Solopress has announced that Paul O’Connor has been appointed to the role of head of commercial development, working alongside head of business development Phil Foster and reporting directly to managing director Simon Cooper.

Mr O’Connor brings two decades of managerial experience within the print industry, partcuallry iun onloine and trade print, having held various roles at, Grafenia, and most recently Helloprint, where he was UK country director.

He joins Solopress less than a year after Phil Foster arrived from Saxoprint, and Jack Hughes and Peter Storey joined from as product manager and workflow specialist respectively. He will operate primarily from his base in Liverpool, with a remit focused on but not exclusive to the market in the north of the UK.

Mr Cooper commented, ‘Paul’s immense knowledge and experience will be valuable assets as Solopress continues to grow. The fact that leading lights in our industry like Paul are seeing Solopress as a great place to develop their careers is really encouraging. I think that’s a reflection of our ambition, our vision and our values.’

Mr O’Connor said, ‘I’m thrilled to be starting a new chapter in my career with Solopress as head of commercial development. It’s a fantastic time to be joining the company, with so much ongoing investment and some major projects in development.’

The appointment is part of an ongoing programme of expansion by the Essex-based printer that has seen substantial recruitment across all levels of the business, and investment of over £5.5 million in plant and equipment over the last 12 months.