Working for Robert Horne was always a pleasure. They were based in Northampton and so was my best mate, so it always meant fantastic work and a sneaky pint! The 2004 wall calandar was a showcase of their finest material and some lovely print techniques but, the crowning glory was the advent calendar on the December page. I’d never seen this integrated into a calendar before, many times since, but then RH were always willing to take a punt on something new. Thats why it was my favourite job of 2004!
Robert Horne was filled with as many brilliant people as it was possible and we met and worked with most of them. Michelle Hollis got the short straw with me to approve this calendar job on press, and we did a great job in my humble opinion! Robert Horne came about for rtfacts as we were doing a mass of work for BT and were continually disappointed with the huge variety of materials we noticed other roster agencies using, most of it average quality and all of it different.
After long discussions with Tracey Wallace, the then marketing manager at BT Managed Network Services, we agreed to implement our own paper and board strategy for all the work we produced for the BT business based in Hemel. Robert Horne and the team got stuck in and provided material samples a plenty. Our printers ran tests and comparisons until we arrived at a material selection that met our requirements and that was consistent in its manufacture, in terms of volume, shade, weight, creasing, folding, drying (pre UV drying) and printability. Big BT later realised what a champion idea this was and also selected Huntsman Silk as their preferred stock, even in those days Huntsman Silk was manufactured from responsibly resourced materials and met the highest international standards.
Robert Horne had gone their separate ways from rtfacts when Hornes went pop, so sad as we were for the individuals it was happening to, we were not really involved and had already moved on with just our great memories and a massive portfolio full of wonderful work to show to others. We had done 8 with Robert Horne (13 with BT) so a good shout in both cases.