20 Years in Business- An Interview with the MD

David Evans

Dave Evans, Managing Director, Corner House

As we celebrating 20 years in business, we’ve put together a series of interviews with key members of staff.

First for the hot seat is, our Managing Director, Dave,  let’s see if we can find out what his secrets are.

What was your first ever job?

Producing printing plates in a Reprographic department

How many years have you been working in the creative industry?

40 years! From the age of 16

Why establish your own design studio?

The vision of working for myself – More control over my future

Whats your secret to be able to work with the wife for so long?

At work I’m the boss, At home Julie’s the boss – Simple

What is your key to building a strong and trustworthy team?

Knowing that each of my staff have different strengths but work well as a team

What has the biggest change over the past 6 years been?

Welcoming my son, Alex, into the business & the change in technology

If you could pass one piece of advice on to any business owner what would it be?

Concentrate on what you know! Work to your strengths.

Your business survived through the worst financial crisis of our generation, was there a time that you were ever worried and if so what did you do to counteract it?

Cut back where necessary, don’t panic, look where you can make savings, plan plan and keep on planning.

Over the past 20 years you have seen a huge development in technology, what do you feel is the most beneficial and what is the most frustrating?

You have to keep up to date with software, its amazing that with Apple you HAVE to update your Hardware as well!

Who is your biggest influence when it comes to your determination in business?

Brian Maley (MDA) – I run my business the way he ran his, a mentor and fantastic business man, very fair!

Since the integration of digital marketing and specifically social media being key to businesses, how do you feel you have adopted to it.

Social Media is new to a dinosaur like me, that’s why Alex takes the reigns

Are there any people you wish to thank over the past 20 years?

My wife Julie for working with me through the good and the bad. Brian Maley for teaching me all I know & Phillip Jenkins for his wise words.

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