APS has grown considerably in the 12 years since Snelson, 49, took the helm at the company originally founded by his grandfather in 1961 as Allied Publicity Services.

It now turns over £56m with 600 staff based in 20 sites worldwide, including around 325 at its base in Stockport, and over the past year has secured meaty contracts with the Midlands Co-operative Society and Ford.

Snelson, who owns 100% of the company he has worked at for 28 years, is largely responsible for its transition from essentially a printing company to something far more technologically driven. Was once described as working “at a speed many find hard to keep up with”.