Formerly Witherbys

Working
with us

We are quick, we are thorough, and we work tirelessly to ensure your experience with us is second to none.

Whether you require a stunning brochure bursting with colour, or a beautiful booklet in elegant black and white, WKG Print guarantees the best results for businesses that expect nothing less than excellence from their print supplier.

Quality

Stunning print that meets your exacting standards

Heritage

Nearly 280 years in print

Service

Unrivalled support and expertise from our staff

Sustainability

ISO 14001:2015 certified

Reach

Distribution nationally and internationally

Our 280 year heritage

2018
2019
2017
2016
2015
2013
2011
2010
2008
2005
1993
1990
1965
1949
1944
1941
1933
1915
1907
1860
1748
1740
2018

Apprenticeships

Our youngest staff member, Gary Riley, completes his 2 year apprenticeship in Digital Print Production.

2019

New colour press

After seven years of service, we replace our Heidelberg SM74 with a second Speedmaster XL 75 5 colour press.

2017

New digital presses

We install two Xerox Versant Digital Presses to replace our older 7070 and 8080 presses.

2016

Machine investments

We boost production by investing in a new Speedmaster XL75 6 colour press – the most powerful litho press yet! We also upgrade to a Stahlfolder CH 56 from Heidelberg, which joins an existing combination folder and a buckle folder (also from Heidelberg).

2015

Celebrating 275 years!

We celebrate 275 years in business! We launch our new branding at a function at the St. Brides Foundation in Fleet Street.

2013

Acquiring a digital house & Appearing on BBC

We add to our digital printing capabilities by acquiring the well-respected digital house Abacus, a 45-year old company that produces short-run and personalised print for a wide range of clients, including London-based advertising agencies. In the same year, Gary Lineker visits the print house while tracing the paths of his ancestors for the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are?

2011

Cut chemistry usage

We cut chemistry usage by 75% by installing a Fujifilm FLH-Z II 85 ZAC processor.

2010

New headquarters

We’re growing fast and we need a new headquarters, but we want to remain close to our roots in London. We find and refurbish a modern building in Tottenham, N15.

2008

Machine investments

We invest in Screen's Spekta 2 hybrid AM/FM screen to ensure we can produce high-quality output even when customers provide us with lower-quality source material.

2005

Director shareholders

For the first time, we appoint director shareholders from outside the Witherbys family.

1993

Getting up to speed

We begin to use computerised methods for estimates, costings, invoicing, ordering and administration – and we install data management software to ensure we’re communicating with our customers effectively.

1990

Celebrating 250 years!

We celebrate 250 years at the forefront of print by taking all staff to the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton.

1965

Upgraded factory

We decide that the Holborn factory is too old fashioned for the company. We move to a newly constructed building in Aylesbury Street, Clerkenwell.

1949

Back on our feet

We restore the Holborn factory back to full health after losing everything during the Second World War.

1944

Bomb aftermath

Some of our work and stock is transferred to another factory in Watford as a precaution.

1941

Second world war

Our premises becomes another casualty of the Blitz. It is bombed on 10th May and is entirely destroyed.

1933

Ups and downs

The Wall Street Crash in 1929 had impacted operations for a while – but by the early ‘30s, conditions are improving, and we begin to pay bonuses to our employees again.

1915

Working through war

In the midst of the Great War, our city office moves to 15 Nicholas Lane, just off Cornhill, where we remain until 1972. 71 members of our staff are called into the Armed Forces to assist with the war effort, and sadly, 19 are killed in action. Our print operations are consistently interrupted by German air raids, during which employees must take cover in the basement.

1907

Proud new clients

British Birds magazine is first published in the Holborn factory – and we remain its manufacturer for the next 30 years.

1860

Growing bigger

We acquire a printing business in Holborn and offer letterpress printing for the first time.

1748

Fire in the premises

A fire breaks out in Exchange Alley, destroying 80 houses and 9 coffee shops, including Thomas' premises.

1740

Company founded

At the age of 21, Thomas Witherby founds the company in Exchange Alley (also known as Birchin Lane). He is already famed for his exceptional handwriting and clients call upon his calligraphic skills for wills, marriage settlements and articles of agreements between merchants.

2018

Apprenticeships

Our youngest staff member, Gary Riley, completes his 2 year apprenticeship in Digital Print Production.

2019

New colour press

After seven years of service, we replace our Heidelberg SM74 with a second Speedmaster XL 75 5 colour press.

2017

New digital presses

We install two Xerox Versant Digital Presses to replace our older 7070 and 8080 presses.

2016

Machine investments

We boost production by investing in a new Speedmaster XL75 6 colour press – the most powerful litho press yet! We also upgrade to a Stahlfolder CH 56 from Heidelberg, which joins an existing combination folder and a buckle folder (also from Heidelberg).

2015

Celebrating 275 years!

We celebrate 275 years in business! We launch our new branding at a function at the St. Brides Foundation in Fleet Street.

2013

Acquiring a digital house & Appearing on BBC

We add to our digital printing capabilities by acquiring the well-respected digital house Abacus, a 45-year old company that produces short-run and personalised print for a wide range of clients, including London-based advertising agencies. In the same year, Gary Lineker visits the print house while tracing the paths of his ancestors for the BBC programme Who Do You Think You Are?

2011

Cut chemistry usage

We cut chemistry usage by 75% by installing a Fujifilm FLH-Z II 85 ZAC processor.

2010

New headquarters

We’re growing fast and we need a new headquarters, but we want to remain close to our roots in London. We find and refurbish a modern building in Tottenham, N15.

2008

Machine investments

We invest in Screen's Spekta 2 hybrid AM/FM screen to ensure we can produce high-quality output even when customers provide us with lower-quality source material.

2005

Director shareholders

For the first time, we appoint director shareholders from outside the Witherbys family.

1993

Getting up to speed

We begin to use computerised methods for estimates, costings, invoicing, ordering and administration – and we install data management software to ensure we’re communicating with our customers effectively.

1990

Celebrating 250 years!

We celebrate 250 years at the forefront of print by taking all staff to the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton.

1965

Upgraded factory

We decide that the Holborn factory is too old fashioned for the company. We move to a newly constructed building in Aylesbury Street, Clerkenwell.

1949

Back on our feet

We restore the Holborn factory back to full health after losing everything during the Second World War.

1944

Bomb aftermath

Some of our work and stock is transferred to another factory in Watford as a precaution.

1941

Second world war

Our premises becomes another casualty of the Blitz. It is bombed on 10th May and is entirely destroyed.

1933

Ups and downs

The Wall Street Crash in 1929 had impacted operations for a while – but by the early ‘30s, conditions are improving, and we begin to pay bonuses to our employees again.

1915

Working through war

In the midst of the Great War, our city office moves to 15 Nicholas Lane, just off Cornhill, where we remain until 1972. 71 members of our staff are called into the Armed Forces to assist with the war effort, and sadly, 19 are killed in action. Our print operations are consistently interrupted by German air raids, during which employees must take cover in the basement.

1907

Proud new clients

British Birds magazine is first published in the Holborn factory – and we remain its manufacturer for the next 30 years.

1860

Growing bigger

We acquire a printing business in Holborn and offer letterpress printing for the first time.

1748

Fire in the premises

A fire breaks out in Exchange Alley, destroying 80 houses and 9 coffee shops, including Thomas' premises.

1740

Company founded

At the age of 21, Thomas Witherby founds the company in Exchange Alley (also known as Birchin Lane). He is already famed for his exceptional handwriting and clients call upon his calligraphic skills for wills, marriage settlements and articles of agreements between merchants.

Proudly
Certified

We are proudly certified for ISO 9001:2015. Which means we meet a very high-quality management system standard.

The standard keeps us on top of continually monitoring and improving our processes all year round.

• A customer-focused organisation

• Leadership

• Engagement of people

• Ensuring a process approach

• Continuous improvement

• Evidence-based decision making

• Relationship management

We are environmentally friendly and certified for ISO 14001:2015

Our mission is to provide customers with high standards in every respect. In recognition of the importance of assuring high standards of environmental responsibility, WKG has implemented an environmental management system certified to ISO 14001:2015, the internationally recognised Environmental Management System Standard. To enable us to achieve our key aims. We are committed to the prevention of pollution and compliance with relevant legal requirements and codes of practice.

We are committed to continual improvement, with a specific focus on our objectives of:

• Carbon emissions – we are looking to reduce this by 3% over the next year

• Resource efficiency and waste, including prevention of waste through quality control

• Solvent consumption

• Sourcing from responsibly managed forests

• Customer satisfaction

• Reducing volumes of waste sent to landfill

We have established environmental targets and programmes and will work with customers and suppliers where appropriate to achieve these objectives. Our staff are a vital part of ensuring that our environmental management system is successful and our objectives achieved, and we, therefore, develop staff awareness and offer training to support this.