60 seconds with Blissetts

Jo Francis
Monday, October 29, 2018

Blissett Bookbinders was established in London in 1920, and today the fourth generation is in charge.

The business began life because Frederick Blissett completed his apprenticeship and, in those days, had to leave because he became too expensive to keep on. He and his new wife Mary started up in their bedroom only 20 yards from where the firm is based today. In 1932 Frederick died and Mary was advised to sell the business because a women could not hope to run a business like this!

Where are you based? 

Blissetts is based in London W3. We’ve been on our current site since 1962 with about 930sqm of floor space

How many staff do you have?

The company employs 36 people

What does your firm do? 

The company DNA is based in the repair of books of all sorts, but today includes digital printing of books and commercial material, paperback and case binding and the restoration and conservation of books. We have a photobook division specialising in photobooks, wedding albums and bespoke books

What’s your typical customer?  

Libraries, publishers, other print companies, students, special libraries and collections. The Royal Household

Which geographic areas do you serve?

All around the world

Which markets do you serve? 

All sectors come to us for printing high quality and binding and special presentation projects

What’s your USP?

We combine state of the ART with state of the ARK

What equipment do you run?

Xerox iGen4, Versant, Iridesse, Konica Minolta in print and full paperback and case-binding short-run equipment in the bindery

What’s been your proudest achievement in the past few years?

Being awarded a Royal Warrant as Bookbinder to Her Majesty the Queen

What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?

Custard creams 


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