Went into the family commercial Bookbinding business in 1984, which is where Phil Parkins was apprenticed in 1985. He is nearly unique in the UK now, as he has in depth knowledge of highly mechanised binding across all bookbinding and print Finishing processes as well as craft binding. Ludlow Bookbinders is for him not just a business, but a bit of a crusade to keep craft binding alive in England.
Bindery Manager and Company Secretary. Phil has 30 years of binding experience, 7 of these with Brian Settle. Calm and collected nothing much phases Phil. He is the keeper of the company mascot - a whippet called Biff.
"The Box" to his mates makes all things medieval and box like and now books. His specialities are complex car books and albums - all our luxury albums are made by Pip!
Started with us is 2010. She is probably the youngest fully trained craft binder in the country. She looks after Biff's competition Toby a Patterdale Terrier.
Despite being a Yorkshireman, Brian (a proud Lancastrian) taught him all he knows-which is now a lot! Richard project managed the production of The SAS war Dairy and loves binding one off first editions.
In her spare time keeps Pip on the straight and narrow. At Ludlow copes with the multifaceted hand work requirements of a craft bindery with on going good humour.
A replacement Lancastrian for Brian. Cat is working her way through solander box slip case production towards binding the full panoply. When not at work she loves climbing, which are often walls!
Joint director and owner with Paul heads up our social stationery arm of the business. She also does the Calligraphy as and when required, also loves hand sewing.