Colleagues become partners to create PRONTAPRINT's largest group
Business partners Marios Maratheftis and Colin Greaves (pictured left (L-R)) have taken over the ownership of a Prontaprint franchise in Leicester...the print and design centre where they began their careers over 20 years ago!
Colin and Marios first worked together at Prontaprint in Leicester in 1994 when Marios joined the team in the position of Marketing Manager and worked alongside Colin - who had been with the company for six years in the role of Sales Manager.
Colin left the centre five years later to pursue a career as a Regional Manager with Prontaprint Ltd whereas Marios stayed on to become part-owner and General Manager of the centre. In 2004 Colin purchased his own Prontaprint centres in Milton Keynes and Northampton.
While pursuing individual career paths the duo stayed in touch and when Marios's previous partners at Prontaprint Leicester announced their retirement they took the opportunity to work together again, taking over joint management of all three franchises and combining their years of experience in the industry to form the largest centre group in the Prontaprint network. Now the three centres boast a combined turnover of £2.5 million, national clients including Boots, Vodafone, Unilever and Barclaycard and a dedicated team of over 30 staff.
'It is fantastic to team up with Marios again and especially at the Leicester centre where we both began our careers with Prontaprint,' reveals Colin. 'We have strategic business plans for all three sites to ensure sustained growth over the next 10 years.'
Marios adds: 'After working at Prontaprint Leicester for the last 14 years I was aware of the great potential that existed at the centre and with 34 years' combined expertise between us, who better to take up the challenge!'
Keith Davidson, Head of Marketing at Prontaprint, comments: 'Colin and Marios are a fantastic example of the business opportunities a Prontaprint franchise offers. Their skill, enthusiasm and professionalism will ensure the continued profitable growth of the group and I wish them the very best for the future.'