Bluetree Group Director Retires after 18 Years

Long-standing Director of Bluetree Group, Bryan Shirley, is stepping down from the board of Directors after 18 years helping to make the company one of the leading online printers in the country.

As part of the original team, before Bluetree Design & Print merged with instantprint.co.uk in 2012, Bryan saw the company through several major changes. Including the original merge, Bryan has been there to oversee the launch of the group’s subsequent brands; Route 1 Print, and Route 1 Connect (formerly Bluetree Connect).

Reflecting on his work with Bluetree Group, Bryan says, “I’ve seen incredible growth whilst working here. When we were just a screen printer, the vision was always to get into web to print and, by a chance meeting and subsequent merger with Adam Carnell and James Kinsella, this was achieved.”

He goes on to say, “I know this visionary team are going to continue to grow and disrupt the market even further and it has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of this journey. As they says; it’s not a job, it’s an adventure.”
Managing Director of Bluetree Group, Adam Carnell, comments, “It has been an honour working alongside Bryan over the last six years. He has had a massive influence on the performance of Bluetree Group as we have navigated our way through times of change in a very dynamic print market.”

“Bryan initiated our people focused culture which remains one of the most important aspects of our business. He brought fun into the office and bred a culture of belonging for all members of our team, setting a high bar for us to continue. I wish him all the best in his retirement.”
One of Bryan’s biggest achievements with Bluetree Group was the creation of Route 1 Connect. Possibly the most forward-thinking brand of the group, this brand brings automated print buying strategies to print managers and other companies with a high demand for print.

With his retirement, the management of Route 1 Connect is being passed on to the experienced hands of Sarah Kilcoyne who has worked closely with Bryan throughout this venture. “After working with Sarah for more than eight years, I know she is the right person to take the helm and drive Route 1 Connect even further,” says Bryan.

“From her wealth of knowledge in the industry,” he continues, “her experience working with print managers, and her drive to grow the Route 1 Connect goals of automated print communication, there is no doubt in my mind that this brand has a bright future with Sarah at the forefront.”
As testament to the transformation Bryan has made to the staff culture at Bluetree Group, his last day was marked with a company-wide sports day.

Photograph from Bryan’s last day at Bluetree Group (left to right): Adam Carnell (Bluetree Group Managing Director), Bryan Shirley, James Kinsella (eCommerce Director) and Mark Young (Head of Route 1 Print). www.route1print.co.uk