News - Tributes pour in for a one-of-a-kind leader

News - Tributes pour in for a one-of-a-kind leader

Law’s loss was most definitely printing’s gain. Few people achieve legendary status in their field, and legend is a much over-used descriptor. But it is an entirely accurate one for Bob Gavron, the founder of St Ives who died on 7 February aged 84.

From an initial investment of £5,000, Bob Gavron helped to grow the St Ives printing group, founded in 1964, into a huge success. 

Print Week have collated a number of tributes for Bob Gavron, which can be viewed here on their website

You can also read Bob's full obituary here, published the Guardian.

Commenting on Gavron's influence, now CEO Matt Armitage and Andrew Clay, Non-Executive Chairman of Clays said: 

  • St Ives Group looks very different today compared to when Bob carefully nurtured the company in its infancy. It’s fair to say, however, that the legacy provided by his passion and brilliance has allowed us to remain securely at the forefront of the print industry, while expanding into many new areas of the marketing spectrum.

    Matt Armitage, CEO, St Ives Group

  • Bob’s ability to see where the company needed to be, to understand the market, listen to customers and motivate us into an effective team made Clays the number-one book printer.

    Andrew Clay, Non-Executive Chairman, Clays

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