As a family run printing and marketing communications company, the Taylor Bloxham Group has always been proud of its history. In 2018, we are pleased to be celebrating our 80th year operating in the print industry.
Where did the Taylor Bloxham story begin?
The story began in 1938 when Herbert Taylor a compositor, and Harold Bloxham a machine minder, joined together to create Taylor & Bloxham. In their first year of trading from their Leicester base, Taylor Bloxham’s turnover was £2,631 – a respectable sum for a start-up business in the 1930s.
Fast forward 80 years, following several relocations to ever-larger premises, we have since added POS, direct mail, fulfilment, ultra-HD printing and augmented reality to our original litho portfolio.
Now recognised as one of the largest printing groups in the UK, the Taylor Bloxham Group employs over 200 people and has a large client base across a range of industries throughout the UK.
In this, our 80th anniversary, our turnover has grown to in excess of £27 million; a new high.
A family run printing company
The Taylor Bloxham Group is now owned by the Sharpless family. The late Bruce Sharpless was employed as an errand boy when Taylor Bloxham was first set up, working his way up through the company to become managing director in 1970.
Bruce was responsible for the company’s expansion into the London market in the 1970s when turnover reached the magic £1 million mark. Despite exponential growth, we remain a family run company with Bruce’s daughter April Sharpless currently in the role of Group Chairman.
“While our growth has been exciting to be part of, I’m pleased to be able to say that we remain true to our core values of high quality service and investment. This has enabled us to adapt and innovate to ensure that we meet the needs of 21st century companies. My father Bruce played an important part in the vision for the company and I am delighted to play a part in maintaining his legacy,” says April.
What’s the success down to?
Success hasn’t come without its fair share of challenges, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight. World War II and various recessions led to many similar print companies closing and, more recently, a fire in our Leicester warehouse threatened production.
So, what do we put the success down to?
Innovation and investment in print technology. Our 80-year history is characterised by a willingness to invest and an aptitude for predicting future trends. While other companies stood still and subsequently fell away, a programme of continuous investment through both good times and recessions, has seen us maintain our position as one of the largest printing groups in the UK.
Staying true to investment
Over the past six months, we have embarked on yet another investment programme that involved the installation of new machinery including a Scitex 11000, Primera MC, a saddle stitching system and an Alegro Perfect Binder. This year, we have also added a new Indigo 7900 digital press and a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106.
As a printing group, we will always look to be innovative and lead change to create the best results for our clients.
For more information about the Taylor Bloxham Group, call 0116 234 2600.