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Universal Printers

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1921 Alf Cooke of Leeds; Norbury, Natzio and Co, and Bemrose and Sons combined to form a new company, Universal Printers Ltd[1][2]

1971 Universal Printers was renamed Bemrose Corporation[3][4]

1976 The company consisted of several operating divisions[5]:

  • Gravure Transfer Printing, based on 3 Bemrose units
  • Flexible Packaging and Bags, including Alf Cooke Bag Co and parts of Bemrose
  • Cartons and Litho Transfer Printing, including parts of Alf Cooke and Norbury Packaging
  • Bemrose and Sons, mainly Bemrose companies but also Mansell Advg. Products, and Fyldetype.
  • Balding and Mansell, also including Learning Development Aids
  • Publishing, including Mansell Information Services and Scolar Press

1982 British Printing Corporation sold its near 20 percent interest in Bemrose[6]

1988 Many of the old constituent companies were put into liquidation[7]

1996 Bemrose acquired Charles Letts and Co[8]

2000 Bemrose sold its printing division to the management of the various units in order to concentrate on its new business area of promotional merchandise[9]. The company was renamed 4Imprint[10]. Sales included Bemrose Security Printing, Henry Booth Group, Barnard and Jackson, and Charles Letts Group.[11]

2001 Bemrose Group acquired Bemrose Security and Promotional Printing Ltd and Henry Booth Ltd and changed its name (2002) to Bemrose Booth.[12]

2010 Bemrose Booth employed 160 people in Derby, 125 in Hull and 34 in Thornaby on Tees. It was the largest supplier of car parking tickets in the UK and also produced rail and event tickets, phone cards, business diaries and calendars.

2010 Bemrose Booth was acquired by Pressure Seal Service Ltd; the Derby operation was then closed and work concentrated in Hull and Thornaby[13] As part of the Paragon Group, name changed to Bemrose Booth Paragon. This brought ogether two of the largest and most experienced providers of ticket and RFID solutions in the world.

By 2021 Bemrose Booth Paragon, a specialist in magnetic tickets, was trading as Paragon ID

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Sources of Information

  1. Companies House filings
  2. The Times, 1922
  3. Companies House filings
  4. The Times, May 15, 1972
  5. 1975 Annual report
  6. The Times July 16, 1982
  7. London Gazette 30 Nov 1988
  8. The Times, August 12, 2000
  9. The Times July 7, 2000
  10. The Times Aug. 12, 2000
  11. 2000 Annual report
  12. Annual reports
  13. 2011 Annual report