Andrew Balcombe – Founder of WowBooks
Aged 26, Andrew was appointed MD of TTB, a print finishing company, reporting to a PLC board. Over the next 5 years, he grew the business from 25 to 175 staff and achieved annual profits of over £1 million, unheard of for a trade company within the print industry.
In 1996, Andrew started IPS (Intelligent Print Solutions), a print management company offering clients a comprehensive outsourced solution. Over the next 10 years the business grew to a turnover of over £25 million, winning sole supplier contracts with global companies, including Sony Europe, T-Mobile and Shell. Along the way it won numerous awards for innovation and customer service. In 2006, Andrew merged IPS with a competitor, Charterhouse, to create a top 5 UK print management company. Now, as part of Konica Managed Services, their turnover is over €200 million.
Today Andrew is owner of VR Print as well as Founder of WowBooks. He is also a business mentor for The Princes Trust and is involved with The Forgiveness Project.