Meet the team
Chris TraversProduction Director
Co-owner of Collins & Darwell, Chris has been part of the family business for 26 years. He has worked in every department from the shop floor to the office so can cover most jobs should the need arise, meaning that he will never ask anyone to do something he wouldn’t do himself. Chris makes sure that all work is done on time to the customer’s specifications and will willingly pitch in to make that happen. He’s always looking for new products and services to offer so The Print & Copy Shop @ Collins & Darwell was his brain child. All this problem solving and thinking is probably why ‘Trav’ needs so much brain food and constantly grazes throughout the working day – though he’s yet to find the kettle. Chris burns off his excess energy running, playing golf and weight training. He’s also Social Secretary at Leigh Rugby Union Club and a big Leigh Centurions fan. However, if you want to see his softer side, just ask him about Purdy his dog who he describes as a princess and the apple of his eye…
Co-owner of Collins & Darwell, Nic joined the family business 15 years ago when she and brother, Chris took over from their dad. Nic reckons her job title should be ‘A Bit Of Everything’ but she particularly deals with Human Resources, sales, account management and marketing. It’s a good job she’s so organized. She’s also good at working with and motivating others and knows the value of teamwork. Like Chris, Nic’s a proud Leyther so after attending a business event in Wigan she decided to organise a Leigh Expo to encourage local companies to network and build business partnerships. The first event exceeded all expectations with more than 70 stalls and over 500 visitors attending. However, this means that she now has to organise one every year and has become a key figure in the economic regeneration of the town. Despite all this she has yet to find a diet that actually works.
Robert MasonOffice Manager
Robert has more than earned the title of Office Manager after working for the company for 42 years. He credits his success to his qualifications from the University of Life. His main job responsibilities are liaising with customers, producing quotations, processing orders, purchasing materials and answering any quiz questions that arise. He likes to see a print order through from start to finish but you can count on one hand the number of times he has brewed up. He is a regular church goer and a Leigh Centurions season ticket holder and also enjoys listening to and watching music. He has met Kate Bush and Suzanne Vega and whilst at Leigh Grammar School was in the same form as Matt Aitken of Stock, Aitken & Waterman and a year below Pete Shelley who went on to form The Buzzcocks. He tries not to brag about this.
Wendy has worked in the Accounts Department for 11 years putting her qualification in Business & Finance to good use along with her excellent listening and communication skills. She fully understands the hectic world of business and could put the UN to shame with her negotiating skills. But be warned that her nickname is ‘The Rottweiler’ because she’s like a dog with a bone when it comes to chasing bad debts. She also keeps a close eye on Chris when it comes to spending the company’s money. Not surprisingly, her hobbies are Bootcamp and Circuit Training though she does also admit to a spot of wine tasting. Only to check its value for money, obviously.
‘We wanted to use other locally based companies so we chose Collins & Darwell for our marketing materials. I see Chris and Dave as business partners of Resapol, helping us to grow nationally. They are always available to supply their customer(s) with what they want, when they want it, offering much more than printing by way of in house design, innovative ideas and fantastic personal customer service.’
‘We chose to work with Collins and Darwell who had a great reputation for delivering quality print, on time and within budget, to multiple locations throughout the UK. They provide quality print time and time again, often to tight deadlines, delivering the right quality and quantity to the right showroom with outstanding results every time. And as they are only 5 minutes from our head office, we can pop in and discuss our requirements over a cup of tea. You can’t ask more than that!’
‘The team at Collins and Darwell are attentive, efficient and friendly. They have provided us with print services, including stationery, design and point of sale materials, over many years. No job is too large or too small. They always turn around work quickly and deliver a high quality end product on time, every time.’
‘PCS originally chose Collins & Darwell through a recommendation and their good reputation for a high standard of customer service and product. We find they have an excellent customer service ethic and are very personable, also the quality of the goods they supply are of a high standard.’
‘Variety on Merseyside needed a replacement for our existing printer so when Nic approached us at a Business Fair we decided to try Collins & Darwell. They provide a very efficient design service and their product is excellent. Delivery is always on time even when we have given them orders at very short notice. They provide a personal service and are always available to discuss our requirements. We would not go anywhere else now for our printing.’
‘Collins & Darwell print all our match programmes, match tickets, hardbacked member’s card, and dinner menus for our events, and arrange mail shots to our members. Their major strength is turning round an accurate, quality product in a very short time. Some teams are only published 24hrs before kick off and C&D have reacted quickly to get our work completed. They have always been the printer of choice due to the quality of service and price.’