who we are

Barley is part of Barley House Group, a family firm, run by Andrew and Stuart Bennett. Over 30 years, the business has grown and constantly innovated so that today we offer the perfect branding blend for each and every client.

 

We believe in the power of people and love working with brands, businesses, schools, associations and institutions who want to flourish by connecting with their customers more effectively. There have never before been so many channels and platforms for communication.

 

In an increasingly online world, nothing else matches the multi-sensory, tangible and tactile qualities of print. Our ‘tailor-made’ ethos ensures a perfect fit for your goals, your schedule and your budget. Our experienced, hand-picked team spans a range of disciplines and skills.

 

Every client is different, every day is different – we love our jobs.

Stuart Bennett

Director

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Stuart Bennett

Director
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Alongside twin brother Andrew, Stuart has over 30 years’ experience working in design and print at Barley Print and the Barley House Group. He is passionate about all things creative, from graphic design to interiors and landscape gardening and loves the skill and art of traditional typography. His work these days is more involved in the strategic development of the Group, bringing together design, litho printing, large format digital print and exhibition displays, but he still relishes his oversight of client projects. Stuart enjoys spending time with family, cooking, running, renovating old properties and the occasional game of golf. He also finds time for the odd glass of wine.

Glen Middleton

Production Director

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Glen Middleton

Production Director
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Glen has over 35 years' experience in print; his depth of expertise is in producing calendars and a huge variety of printed items for a wide range of clients and end users. He has been integral in developing Barley over this time, investing in new technology and adopting innovations that bring real benefits, efficiencies and new capabilities to clients. Outside of work Glen loves to travel. He's also a great sports fan, particularly of football, Formula 1 and golf, although he claims his football-playing days are behind him.

Geoff Claridge

Sales Director

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Geoff Claridge

Sales Director
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With over 46 years of print production and print sales under his belt, Geoff brings his wealth of knowledge to every client, seeing projects through from start to finish to ensure the highest possible standards of quality and service. Geoff has worked for two large print groups and has introduced quality assurance schemes as well as being involved in planning and investment in the latest technology. Away from the print factory he enjoys cycling, walking and fishing and is a keen follower of all types of motor sports.

Graham Earl

Large Format Print Manager

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Graham Earl

Large Format Print Manager
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Graham started his career in traditional pre-press and paste up (the old C10 board and Rotring pens, for those who recall those days!) but has worked at Shades for over 13 years, watching it grow as large format and display media have benefitted from digital and technological innovation Give Graham a brief and he will find the right solution (or combination of solutions) for your needs, backed up with the knowhow and technical skills to ensure every client gets the best possible result for each project. Graham's idea of relaxation is watching a good, loud action film accompanied by a tub of popcorn and a family bag of Maltesers!

Sean Amos

Estimator

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Sean Amos

Estimator
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Sean joined Barley in 2014 with 25 years' print experience, 20 of those as an Estimator. He is the vital link between the print factory and Production Manager, calculating cost effective and competitive print solutions for clients while ensuring quality is never sacrificed. In the little spare time his family allow him, he enjoys all things science fiction and the fantasy genre.

Paul Cecil

Director

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Paul Cecil

Director
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Paul has lived and breathed Barley House Group for seven years and is often the first point of contact for our clients. He has an overview of every project he’s involved with and ensures the best of our team is working with the best of yours. Paul is happy when our clients are happy! When Paul isn’t spending time with his family or watching classic films (Laurel and Hardy are particular favourites) he takes every opportunity to go running, improving his personal best at 10K as well as doing the occasional half marathon and more for charity.

Carole Arrantash

Account Manager

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Carole Arrantash

Account Manager
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Carole joined us in 2015 after many years working in new business development and account management and is a catalyst in our team. She has worked with a variety of clients within the design, corporate and commercial sectors, bringing a wealth of knowledge about print formats, materials and finishes for all your requirements. As the initial and ongoing contact for clients, she enjoys finding out all there is to know about each one and working in partnership with them. Carole is our client champion: attention to detail is her mantra, ensuring every aspect of your project is delivered on time and on budget. Away from work, Carole loves nothing better than to relax on a beach, playing ‘competitive’ Scrabble with her husband. Her favourite quote is: "Women are like teabags. You don’t know how strong they are until you put them in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

Karen Cheesman

Administrator

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Karen Cheesman

Administrator
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Karen is the first person you'll meet when you visit, giving a warm welcome to everyone at Barley House. She has been the helpful voice on the end of the phone for over six years and enjoys regular contact with clients and suppliers alike, building relationships and finding solutions with her can-do approach! Karen could be described as the lynch-pin of Barley House Group, issuing invoices, co-ordinating deliveries, managing the office and assisting with production management. In her spare time, Karen is currently enjoying renovating her house. She also loves hunting for bargains at auctions and antique fairs, seeing live music and comedy and eating out.

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