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60 seconds with… Steve Holmes,EMEA Regional Director, PaperCut

What’s currently having the greatest impact on your business?
Post-COVID we are seeing customer needs pivoting back to a core set of priorities around how to reduce costs, embrace new ways of remote working, create contactless environments and remove unnecessary infrastructure. These are all fundamentals at PaperCut and part of our DNA.

Where do you see the next big opportunity?
Fully featured on-premise solutions have always been the norm, but the move to more agile cloud solutions are gaining traction, especially with SME organisations. In a consolidating market, finding those solutions that can offer the full array of infrastructure options is key.

What would make your day job easier?
We are a global organisation, headquartered in Melbourne, so whilst I run the EMEA Region, a time machine would certainly help with those late night calls.

What’s the best bit of business advice you’ve been given?
Invest in strong relationships and building great teams.

If you had had a crystal ball, would you have done anything differently?
Reflection is always good but every decision you make is an opportunity to learn, no matter the outcome.

Describe your most embarrassing moment.
Leaving my lapel mic on in the toilet before a large presentation. (Luckily only the sound engineer could hear).

What was your first job?
Computer operator (I certainly don’t miss the old Nixdorf 8890s).

What would be your dream job?
I have a passion for law and I am halfway through gaining my Private Pilot’s Licence, so maybe a good compromise would be an air support pilot with the police.

Fine dining and good wine, or curry and a pint?
Curry and a pint every time.

Money’s not an issue, what’s your perfect car… and where would you like to drive it?
Audi R8 Spyder driven through the beautiful Swiss Alps.

Favourite holiday destination?
I am lucky enough to see so many amazing places around the world travelling with PaperCut, but for me I would have to say somewhere closer to home, St Ives in the UK.

How do you like to spend your spare time?
With friends and family, preferably in an aeroplane.