Precept employees take innovative step

Two former Precept employees have set up a brand innovation consultancy in Cambridge. Maitland Myhill is a venture between Precept’s former packaging division head John Maitland and Jane Myhill, who left her position as creative designer for packaging ear

Two former Precept employees have set up a brand innovation consultancy in Cambridge.

Maitland Myhill is a venture between Precept’s former packaging division head John Maitland and Jane Myhill, who left her position as creative designer for packaging earlier in July.

The new group has already started on projects and aims to concentrate on the food and drinks sector. Maitland has plans to build the consultancy up to about ten-strong.

Precept managing director Cavan Bickell says Maitland’s departure was a result of disagreement on restructuring the consultancy: “We were not appointed to the Nestlé roster and that had an impact on our business. John was not in agreement with the board on… how to restructure the business in view of the loss of income.” Maitland declines to comment on his departure.

Maitland, who joined Precept in July 1995, was not on the board, although he represented the packaging division at board level. He will not be replaced, but the founder of the packaging division Nicola Howlett has been made senior account of the division.

Precept has recently won three new packaging jobs in confectionery, toiletries and steel, which have replaced and exceeded the group’s work for Nestlé, says Bickell.

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