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Igniting the SPARK of innovation


ProCo has officially opened the doors to its education and innovation centre, ProCo SPARK. Located in its Stansted site, the initiative looks to address the need to bring new talent into the industry, upskill people who already work in print and support customers to develop their knowledge to improve process efficiency and communication.

ProCo SPARK encompasses all ProCo’s education activities, and provides customers, partners and the ProCo team with an inspiring environment to learn, collaborate and generate new ideas.

ProCo CEO Jon Bailey urges people to get involved in the initiative: “It’s a great thing to learn together, building rapport and laying the foundations for some great business relationships. The people I learned from and with are still part of my network now – it’s time to recreate that for the next generation. For customers, employees, partners, schools…anyone who’s interested in print. We just need to get some momentum now.”

The SPARK initiative is primarily based at ProCo’s Stansted site, but has also found its way up north to Sheffield. Bailey has put together a team of experts, headed by Print Research International’s John Charnock, who have developed a ‘box set’ approach to their education delivery, taking attendees from the basics of print right through to the capabilities of modern technology and what we can expect in the future.

The environment prompts visitors to think a little differently, inspiring with brilliant examples of printed electronics, cardboard engineering and some thought provoking décor – all geared towards triggering a SPARK of creativity.

Lyle Rainey from HP : “This will be a great initiative for people who are new to the print industry, and to those who want to expand their knowledge. ProCo SPARK will help keep print relevant to both brands and the next generation of marketers.”

Charles Jarrold from the BPIF: “It’s a brilliant initiative from ProCo. I’m looking forward to being involved in ProCo SPARK’s progress and supporting however we can.”

If you’re interested in getting involved in ProCo SPARK, visit procospark.com to find out more.

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