The UK’s fastest growing
chain of printing stores
• Design Executives
• Account Executives
• Fast Track
Develop skills in:
• Graphic Design
THE PRINTING.COM PARADIGM
High-profile point-of-sale in Manchester Central store.
Comfy chairs to relax in Bury store.
Caution: Design Executive at work.
You’re very, very welcome.
printing.com’s mission is to be the world’s fastest growing chain of printing stores, providing
full colour brochures, mailers, flyers, folders, leaflets, business stationery and other printed
marketing collateral to businesses of all sizes. We’re already the UK’s fastest growing chain!
printing.com sets out to revolutionise the concept of a printing store. Production is
eliminated from the retail premises and transferred to an ultra-efficient Production Hub.
Specialist proprietary software then enables the store-based team to precisely control every
order via the internet – hence our name! What’s more we bring the concept of a printing
store out of the dark ages with our outlets staffed by savvy creative marketers rather than
people with traditional print skills.
This approach creates a clear competitive advantage for printing.com. The centralised
Production Hub produces everything in full-colour (where typically only single or twocolour
would have been available) and what’s more offers prices significantly below the
competition. Clearly, offering a premier product at a discounted price is going to have
great appeal in the market place. This is reflected by printing.com achieving significantly
higher growth per outlet than the established market leaders.
From 1998 to 2001, the printing.com concept was pioneered across the company’s 14
stores throughout the UK. 2002 saw the introduction of franchising, and the network now
consists of over 200 outlets. printing.com is currently opening a new outlet every week,
creating significant opportunity for accelerated career development.
In 2005, the company launched its International Master Franchise initiative, whereby
established commercial printers in other countries can replicate the printing.com business
model and develop their own network of outlets. The first Master Franchise is now
operational in New Zealand, with additional countries expected to come online during the
At the heart of the company’s ethos is developing an entrepreneurial culture that means:
• Designers and Account Executives alike are exposed to the financial drivers of their outlet;
• Merit-based career progression;
• Opportunity to become an “Owner Manager” operating an independent franchised store;
• Development of all-round skills and exhibit a “can do” approach.
printing.com is a full PLC whose shares are traded on the London stock exchange. Unusually
for a “dot com”, the company is trading profitably, ensuring a solid base for future growth
and merit-based career progression. With a turnover in excess of £12m, printing.com has
over 110 employees, not counting the many people within the franchised outlets. Beyond
the UK and Ireland, expansion is planned in Belgium, France, the Netherlands and Germany,
creating unrivalled opportunity for career ambitions to be achieved.
ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER
Having become skilled in all aspects of store operations,
the Assistant Manager role recognises the all-round
contribution that you play. A natural stepping stone to
store management, you’ll have plenty of opportunity
to deputise for the Manager, and enjoy the responsibility
of running the unit.
Having already gained effective operational skills as an
assistant within the Store Manager role, you’ll develop
additional skills and business planning, operational
control and, very importantly, team dynamics and people
development. You’ll have full profit and loss responsibility
and be tasked with setting performance targets for
other team members.
This career option allows you to take the skills you’ve
developed in operational store management and exploit
them in a more consultative role. You’ll principally assist
franchised outlets to effectively develop their businesses
following the printing.com model. Quality auditing, HR
assessment, delivering training sessions and handholding
new outlets, will all feature prominently.
Enjoying full profit and loss responsibility for an estate
of 25+ outlets, reflecting a turnover in excess of £3.5m.
Your task is to profitably grow your existing outlets,
whilst developing additional units within your portfolio.
You’ll already have a passion for Freehand, Illustrator, Quark, Photoshop and InDesign
and be keen to develop your skills across both the Mac and PC platforms. Most likely
your education will have included a formal design course, but alternatively you could
be self-taught with a keen eye for detail. In either case, you’ll be able to compose great
designs and ensure a high level of accuracy. You’ll be keen to develop your client
handling skills and will probably aspire to develop into an all-rounder and progress to
an Assistant or full Manager role.
A recent graduate (or of similar calibre) in any subject, you’ll be looking for a role that
embraces marketing-focused client liaison. You’ll assist clients in preparing design briefs
and getting the most from their printed marketing literature – whether the client’s a
cutting edge nightclub promoter or traditional established business. Sure, there’s an
element of selling, and you’ll also develop first rate graphic design skills on both the
Mac and PC.
Career progression will match your skills and ambition allowing early progression to
Store Manager and Business Development Manager, with the next step being Regional
Director. printing.com will also assist successful Managers to convert their store into
an owner-managed independent franchise.
Fast Track to Store Manager and beyond
Most likely a recent graduate again in any subject (or second jobber) you’ll being looking
for a role that will certainly test your commercial acumen and capacity to quickly learn
new skills. Your CV will illustrate your record of high achievement and highlight your
entrepreneurial credentials through initiatives you have pioneered. Post 8 weeks training
in the UK, you’ll take over the running of a store, following our proven business practices.
Success at this stage will allow early extension to Business Development Manager and
subsequently to a Regional Director within Ireland or the UK. To provide perspective,
our youngest Regional Director is 24.
OWN YOUR OWN FRANCHISE
Starting salaries vary between £12,000 to £22,000 depending upon the role plus up to £3,000 London weighting. Our open-ended
quarterly profit share provides significant opportunity for additional earning.
The Regional Director role attracts a salary in the range of £27,000 to £40,000 plus profit share.
Becoming an “Owner Manager” and operating your own printing.com outlet provides the opportunity to achieve earning in excess
of £95,000 pa.
All roles will involve training at our Manchester Head Office, and provide the opportunity to work in printing.com outlets throughout
YOU’RE NOT THE FIRST...
“Printing.com has taken up the challenge of enterprise... in a way that could not be matched”
Brian Smart – Director General of the British Franchise Association
“A printing group with ambitions to take on national high street chains”
The Daily Express
“Printing.com has built a chain of more than 80 high street printers...”
The Financial Times
“The bolt-on scheme has continued to be incredibly successful”
Making Money Magazine
“The largest printer of flyers in the land”
“One of the most successful Ofex companies”
The Aim Weekly Market Report
“Printing.com, the fast growing hi-tech printer”
“Clients love the service...Young, dynamic and quirky, but always professional”
“One of the fastest growing companies in the UK”
“Prices are well below the UK average, up to 77% lower”
Network Nottinghamshire Magazine
“Printing.com’s share of the £1bn-plus market is growing fast”
Manchester Evening News
“A cost efficiency that cannot be matched by anyone on the high street”
Printing World Magazine
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