Tributes Paid To Founding Director Who Retires After 27 Years
Tributes have been paid to one of the founders of a Runcorn-based printing firm who has retired after 27 years with the organisation. Phil Long is looking forward to spending more time with his family after retiring from his role as Group Production Director at the TALL Group of Companies.
In 1990, Phil was one of the driving forces behind the creation of TALL Security Print, whose premises are located in Manor Court. Nine years later the company acquired Hinckley-based Checkprint to create the TALL Group, which later acquired the Northern Irish printing specialist DLRT Ltd in 2015. Phil spent almost three decades overseeing the production departments and a total of 50 years working within the print industry.
On his last day at the company, Phil, who lives in Urmston, was presented with a framed shirt from his favourite football team Manchester United, signed by former player Norman Whiteside.
Bill Lamb, Group Finance Director, The TALL Group of Companies, said: “Phil has been the driving force on the production side of our business since day one and he played a major role in the growth of the TALL Group. He oversaw the implementation of the latest printing equipment and played an instrumental role in the organisation achieving the ISO9001 standard. Over the last 27 years he has shown incredible levels of hard work and dedication, which has significantly contributed to the company’s ongoing success.”
Commenting on his retirement, Phil said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at the TALL Group and the company remains in the safe hands of a very talented team. I’m looking forward to using my newly found freedom to travel the world and spend more time with my grandchildren.”
Following Phil’s retirement, Ed Starkey, who himself is enjoying his 26th year at the company, has been appointed Operations Director for the Runcorn operation. Ed, who lives in Widnes, joined TALL Security Print as a Small Offset Printer, where he supervised a single-colour printing press. Various promotions over the years saw Ed managing a range of larger machinery, including the multi-colour continuous web presses.