m always out scouting new ideas.

 

Favourite food: Rum truffles, they can only be bought at Christmas so I like to clear the shelves in the shops to keep my fix for a good few months.

 

Gary Shanks

 

Job Title: National Sales Manager

 

Industry Experience: I first joined the industry in May 2014 and at that time I hadn’t really heard of vehicle livery even though I saw it every day. Now I can explain a cast from a calendared or monomeric from polymeric material in a matter of minutes.

 

Favourite colour: Blue

 

Favourite holiday destination: Florida, Hands down. It has everything you need. Sunshine, theme parks, beaches, outlets and most importantly golf courses.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I played semi-professional football for over 10 years but due to traveling so much for work (we truly do cover the full UK) I missed a lot of training so had to quit. I now spend most of my free time at the driving range or at the golf course. Hoping to get my handicap down to mid-teens this year.

 

Favourite food: Anything Salt & Chilli

Bella “Dog” Bellard

Bella supervising the office humans…

Job Title: I am the “Chief Office Dog”. My husband (Milo) does what I tell him and so do all the humans. Basically, I am the Queen, The Boss, The Gaffer, The Big Wig at Smart Graphics but I am not a Diva…all 4 paws are firmly on the ground.

 

Industry Experience: I had my pups young. I don’t like to boast but I am proud to say that one is now a vet, another is Chief Exec at a major dog food manufacturer and the other is a successful actor who is set to star in this year’s remake of Lady and The Tramp. Make no “bones” about it, I love the graphics industry and I am excited about our growth plans for this year because I have my heart set on a new 10 bedroom kennel!

 

Favourite colour: “Fillet steak red”

 

Favourite holiday destination: I love Barbados but find it a little warm in my fur coat. A quick “Stawberry Dogquirie” usually cools me down. Milo (my husband) hates it - says you can’t get a good pie or pint anywhere…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I enjoy films. My favourite include “Marley and Me”, “Beethoven”, “Turner & Hooch”, and “Lassie” (a classic). I love my new Sky TV box – I can “paws” anything I like and go through to the kitchen to get a bone.

 

 

John Harkness

 

Job Title: Marketing and Customer Services Manager

 

Industry Experience: I worked in various marketing and development roles in newspapers and television before moving into the graphics industry around 8 years ago. I have worked on projects with a broad range of clients across sectors including transport, retail, leisure and banking. The first step with Smart has been building a new website and making some plans to enhance our profile. I am looking forward to getting more involved with our customers this year and building our presence at key industry events and conferences through some creative marketing!

 

Favourite colour: Black

 

Favourite holiday destination: It has to be the USA – so much diversity, variations in weather and so much to see. Highlights include California, Las Vegas and Florida but I would love to spend more time exploring other parts like New York and Texas.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I am a keen golfer (a challenge in the Scottish weather) – always trying to improve my handicap but with limited success. Still try to play a bit of 5 a side football and I enjoy photography (landscape and portraiture). Also learned to ride a motorbike recently so looking forward to spending some time on 2 wheels in the spring!

 

Favourite food: I love a good steak (well done and best if char grilled)!

Andrea Evans

 

Job Title: Business Development Manager

 

Industry Experience: 21 Years within the Print and Graphic Design Business, specialising in Large Format Graphics, Window Films, Floor Graphics and Vehicle Livery. Looking after Blue Chip organisations, Emergency Services Sectors, Hospitals, Sporting Venues, specialising in Large Contracts between 1-2 million pounds worth of business.

 

Favourite colour: Pink

 

Favourite holiday destination: Australia

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Motorsport, Swimming, Staying Fit, Travelling and Socialising

 

Favourite food: Chinese

Training has always been an important aspect of our development and keeps us at the forefront of advances in materials and application techniques.

 

Therefore, we were pleased to welcome an internationally renowned trainer to the Smart Graphics premises for a two day training session with our fitting team.

 

Covering new materials and the latest application techniques, the session was a great success.

 

The office staff even had a go a fitting the new material…a few budding trainee fitters in the making!

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Milo waiting patiently for a colleague as he “chairs” a meeting…

It has been a busy start to 2020 for the team at Smart Graphics. With the excesses of the festive season firmly over, our team returned rejuvenated after the break (well some of us anyway – others are still craving the mince pies)!

 

January is usually a month of resolutions, but we planned ours a long time ago:

 

1. Build a Smart new website

2. Build Smart new offices

3. Grow our team – make Smart moves to recruit people who share our passion for graphics and great customer service

4. Make Smart decisions to improve our skillset through training from industry leading professionals

5. Eat less, drink less and go to the gym more so that we also look Smart

So far, we have managed to stick to resolutions 1 – 4, number 5 fell apart when a kind supplier brought in 2 boxes of biscuits! Feedback on our new website has been excellent with some positive comments from clients and suppliers alike. We have moved into our new offices. After much desk building, box unpacking and careful supervision from the office dogs, we have now settled in.

 

2020 will be a year of continued growth and we realised that in order to grow, we had to expand the team. With several new faces on board, we thought that you might like to get to know them a little better so let’s find out more about them…

Craig Wilson

 

Job Title: Project Co-ordinator – Hoping to get involved in other areas of the business as I progress and learn more about the industry, products and possibilities.

 

Industry Experience: This is a totally new industry for myself with much to learn such as material possibilities, printing methods and installing. I worked in the manufacturing industry for construction for just over 12 years working my way from trainee to senior project manager. This is the fresh new challenge I was looking for.

 

Favourite colour: I have always wanted to wrap my car or motorcycle in midnight purple, there’s something very classy and stealth about the colour. Think Paul would let us use this colour and my bike on the next training day?

 

Favourite holiday destination: For myself it would be the North of Cyprus, perfect flight time, warm and plenty of amazing coast to swim, explore and fish.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Walking and cycling with my wife, we enjoy exploring and visiting new places. Camping & Fishing with the guys and more importantly getting out on my motorcycle for the ultimate switch off from everyday life (Even if it’s a little loud for some)

 

Favourite food: Anything cooked on an open camp fire or BBQ, can’t beat throwing on some fresh fish or steak!

Milo “Dog” Bellard

Milo waiting patiently for a colleague as he “chairs” a meeting…

Job Title: On my business card, it says that I am the “Office Dog” (a joint role that I share with my wife Bella). However, I am much more than that. I taste food, warn of intruders, play with my ball and patrol the office to check that nobody has left any food in the bins (if they have, I dispose of it).

 

Industry Experience: I have been in the dog industry all my life (it is a “ruff” gig but someone has to do it). I worked as fitter for a while but the height of some of the double decker buses became an issue so I focus on my other duties. I still get my paws dirty if we are busy.

 

Favourite colour: “Greggs steak bake brown”…nothing like it…

 

Favourite holiday destination: Got to be the “Isle of Dogs” in London…it’s a barking place…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Chasing things – balls, cats, falling food and postmen. I love walking and I am a keen runner. I am a big music fan (my great, great, great grandfather on my mother’s side was actually the HMV dog but I don’t like to talk about it). Favourite songs include, “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley and “Who Let The Dog’s Out” by the Baha Men. My guilty pleasure is rap music (been to every Snoop Dogg concert).

 

Favourite food: Sausages, Bakers Complete, steak, chicken, Pedigree Chum. I hate bananas and vegetables are pointless (apart from broccoli).

 

 

Kerry Anderson

 

Job Title: Project Administrator

 

Industry Experience: This industry is completely new to me, so loads of materials to learn! I have past experience in construction project administration and newly trained in digital artwork, which I hope I can merge into this role. I was also a Visual Merchandiser for large retailers for eight years so I was always on the receiving end of graphics, it’s great to be on the other side of it now  😊

 

Favourite colour: Yellow, which you could never tell from my all black outfits every day.

 

Favourite holiday destination: Stockholm, it’s the home of ABBA …. Enough said!

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Pretending to go to the gym but ending up eating cakes in their café, also buying things for my house and convincing my fiancé they have always been there and I haven’t spent more money, but I do love anything interior design so I’m always out scouting new ideas.

 

Favourite food: Rum truffles, they can only be bought at Christmas so I like to clear the shelves in the shops to keep my fix for a good few months.

 

Gary Shanks

 

Job Title: National Sales Manager

 

Industry Experience: I first joined the industry in May 2014 and at that time I hadn’t really heard of vehicle livery even though I saw it every day. Now I can explain a cast from a calendared or monomeric from polymeric material in a matter of minutes.

 

Favourite colour: Blue

 

Favourite holiday destination: Florida, Hands down. It has everything you need. Sunshine, theme parks, beaches, outlets and most importantly golf courses.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I played semi-professional football for over 10 years but due to traveling so much for work (we truly do cover the full UK) I missed a lot of training so had to quit. I now spend most of my free time at the driving range or at the golf course. Hoping to get my handicap down to mid-teens this year.

 

Favourite food: Anything Salt & Chilli

Bella “Dog” Bellard

Bella supervising the office humans…

Job Title: I am the “Chief Office Dog”. My husband (Milo) does what I tell him and so do all the humans. Basically, I am the Queen, The Boss, The Gaffer, The Big Wig at Smart Graphics but I am not a Diva…all 4 paws are firmly on the ground.

 

Industry Experience: I had my pups young. I don’t like to boast but I am proud to say that one is now a vet, another is Chief Exec at a major dog food manufacturer and the other is a successful actor who is set to star in this year’s remake of Lady and The Tramp. Make no “bones” about it, I love the graphics industry and I am excited about our growth plans for this year because I have my heart set on a new 10 bedroom kennel!

 

Favourite colour: “Fillet steak red”

 

Favourite holiday destination: I love Barbados but find it a little warm in my fur coat. A quick “Stawberry Dogquirie” usually cools me down. Milo (my husband) hates it - says you can’t get a good pie or pint anywhere…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I enjoy films. My favourite include “Marley and Me”, “Beethoven”, “Turner & Hooch”, and “Lassie” (a classic). I love my new Sky TV box – I can “paws” anything I like and go through to the kitchen to get a bone.

 

 

John Harkness

 

Job Title: Marketing and Customer Services Manager

 

Industry Experience: I worked in various marketing and development roles in newspapers and television before moving into the graphics industry around 8 years ago. I have worked on projects with a broad range of clients across sectors including transport, retail, leisure and banking. The first step with Smart has been building a new website and making some plans to enhance our profile. I am looking forward to getting more involved with our customers this year and building our presence at key industry events and conferences through some creative marketing!

 

Favourite colour: Black

 

Favourite holiday destination: It has to be the USA – so much diversity, variations in weather and so much to see. Highlights include California, Las Vegas and Florida but I would love to spend more time exploring other parts like New York and Texas.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I am a keen golfer (a challenge in the Scottish weather) – always trying to improve my handicap but with limited success. Still try to play a bit of 5 a side football and I enjoy photography (landscape and portraiture). Also learned to ride a motorbike recently so looking forward to spending some time on 2 wheels in the spring!

 

Favourite food: I love a good steak (well done and best if char grilled)!

Andrea Evans

 

Job Title: Business Development Manager

 

Industry Experience: 21 Years within the Print and Graphic Design Business, specialising in Large Format Graphics, Window Films, Floor Graphics and Vehicle Livery. Looking after Blue Chip organisations, Emergency Services Sectors, Hospitals, Sporting Venues, specialising in Large Contracts between 1-2 million pounds worth of business.

 

Favourite colour: Pink

 

Favourite holiday destination: Australia

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Motorsport, Swimming, Staying Fit, Travelling and Socialising

 

Favourite food: Chinese

Training has always been an important aspect of our development and keeps us at the forefront of advances in materials and application techniques.

 

Therefore, we were pleased to welcome an internationally renowned trainer to the Smart Graphics premises for a two day training session with our fitting team.

 

Covering new materials and the latest application techniques, the session was a great success.

 

The office staff even had a go a fitting the new material…a few budding trainee fitters in the making!

It has been a busy start to 2020 for the team at Smart Graphics. With the excesses of the festive season firmly over, our team returned rejuvenated after the break (well some of us anyway – others are still craving the mince pies)!

 

January is usually a month of resolutions, but we planned ours a long time ago:

 

1. Build a Smart new website

2. Build Smart new offices

3. Grow our team – make Smart moves to recruit people who share our passion for graphics and great customer service

4. Make Smart decisions to improve our skillset through training from industry leading professionals

5. Eat less, drink less and go to the gym more so that we also look Smart

So far, we have managed to stick to resolutions 1 – 4, number 5 fell apart when a kind supplier brought in 2 boxes of biscuits! Feedback on our new website has been excellent with some positive comments from clients and suppliers alike. We have moved into our new offices. After much desk building, box unpacking and careful supervision from the office dogs, we have now settled in.

 

2020 will be a year of continued growth and we realised that in order to grow, we had to expand the team. With several new faces on board, we thought that you might like to get to know them a little better so let’s find out more about them…

Craig Wilson

 

Job Title: Project Co-ordinator – Hoping to get involved in other areas of the business as I progress and learn more about the industry, products and possibilities.

 

Industry Experience: This is a totally new industry for myself with much to learn such as material possibilities, printing methods and installing. I worked in the manufacturing industry for construction for just over 12 years working my way from trainee to senior project manager. This is the fresh new challenge I was looking for.

 

Favourite colour: I have always wanted to wrap my car or motorcycle in midnight purple, there’s something very classy and stealth about the colour. Think Paul would let us use this colour and my bike on the next training day?

 

Favourite holiday destination: For myself it would be the North of Cyprus, perfect flight time, warm and plenty of amazing coast to swim, explore and fish.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Walking and cycling with my wife, we enjoy exploring and visiting new places. Camping & Fishing with the guys and more importantly getting out on my motorcycle for the ultimate switch off from everyday life (Even if it’s a little loud for some)

 

Favourite food: Anything cooked on an open camp fire or BBQ, can’t beat throwing on some fresh fish or steak!

Milo “Dog” Bellard

Milo waiting patiently for a colleague as he “chairs” a meeting…

Job Title: On my business card, it says that I am the “Office Dog” (a joint role that I share with my wife Bella). However, I am much more than that. I taste food, warn of intruders, play with my ball and patrol the office to check that nobody has left any food in the bins (if they have, I dispose of it).

 

Industry Experience: I have been in the dog industry all my life (it is a “ruff” gig but someone has to do it). I worked as fitter for a while but the height of some of the double decker buses became an issue so I focus on my other duties. I still get my paws dirty if we are busy.

 

Favourite colour: “Greggs steak bake brown”…nothing like it…

 

Favourite holiday destination: Got to be the “Isle of Dogs” in London…it’s a barking place…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Chasing things – balls, cats, falling food and postmen. I love walking and I am a keen runner. I am a big music fan (my great, great, great grandfather on my mother’s side was actually the HMV dog but I don’t like to talk about it). Favourite songs include, “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley and “Who Let The Dog’s Out” by the Baha Men. My guilty pleasure is rap music (been to every Snoop Dogg concert).

 

Favourite food: Sausages, Bakers Complete, steak, chicken, Pedigree Chum. I hate bananas and vegetables are pointless (apart from broccoli).

 

 

Kerry Anderson

 

Job Title: Project Administrator

 

Industry Experience: This industry is completely new to me, so loads of materials to learn! I have past experience in construction project administration and newly trained in digital artwork, which I hope I can merge into this role. I was also a Visual Merchandiser for large retailers for eight years so I was always on the receiving end of graphics, it’s great to be on the other side of it now  😊

Favourite colour: Yellow, which you could never tell from my all black outfits every day.

 

Favourite holiday destination: Stockholm, it’s the home of ABBA …. Enough said!

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Pretending to go to the gym but ending up eating cakes in their café, also buying things for my house and convincing my fiancé they have always been there and I haven’t spent more money, but I do love anything interior design so I’m always out scouting new ideas.

 

Favourite food: Rum truffles, they can only be bought at Christmas so I like to clear the shelves in the shops to keep my fix for a good few months.

 

Gary Shanks

 

Job Title: National Sales Manager

 

Industry Experience: I first joined the industry in May 2014 and at that time I hadn’t really heard of vehicle livery even though I saw it every day. Now I can explain a cast from a calendared or monomeric from polymeric material in a matter of minutes.

 

Favourite colour: Blue

 

Favourite holiday destination: Florida, Hands down. It has everything you need. Sunshine, theme parks, beaches, outlets and most importantly golf courses.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I played semi-professional football for over 10 years but due to traveling so much for work (we truly do cover the full UK) I missed a lot of training so had to quit. I now spend most of my free time at the driving range or at the golf course. Hoping to get my handicap down to mid-teens this year.

 

Favourite food: Anything Salt & Chilli

Bella “Dog” Bellard

Bella supervising the office humans…

Job Title: I am the “Chief Office Dog”. My husband (Milo) does what I tell him and so do all the humans. Basically, I am the Queen, The Boss, The Gaffer, The Big Wig at Smart Graphics but I am not a Diva…all 4 paws are firmly on the ground.

 

Industry Experience: I had my pups young. I don’t like to boast but I am proud to say that one is now a vet, another is Chief Exec at a major dog food manufacturer and the other is a successful actor who is set to star in this year’s remake of Lady and The Tramp. Make no “bones” about it, I love the graphics industry and I am excited about our growth plans for this year because I have my heart set on a new 10 bedroom kennel!

 

Favourite colour: “Fillet steak red”

 

Favourite holiday destination: I love Barbados but find it a little warm in my fur coat. A quick “Stawberry Dogquirie” usually cools me down. Milo (my husband) hates it - says you can’t get a good pie or pint anywhere…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I enjoy films. My favourite include “Marley and Me”, “Beethoven”, “Turner & Hooch”, and “Lassie” (a classic). I love my new Sky TV box – I can “paws” anything I like and go through to the kitchen to get a bone.

 

 

John Harkness

 

Job Title: Marketing and Customer Services Manager

 

Industry Experience: I worked in various marketing and development roles in newspapers and television before moving into the graphics industry around 8 years ago. I have worked on projects with a broad range of clients across sectors including transport, retail, leisure and banking. The first step with Smart has been building a new website and making some plans to enhance our profile. I am looking forward to getting more involved with our customers this year and building our presence at key industry events and conferences through some creative marketing!

 

Favourite colour: Black

 

Favourite holiday destination: It has to be the USA – so much diversity, variations in weather and so much to see. Highlights include California, Las Vegas and Florida but I would love to spend more time exploring other parts like New York and Texas.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I am a keen golfer (a challenge in the Scottish weather) – always trying to improve my handicap but with limited success. Still try to play a bit of 5 a side football and I enjoy photography (landscape and portraiture). Also learned to ride a motorbike recently so looking forward to spending some time on 2 wheels in the spring!

 

Favourite food: I love a good steak (well done and best if char grilled)!

Andrea Evans

 

Job Title: Business Development Manager

 

Industry Experience: 21 Years within the Print and Graphic Design Business, specialising in Large Format Graphics, Window Films, Floor Graphics and Vehicle Livery. Looking after Blue Chip organisations, Emergency Services Sectors, Hospitals, Sporting Venues, specialising in Large Contracts between 1-2 million pounds worth of business.

 

Favourite colour: Pink

 

Favourite holiday destination: Australia

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Motorsport, Swimming, Staying Fit, Travelling and Socialising

 

Favourite food: Chinese

Training has always been an important aspect of our development and keeps us at the forefront of advances in materials and application techniques.

 

Therefore, we were pleased to welcome an internationally renowned trainer to the Smart Graphics premises for a two day training session with our fitting team.

 

Covering new materials and the latest application techniques, the session was a great success.

 

The office staff even had a go a fitting the new material…a few budding trainee fitters in the making!

It has been a busy start to 2020 for the team at Smart Graphics. With the excesses of the festive season firmly over, our team returned rejuvenated after the break (well some of us anyway – others are still craving the mince pies)!

 

January is usually a month of resolutions, but we planned ours a long time ago:

 

1. Build a Smart new website

2. Build Smart new offices

3. Grow our team – make Smart moves to recruit people who share our passion for graphics and great customer service

4. Make Smart decisions to improve our skillset through training from industry leading professionals

5. Eat less, drink less and go to the gym more so that we also look Smart

So far, we have managed to stick to resolutions 1 – 4, number 5 fell apart when a kind supplier brought in 2 boxes of biscuits! Feedback on our new website has been excellent with some positive comments from clients and suppliers alike. We have moved into our new offices. After much desk building, box unpacking and careful supervision from the office dogs, we have now settled in.

 

2020 will be a year of continued growth and we realised that in order to grow, we had to expand the team. With several new faces on board, we thought that you might like to get to know them a little better so let’s find out more about them…

Craig Wilson

 

Job Title: Project Co-ordinator – Hoping to get involved in other areas of the business as I progress and learn more about the industry, products and possibilities.

 

Industry Experience: This is a totally new industry for myself with much to learn such as material possibilities, printing methods and installing. I worked in the manufacturing industry for construction for just over 12 years working my way from trainee to senior project manager. This is the fresh new challenge I was looking for.

 

Favourite colour: I have always wanted to wrap my car or motorcycle in midnight purple, there’s something very classy and stealth about the colour. Think Paul would let us use this colour and my bike on the next training day?

 

Favourite holiday destination: For myself it would be the North of Cyprus, perfect flight time, warm and plenty of amazing coast to swim, explore and fish.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Walking and cycling with my wife, we enjoy exploring and visiting new places. Camping & Fishing with the guys and more importantly getting out on my motorcycle for the ultimate switch off from everyday life (Even if it’s a little loud for some)

 

Favourite food: Anything cooked on an open camp fire or BBQ, can’t beat throwing on some fresh fish or steak!

Milo “Dog” Bellard

Milo waiting patiently for a colleague as he “chairs” a meeting…

Job Title: On my business card, it says that I am the “Office Dog” (a joint role that I share with my wife Bella). However, I am much more than that. I taste food, warn of intruders, play with my ball and patrol the office to check that nobody has left any food in the bins (if they have, I dispose of it).

 

Industry Experience: I have been in the dog industry all my life (it is a “ruff” gig but someone has to do it). I worked as fitter for a while but the height of some of the double decker buses became an issue so I focus on my other duties. I still get my paws dirty if we are busy.

 

Favourite colour: “Greggs steak bake brown”…nothing like it…

 

Favourite holiday destination: Got to be the “Isle of Dogs” in London…it’s a barking place…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Chasing things – balls, cats, falling food and postmen. I love walking and I am a keen runner. I am a big music fan (my great, great, great grandfather on my mother’s side was actually the HMV dog but I don’t like to talk about it). Favourite songs include, “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley and “Who Let The Dog’s Out” by the Baha Men. My guilty pleasure is rap music (been to every Snoop Dogg concert).

 

Favourite food: Sausages, Bakers Complete, steak, chicken, Pedigree Chum. I hate bananas and vegetables are pointless (apart from broccoli).

 

 

Kerry Anderson

 

Job Title: Project Administrator

 

Industry Experience: This industry is completely new to me, so loads of materials to learn! I have past experience in construction project administration and newly trained in digital artwork, which I hope I can merge into this role. I was also a Visual Merchandiser for large retailers for eight years so I was always on the receiving end of graphics, it’s great to be on the other side of it now

😊

Favourite colour: Yellow, which you could never tell from my all black outfits every day.

 

Favourite holiday destination: Stockholm, it’s the home of ABBA …. Enough said!

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Pretending to go to the gym but ending up eating cakes in their café, also buying things for my house and convincing my fiancé they have always been there and I haven’t spent more money, but I do love anything interior design so I’m always out scouting new ideas.

 

Favourite food: Rum truffles, they can only be bought at Christmas so I like to clear the shelves in the shops to keep my fix for a good few months.

 

Gary Shanks

 

Job Title: National Sales Manager

 

Industry Experience: I first joined the industry in May 2014 and at that time I hadn’t really heard of vehicle livery even though I saw it every day. Now I can explain a cast from a calendared or monomeric from polymeric material in a matter of minutes.

 

Favourite colour: Blue

 

Favourite holiday destination: Florida, Hands down. It has everything you need. Sunshine, theme parks, beaches, outlets and most importantly golf courses.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I played semi-professional football for over 10 years but due to traveling so much for work (we truly do cover the full UK) I missed a lot of training so had to quit. I now spend most of my free time at the driving range or at the golf course. Hoping to get my handicap down to mid-teens this year.

 

Favourite food: Anything Salt & Chilli

Bella “Dog” Bellard

Bella supervising the office humans…

Job Title: I am the “Chief Office Dog”. My husband (Milo) does what I tell him and so do all the humans. Basically, I am the Queen, The Boss, The Gaffer, The Big Wig at Smart Graphics but I am not a Diva…all 4 paws are firmly on the ground.

 

Industry Experience: I had my pups young. I don’t like to boast but I am proud to say that one is now a vet, another is Chief Exec at a major dog food manufacturer and the other is a successful actor who is set to star in this year’s remake of Lady and The Tramp. Make no “bones” about it, I love the graphics industry and I am excited about our growth plans for this year because I have my heart set on a new 10 bedroom kennel!

 

Favourite colour: “Fillet steak red”

 

Favourite holiday destination: I love Barbados but find it a little warm in my fur coat. A quick “Stawberry Dogquirie” usually cools me down. Milo (my husband) hates it - says you can’t get a good pie or pint anywhere…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I enjoy films. My favourite include “Marley and Me”, “Beethoven”, “Turner & Hooch”, and “Lassie” (a classic). I love my new Sky TV box – I can “paws” anything I like and go through to the kitchen to get a bone.

 

 

John Harkness

 

Job Title: Marketing and Customer Services Manager

 

Industry Experience: I worked in various marketing and development roles in newspapers and television before moving into the graphics industry around 8 years ago. I have worked on projects with a broad range of clients across sectors including transport, retail, leisure and banking. The first step with Smart has been building a new website and making some plans to enhance our profile. I am looking forward to getting more involved with our customers this year and building our presence at key industry events and conferences through some creative marketing!

 

Favourite colour: Black

 

Favourite holiday destination: It has to be the USA – so much diversity, variations in weather and so much to see. Highlights include California, Las Vegas and Florida but I would love to spend more time exploring other parts like New York and Texas.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I am a keen golfer (a challenge in the Scottish weather) – always trying to improve my handicap but with limited success. Still try to play a bit of 5 a side football and I enjoy photography (landscape and portraiture). Also learned to ride a motorbike recently so looking forward to spending some time on 2 wheels in the spring!

 

Favourite food: I love a good steak (well done and best if char grilled)!

Andrea Evans

 

Job Title: Business Development Manager

 

Industry Experience: 21 Years within the Print and Graphic Design Business, specialising in Large Format Graphics, Window Films, Floor Graphics and Vehicle Livery. Looking after Blue Chip organisations, Emergency Services Sectors, Hospitals, Sporting Venues, specialising in Large Contracts between 1-2 million pounds worth of business.

 

Favourite colour: Pink

 

Favourite holiday destination: Australia

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Motorsport, Swimming, Staying Fit, Travelling and Socialising

 

Favourite food: Chinese

Training has always been an important aspect of our development and keeps us at the forefront of advances in materials and application techniques.

 

Therefore, we were pleased to welcome an internationally renowned trainer to the Smart Graphics premises for a two day training session with our fitting team.

 

Covering new materials and the latest application techniques, the session was a great success.

 

The office staff even had a go a fitting the new material…a few budding trainee fitters in the making!

It has been a busy start to 2020 for the team at Smart Graphics. With the excesses of the festive season firmly over, our team returned rejuvenated after the break (well some of us anyway – others are still craving the mince pies)!

 

January is usually a month of resolutions, but we planned ours a long time ago:

 

1. Build a Smart new website

2. Build Smart new offices

3. Grow our team – make Smart moves to recruit people who share our passion for graphics and great customer service

4. Make Smart decisions to improve our skillset through training from industry leading professionals

5. Eat less, drink less and go to the gym more so that we also look Smart

So far, we have managed to stick to resolutions 1 – 4, number 5 fell apart when a kind supplier brought in 2 boxes of biscuits! Feedback on our new website has been excellent with some positive comments from clients and suppliers alike. We have moved into our new offices. After much desk building, box unpacking and careful supervision from the office dogs, we have now settled in.

 

2020 will be a year of continued growth and we realised that in order to grow, we had to expand the team. With several new faces on board, we thought that you might like to get to know them a little better so let’s find out more about them…

Craig Wilson

 

Job Title: Project Co-ordinator – Hoping to get involved in other areas of the business as I progress and learn more about the industry, products and possibilities.

 

Industry Experience: This is a totally new industry for myself with much to learn such as material possibilities, printing methods and installing. I worked in the manufacturing industry for construction for just over 12 years working my way from trainee to senior project manager. This is the fresh new challenge I was looking for.

 

Favourite colour: I have always wanted to wrap my car or motorcycle in midnight purple, there’s something very classy and stealth about the colour. Think Paul would let us use this colour and my bike on the next training day?

 

Favourite holiday destination: For myself it would be the North of Cyprus, perfect flight time, warm and plenty of amazing coast to swim, explore and fish.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Walking and cycling with my wife, we enjoy exploring and visiting new places. Camping & Fishing with the guys and more importantly getting out on my motorcycle for the ultimate switch off from everyday life (Even if it’s a little loud for some)

 

Favourite food: Anything cooked on an open camp fire or BBQ, can’t beat throwing on some fresh fish or steak!

Milo “Dog” Bellard

Milo waiting patiently for a colleague as he “chairs” a meeting…

Job Title: On my business card, it says that I am the “Office Dog” (a joint role that I share with my wife Bella). However, I am much more than that. I taste food, warn of intruders, play with my ball and patrol the office to check that nobody has left any food in the bins (if they have, I dispose of it).

 

Industry Experience: I have been in the dog industry all my life (it is a “ruff” gig but someone has to do it). I worked as fitter for a while but the height of some of the double decker buses became an issue so I focus on my other duties. I still get my paws dirty if we are busy.

 

Favourite colour: “Greggs steak bake brown”…nothing like it…

 

Favourite holiday destination: Got to be the “Isle of Dogs” in London…it’s a barking place…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Chasing things – balls, cats, falling food and postmen. I love walking and I am a keen runner. I am a big music fan (my great, great, great grandfather on my mother’s side was actually the HMV dog but I don’t like to talk about it). Favourite songs include, “Hound Dog” by Elvis Presley and “Who Let The Dog’s Out” by the Baha Men. My guilty pleasure is rap music (been to every Snoop Dogg concert).

 

Favourite food: Sausages, Bakers Complete, steak, chicken, Pedigree Chum. I hate bananas and vegetables are pointless (apart from broccoli).

 

 

Kerry Anderson

 

Job Title: Project Administrator

 

Industry Experience: This industry is completely new to me, so loads of materials to learn! I have past experience in construction project administration and newly trained in digital artwork, which I hope I can merge into this role. I was also a Visual Merchandiser for large retailers for eight years so I was always on the receiving end of graphics, it’s great to be on the other side of it now

😊

Favourite colour: Yellow, which you could never tell from my all black outfits every day.

 

Favourite holiday destination: Stockholm, it’s the home of ABBA …. Enough said!

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Pretending to go to the gym but ending up eating cakes in their café, also buying things for my house and convincing my fiancé they have always been there and I haven’t spent more money, but I do love anything interior design so I’m always out scouting new ideas.

 

Favourite food: Rum truffles, they can only be bought at Christmas so I like to clear the shelves in the shops to keep my fix for a good few months.

 

Gary Shanks

 

Job Title: National Sales Manager

 

Industry Experience: I first joined the industry in May 2014 and at that time I hadn’t really heard of vehicle livery even though I saw it every day. Now I can explain a cast from a calendared or monomeric from polymeric material in a matter of minutes.

 

Favourite colour: Blue

 

Favourite holiday destination: Florida, Hands down. It has everything you need. Sunshine, theme parks, beaches, outlets and most importantly golf courses.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I played semi-professional football for over 10 years but due to traveling so much for work (we truly do cover the full UK) I missed a lot of training so had to quit. I now spend most of my free time at the driving range or at the golf course. Hoping to get my handicap down to mid-teens this year.

 

Favourite food: Anything Salt & Chilli

Bella “Dog” Bellard

Bella supervising the office humans…

Job Title: I am the “Chief Office Dog”. My husband (Milo) does what I tell him and so do all the humans. Basically, I am the Queen, The Boss, The Gaffer, The Big Wig at Smart Graphics but I am not a Diva…all 4 paws are firmly on the ground.

 

Industry Experience: I had my pups young. I don’t like to boast but I am proud to say that one is now a vet, another is Chief Exec at a major dog food manufacturer and the other is a successful actor who is set to star in this year’s remake of Lady and The Tramp. Make no “bones” about it, I love the graphics industry and I am excited about our growth plans for this year because I have my heart set on a new 10 bedroom kennel!

 

Favourite colour: “Fillet steak red”

 

Favourite holiday destination: I love Barbados but find it a little warm in my fur coat. A quick “Stawberry Dogquirie” usually cools me down. Milo (my husband) hates it - says you can’t get a good pie or pint anywhere…

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I enjoy films. My favourite include “Marley and Me”, “Beethoven”, “Turner & Hooch”, and “Lassie” (a classic). I love my new Sky TV box – I can “paws” anything I like and go through to the kitchen to get a bone.

 

 

John Harkness

 

Job Title: Marketing and Customer Services Manager

 

Industry Experience: I worked in various marketing and development roles in newspapers and television before moving into the graphics industry around 8 years ago. I have worked on projects with a broad range of clients across sectors including transport, retail, leisure and banking. The first step with Smart has been building a new website and making some plans to enhance our profile. I am looking forward to getting more involved with our customers this year and building our presence at key industry events and conferences through some creative marketing!

 

Favourite colour: Black

 

Favourite holiday destination: It has to be the USA – so much diversity, variations in weather and so much to see. Highlights include California, Las Vegas and Florida but I would love to spend more time exploring other parts like New York and Texas.

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: I am a keen golfer (a challenge in the Scottish weather) – always trying to improve my handicap but with limited success. Still try to play a bit of 5 a side football and I enjoy photography (landscape and portraiture). Also learned to ride a motorbike recently so looking forward to spending some time on 2 wheels in the spring!

 

Favourite food: I love a good steak (well done and best if char grilled)!

Andrea Evans

 

Job Title: Business Development Manager

 

Industry Experience: 21 Years within the Print and Graphic Design Business, specialising in Large Format Graphics, Window Films, Floor Graphics and Vehicle Livery. Looking after Blue Chip organisations, Emergency Services Sectors, Hospitals, Sporting Venues, specialising in Large Contracts between 1-2 million pounds worth of business.

 

Favourite colour: Pink

 

Favourite holiday destination: Australia

 

Hobbies & Interests outside work: Motorsport, Swimming, Staying Fit, Travelling and Socialising

 

Favourite food: Chinese

Training has always been an important aspect of our development and keeps us at the forefront of advances in materials and application techniques.

 

Therefore, we were pleased to welcome an internationally renowned trainer to the Smart Graphics premises for a two day training session with our fitting team.

 

Covering new materials and the latest application techniques, the session was a great success.

 

The office staff even had a go a fitting the new material…a few budding trainee fitters in the making!