Hi, it all sounds a bit strange here! You know this area well Andrew and the fact that Seasonal work is the norm, I have heard some horror stories about some employment practices. Back to my last comment, I remember we had a guy ( qualified ) turn up in reception unannounced 'gis a job!'
We were manic at the time, probably 30 bods, OK boy grab a scalpel ( paper page assembly, not surgery! ) must have been a week before I knew his name!!! Richard Haworth! spitting image of a early Mick Hucknall ( head on back to front ) turned out to be masterful 'technical illustrator' wow was he mustard... the airbrush King! we were doing a lot of work for Renault, Marconi, WH Smith at the time... sales of a mind boggling 3 mill, anyway he ended up Studio Manager on 10k probably the equivalent of 30k today, and stayed some 10 years... God that takes me back.
He was a great guy, I only lost contact a few years back, and I do remember giving him free board and lodge for a few years. He was heavily into Conan the Barbarian...we called him Colin the Barbarian...happy daze!