Leicester business marks 80th anniversary with highest turnover ever


One of the UK’s largest print companies, the Taylor Bloxham Group is celebrating 80 years in business and has marked the occasion by announcing its highest turnover ever.

The story began in 1938 when Herbert Taylor a compositor, and Harold Bloxham a machine minder, joined together to create Taylor & Bloxham on Highcross Street, Leicester. Through the decades that followed, the company has grown from a first year turnover of £2,631 to a turnover in excess of £27 million for the financial year ending September 2017.

The company 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 through the company to become managing director in 1970. Bruce was responsible to for the company’s expansion into the London market in the 1970s when turnover reached the magic £1 million mark.

Despite its growth over the past 80 years, Taylor Bloxham remains a family run company with Bruce’s daughter April Moss currently in the role of Group Chairman.  She comments: “While the growth of the Taylor Bloxham Group 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.”

Following several relocations to ever-larger premises in Leicester, the company has added POS, direct mail, fulfilment, ultra-HD printing and augmented reality to its 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.

“We’re proud of our 80 year history. It’s humbling to reflect on what’s been achieved by the originals and those who have carried the company since,” says Robert Lockwood, CEO of the Taylor Bloxham Group. If Herbert and Harold could see the company now they’d be amazed by how print operations have changed. So much has been achieved, but we have no plans for slowing down. In fact, everything is in place to make 2018 our most profitable year yet.”

The company’s success hasn’t come without its fair share of challenges. The Second World War and various recessions led to many similar print companies closing and, more recently, a factory fire threatened production. The company has also had to adapt to changes in printing due to advances in technology and digital print.

Robert attributes the company’s success to a continuous investment in the best technology: “Herbert, Harold and Bruce realised that investment was needed to make a transition from the traditional letterpress to litho. We have continued that commitment by investing in digital technology to ensure we lead the market,” adds Robert.

During 2017, Taylor Bloxham embarked on an ambitious investment programme that involved the installation of new machinery including a Scitex 11000, Primera MC, a saddle stitching system and an Alegro Perfect Binder. The printing division has also added a new Indigo 7900 digital press and will install a Koenig & Bauer Rapida 106 in April.

The Taylor Bloxham Group now consists of four divisions which include Taylor Bloxham printing, FastAnt fulfilment and e-commerce division, Instore design and point of purchase operation, and the newly created direct mail brand Mailbox.