Kayak clothing manufacturer Peak UK has been selected as the winner of the inaugural Roland Hero Awards.

The judging panel, which included Roland DG EMEA’s head of marketing Gillian Montanaro, best-selling author and award-winning entrepreneur Beth Kempton and the president of Fespa, Christian Duyckaert, decided in January that Peak UK’s owner Pete Astles best encompassed what it means to be a Roland user. “His story of building up a kayaking apparel company, using Roland Texart dye-sublimation systems to produce unique designs for Olympic teams, was truly inspiring,” noted Roland DG.

Jerry Davies, managing director of Roland DG UK, and Gillian visited Peak UK’s facilities in the Peak District to present Pete with the official winner’s trophy – printed using the Roland VersaUV LEF printer – along with a certificate and details on Pete’s main prize: a trip of a lifetime to Iceland, Florida or Thailand. The Peak UK team also celebrated with a bottle of champagne.

Pete said: “I was really proud of our story – great product, great use of sublimation printing. It’s so great to get recognition outside of our sport and our industry for the products we make.”

He added: “It’s a real reward for our team here. Everybody’s been involved in the design process, the selling, the shipping, the manufacturing, so it’s a really great team effort. Everyone should be proud. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Roland and the judges!”

Jerry commented: “It was a pleasure to meet Pete and the Peak UK team in the beautiful Derwent Valley. Peak UK demonstrates how creative ideas can come to life with the right technology – in this case reaching the global paddle sport garment market by utilising the brilliant Roland Texart system. Everyone at Roland sends huge congratulations to Pete and hopes he thoroughly enjoys his holiday.”

Read more about Pete here: https://images-magazine.com/peak-uk/