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Technifold chief reveals his story

Graham Harris, managing director of Technifold, has launched a new book telling the story of how he went from being a factory print worker to running a multi-million pound business with customers all over the world.

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Graham Harris opens up about how he was able to build a successful business from scratch in ‘Against the Grain’

‘Against the Grain’ is Harris’ personal account of his journey in the print industry, including the invention of the Tri-Creaser that started life in a garage but is now a common feature in print rooms worldwide. The product can be used to support the all-important finishing process that often playas major role in securing repeat business.

Harris opens the book with an introduction with a story that he says sums up the key message he is trying to get across. The story goes that as a 12-year-old boy, Harris was asked to read aloud from a book in class, but rather than go by the words on the page in front of him, he began ad-libbing the events, changing the characters and even the plot of the story.

Harris writes: “As I continued I noticed the sound of almost every child in the room shuffling through the pages, desperately trying to find a place that didn’t exist. The yawning stopped. I had their attention. As nervous and frightened as I was about venturing into unchartered territory; my teacher put me at ease as I glanced at her. She was smiling, and let me carry on for a few more minutes. I’d successfully changed a story written by someone else.

Unlike some other inspirational business/entrepreneurial books about creativity and invention you may have read, I open up my mind and take you on the journey with me

“So, if you are in a situation, for one reason or another, where you feel you are living out a story written by someone else maybe a friend, colleague or manager who has scripted, with limitations, how they might see you in the next twenty years—my book will show you how wrong they could be. But it’s down to how you react.”

For members of the print industry, ‘Against the Grain’ is a must-read. Rarely are we given this much of an insight into the life and mind of a key industry figure. 

Harris adds: “Unlike some other inspirational business/entrepreneurial books about creativity and invention you may have read, I open up my mind and take you on the journey with me. And it’s a really exciting journey. 

“I want you to smile at my mistakes and calamities, be a little sad in the right places and cheer towards the end, not just for me, but for the hope and inspiration you might learn from my experience—all in the hope that you might start creating your own version of your story—a hugely successful one at that.”

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