Imagination Graphics celebrates 25 years of Budgie’s networking BBQs

Above: Tony Fisher (John Fisher Printing), Emmanuel ‘Budgie’ Bugahiar (Imagination Graphics) and Toby Friend (John Fisher Printing)

Emmanuel ‘Budgie’ Buhagiar from Imagination Graphics is celebrating 25 years of his regular BBQ networking events.

Every two months, Marrickville-based printer Imagination Graphics hosts a large BBQ at its premises on a Friday afternoon for staff, customers, and suppliers.

Todd Singles and Emmanuel ‘Budgie’ Bugahiar (Imagination Graphics)

“We have been hosting these BBQs for 25 years. They are mainly for the staff, but I also invite suppliers to come along, and I also invite our end-customers to come along as well,” said Imagination Graphics owner, Emmanuel Buhagiar.

Nong Bongkotsopit, Emmanuel ‘Budgie’ Bugahiar and Iain Murrell (Imagination Graphics)

“Sometimes a customer brings a mate and then it leads to something else. It’s nothing fancy – just come along, eat and drink something, say hello, eat and drink some more, and then go.”

Budgie’ Bugahiar (Imagination Graphics) and Carmen Ciappara (Printer Media Group)

Located in an industrial estate in the inner west of Sydney, nestled between the most popular craft breweries in Sydney, Imagination Graphics offers digital printing, offset printing as well as graphic and web design services.

James Rolland, Gavin Bennett, Mark Bayford (Konica Minolta)

Utilising the flagship Konica Minolta KM-1, Imagination Graphics produces a wide range of print from annual reports, hardcover books, brochures, magazines, posters as well as short-run work for a large number of major businesses.

Sharon Tria (Imagination Graphics) and Carmen Ciappara (Printer Media Group)

“We have built our business on friendships and relationships at the end of the day – we are an easy-going family-owned business and not a high-pressure sales environment because we thrive on service,” Buhagiar said.

Carolyn Mangini, Jessica Mejia (Imagination Graphics), Carmen Ciappara (Printer Media Group), Colleen Buhagiar, Sharon Tria (Imagination Graphics)

“Recently I have slowed down a bit and taught my staff members Todd and Carolyn how to do more of the sales and the accounts tasks and they are going great. Of the 10 staff we have here working on the equipment – every one of them knows each other’s jobs and how to operate all of the equipment which I think is very important.”

Paul Bartolo (Ball & Doggett), Brad Sly (Imagination Graphics) and James Merhab (Ball & Doggett)

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