You know the name, now get to know the person. Andy Smith, owner of Calder Screen Print, talks about his office chalkboard, walks on Norland Moor with his dog Brian, and eating tapas in San Sebastian in the Basque Country
How and when did you start your career in the industry?
I started screen printing in 1988, after leaving school with few qualifications, printing point of sale, car stickers and signs, then onto ceramic tiles. In 1993, after a few months being unemployed, I started Calder Screen Print in my bedroom with a four-colour carousel.
What’s the best thing that’s ever happened to you at work?
After years of renting our work premises, in 2017 we found a fantastic old mill for sale at the side of the River Calder in Sowerby Bridge. We had to completely renovate it to bring it back to life. It was a difficult time, but also one of the most enjoyable times we have had in business, and it has really pushed us forward.
Which three words would your friends use to describe your personality?
Loyal, reliable and miserable.
What’s your favourite word or phrase?
In my office, I have a chalkboard with a couple of sayings: “Everything changes” and “It’s not them, it’s you!”.
Salt and vinegar or cheese and onion?
Cheese and onion.
Which tune can’t you get out of your head at the moment?
Jackson by Johnny Cash.
What’s your hidden talent?
I was at the back of the queue on talent day, but I enjoy cooking, and sleeping.
What’s your greatest ambition?
On this, I’ll go with my grandad Bill: “To live long and die happy.”
What are your guilty pleasures?
Eating Riesen chocolate bars while walking my dog Brian on Norland Moor after work, then back to The Moorcock for a pint of Timmy Taylor’s Landlord.
Is there another job that you’ve always wanted to do?
Sea captain on a container ship.
Where is the best place you’ve ever visited?
I love San Sebastian in the Basque Country in Spain. There’s a cheap and lovely hotel on the beach, which does amazing tapas, then a walk into the Old Town for more food and drink. Perfect.
Which gadget couldn’t you live without?
If you could ask one person (living or dead) one question, what would you ask?
My wife Jane – can I have a 16-colour, 48-station Roq Oval with 10 flash units please?