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Maurice Bennett acquires Barnard & Westwood

Print Solutions

Barnard & Westwood, a market leader in fine printing and bookbinding, has been acquired by veteran investor and retailer Maurice Bennett CBE for an undisclosed sum.

Founded by Albert Barnard in 1921 and celebrating its centenary year, Barnard & Westwood is based in the heart of London and specialises in bespoke printing and bookbinding through a combination of both traditional craftsmanship and modern ultra high quality techniques. Services include digital printing, lithography, letterpress, foil blocking, die stamping, embossing, gilding, hand finishing, box making, case bound bookbinding and book restoration.

The management team remains in place and brings over 60 years technical expertise and experience. The business has held a Royal Warrant for Printing and Bookbinding to Her Majesty The Queen since 1986. In January 2012, Barnard & Westwood became one of the privileged few to be awarded a second Royal Warrant for Printing by His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales.

Maurice Bennett CBE, the renowned entrepreneur and retailer saw an opportunity in 2020 to invest in a business steeped in craftsmanship and celebrate its artisanal printing heritage.

‘I am very proud to be part of the Barnard & Westwood team. Key for its development will be to secure the existing skill set and ensure that its passed on through the recruitment of apprentices.’

Although the industry has had a tough year, with the new resources at Barnard & Westwood’s disposal, the company will be focusing on growth through investment and acquisition as well as expanding its offering to trade and design agency clients through its specialisation in highly sought after, niche, high end printing and finishing processes.


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