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Peak UK accepts Roland Hero 2018 award

Peak UK accepts Roland Hero 2018 award

Roland DG EMEA has officially presented the trophy and prize for the inaugural Roland Hero Awards to winner Peak UK.

Jerry Davies, Managing Director of Roland DG UK and Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing at Roland DG EMEA, visited Peak UK’s facility in the Peak District to meet owner Pete Astles and his staff, and to celebrate the company’s win.

Judges Gillian Montanaro, best-selling author and award-winning entrepreneur Beth Kempton, and President of FESPA, Christian Duyckaert selected Pete and his team as the overall winner of the Roland Hero Awards in January. After whittling down a strong shortlist, the judging panel decided that Pete best encompassed what it means to be a Roland user, representing creativity, innovation, entrepreneurship and inspiration. His story of building up a kayaking apparel company, using Roland Texart dye-sublimation systems to produce unique designs for Olympic teams, was truly inspiring.

Jerry and Gillian presented the official winner’s trophy, which was printed using the Roland VersaUV LEF printer, together with a framed certificate while also revealing further details on Pete’s main prize: a trip of a lifetime to Iceland, Florida or Thailand. The Peak UK team also celebrated with a bottle of champagne!

Pete Astles said he’s ‘elated’ to win and admits that he ‘kind of hoped’ Peak UK would claim the top prize.

He commented: “I was really proud of our story  which centres on the manufacture of great products and the use of sublimation printing. It’s fantastic to receiverecognition outside of our sport and our industry for the products we make.”

He added: “It’s also a real reward for our team here. Everybodys’ been involved in the design process, the selling, the shipping, the manufacturing, so it really is a great team effort. Everyone should be very proud. Thank you, thank you, thank you to Roland and the judges!”

Jerry Davies, Managing Director of Roland DG UK said: “It was a pleasure to meet Pete and the Peak UK team in the beautiful Derwent Valley. The company demonstrates how creative ideas can come to life with the right technology – in this case reaching the global paddle sport garment market by using the brilliant Roland Texart system. Everyone at Roland sends huge congratulations to Pete and hopes he thoroughly enjoys his holiday.”

While Pete hasn’t yet confirmed his final choice of destination, a trip to exotic Thailand for four people looks like the favourite.

“We’ve never been to Thailand and it looks amazing – I’d love to explore a new country and culture,” said Pete. “We’d like to try and get out kayaking when we’re there too!”

And for entrepreneurs thinking about working in printing or design, Pete has this advice: “Find a niche, make sure your quality is top notch and stand out from the crowd with your creativity.”

Watch the video of Pete and the Peak UK team receiving their prize by clicking here and read their story here:

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