Customer Profiles

InkthreadablesThis week, Amaya Sales UK are profiling Alex Cunliffe, the successful business owner of Inkthreadables, offering printing solutions for many different products, whose primary market is personalised garment printing. Alex made his first direct to garment printer purchase from Amaya back in August 2011, and has since bought 2 more plus an auto pre-treating solution. Here's what Alex had to say... -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Q. How long have you run Inkthreadables for?

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I've been running Inkthreadables for around 3 years, but I started printing when I was just 14 years old, so I have plenty of knowledge and experience within the industry!

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Q. What's the best thing about the garment printing industry?


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I find it very exciting to be able to work with creative and artistic people. The variety of work we have to produce is huge and no two days are ever the same. You're constantly learning as I work with many different types of businesses and you realise what they all need is different, but it's fun to accept the challenge of meeting their needs and demands.

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What are you most proud of in your career?


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Last month for the first time we acquired another t shirt printing company as we see this as a way to grow our business quickly and easily. It's something I have never done before so I see it as a big achievement!

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Where do you hope to be in 5 years' time?


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My aim is to increase the business to maximise the new facility we've just moved into and to become known as the company to go to for on-demand printing in the whole country!

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What's been your most challenging business situation?


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Working closely with customers who have strong brand requirements, which they are very proud of; achieving all their specific needs and requirements to enhance their product is challenging, but always worth it in the end, especially when they return for another order!

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Q.
Name someone who inspires you?


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Richard Branson - a great businessman.

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What's your favourite film:


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Wolf of Wall Street if I have to choose but I'm more of a series person myself than a film person!  ;-)

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Q. Favourite quote:


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Dreams don't work unless you do!

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What advice would you offer someone looking to get into the industry?


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Do as much research as you can on all the different areas of garment printing methods and discover what's the best process for what you want to offer to your customers. Know your options of what you want to invest into and learn the many different methods of printing and how they work. Most importantly, I would try to do something different that sets you apart from the crowd!

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What sets Inkthreadables apart from your competitors in the industry?


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We offer a wide variety of products to our customers, all available on demand, making it much easier for us to meet demanding orders on a tight deadline! One of our mottos is 'We're ready and waiting to tackle anything you can throw at us' and we go above and beyond to make sure the customer's needs are met.

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Q.
What would you like to tell Amaya customers about your business?


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Inkthreadables offer printing solutions on demand using DTG printing, Vinyl print, Screen printing, sublimation and embroidery. If you need it, we can do it!

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Selecting one of the products that you buy from Amaya, why do you prefer our Maxx Flex Vinyl  over others you've tried?


A.
It sits better on the fabric, stretches well and has a soft feel to it once it's been printed. It's easier for the operator to use than other vinyls we tried and the colours are fantastic on cotton and polyester fabrics. Plus it's really well priced!

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