60 seconds with Edward Thompson 

Jo Francis
Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Edward Thompson started life way back in 1867, “the result of winning a bet on the horses”, and the firm grew rapidly in the 1960s on the back of the growth of commercial bingo.

Edward Thompson: Bingo!
Edward Thompson: Bingo!

Edward Thompson specialises in the production of numbered printed products from its secure site, and 60% of its work produced for the trade

Where are you based?

Sunderland

How many staff do you have?

67

What does your firm do?

Bingo, scratchcards, commercial print, raffle tickets, direct mail

What’s your typical customer?

Newspapers, bingo clubs, charities, agencies, print management firms

Which geographic areas do you serve?

Local, national and international

Which markets do you serve?

Publishing, retail, leisure, fundraising, FMCG

What’s your USP?

We are experts at numbers

What equipment do you run? 

Our print division runs web offset presses with inline personalisation, web-fed digital, sheetfed litho and sheetfed digital. Our mailing division runs up to 10 item envelope enclosing lines with five item camera matching and polywrap

What’s been your proudest achievement?

We printed the ballot papers for the South African election when Nelson Mandela was elected president

What’s your team’s favourite biscuit?

The chief executive likes Hobnobs, however, the team like Custard Creams

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