Formed in 1976 by Nic Gardner to service the National Trust for the supply of Social Stationery (Notelets, Notecards etc) and General Print.
The Company consisted of a small Graphic Studio, Film Planning Department and 4 colour and single colour presses.
In 1985 the company split into two trading arms, Advertising and Marketing and Social Stationery. Accounts grow to service major clients on both sides of the business, Deutz Fahr, Watveare, Numark Pharmacy, Clares Dickies and Mark Wilkinson Furniture for Marketing and Allan Hutchison Publishing, The Book People and most major Museums and Galleries for Social Stationery.
In 1989 Superior Invested in new finishing equipment; consisting of guillotines, folders and Superior’s first B1 Die cutter.
The company invested in new 4 colour presses and in 1993 purchases the additional factory at 28 Hercules Way to accommodate additional finishing and warehousing.
In 1995 Superior takes on the Booker Cash and Carry business and develops the Select & Save Symbol group for Bookers high end retailers.
In 1997 Nic Gardner buys one of the first computer-to-plate machines in England an ICG Titan.
Superior appointed as a main supplier for Social Stationery for the Millennium Dome, and main print supplier to Dyson manufacturing.
Superior celebrated its 25th Anniversary.
John Harris is appointed MD. Shortly after Ian O’Connor, Richard Blueitt and Mike King join the Board as Associate Directors.
In 2003 Booker invited Superior to create its new Retail Symbol Group, Premier, with a view of having 2000 Retail stores in the UK by 2005. This target was achieved.
In 2003 Superior gains ISO 9002.
In March 2005 Associate Directors buys Superior in an Management-Buy-Out and commences an intensive programme of restructure and investment.
2008 sees the launch of The Promotion Factory, Superior’s online design and print management sites covering pubs, hotels, small businesses, museums and food retail suppliers.
Superior purchases a second Konica Minolta C6500e, a new Agfa Avalon N60 CTP and workflow and renews all it servers throughout the business.
Superior purchases its first large format flatbed printer, an Inca Spyder V and Zund cutter and begins its venture into large cardboard POP products.
Superior launches in-house Direct Mail division is launched and additional premises taken on. For more information on Direct Mail click here.
Superior continues to invest into digital printing with the purchase of the NexPress SRA3 digital printer.
New studio and office complex is constructed, staff move in with the offices being officially opened by Heineken on 7th March.
Superior invests in a Bickers Gluejet machine a Goldline 3000 flatbed large format die-cutter and a Fujifilm UV Star 5 meter roll fed/sheet fed UV printer.