Steve CropperSTEVE Cropper is Group Managing Director of The Gemini Print Group, a Shoreham-by-Sea based nationwide printing business.  He is well known for his rise ‘from van driver to CEO’ and +30 year commitment to building Gemini – and a favourite with charity function auctioneers!

What is your favourite place in Sussex?

Plumpton Rugby Club – despite the bruises and bumps I love the game and the great friends – all in a lovely location.  If I could choose two places I would add Shoreham – we have it all – beach, river, proper town centre, and access to the South Downs Way – and my favourite bars!

What do you love most about living in Sussex?

Great sea air, stunning views, and people who know how to work hard and play even harder.

What advice do you have for your 12-year-old self?

Dare to be different!  Respect everyone you come in contact with – and never judge a book by its cover

What is your most valued possession?

As I recently married Maxine and have never felt so loved or in love, I think it would have to be my wedding ring

What is your biggest regret?

It can sound corny, but I feel life is too short for regrets.  I love my work, crazy busy as it is – I know I have made mistakes sometimes, but we always win through in the end.

What is your biggest fear?

Spending any time with moaners or negative people – give me people with passion and a zest for life any day!

What is your proudest achievement?

Heading up my colleagues into an MBO and leading The Gemini Print Group to a year of investment, new service standards, new awards plus increased partnerships with charities and community groups

Which five people (living or dead) would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?

Tony Bloom. Lewis Hamilton.  Jonny Wilkinson CBE.  Johan Alois Senefelder. Arsene Wenger